Admission Requirements

To begin course work in the field of design, you initially need to be admitted to Missouri State. Before completing 75 credit hours, you must also be admitted to a degree program.

The admission process

To gain full admittance into the design program, follow the steps below:

  1. Declare or change your major to design by visiting the Academic Advisement Center.
  2. Meet with your assigned advisor to discuss admission requirements and to develop a plan of study.
  3. Complete the program’s admission requirements.
  4. Work with the art and design department to complete the Application to a Degree Program form to update your record.

When you declare your major, you will be listed as a pre-major until you satisfy all admission requirements.

Admission requirements

In addition to completing Foundations courses (ART 100, 101, 110, 115) students must have a GPA of 2.50 or higher in the major and a Missouri State cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 to pass the Advisory Review administered by the Design Program Coordinator in the spring of the freshman year for provisional admission to the program.

In the spring of the sophomore year students must apply for Candidacy Review. A committee of Design faculty will administer this review. A student must submit a portfolio consisting of 12-20 pieces selected from Foundations and Design Core courses including: ART 115 or 215, ART 202, DES 202, 210, 301, 303 and may include additional work chosen with faculty advisement. Students must choose an option at this time: Graphic Design, Illustration, or Graphic Design and Illustration. This is a competitive program—if students are not accepted into the program they may consider repeating courses and/or doing additional work and reapplying for admission the following spring, but acceptance is not guaranteed. Students must have a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the major and an Missouri State cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 to be admitted to candidacy.

Transfer students choosing the BFA in Design must apply for admission to the program. The application with portfolio and transcript must be made to the Design Program Coordinator in the spring semester for admission to the program in the fall. (Students are not encouraged to apply for spring admission.) The Design Program Coordinator in consultation with the Design faculty will review the application with portfolio and transcript. Students must receive permission from the Design Coordinator before enrolling in any Design course. To be admitted to the Design Program transfer students must have a GPA of 2.50 or higher in the major if transferring 12 hours or less in the major, or a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the major if transferring more than 12 hours in the major. All transfer students must have a combined (Missouri State and transfer) GPA of at least 2.50 to be admitted to the program.