University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art and Art History

Department of Art and Art History Advising Guidelines

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    Purpose of Academic Advising
    The fundamental purpose of academic advising is to guide the individual student through the process of clarifying and meeting his or her educational and career goals. Academic advising requires that the student and faculty member work together as a team; the student should come prepared with specific questions and ideas based upon degree requirements and career aspirations. Student responsibilities for undergraduate academic advising are listed on the Provost's page.

    Other Kinds of Advising
    Your academic advisor has expertise in academic issues, especially pertaining to majors in Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education. Other matters about which you may seek advice and support include student health, legal matters, writing and learning skills, general career planning, lifestyle/residential issues, and academic accommodations. UVM offers free professional advising regarding these and other issues. Students with majors in Studio Art and Art History should contact College of Arts & Sciences Student Services for help locating resources. Students pursuing the B.S. in Art Education should contact College of Education and Social Services Student Services.

    When you declare a major in Studio Art, Art History, or Art Education, you will be assigned to an individual faculty advisor who will provide assistance on the following topics:

    • Course selection
    • Fulfilling requirements of the major
    • General distribution and minor requirements within the College of Arts and Sciences
    • Planning for off-campus studies, internships, and other opportunities
    • Navigating the Four-Year Plan
    • Career ideas and opportunities

    All advisors hold regular office hours. Check the faculty office hours list to see when your advisor is available and to find contact information to arrange an appointment.

    Minors in Art History or Art or students considering a major/minor who would like advice should contact

    Advisor Changes: Leaves and Sabbaticals
    If your advisor goes on sabbatical or other leave, you will be assigned temporarily to another faculty member until your advisor returns and resumes duties; if you are being reassigned, the Department's administrative assistant will email you to let you know who your acting advisor will be.

    Student-Initiated Change of Advisor
    If for some reason you would like to change your advisor, contact

    Careers, Research, Graduate School, etc…
    The Department is committed to helping students learn more about their chosen field of study and the opportunities associated with it. In addition to directing you to consult individual faculty members about these issues, we strongly encourage you to attend regular events devoted to the following topics:

    • Applying to graduate school in Studio Art or Art History: how to select suitable programs, when to apply, which materials you need to prepare, and what job prospects are like in the field.

    Last modified September 05 2017 05:12 PM