The BFA is a year long undergraduate program comprised of twelve designer's from Western’s BA Design program. There is a senior level portfolio review to be accepted, which leads to an extra year of comprehensive study.
The BFA is meant to be an educational extension for designers who wish to refine their skills or learn new practices before heading into the professional realm. Working in a studio environment filled with workshops, seminars, and professional opportunities are some of the draws for the extra year of school and work.
The BFA isn’t for everyone, and Western’s designers have succeeded greatly with BA degrees. Some designers may not need the extra year of refinement, while others simply know what they want to do at the end of their 300-level sequence. The cost of an extra year of school as well as the time commitment are other drawbacks from the program.
The workload in the 300-level BA sequence is a linear progression. Fall quarter is the least heavy of all three quarters, while winter is the next heavy when you consider BFA applications are due during that quarter. If you are accepted into the program, spring quarter will be extra busy since candidates take their first BFA course and prepare for their summer internships, as well as finishing off their 300-level sequence.
The BFA technically starts the spring after you submit your application, and ends a year later after the BFA spring portfolio show. In the first quarter, designers take Type II while preparing for their internships and interview at firms. The following fall, designers take twelve credits and then seven credits for the winter and spring to finish out the BFA year.
Yes, each candidate receives a paid internship at a design studio during the summer of their acceptance. Once accepted into the program in the Spring, designers interview with three studios of their interest and are placed into the appropriate place.
If you don’t get in, don’t sweat it. Western’s design program is extremely comprehensive, and design firms around the world are excited to take BA’s from Western. Students who don’t apply or don’t get into the BFA are encouraged to use their minor as a complement to their degree.
BA Students will be assembling portfolio applications in the beginning of Winter quarter, in tandem with completing their 300 level series. Applications will be due in the end of Winter quarter, before Spring break, and applicants will be notified within 2 weeks of turning in their applications.
The application requires applicants to deliver a printed and bound portfolio, including a letter to the advising board, and a process book from a specific project of your choosing. The full application also can be found here ___ and specific dates will be coming soon.
While most don’t start until around the middle of Winter quarter, it is good to start thinking of the application when school starts in the Fall. Although it will be too early to know exact dates, it wouldn’t be too early to start thinking of your letter, as well as any projects or pieces made outside of class to include as personal work.
A few years ago, Kent found an orange “O” art piece in the trash. This has since been repurposed and become our symbol. With the addition of orange chairs in the studio, it was only a matter of time before the color took over. It is now year four for the BFA studio; most of what you see on this website is straight from our space. We survive on carrots and clementines and see only in varying orange duotones. Send help.
The BFA is a year long undergraduate program comprised of twelve applicants from Western’s BA Design program.
The BFA is meant to be an educational extension for designers who wish to refine their skills or learn new practices before heading into the professional realm. Working in a studio environment filled with workshops, seminars, and professional opportunities are some of the draws for the extra year of school and work.
The BFA isn’t for everyone, and Western’s designers have succeeded greatly with BA degrees. Some designers may not need the extra year of refinement, while others simply know what they want to do at the end of their 300-level sequence. The cost of an extra year of school as well as the time commitment are other drawbacks from the program.

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+1 EXTRA YEAR

The BFA is completed during a student’s undergraduate years and is a total of 31 additional credits, with the addition of the internships of course. The year is characterized by supplemental classes, trips, workshops, seminars, and special opportunities to network.
INTERNSHIPS

Each BFA student receives a paid internship at a design studio during the summer of their acceptance. While most of the firms are located in the Seattle area, we’ve had firms as far as Portland and San Francisco. Read more about internships in the FAQ!
TRIPS

Every winter quarter, everyone in the group takes a trip to San Francisco for a short week to tour design firms and connect with Western’s amazing alumni network. We also take short trips down to Seattle to tour design firms and meet with creative professionals in the field who are willing to help with projects and show us around.
WORKSHOPS

Workshops are 2-credit classes led by creative professionals in the design field who often come to the studio. This year, we will be working on a type design workshop in San Francisco with PSYOPS
SEMINARS

Seminar classes vary year-to-year and quarter-to-quarter and are designed to allow students to fill gaps or finesse skills. In the past, seminars have been used to explore the realm of E/XGD, hone in on product design and entrepreneurial skills, and organize a “design bootcamp” which allowed for the exploration of many different topics within a few weeks.
+1 EXTRA YEAR

The BFA is completed during a student’s undergraduate years and is a total of 31 additional credits, with the addition of the internships of course. The year is characterized by supplemental classes, trips, workshops, seminars, and special opportunities to network.
INTERNSHIPS

Each BFA student receives a paid internship at a design studio during the summer of their acceptance. While most of the firms are located in the Seattle area, we’ve had firms as far as Portland and San Francisco. Read more about internships in the FAQ!
TRIPS

Every winter quarter, everyone in the group takes a trip to San Francisco for a short week to tour design firms and connect with Western’s amazing alumni network. We also take short trips down to Seattle to tour design firms and meet with creative professionals in the field who are willing to help with projects and show us around.