Student sketching bicycles in motion, digitally and on paper.

Students majoring in Product Design must apply and be accepted into both the Frostic School of Art and Western Michigan University. You can apply concurrently to both WMU and the College, you do not have to wait until you are accepted by WMU. 


STEP 2: APPLY TO the Product design program

Slideroom charges a $10 fee at the time of a completed applicant’s submission. The product design program is not yet authorized to accept international applicants.


Once you have submitted your application you will need to audition or undergo a portfolio review to be admitted. 

Application Deadlines 

Virtual Interview Days
Friday, February 12, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021
Contact the department to apply after the posted audition or portfolio review dates.

 Application components

Statement of intent

The purpose of this statement of intent is to give us a sense of your creative background, design aspirations, and career goals. The statement should illustrate your understanding of the practice of product design, the profession, and how the product design program at Western Michigan University can help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Statements should be between 400-600 words.


The portfolio is an essential piece of how we get to know you as a designer and artist and evaluate your skills and talent. A complete portfolio includes 8-10 original (not copied) works created within the last 2 years. Your portfolio should showcase your design and artistic strengths and abilities. The pieces in your portfolio can be assignments from art and design classes; we strongly encourage you to include pieces that reflect your individual ideas, talents, and inspirations.

Recommendation form

A recommendation form is a required piece of the application process that should be completed by a person who is familiar with your artistic abilities (e.g., an art instructor, counselor or teacher). The recommendation form is sent through Slideroom to the person of your choosing’s email.