Second-Year Full Review

Any student who fails to earn the minimum required grades in any of their second-year Major Studies courses will be unable to continue into the next semester's Major Studies courses required for their intended concentration in Design. Such a student would not have the option of repeating Major Studies coursework and would need to switch to another major or program.

After completing second-year spring-semester Major Studies courses, students are required to participate in a holistic review that is organized according to each student's concentration in the Design BFA, as outlined below:

Illustration & Animation:

  • Students are required to participate in a portfolio review of all course content produced in both fall and spring semester Illustration & Animation courses. The Illustration & Animation faculty use this review to determine if a student's 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.

Industrial Design:

  • The Portfolio Review is of all projects produced in INDD 212, INDD 284 and INDD 302. The Industrial Design faculty use this review to determine if the student's work is at an above 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.

Photography:

  • The primary component of the review is the submission of a photographic portfolio (10-15 images) of work made over the course of the previous year. Each portfolio is evaluated by a faculty committee upon the following criteria: originality, treatment of form and composition, engagement with subject matter and medium, quality of ideas, technical ability, and craftsmanship. In addition to their portfolio, students are also evaluated on attendance, work habits, professionalism, participation, and GPA.

Visual Communication Design:

  • The Portfolio Review is of all projects produced in both the fall and spring semesters in Visual Communication Design courses. The Visual Communication Design faculty use this review to determine if the students’ 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 to passing the Second Year Full Review, students must earn or exceed the minimum required grades for their spring-semester Major Studies courses.

Students who fail to pass the Second Year Full Review and/or fail to earn or exceed the minimum required grades for their spring-semester Major Studies courses do not have the option of repeating any Major Studies coursework and must transfer to another major.

 

Questions?

Please direct questions regarding the Second Year Full Review to the relevant Program Director(s):

Illustration & Animation: Barry Fitzgerald

Industrial Design: Betsy Barnhart

Photography: Elise Kirk

Visual Communication Design: Andrea Herstowski