Apply to the BTAD Program

Information Sessions

These helpful information sessions present an overview of the Bachelor of Technology In Applied Design program, and explain the admission process. Sessions last one hour and include time for questions. No RSVP is needed, and attendance at one is highly recommended for all applicants. An online option is available through the Advising Department.

Next scheduled information sessions:

  • November 5th:  4:30pm Q&A, 5pm program presentation, W406

If you have additional questions, please contact lead faculty Steve Ater.

Application Process

Students who wish to take courses without being admitted to the program (non-matriculated) may be considered on a space-available basis.

The admission process for the 2014-2015 BTAD program concluded with the August 11, 2014, deadline.

Please check this site for future updates regarding the application process.

Program Admission Requirements

Note: Admission procedures and requirements are subject to change. The following requirements must be complete by the application deadline in order for the applicant to be considered.

  1. Completion of requirements for an earned Applied Associate Degree or equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum of 70 quarter credits in an appropriate technical area of concentration (Engineering Graphics, Multimedia, or related field).

  2. Minimum cumulative GPA across all college coursework of 2.0. Completion of 20 credits of college-level General Education with a minimum of a 2.0 GPA as follows*

    • English Composition (ENGL&101 or equivalent) - 5 credits

    • Quantitative Reasoning (any college-level math with Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite) - 5 credits

    • Social Science - 5 credits

    • Humanities - 5 credits

  3. Design portfolio with a minimum of 7 and maximum of 10 examples of your best design work, completed either as a student or professional. If you are submitting professional work, sensitive or proprietary information should be removed. Method of submission (electronic or DVD preferred over hard copy):

    • Link to a website with 7-10 portfolio pieces clearly identified

    • A single .pdf not to exceed 100mb, from The destination address is Do not email directly as large files will exceed size limits.

    • A DVD turned in with your application materials. .pdf or .jpg file format preferred.

    • Hard copy submitted with application materials; size limit 11x17. The portfolio will not be returned.

    Review Criteria: Portfolio reviewers will examine portfolios to assess technical and design skills. Brief explanations of project goal and whether the piece was created as student or professional work are encouraged.

  4. One to two page admission essay describing the candidate's interest in the degree, how completion of this degree meets their personal education and employment goals, and any information that may support entry to the program.

  5. Two Letters of Recommendation attesting to the student's ability to succeed at the baccalaureate level (include with packet in a sealed envelope), preferably one from an instructor and one from an employer (such as a supervisor).

  6. $50 non-refundable application fee.

*Students who have not completed the required General Education Requirements may submit a written plan for completion of the requirements. Please list the classes that you will take, where you will take them and how you will complete them prior to the start of the program.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be selected by faculty review based on the criteria above. Porfolio is the most heavily-weighted criteria, followed by GPA, admission essay, and recommendation letters.

If the applicant is denied to the program and would like the application to be carried over to the next quarter, the student needs to contact Enrollment Services with this request.