Outcomes : Acceptance or Non-Acceptance

Acceptance

Students who are accepted into the Digital Design program and will earn exclusive access to upper-division Digital Design classes contingent on successful completion of the required foundation courses:

  • FINE 1400 2D Design
  • FINE 2405 Intro to Digital Design
  • FINE 2415 Typography

Failure to receive a passing grade (C or better) in these foundation classes will result in a student’s non-acceptance into the Digital Design program.  In this event, a student can reapply to the Digital Design program the following year.

Once accepted into the program, it is highly suggested that students meet with a CAM Advisor to lay out an individualized class plan.  It is also recommended that students enroll in classes as soon as they are posted, as classes fill quickly.  Please note that additional sections will not be offered and that classes have strict size limits to ensure that all Digital Design students receive the highest level of education possible.

If a student is accepted into the Digital Design program but decides to defer attending until another year, that student will lose their place in the program and will have to reapply for admittance. The only exception to this policy is for military service or highly unusual circumstances which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Non-Acceptance

Students who receive are not accepted did not demonstrate the critical skills and proficiencies necessary to perform successfully in upper-division Digital Design courses in comparison to all of the portfolios reviewed. Students that are not accepted will be blocked and/or departmentally dropped from taking future Digital Design classes.

If not admitted into the Digital Design program, a student has the choice of attempting the review process again the following year or selecting another program within the arts.  Students not admitted into the Digital Design program are encouraged to schedule a meeting with a Digital Design faculty member to learn of ways to improve portfolios for future admissions or to talk about their career goals.

For students deciding to reapply to the Digital Design program, it is recommended that they take or retake specific courses to improve their portfolio. Portfolio applications that are not accepted indicate that the student’s work will be improved best when supported by additional class structure and continued interaction with Professor(s) and classmates.

Things to Consider

  • The evaluation each student receives from the Portfolio Review is a judgment regarding the overall merits of the Portfolio submitted and not your overall potential as an artist, a person or even as a future designer.
  • Outcomes of the Portfolio Review are final. Final Evaluation Scores are not subject to an appeal.
  • Portfolios are judged from a holistic perspective considering the range of student work across the curriculum plus the wider body of contemporary design. The department acknowledges that Freshman and Sophomore work exists at a different level than that of truly experienced practitioners. However, for the sake of providing a realistic assessment of design work to-date, the bar for the Portfolio Review is intentionally set high.
  • Classroom grades incorporate aspects such as participation, attendance and more, the overall quality of each submitted Portfolio is ranked according to its own merits. Portfolio ranking is directly related to the strength of visuals, concepts and writing submitted. In other words, the grade the work received in class is not considered.
  • There are numerous channels and networks through which you can receive advice, feedback, and help. These include: design faculty, peer feedback, and upper-division Digital Design students who have been through this process.
  • Although all students may want to pass the Portfolio Review, this outcome is not guaranteed for everyone who participates. The Portfolio Review to get into Digital Design is competitive, and each year we turn away talented students because our faculty and facility can only accommodate a set number of design students. It is therefore both important and healthy to begin thinking about and planning for what next steps you might take in the event that your Portfolio does not pass the Portfolio Review.
  • Students who are accepted into the Digital Design program will earn exclusive access to upper-division Digital Design classes, contingent upon successful completion of the required foundation courses: FINE 1400 2D Design, FINE 2405 Intro to Digital Design ,FINE 2415 Typography.  Failure to receive a passing grade (C or better) in these foundation classes will result in a student’s non-acceptance into the Digital Design program.  If this event a student will have to reapply to the Digital Design program the following year.