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Undergraduate Advising Information for Students

Each undergraduate student who declares an Art major is automatically assigned to an advisor in Art Education, Art History, or Studio Art. All art advisors are full time faculty in the Art Department. Students can work with their assigned advisor or they can select a specific Art faculty member to be their advisor. See the "Meet Us" page or the list of Full Time Faculty Advisors for instructor’s name, contact info and teaching area.

When to Make an Appointment

Students are urged to meet with an Art faculty advisor as soon as possible after declaring Art as a major. All Art majors are strongly encouraged to meet with an Art faculty advisor at least once each academic year, usually a few weeks before enrolling in classes for the next term.

When students begin Upper Division coursework in their concentration, it is beneficial to meet again with an advisor to discuss appropriate substitutions, catalog rights, and elective selection. This will better prepare students for applying to graduate and ensure the student is able to complete all the major requirements before their projected graduation date.

When the time comes, students should meet with their advisor again before submitting their online graduation application to confirm the accuracy and completeness of the student’s major requirements.

Preparing for Your First Advising Session

  • All full time Art faculty members advise students during regularly scheduled office hours or by prearranged appointments. Faculty names and contact information are posted on the Art department website on in the Art Office. The Art Office won’t make advisor appointments for students. Email the advisor to arrange an advising appointment if you can’t make it to their office hours.

  • Collect transcripts as evidence of college level art courses taken at other colleges. Or if records are current, this information can be reviewed on MySacState Student Center. Students should also review the Art major requirements that apply to their Catalog year.

  • Read information about current lower division transfer agreements for Sacramento State with other CSU campuses and California community colleges on www.assist.org. Assist.org allows advisors to quickly review course articulation agreements. Art courses taken at other institutions may be used toward the major with Art faculty advisor approval. If necessary, documentation of these courses (catalog descriptions, syllabi, assignments, etc.) may be requested by the faculty advisor. A portfolio of work done in other college art classes may be required to determine equivalency.