The University of Utah
College of Architecture + Planning

Admissions Process

University of Utah students interested in the Design program should contact our college advisor to set up an initial advising session. Students who are actively pursuing pre-requisites with the intent of applying should declare their major as Pre-Design as soon as possible. This allows us to better communicate and notify potential students of portfolio workshops, lectures, etc.


Application is a two-part process:
1. Application form available here which will be completed during the Summer Studio.
2. Complete DES 2510 Summer Studio

Once Design Foundations courses and DES 2615 are complete, the student enrolls in DES 2510 in order to apply for full major status in Design. Please note DES 2510 is only offered in the summer semester.

Admission to the major will be based on a portfolio review that is completed in DES 2510 and will include previous work from Design Foundations. The portfolio review will look for student preparation in presentation, development, understanding, and craft.

In addition, students will be required to have at least a 3.0 GPA. Admission to the program is not based on grades in design pre-requisite courses.

The application review process will be conducted each summer; admitted students will begin the program immediately the following fall semester. Students should apply prior to the semester they expect to begin study in the program, acceptance can not be deferred. Late applications will not be accepted.



Please note that admissions to the MDD program is solely based studio work. Grades in pre-requisite classes are not a guarantee of admission to the program. 


.Part 1: Application Form 

1. The application form is available from April 1 – May 10, 2019. The application form must be completed and submitted before May 10, 2019. 

2. The following questions are included in the application form. Please complete each answer in 250 words or less:

> How do you think the MDD program will benefit your education and career in design?

> In what ways have you engaged the MDD program? Please list any lectures attended, service or other related activities that you have participated in.

> The MDD program seeks to admit motivated and self-directed students who will define their own trajectory in education and the design profession. How do you plan to leverage a degree in design.

> Please list the focus points in our program that interest you.

> Describe a difficult situation that you have faced working in a group. What actions did you take, what was the resolve, and what did you learn?

> Are you planning to apply to graduate school?

> Do you want us to know anything else about you as a candidate?


//  You will not need to ask for any letters of recommendation.

// If not presently attending the University of Utah:

a. You must be a current University of Utah student to apply to the program. If you are interested in transferring from another school, you must first transfer to the U, complete the Design Foundations courses and DES 2615, DES 2510, and then apply to the MDD program.

b. transfer students must also apply to the University of Utah: