We are Western Washington University’s 2020 Design BFA cohort. Combining personal expression and critical thinking, we create solutions that connect industry, individuals, and institutions to the world.


PORTFOLIOS

Anna
Annalee
Brennan
Chancellor
Connor
Cyrena
Ennis
Hunter

Jake

Joyia

Wynter


CONTACT 
516 High Street, Art Annex 251
Bellingham, WA 98225
Design@wwu.edu



ABOUT

Western’s Design BFA program is a competitive degree option which allows designers to build and refine their future work portfolios while expanding their world view of design. The BFA, limited to a maximum of 12 students per year, allows designers to explore passion projects, develop stylistically, discover niche interests within the industry, as well as learn to work with a small creative team.

Courses in the BFA year focus on the integration of graphic, production and digital media design and the solution of visual communication problems. A specialty of the program is the seminar and workshop structure. Workshops are led by designers working in the industry, whereas seminars are faculty led classes which change topics depending on the cohorts interests and strengths. The students have their own studio to work in, creating a unique work environment that mimics that of a real design firm. The high-intensity and quickly-paced learning environment provides the opportunity and space to experiment, play, and, most importantly, grow.
SAN FRANCISCO TRIP

Every winter quarter, the BFA cohort travels to San Francisco to visit multiple firms, experience the differences between in-house and freelance agencies, participate in the culture of firms and their cities, and make connections with fellow designers and alumni.
INTERNSHIPS

The BFA guarantees a summer internship, providing professional experience before the school year starts. Internship locations can range from right here in Bellingham, to as far as California. Most commonly, students have spent their summers in Seattle, working at both freelance and in-house design firms.


APPLY TO THE BFA

1. ADVISING


Check in with your advisor to see if the BFA is the right track for you in terms of time and graduation. You’re required to be on track for an applicable minor, completing at least 11 credits. The BFA track is one full year.

2. REQUIREMENTS


Before you can apply for the BFA program, you must complete the required 200- and 300-level classes. The class requirement checklist is easy to follow, and your 300-level schedule is sequential. You will be applying in winter of your 300-level classes.

3. CREATE A PORTFOLIO


Seal the deal. This portfolio should consist of work from your 300 level classes, both completed and in progress. Here you can find the BFA Application Requirements. The currently enrolled BFA hosts portfolio viewings in the studio as the deadline approaches for anyone who has questions about the process or outcome.

4. FULL SEND


Drop off your portfolio at the  Design Office in Fine Arts 127. The deadline this year is March 12th before 4:00 PM. Congratulations on your hard work, and good luck!
THAT CIRCLE?

The orange circle is the unofficial-official branding of the BFA since the start of the program. The symbol derived from a neon sculpture that was plucked out of a dumpster and has since become a glowing coffee table and centerpiece in the studio. Its orange hue has served as a primary color for the interior design of the studio and promotional materials for the program.