While working with an advisor in the Fulbright College Advising Center will also be crucial for tracking core and general education course progression, Art students should work with one of the Art Department advisors when strategizing progress through the specifics of the Art curriculum. The Art Department does not assign advisors; the student is able to choose one from the list.
Meeting with your Advisor
Many students rely on their advisors for consultations about a variety of issues throughout the year. All faculty members have regular office hours during which you can make appointments to meet with them, or just drop in. To meet with your advisor in the Fulbright College Advising Center, you can call the Center at 479-575-3307, stop in and schedule an appointment, or use UASuccess to schedule a time to meet for an appointment online. The Advising Center and faculty are available throughout the year, so don't delay in scheduling an appointment!
Transfer Student Advising
If you are a transfer student, you will have received a Transfer of Credit Report, which will detail which of your courses match existing U of A courses. Other courses which do not match exactly will be assigned a course number ending in 99T. You will need to see an advisor to have these evaluated. When this is done a course substitution form will be filled out assigning a new course number for your 99T courses. You may need to bring in syllabi, course descriptions or actual work to help in this evaluation. Your Art Department advisor can only do course substitutions for your Art requirements. If you have a transfer course in another department that needs to be assigned, you’ll need to see an advisor in that department.
Preparing for your Advising Appointment
Before meeting with your advisor for registration advice, tentatively plot out your schedule for the academic semester. Be familiar with the catalog requirements for your degree. Have alternative courses noted in case your primary courses are filled. Ask your advisor plenty of questions–he or she is here to help you.
Planning Your Course Schedule
All undergraduate studio majors start out with the Art Studio Foundation – ARTS 1919 and ARTS 1929. See Foundations for more information about the curriculum.
It’s a good idea to get some other things out of the way during your first year:
- Math courses. BAs need to take Finite Math, Calculus, or Mathematical Reasoning. Some students will need to take College Algebra first. BFA’s will only need to take College Algebra. Either way, your math skills may start to fade if you wait too long, so it’s best to go ahead and take the math early on. Some students who have a difficult time with math courses prefer to take it during the summer, when they can concentrate on just one course.
- Language courses. If you plan to continue with the language you studied in high school, it’s wise to start right away. As with math, if you wait too long, you are likely to forget some of what you learned. Also, once you start your language course, keep right on going; don’t skip a semester. BA students need to complete a language through the Intermediate II level, while BFA’s must complete through the Intermediate I level.
- Art History courses. Don’t put off your art history courses! They will be very helpful to you in your studio work. Get started on Art History Survey I and II by your second year.In general, try to balance your studio courses ( if you are a studio art major) with other courses. We generally recommend that in your first few years, you take 2 studios per semester. Taking more than two studio classes at a time is difficult, and should be reserved for your junior or senior years.
- It pays to plan ahead. Some courses are offered irregularly and others may fill up quickly when they are offered. Nearly all of the 1000 and 2000 level courses in the Art Department will fill up, and many of the upper level ones as well. Admission to some courses, such as Graphic Design courses and Professional Practices is by permission of the instructor only, and therefore you will need to contact that instructor.
Checksheets for each of the degrees we offer can be found on the Fulbright College Advising Center website as well as in the art office so that you can track your progress and requirements yourself.
In order to avoid any delay in your graduation, you should be thoroughly knowledgeable in the requirements for your degree and consult with your advisor and the Fulbright College Advising Center (479-575-4801) or the Fulbright Dean's Office (479-575-4801) when you are in doubt. You can also use the newly created Degree Audit function in UAConnect to see which areas of your degree are fulfilled and which coursework areas you will still need to complete.
Find your major checksheet on the Fulbright College Advising Center website.