Department of Design and Industry
Fine Arts Building, Room 121
Phone: (415) 338-2211
Directions to the department office
Scheduling a meeting with an adviser
Advising appointments are arranged first-come, first-served; some advisers may also have drop-in hours, ask the office staff if that is the case. Keep in mind that as the semester progresses, it can become increasingly difficult to obtain a meeting with an adviser as the number of appointments are limited.
If you need to cancel an appointment, please be sure to call the office and adviser ahead of time. If you miss your appointment, you will need to reschedule and are not guaranteed a spot.
What to bring to an advising appointment
You must plan to bring your personal academic advising folder to each advising appointment. Additionally, once you have made an appointment with an adviser, you should contact the adviser, briefly describe the nature of your forthcoming appointment and specifically ask if there are additional items that you will be expected to bring. This is especially important when attempting to transfer credits onto your major contract from other institutions as that operation requires a variety of documents that you will need to obtain.
Your personal academic advising folder
Every student is expected to maintain a personal advising folder and to bring it to every advising appointment&emdash;it is a guide to assist you in your studies. At minimum, your personal advising folder should contain the following (and may contain other items pertinent to you):
- Grade reports/Unofficial prior college/university transcripts.
- Evaluations of transfer credit (Advance Standing Evaluations/ASE)
- DARS, GE and Graduation checklists.
- SF State Semester Grade Reports.
- Any tentative/sample schedules or contracts filled out with advisers before formally declaring the major.
- Notes and documents from previous advising sessions.
- Copies of pertinent paperwork: incomplete grade forms, probation releases, course withdrawal forms, transfer agreements, etc.
- Once declared as a major, a copy of your current official DAI contract. (must be signed by Department Chair, Adviser and Yourself)
General Education Adviser
As you will more than likely be taking courses outside the department as regular part of your studies at SF State, it is often difficult to envision how all the pieces fit together. In addition to regular advising, you may wish to contact the General Education (GE) Adviser at the department, Dr. Yu-Charn Chen, who can assist you in choosing GE courses that compliment your studies within the department.
The SF State Advising Center is a worthwhile resource to touch bases with; you will likely use their services near the beginning of your studies as you complete your GE requirements.