WSU Design Program

Begin your creative journey with the Winona State Design Program

Student to faculty ratio​
0 /1
Employed in fields related to their major​
80 %
Students in the Program
50 +
Student continue to 2nd year
70 %

If you are currently in high school or have recently graduated, either the Graphic Design major or the I–Design major are viable Design Program paths. 

The I–Design major provides students with an up-to-date and adaptive design education. As the creative field continues to expand, the major will enable students to make use of the Design Thinking methodology and develop a creative identity. Find out More

The Graphic Design major provides students with a traditional educational approach paired with collaborative work in other disciplines. A majority of the course work is completed in the Art & Design Department with required courses in the Computer Science, Mass Communication and Marketing departments. Find out More

Laptop Information

Please note that design students are required to use Apple Laptop Computers. WSU ITS provides all students with Macbook Pro Laptops. Technology fee in tuition covers full Creative Cloud Suite. See more about campus devices.

Step 1: Apply to Winona State University

Please follow these instructions to pay the application fee using your credit card. You will need your StarID and password to log in.
  • Visit eServices
  • On the left side, select “Log in”
  • You may need to activate your StarID before using it
  • Enter your StarID and password
  • On the left side find Bills and Payments – the $20 application fee should appear as an outstanding payment
  • Make a payment and enter your credit card information
No fee is needed if you are a returning WSU student, are transferring from RCTC, Riverland or Minnesota State College, Southeast or have submitted a valid fee waiver request.

High School Transcripts: Freshman and Transfer Students with less than 24 college credits after high school or if you have attended a technical college only, will need to submit official high school transcripts or GED documentation.

College Transcripts: Request official transcripts from each non-Minnesota State College/University. If you have attended a Minnesota State College/Universities, WSU will retrieve your transcript from our database.

Transcripts can be sent to or mail them to:

WSU Admissions PO Box 5838
Winona, MN 55987-5838

Freshman students are encouraged to provide official ACT and SAT test scores to complete your undergraduate application. ACT/SAT scores help determine your placement in math, English and foreign language courses as well as help you qualify for scholarships.

You can send WSU these scores in two ways:
  • Select WSU at your test: ACT code 2162/SAT code: 6680
  • Ask ACT or SAT to send an official score to WSU
Expect 7-10 business days for processing your scores once they are received. Guaranteed Admission: If you are a student with the following qualifications, you will be guaranteed admission to Winona State:
  • 3.00 GPA or top 50% class rank and no ACT/SAT OR any ACT/SAT score
  • 2.75 GPA or top 66% and ACT 21 or higher (SAT 1060)
If you do not fit within these guaranteed standards, still apply! We are happy to review your application and you may be accepted. Your application will be individually reviewed to determine your potential for success at WSU based on your strength of GPA, your ACT/SAT test scores, and your academic progression. WSU may also request additional information before an admission decision is made. Transfer students do not need to send ACT/SAT scores unless they have earned less than 24 transferable college credits.

Once your application is completed you will have online access to track your application via MyWSU.

Students are mailed a decision 2-3 weeks after all information is received.

You should use myWSU to track your admissions process and RSVP for programs as well as check your email for important messages from WSU.

Remember that admission to WSU does not always mean you are admitted into a major/program.

Step 2: Take Required Courses & Apply to Program

Students are encouraged to declare either I–Design or Graphic Design upon entering WSU. Students then complete required coursework and apply to the Program which includes a portfolio review (Design Program Application). 

Need Assistance?

It can be overwhelming looking into the future with so much unknown. We would be happy to discuss your future with the WSU Design Program. Schedule an appointment to talk with a faculty member virtually!