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Navigating your way through a four-year degree’s curriculum can be complicated and we’ll give you hand as you sort your way through the ins and outs of class schedules, registration, GenEd themes, degree requirements, and more.

Incoming freshmen are assigned a general adviser. This person will help you plan, and start, your academic career. After you officially declare a major in art, you will be assigned an art faculty adviser who teaches in our department.

To help you plan your four year program of study, we have developed Plans of Study for each of our degree programs.

Advice for Freshmen

Portfolio Review

A portfolio is required for admission to the Department of Art by incoming Freshmen, transfer students seeking to become Art majors, current ASU students wanting to change their major to Art or returning graduates pursuing another degree in Art. Click here for more information.

Declaring a Major

Students wishing to declare Art as their major must meet all of the following criteria:

More information can be found at the University College Academic Advising Center’s website.

Advice for Graphic Design Majors

Students wishing to major in Graphic Design must first apply to the program through Graphic Design Candidacy Portfolio Review. More information can be found here.

Check the Graphic Design Resources page for helpful advising documents.

Advice for all Art Majors

Programs of Study

A program of study, sometimes called a checksheet, is a checklist of a degree program’s requirements. Links to General Education and degree program checksheets can be found here:

Taking Courses at Other Institutions

Students wishing to take courses at other institutions and transfer credit to Appalachian must receive prior approval. Guidelines can be found here.

Advice for Seniors

Graduation Audits

Graduation Audits are done automatically for all students that have reached 90 earned hours and are within 1-2 semesters of graduation. If you have not received a graduation audit and you are within these perimeters please contact the dean’s office for Fine and Applied Arts.

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