We want to learn more about what makes you unique.
Here’s what you need to know to transfer into the family
Deadline to upload materials:
1 — Application to the School of Design (found in SlideRoom)
2 — School of Design materials (digital portfolio, video, essay) uploaded to SlideRoom
3 — Teacher recommendations uploaded to SlideRoom
Deadline to upload materials:
1 — Common Application directed at CMU. Be sure to select design as your program of interest. If you are choosing BXA, follow up on their website for more info.
2 — Upload video, essay and portfolio by 11:59EST on January 15 to CMU Slideroom. SlideRoom will be accessible starting October 1.
what you need to make
We accept transfers for the fall semester only – not spring or summer. Due to our low attrition rate, our studio space is limited.
Transfer applications are processed with the general pool of applications. Even if you are accepted into another program in the College of Fine Arts or elsewhere in the university, there is no guarantee that you will be able to transfer into the School of Design. Each school in the College of Fine Arts sets its own acceptance criteria.
Regardless of your prior college experience, if you are accepted you are likely to be assigned First Year status for your first year in the School of Design.
Create a video that shows and tells us something about who you are and what you care about i.e. your passions, interests outside of school, a meaningful experience, or other.
You may use any device, from your phone to webcam, with no need for fancy editing. Video should be 90 seconds or less or else we will NOT review your video. Video will be uploaded to SlideRoom as one of the slides.
Showcase your best creative work in 2-D or 3-D up to 18 “slides.” Include at least one slide that shows us how you think through ideas during your creative process. You might need to compile sketches and notes from multiple pages in your sketchbook to communicate this effectively.
You have up to 18 slides to submit samples of your work. Each slide can have one or multiple images on that slide. You can also create slides in PDF format but multiple page PDF files within a single slide will NOT be reviewed.
Digital files (videos, animations, etc.) should not exceed 2 minutes or else they will NOT be reviewed. You may submit a 2-minute clip of a longer piece and tell us that it is an edited sample.
You are encouraged to include examples of drawings but need to be creative in how you communicate content within the 18 image limit.
You can include any creative medium like, but not exluded to, 2-D and 3-D design, drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, photography, videos, or animations.
For each piece, answer all the SlideRoom information prompts including:
- Was it a class or self-directed project?
- If a class project, what was the prompt?
- If a self-directed project, what inspired you?
- Was it a team or individual project? If a team project, what did you do?
Choose something in your neighborhood that could be improved through thoughtful and deliberate design and provide ideas for how you could use design to make a positive change or impact on the problem you noticed.
For example, this could be something that you or your neighbors have issues with, that forces you to change the way you work and live, or an issue that’s super frustrating because you know it could work or look way better! This can be anything from an object or environment to a specific situation or faulty process.