College of Science & Engineering

Admissions - Industrial Design

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We have received many questions about the due date for the Entrance Portfolio.  The due date will remain April 6 by midnight.  The date will not be extended.  We feel that the April 6 deadline allows sufficient time for students to make decisions before May 1, the university's confirmation deadline. 

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this unusual time.    And thank you for your continued interest in the Industrial Design program at WWU!

Entrance Portfolio

The Industrial Design program requires an entrance portfolio submission in order to declare as a pre-major in Industrial Design. Students apply to the Industrial Design program after acceptance to the university.  A portfolio is a collection of an applicant's best creative work, revealing the applicant's creative skills and presented as professionally as possible. This initial screening process helps to determine a candidate's potential for success within the program. In order to maintain academic program quality in relation to faculty, staff and facilities, the program limits the number of applicants admitted. The school reserves the right to be the sole judge of who shall be accepted into the program.  On average, the program accepts 24 pre-majors annually.  Historically, 80-110 students apply every year.  Portfolio tips, instructions, and examples are at the bottom of this page. 

To apply - complete this application with a portfolio by the due date below

ID Entrance Portfolio & Application

Submission Deadlines

Portfolios will be reviewed by an Industrial Design committee three times per year; once per quarter. Students should submit their portfolio the quarter before they plan to start at WWU.  For example, for incoming Freshman their first opportunity to apply will be during spring quarter or the April deadline of their senior year in high school. Students who have not heard from WWU Admissions regarding university acceptance should still submit an Entrance Portfolio by the due date below. Please indicate on your ID application that you have applied and are waiting for a determination.

October 22 to begin winter quarter
January 21 to begin spring quarter
April 6 to begin fall quarter


Lisa Ochs
Pre-major Advisor

Portfolio Format

Portfolios must be a PDF file or a website.  The PDF file should be named with the applicant's last name at the start of the file name, such as "MorrisIDportfolio.pdf".  The PDF must be less than 30 MB in size.  Video, animation or other time-based materials may be sent on a flash drive or a linked web address.  A website URL should be listed on the ID application.

Each piece is to be clearly marked with the applicant's name, title of the project, medium (or software/materials) used, size, date of completion, and optionally, the story behind the piece. In the case of professional or group projects, applicants should indicate their personal contributions/responsibilities. A maximum of twelve original pieces (or 18 total pages) are allowed. A piece may be allotted more than one page.

If applicants do not qualify for acceptance one quarter, they may reapply for a following quarter after improving the content of their portfolio.

Suggested Content for Portfolios

An Entrance Portfolio is a collection of an applicant's best creative work, revealing the applicant's creative skills and presented as professionally as possible. Examples of previously accepted portfolios are at the bottom of this page. Applicants are encouraged to include work from as many of the following areas as possible:

a pair of sneakers sketched in three different styles

Sketching (examples of hand drawings that demonstrate an ability to draw or express ideas, and creative problem solving)


examples of logo designs

2D design (examples of page layout, composition, color, etc. as demonstrated in an illustration, advertisement, website, painting, photography, or other 2-dimensional work)

a jug, sneakers and a wooden step stool

3D design (examples of form development, construction, and craftsmanship as demonstrated in a 3-dimensional piece such as a model, sculpture, structure, woodworking, clothing, jewelry, etc.)


computer-rendered images: a geometric design, a map, and a sports car

Computer skills (examples of drawing/image editing software programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or equivalent. Or examples of computer-aided drafting [CAD], Solidworks, Rhinoceros, SketchUp, Blender, etc.)

Do not include imitations of photographs or other artist's work.  Do not include any work that would be considered copyright infringement.

Tips for Portfolios

Show diversity in media, flat work, 3D, digital and analog.
Show creativity with original work
Display evidence of solid problem solving skills in projects
Exhibit strong sketching and drawings skills (command of perspective, line quality, composition)
Fine art work should be well crafted, photographed and composed.
Exhibit good sense of form development in 3D work (sculpture, furniture, ceramics, jewelry, fashion apparel...)
Show good use of color in 2D work
Use a simple and well-designed portfolio (graphic presentation and layout)
Use short descriptions of each piece
Take excellent photography or scanning of work (lighting, print quality, descriptive views)
Be selective about what you include. Get help from a design professional to edit and identify your best work.


Examples of Accepted Entrance Portfolio submissions

 Example 1

 Example 2

 Example 3

 Example 4

 Example 5

 Example 6

 Example 7

 Example 8