Advising

Students should meet with a faculty adviser at least once a semester to remain on track for timely graduation. Faculty advising in Design is available during Fall and Spring semesters with limited advising during the summer and winter. Students can meet with an adviser before entering the University via arrangement with the Design office. To book appointments during the regular school year, navigate to the Faculty Sites and Appointments found on each Professor's page here.

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Undergraduate students choose their own advisors within their degree area (BSVCD or BSID). See the Professor biographies here.

As students become more familiar with the department, they may wish to change their advisor. Students may do on their own without notifying the department office, but should keep their advisors informed of any changes. Until that time, students are welcome -- and encouraged -- to meet with their advisor regularly.

All newly admitted students are required to see their advisors during their first semester of attendance. It is recommended that students see their advisors early in that first semester and regularly as they progress to their degrees.
    •    Industrial Design Majors: Check details on our BSID_PPD page
    •    Visual Communication Design Majors: Check details on our BSVCD page
    •    Minors: Check details on our Design Minors page

First-year Students: please contact the Undergraduate Advising Center
Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors: please contact the Advising Resource Center (ARC)

 

Check details on our SF Scholars page for details about our accelerated Undergraduate + Graduate program.

For details on the University Scholars programs, see University 4+1 Program

Graduate students work first with the department’s Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Hsiao-Yun Chu. As their course of study takes shape, graduate students can meet with advisors throughout the department based on the student’s interests and the professor’s areas of expertise. All advisors are available to students in the M.A. program, particularly for their graduate Culminating Project.

Please email design@sfsu.edu with general questions (registration, etc), and if they cannot answer your questions, they will route you to a Design Faculty Advisor.

Regular academic advising (for General Education and Transfer questions) remains available via email, phone, and Zoom.  Contact information is below.

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Undergraduate Advising

Majors in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts (LCA) should consult with two advisors each semester:

  1. an advisor in the major and
  2. a general education and university requirements adviser in the Advising Resource Center (ARC) for LCA

Students who are completing a minor or an additional major should see an advisor in those programs as well.

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Graduate Advising

Graduate students work first with the department’s Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Hsiao-Yun Chu. As their course of study takes shape, graduate students can meet with advisors throughout the department based on the student’s interests and the professor’s areas of expertise. All advisors are available to students in the M.A. program, particularly for their graduate Culminating Project.

The Division of Graduate Studies offers counseling and advising regarding issues ranging from applications to graduation. Visit the Graduate Advising Center

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General Education and University Requirements

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Advising Resource Center

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts established the student Advising Resource Center (ARC) to provide multiple support services to students. You can receive information regarding requirements for your degree, petitions, financial aid, tutoring, student clubs, events, careers and much more.

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