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Which Graphic Design Advising option is right for you?

In the graphic design area, we divide up the advising across the different years in the program. Look below to see which category you fit into in order to come to the advising session that will suit you the best.

Freshmen, Sophomores (pre-portfolio students) or Transfers, this is for you:

Students who have not yet passed portfolio review need to come to one of the two open times below to be advised. At this time a design faculty member will be available to meet with you and review your advising materials (see below).

Friday, Feb. 10 • 11:30am–1:30pm | A+A 329

Friday, Mar. 10 • 10:00am–12:00pm | A+A 329

Tuesday April 11 • 3:30pm–5:30pm | A+A 329

Print out a copy of your most recent DARS report. Come any time during the session and meet one-on-one with Graphic Design faculty in the School of Art to get on the right path towards a BFA in Graphic Design.

Juniors or Seniors currently in the graphic design program, this is for you:

It is important that you visit your designated advisor during office hours. The graphic design faculty work closely with each student to assist in the development of a curriculum that best suits the needs for each student. 2016 office hours are as follows:

Sarah Lowe – Wednesdays, 4:00–5:30 | A+A 332

Jon Lukens – Wednesdays, 3:00–4:00 | A+A 338

Cary Staples – M/W, 3:30–4:00 A+A | A+A 322

Deb Shmerler – Thursdays, 4:00–5:00 | A+A 312


If you do not bring the following materials, we will unfortunately not be able to advise you and will have to ask that you complete them and return again, so come prepared!

  1. Graphic Design Academic Plan completed for next 4 semesters
    You can find a hard copy in the file folders outside of the School or Art office. Start with next semester and fill out your next four semesters. The form situates the design classes in the sequence they should be taken allowing you to plan your curriculum around it. The course abbreviations to the left represent all of the courses you should take in the design program. Use that to help you populate the next 4 semesters. You can view the sequence of the Graphic Design curriculum on uTrack.
  2. Current DARS report for your catalog year and set to the BFA in Graphic  Design
    You can either bring this as a printout (make sure all the tabs are opened and not collapsed) or you can bring a computer and pull it up while we talk things through.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of computer do I need?
Most students recommend purchasing a 15.4″ MacBook Pro. To see complete information about computer/technology recommendations for the School of Art, please click here.
Which computer programs do I need?
We require that every student have the Adobe Creative Suite downloaded onto their computers.

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