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General Guidelines

 

Terms

Art Center offers three terms each year: Fall, Spring and Summer. Each term is 15 weeks.

Course Load

Degree programs are full-time only, requiring a course load of between 12 and 18 units per term. The minimum course load is 12 units, and permission must be obtained if the course load exceeds 18 units.

On the Friday of the first week of classes (Week 1), students not enrolled in at least 12 units will be placed on a Leave of Absence and will not be eligible to attend any classes for the term.

Students who do not preregister or add their classes by the Friday of Week 1 will not be enrolled for that term.

Students are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of their schedule, and will be held accountable for all classes on their schedule.

Students will be billed for classes that are on their schedules even if they do not attend them, and a grade of F may result due to non-attendance.

Academic Schedules

Class schedules are arranged so that many subjects are taught in blocks once a week on a full-day basis.

Many studio classes meet from 9 am to 4 pm. Other classes are from 8 am to 1 pm, and from 2 to 7 pm. Many classes are scheduled in the evenings and on Saturdays.

Humanities and Design Sciences classes normally meet at 1, 4 or 7 pm weekdays, and occasionally on Saturdays. Independent-study courses are available by special permission as described in the Art Center Student Handbook.

Student course schedules can be viewed at Inside Art Center. Once registered, students may modify their schedules by completing the Add/Drop process online by the Friday of Week 1.

Students should check their email and official bulletin boards for additional information related to registration.

Students are expected to attend every class on their schedule, and only the classes on their schedule. Not attending a class on the schedule will result in a grade of F. Students attending classes not on their schedule will not receive credit or grades for those classes.

Attendance

To complete a course successfully, students must attend all class sessions (unless they are engaged in research or location assignments that have been authorized in advance by the class instructor of the missed class).

The instructor takes roll at the beginning of each class, and at the discretion of the instructor, three or more absences may result in a grade of F.

Students who miss a class due to illness should discuss the absence with the instructor at the next class meeting. Students who are ill for a week or longer should contact their Department Chairís office and inform them of their absence.

Adding and Dropping Classes

Students must add or drop courses through the online registration process. The deadline to add or drop a class is the Friday of the first week of classes, after which no classes may be added to a studentís schedule.

Students must maintain a minimum of 12 units each term and fulfill the requirements for their major. Adds or Drops must be submitted by the student and processed by Enrollment Services.

Failure to add or drop a class properly will result in a grade of F for that class.

Enrollment Status

FULL-TIME STATUS
Undergraduates must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units and a maximum of 19 units each term. Undergraduate students taking more than 19 units in a term will be assessed a prorated tuition charge.

Graduate students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units and a maximum of 24 units each term. Graduate students taking more than 24 units in a term will be assessed a prorated tuition charge.

ART CENTER LITE
An Art Center Lite (ACL) term provides students with the opportunity to take a maximum of two terms of three to nine units. Students are charged tuition on a prorated basis per unit.

F-1 Visa international students are not permitted to take an ACL term without prior permission from the International Student Advisor. F-1 Visa international students approved for ACL may be considered on a term-off for visa status purposes. Term-off eligibility requirements will apply.

To be enrolled for an ACL term, students must complete and submit a Request for Art Center Lite form to Enrollment Services by the Friday before classes begin. Students enrolled in an ACL term for credit or an Internship Term for credit will be covered by the student health insurance plan.

INTERNSHIP TERM
Students are permitted to enroll in an Internship Term for credit for up to two terms during their course of study at Art Center. Internship Terms allow students to earn three to six units in off-campus internships arranged in coordination with the Career Development Office. Internship Terms are available to undergraduate students enrolled in their fifth term or higher and to graduate students. Students are charged tuition on a prorated basis per unit.

To be enrolled in an Internship Term, students must submit a Request for Internship form to Enrollment Services by the Friday before the start of classes for the Internship Term. This policy does not apply to students taking internships for no course credit. While on an Internship Term, students may not enroll in additional courses on campus. Students who wish to enroll in courses on campus and also earn credit through an internship should be enrolled full-time or in an ACL term, depending on the total number of enrolled units being pursued.

GRADUATE THESIS RESEARCH TERM
Graduate students must complete all course work, including a thesis, to graduate from the College. Graduate students who have completed all course work with the exception of a thesis must be enrolled in a zero-unit thesis preparation course each term until their thesis is complete. After completion of their sixth term, students will be unable to graduate from Art Center unless they are currently enrolled in the thesis preparation course.

Students enrolled in Graduate Thesis are not enrolled in the Collegeís student health insurance program, but can opt to enroll in it at their own expense at renstudent.com/accd for a maximum of one term once they begin their thesis work.

ART CENTER HONORS TERM
Art Center Honors Term is a program in which a student may enroll for an additional term after graduation at no tuition cost to pursue an area of study of special interest.

To apply, the student must complete and sign an Art Center Honors Term application, submit two Faculty Recommendation forms, a Department Chair Recommendation form and a portfolio. The portfolio can consist of graduating portfolio pieces and any work the student feels will represent his or her interests and abilities in the area of study chosen for the Art Center Honors Term.

If accepted into the Art Center Honors Term program, the student must make a $1,000 deposit prior to graduating from Art Center. The deposit will be refunded at the end of the Art Center Honors Term if the student satisfactorily completes the term. If the student withdraws, is suspended or is expelled, the deposit will be forfeited. All grades received on an Art Center Honors Term are calculated separately from the studentís undergraduate GPA.

F-1 Visa international students should consult with the International Student Advisor regarding Optional Practical Training (OPT) for employment authorization.

Financial aid beyond tuition remission is not available for the Art Center Honors Term program.

GRADUATE FELLOWS PROGRAM
The Graduate Fellows Program allows exceptional graduate students, who have graduated, an opportunity to pursue additional research within an approved area of study for one term. This program allows a select number of students to explore areas not covered in their graduate course of study. Graduate Fellows terms are not granted to those who wish to use the Collegeís facilities to generally improve their portfolios. Graduate Fellows terms are granted to students pursuing specific research activities that are considered to be of merit.

To apply, the student must complete and sign a Graduate Fellows application, submit two Faculty Recommendation forms, a Department Chair Recommendation form and a portfolio. The portfolio can consist of graduating portfolio pieces and any work the student feels will represent his or her interests and abilities in the area of study chosen for the Graduate Fellows Program.

If accepted into the Graduate Fellows Program, the student must make a $1,000 deposit prior to graduating from Art Center. The deposit will be refunded at the end of the Graduate Fellows term if the student satisfactorily completes the term. If the student withdraws, is suspended or is expelled, the deposit will be forfeited. All grades received for Graduate Fellows are calculated separately from the studentís undergraduate GPA.

F-1 Visa international students should consult with the International Student Advisor regarding Optional Practical Training (OPT) for employment authorization.

Financial aid beyond tuition remission is not available for the Graduate Fellows Program.

Leave of Absence

Students who wish to take a term off must submit a Leave of Absence form (LOA), which is available from Enrollment Services. Withdrawal from all courses at the College with a grade of W (Withdrawal) is possible prior to the Friday of the 12th week of any term. A completed Withdrawal form, supplied by and returned to Enrollment Services, is necessary. Student may take three consecutive LOA's.

Permanent Withdrawal

Students must submit a Permanent Withdrawal form to Enrollment Services to end their student status with Art Center if they leave prior to graduation.

Dismissal

A student may be dismissed (1) any time academic progress is determined to be unsatisfactory, (2) upon committing any violation of Art Center's rules and regulations, or (3) as a result of any conduct that the College's administration reasonably deems threatening to the health, safety or welfare of its students, staff or faculty; or to its property; or which substantially impedes the lawful activities of other members of the Art Center community.

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