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Departmental application is not required for admission to TCU. However, we strongly encourage applicants to take advantage of the optional portfolio upload as part of the TCU general admission application process. The portfolio can help identify highly talented individuals ahead of time and can positively influence the admission offer.

How to Submit a Design Portfolio (Download)

Department of Design Transfer Admissions Policy

Transferring to TCU can be a valuable way to complete core requirements and prepare for our challenging and competitive design programs. However, it is important to know that our program is a lock-step sequence, and transfer credit does not guarantee acceleration toward graduation. Incoming transfer students must first declare as a pre-major in Graphic Design (GDPM) or Interior Design (IDPM) prior to orientation. You must then successfully complete all six foundation courses in the first year before participating in the Qualifying Examination.

Transferring Design Credit Within the Major: If a student would like to transfer credit for any or all of the foundation courses, they must follow the process explained below.

Students who wish to transfer credit for design courses need to schedule an appointment with a Design Faculty Advisor. Contact Design@tcu.eduYou may do this as soon as possible, regardless of where you are in the application process. We will meet with you in-person or via ZOOM to make sure you understand our degree plans, qualifying examination requirements, and transfer articulation submission process.

To transfer credit for a design course, you will be required to submit a portfolio of work and a syllabus from the closest related class that you have completed (the more work, the better). Upload your syllabus and portfolio to the following folder:

For general university application information, visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Undergraduate Admissions


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A degree in design is an investment in your future, but you don’t have to make it alone. Find out what kind of assistance is available from the TCU Office of Financial Aid.

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Explore the scholarship options available to Design majors.

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Department of Design FAQs

Do you have questions specific to the course of study within the Department of Design? Contact us at or check out our frequently asked questions below.

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Academics, student life and everything in between. Find answers to applicants’ most frequently-asked questions here.

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