Review and Retention for Illustration & Animation
First-Year Checkpoint and Entrance to Second-Year
Beyond first-year studies there is a maximum of 20 seats available for degree-seeking Illustration & Animation majors each year. There are typically two students vying for every one available position. In order to arrive at an impartial means of entry, all first year students declaring Illustration & Animation as their major are ranked according to their cumulative GPA. The first 18 students on the list are allowed first opportunity to enroll in ILLU 305 (Image Making), the first of the two-part second-year foundational sequence. Enrollment for ILLU 305 is done ONLY during the Spring Advising & Enrollment period (for the following Fall term) and entry into the course is based solely on cumulative GPA standings. In order to qualify, students must have successfully completed BDS 101 and 103 (or their equivalents) and be enrolled in (or have completed) BDS 102 and ILLU 205 (or their equivalent) at the time of Spring Advising and Enrollment. Students will also enroll in VISC 201 (Visual Communication).
Please note: ILLU 205 Drawing Media for Illustration should be taken in the spring semester of the first year.
In order to accommodate transfer students, two (2) of the 20 seats of ILLU 305 will be reserved. Transfer students must be declared and admitted for the Fall semester no later than March 1st. Only the top two transfer students will be considered and placed according to their ranking on a descending cumulative GPA list. If the transfer student seats are not filled, those seats will be offered to the next first-year students in line.
Second-Year Fall Semester Checkpoint
After completing the coursework for ILLU 305 and VISC 201, students must receive a grade of a “C” (2.0) or higher in each course to continue in the spring semester courses. Students at the C level are considered borderline. Any grade of C- (1.7) or below automatically eliminates the student from proceeding into the major/continuing onto the next semester, they do not have the option of repeating any course work and need to transfer to another major.
Students who met the Fall semester requirements will be enrolled in the Spring semester, ILLU 315 (Introduction to Illustration) and ILLU 405 (Drawing Media for Illustration II).
Second-Year Spring Semester Full Review
After completing the spring semester coursework, ILLU 315 and ILLU 405, students are required to participate in a portfolio review of all course content produced in both fall and spring semester Illustration & Animation courses including work produced in ILLU Drawing Media for Illustration I. The Illustration & Animation faculty use this review to determine if your work is at a satisfactory level. Supplemental to the grade portion of the Portfolio Review, students are also evaluated on attendance, work habits, attitude and the ability to listen and learn from constructive criticism. In addition, in order to continue in the major at the junior/senior level, students must receive a minimum grade of a “C+” (2.3) in each Illustration course during the spring semester. All of the Illustration & Animation faculty and the Visual Communication faculty participate in this review process.