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Advising, Grades, Courses, and Course Rotation

Advising

We take advising seriously, and we expect the same of our students.

from the Longwood catalog on Academic Advising

Newly admitted students who have declared their intention to pursue a degree in a particular discipline are assigned advisors in the appropriate school. The assignment of the advisor is generally not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Students who have not declared a major are advised by a special group of advisors who participate in the Longwood Seminar program.

Prior to registration, students are required to consult with their assigned academic advisor regarding course selection, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Advisor signatures are required on all registration forms. Note: Students who do not consult with their advisor prior to registering for class may be prohibited from using web registration. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.

Individual advising sessions are held between professor and student beginning a week prior to each semester's registration period. Students are expected to schedule an advising session with their advisor. A PIN number, permitting the student to register, is required of each student who has earned less than 45 credit hours. However, we strongly urge all students, regardless of accumulated credit hours, to be advised. Mistakes can be made through self-advising, and, when these happen, are the responsibility of the student.

Students are expected to keep a folder of their advising materials, including any notes they make, and bring these to each advising session.

Download a Graphic and Animation Design advising checklist.

Learn about academic policies and regulations.

Link to the Longwood Registrar's page.

Link to Longwood course schedule

Key Advising session

An important advising will occur in the first semester of the second-year student. During this session, the student will decide which of the two tracks she or he will pursue. Discussion about this important decision will have begun the prior semester, permitting the student time to consider his or her choice. This decision will determine the student's major and elective classes. The two tracks are Brand Identity and Media Design and Animation, Simulation, and Time-based Media Design.

When to file an Application for Graduation

Students must file an Application for Graduation with the Longwood Registrar as soon as they have earned 89 credits. Earned credits are defined as credits given in a class for which you have received a final grade. Failure to file automatically places a hold on the student's account. A hold prevents the student from registering for classes, which can compromise graduation. The hold is removed once the student files an Application for Graduation.

 

 

 

Course and Grade Requirements

All Graphic and Animation Design (DSAM) concentratees will receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. The General Education Requirements will be identical for each of the two tracks.

To satisfy major graduation requirements within the DSAM program, students must earn a grade no less than C in all DSAM courses. DSAM concentratees who receive less than a C in a required DSAM course must retake and pass that course in order to receive credit. Plus and minus grades are figured into the student's GPA. A fuller explanation of grades and a GPA calculator can be found at "GPA Calculator" at the Registrar's page.

Additionally, as a graduation requirement, all students in the DSAM program must participate in, and pass, five annual portfolio assessments. See "Assessments" in the menu at left.

The student bears full responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements.

Every attempt has been made to state the DSAM requirements as clearly as possible. However, it is strongly recommended that every student maintain close communication with the academic advisor assigned in order to plan their program in a fashion best suited to the student’s individual goals and needs. The faculty stands ready to assist any student in this regard.

Course Overview

Courses common to all students enrolled in the Graphic and Animation Design concentration.

Foundation courses (courses taken in student's first year):

DSAM 101–Visual Problem Solving for Design
DSAM 102–Drawing for Design
DSAM 103–Handcraft and Color
DSAM 104–Digital Craft and Color
DSAM 105–Research, Critique, and Presentation
DSAM 204–Surface, Space, and Time I
DSAM 100–1st Portfolio Assessment

Second-year courses:

DSAM 205–Surface, Space, and Time
DSAM 221–Graphic Design and Production I
DSAM 226–Typography I
DSAM 301–History of Graphic Design
DSAM 330–Illustration and Digital Imaging
DSAM 200–2nd Portfolio Assessment

Third-year courses: (for students enrolled in the Brand Identity and Media Design track)

DSAM 326–Typography II
DSAM 322–Graphic Design and Production II
DSAM 425–Interactive Design
DSAM 300–3rd Portfolio Assessment

Fourth-year courses: (for students enrolled in the Brand Identity and Media Design track)

DSAM 421–Graphic Design Portfolio (Capstone course)
DSAM 350–Senior Project Mid-Assessment
DSAM 400–Senior Project Final Assessment
DSAM 462–Senior Professional Project Seminar

Third-year courses: (for students enrolled in the Animation, Simulation, and Time-based Media Design track)

DSAM 210–Animation and Simulation I
CMSC 210–Web Scripting
DSAM 310–Animation and Simulation II
DSAM 325–Introduction to 3D Modeling
DSAM 300–3rd Portfolio Assessment

Fourth-year courses: (for students enrolled in the Animation, Simulation and Time-based Media Design track)

DSAM 421–Graphic Design Portfolio (Capstone course)
DSAM 410–Animation and Simulation II
DSAM 350–Senior Project Mid-Assessment
DSAM 400–Senior Project Final Assessment
DSAM 462–Senior Professional Project Seminar

Current Graphic and
Animation Design catalog

Download Graphic and Animation Design catalog_2013-2014

Course Rotation Schedule

A course rotation schedule shows you when course offerings are anticipated and helps you plan your future class schedules. Your advisor will review this schedule with you.

Course Rotation Schedule for fall 2013 to spring 2015