Apply to Graphic Design Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design

There are three different paths for entering the Bachelors of Graphic Design program. Please select your path below:

First-year students applying to enter UTK
Transfer students from another institution applying to enter UTK
Transfer students who are currently enrolled at UTK and another major

 

First-Year Students

A ‘first-year student’ is someone who will be entering the university for the first time. For this, you will need to apply to both the university and the Graphic Design program for admittance. Seating in the first-year graphic design foundations program is limited, therefore students are encouraged to apply for admission as soon as possible.

  • Nov. 02 – Priority deadline for admission to the College and deadline to be eligible to apply for competitive scholarships including the category called Chancellor’s Scholarships. Admitted students will receive an email with the link to the scholarship application, which you need to complete by December 15. We strongly encourage you to apply for admission as early as possible.
  • Dec. 15 – Regular Admission Deadline for the University of Tennessee

There are two ways to apply online:

Once within the application, applicants need to select Graphic Design as first major choice.

Once your application has been submitted, it will first be reviewed for admission into the university. Upon admittance, applications are then forwarded onto the School of Design for entrance into the School of Design Graphic Design Foundations year. The School of Design employs a holistic application process that considers students overall academic performance in combination with academic activities and review of application essay submissions.

Upon approval, you will receive an acceptance letter directly from the School of Design with directives as to securing your spot in the foundations year.

Transfer Applicants Coming from Another Institution

Students interested in applying to the Graphic Design program with degree credit from another institution are encouraged to attend an Open House or Transfer Information Session prior to application submission. These occur regularly throughout the year and many of your questions about the program can be answered in these sessions. In particular, if you are requesting a transfer into upper division courses.

UPCOMING Transfer information sessions:

Please visit this Registration Link to select a date to attend.

Time: 1:00-2:00 EST via Zoom

     September 10

     October 8

     November 12

     December 10

     February 11

     March 11

Upon completing this session, transfer applicants from outside the university will follow-up by applying to both the university and the program.

  • Dec. 01 – Application deadline for Spring 2021 entry
  • Mar. 12 – Application deadline for Fall 2021 entry

Once within the application, applicants need to select Graphic Design as first major choice.

If you have a portfolio that you would like to be considered, which is optional, please follow these instructions:  After you’ve submitted your application, login to your Vol in Progress (VIP) portal, and under the “Upload Materials” section, select “Architecture Portfolio” from the drop-down list.  (“Architecture Portfolio” is for the College of Architecture and Design applicants.)  Then upload the portfolio files from your computer. If you’re having trouble, please email coadportfolio@utk.edu.

Once your application has been submitted, it will first be reviewed for admission into the university. Upon admittance, applications are then forwarded onto the School of Design for entrance into the School of Design Graphic Design program.

Upon approval, you will receive an acceptance letter directly from the School of Design with directives as to securing your spot.

Transfer Applicants Coming from Within UTK

Students interested in applying to the Graphic Design program from within UTK are required to attend one of our transfer application sessions. At that point many, if not all of your questions about the program will be answered and you will be provided a link to the transfer application.

UPCOMING Transfer information sessions:

Please visit the corresponding Registration Link fore each date to attend.

May 13th at 11am Registration Link

June 9th at 11am Registration Link

Upon completing this session, transfer applicants from inside the university will be given access to the internal transfer application which is unique to the College of Architecture and Design.

  • June 18th  – Application deadline for Fall 2021 entry

Once your application has been submitted, it will first be reviewed for admission into the School of Design Graphic Design Foundations program. Upon approval, you will receive an acceptance letter directly from the School of Design with directives as to securing your spot.