Through a rigorous and highly-personalized course of study, our designers develop the skills they need to effectively communicate—both socially and visually—with their collaborators and with their audiences. The goal of the Design program from University of Washington is to train conscious, collaborative artists of the highest caliber who can meet complex artistic challenges with integrity, excellence, and ingenuity. Our faculty and alumni work in every corner of the industry.
What You Will Study And How You Will Study It
Your course schedule will consist of studio and skills courses designed to develop your proficiency in such areas as text analysis, dramaturgy, drawing, drafting, painting, draping, the manipulation of lighting to control visual focus, and the ability to transform two-dimensional visual ideas into three-dimensional forms. You will be required to work in the other design disciplines, while developing your mastery of your home discipline.
Connecting With The Professional World
You won’t have to wait for graduation to begin building your connections to the professional world. Professional designers and directors working in Seattle and across the country will visit your classes to discuss their work, and students often assist faculty and staff on outside projects. In your third year, you will complete a 10-week internship assisting a professional designer, before returning to UW to work on your thesis production.
Who We Are Looking For
Students entering the program may have prepared for graduate study as an undergraduate Drama major, in a related field such as art, architecture, English, or fashion, or even with backgrounds seemingly unconnected to the arts. No matter what your background is, we expect you to have a reasonable amount of exposure to theatre, opera, and/or dance, and the passion to pursue a greater understanding of these fields locally, nationally, and internationally.
- Studio courses and skill building
- Studio courses and production work
- 10-week internship and thesis production
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Your portfolio: hard copy, pdf, or website acceptable, or bring this with you if you are interviewing in person.
- Design interview form and $60 interview fee.
- A current résumé of training and experience in your field.
- Three letters of recommendation. Each recommendation must state whether the letter is or is not available for review by the applicant. These letters may be sent directly to the School or be included in your application.Cover sheet for recommendation letters. The recommender may also email their letter directly to email@example.com or submit the letter through the Graduate Admissions web site (below).
- A statement of purpose including educational and professional goals.
- One set of unofficial transcripts
International31530 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 31530 USD per year during 36 months.
National31530 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 31530 USD per year during 36 months.
In-State18057 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 18057 USD per year during 36 months.
Living costs for Seattle
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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