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Incoming Students

Welcome to the Woodbury Graphic Design department. Whether you are a new first year, or transfer student applicant, you likely will have many questions. Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the campus and meet with the Graphic Design Chair to learn about the program, see the studio learning environment, and become familiar with the type of work expected of the program. You may soon become a part of an outstanding and diverse group of award-winning design students.


Portfolio Mentors
We strongly encourage applicants to set an informal meeting with a Portfolio Mentor to assist you in the selection of appropriate pieces for your application portfolio. For more information, contact the Graphic Design Chair, Sue Vessella at sue.vessella@woodbury.edu

Freshman Applicants

Transfer Applicants

Computer Requirements



Freshman Portfolio
Applicants are encouraged to submit a portfolio that demonstrates their artistic perspective and range of skills to help your Woodbury professors better understand how to assist you in reaching both your academic and professional goals. The portfolio should include a minimum of seven pieces, and demonstrate the applicants’ artistic perspective and range of skills. Include a description of the work, along with any project specifications or requirements. Date each piece of your work with the date of completion. A range of work is preferable and can include drawings or sketches, paintings, photographs, collages, graphic design projects, or any general color or design projects. Samples can be submitted by CD in JPEG or PDF format, and should be sent to the attention of the Graphic Design department at:

Woodbury University
Department of Graphic Design
Attention: Sue Vessella, Chair
7500 Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91510-7846

Students entering the program without a portfolio must submit their work for review after the first year of study. All students are required to pass the Graphic Design Progress Portfolio review after their second year of study, which will assess their progress in the program and readiness for upper division studios.
 

Portfolio Requirement

Transfer students must submit a digital portfolio of their work to the Graphic Design department. Samples can be submitted by CD in JPEG or PDF format, and should be sent to the attention of the Graphic Design department at:


Woodbury University
Department of Graphic Design
Attention: Sue Vessella, Chair
7500 Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91510-7846


Include a description of the work, along with any project specifications or requirements. Date each piece of your work with the date of completion. A range of work is preferable and can include drawings or sketches, paintings, photographs, collages, graphic design projects, or any general color or design projects. The portfolio should include a minimum of seven pieces, and demonstrate the applicants artistic perspective and range of skills. Upon portfolio submission, applicants are automatically entered in the Laptop Scholarship Competition to win a MacBook Pro computer.

  Transfer Courses
The Woodbury Graphic Design program is designed as a sequential curriculum involving courses whose content builds on the learning from subsequent courses. It is recommended that transfer students enter in the fall semester to take advantage of the optimum curricular sequence.  Students are accepted for the spring semester but an additional semester may be required to complete the program. It is also recommended that transfer students complete one year or 30 units at a community college and transfer to Woodbury for the second year of study. It is not necessary, or even preferable, for students to complete an AA Degree before entering the program. It is also recommended that transfer students complete the following design and general education courses before matriculation in the Graphic Design program in order to progress through the curriculum in a timely fashion. Download the Community College Course Articulation Chart below for specific course information.

Major Courses
Beginning Drawing
Design and Color Elements 1
Design and Color Elements 2
Drawing and Composition (or) Figure Drawing

General Education Courses
Academic Writing 1
College Algebra or equivalent
Public Speaking
Art History (Select any two courses)
Intro to Psychology
Social Science (Select from: History, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, or Anthropology)


Additional courses that can be taken before matriculation:
Environmental Science
Biological Science with lab
Art History 2
Ethical Systems (Philosophy)
 

Click here to view the Community College Course Articulation Chart

If you have any questions as to which classes to take before entering the program, please contact the Graphic Design Chair, Sue Vessella, at sue.vessella@woodbury.edu.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENT
It is required that all students have an Apple laptop computer that is compatible with existing on-campus labs and meets the following minimum specifications:

Hardware:
15-inch MacBook Pro

Specifications:
• 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 512MB GDDR5 memory
• 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
• 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
• SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
• MacBook Pro 15-inch Widescreen Display
• Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide
• Accessory Kit
 

System also includes:
AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro (with or without Display)

Strongly recommended - Premium quality Laser or Ink Jet printer— up to 11x17 or 13x19 paper size

Software: (current versions)
Microsoft Word
Adobe Creative Suite
Photoshop
Illustrator
InDesign
Flash
Acrobat
QuickTime Pro
iWork

Students are responsible for email and ISP accounts; student-owned computers used on campus must have a network, and/or wireless card, depending on where the computer will be used.

Educational discounts are available through the Woodbury On-line Apple Store.
http://store.apple.com/us_edu_281940/recommended

SOFTWARE TUTORIALS
The department of Graphic Design provides a free subscription to a multi-user software tutorial service. The lynda.com Online Training Library™ includes such subjects as Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, Live Type, Office, digital photography, Web design, digital video, and many others. lynda.com’s tutorials provide comprehensive movie-based training to professionals and students which assists in keeping their skills current and supplements their software instruction.