Prospective Students

Undergraduate Programs

Note that acceptance into the Department of Design, either as an entering Freshman or as a Transfer Student, does not equate to automatic acceptance into the Upper Division design studio programs.


Prior to admittance into Junior and Senior studio courses (upper division), all students who wish to enter the Industrial Design (BS) or Interior Design (BFA) programs at CSULB Department of Design, must successfully pass a completed portfolio review.


BA Design majors do not follow a Studio-based Upper Division program.


The portfolio review is a competitive review process. The portfolio is a document that includes work created in the first and second years of Pre-Design at California State University, Long Beach.


For guidelines specific to each major, please see the flow charts associated with your major of interest or intent on the right.


Graduate Program

Prior to admittance into the Master of Arts program, all students must first apply to, and be accepted by the University. After which, additional application materials will be required to be submitted through an online platform for review by the department graduate admissions committee. Through this competitive process, a cohort of students will be selected based on diversity of skills, experiences and potential to perform successfully in an intensive, full-time, face-to-face design program.
Once admitted into the Department of Design, students will enroll in required graduate courses. Please see the MA_HXDI Flow Chart and the CSULB Catalog for specific course requirements and descriptions. For more detailed information see the MA_HXDI policy statement.