Art Student Handbook
► Attendance policy in art classes
Since art and design classes involve a lot of in-class interaction, group critiques and hands on practice, it is essential that students attend class regularly. Excessive unexcused absences will result in a lowered final grade in most classes. Familiarize yourself with the attendance policy in each of your classes. Classes that meet twice a week have a lower threshold for absences than those meeting three times a week.
► Advising Basics for Art & Design students
This slideshow provides a basic overview of how to get an art/design degree at WOU.
Degree checklists & 4-year advising plans
These degree checklists help you make sure you take all the courses required for a particular degree.
Forecast of this year’s Art & Design course offerings
This chart shows which art classes are scheduled to be offered each term this year, and provides information about the day and times they will be held, so you can predict if you will have any scheduling conflicts.
How to find and contact your Advisor
- Go to wou.edu.
- Log in to your WOU Portal.
- Click on the “+ add channel” button at the very bottom right corner of the Portal home page.
- Click on the link “Advisor Information”
- Your advisor’s information will now appear on your WOU Portal home page every time you log in.
How to get your Advising Hold Removed each term
Before a student can register for classes each term, they are required to have their Advising Hold removed. The easiest way to do this is to attend the mandatory advising meeting that is held by the Art department each term (12:00-12:30pm on Wednesday and Thursday of week 6, CH 104). Poster reminders will be posted in ITC and CH for several days before the meeting.
If you fail to attend one of these meetings, you must make an appointment with your major advisor and they will need to remove your hold manually. This generally will delay your ability to register in time.
Other types of Registration Holds that students may have
Aside from an Advising Hold, there may be other holds that keep you from registering or seeing your grades. They might be due to unpaid fines, vaccinations that are missing, etc.
To find out what they are:
- Log into WolfWeb from the WOUPortal home page, by clicking the green WolfWeb button at the top of the Portal Home page.
- Within the “Student Menu”, select “Student Records”
- Choose “View Holds” to view the type of hold and to find out who you need to see to get them removed.
► Tracking your progress towards a degree using Degreeworks
- Click the “Degree” button on the WOUPortal home page and follow the steps to log in to Degreeworks and track your progress towards your degree.
Areas of Degreeworks with green check marks are completed. Areas with the blue ~ are in progress. Red boxes indicate areas that still need to be fulfilled. Carefully read the fine print at the top of each category (LACCs, Major, Minor, etc.. to make sure you have met all the requirements, including number of Upper division credits still needed).
► How to change your major
How to change your major or minor, switch from BA to BS, etc.
- Fill out the “Major/Minor/Advisor Change Form” PDF (the link to take you to a fillable form)
- print it off and take or email it to the department head of your major to get their signature. Then take the form to the office for your major which in turn will assign an advisor or document the change before forwarding the form to the Registrars office.
How to substitute an art class that you took at another college for an art class required by WOU If you took an art or design class at another accredited university or community college and it didn’t transfer automatically into your WOU art/design degree, talk to your advisor, who will work with the department head to make the substitution directly in your Degreeworks records.
► (For Transfer students) How to substitute an art class
How to substitute an art class that you took at another college for an art class required by WOU
If you took an art or design class at another accredited university or community college and it didn’t transfer automatically into your WOU art/design degree, talk to your advisor, who will work with the department head to make the substitution directly in your Degreeworks records.
► BFA Degree: How and When to Apply:
Art & Design Majors are encouraged to apply for admission into the Art & Design BFA program early in Spring term. Reminders to apply will go out in winter term at the advising meeting. Applicants must submit an application and a digital portfolio of work to be considered (found here). Once students are notified that they have been accepted in to the BFA program, they must fill out and submit a “Change of Major” form to the Registrars office to make the change official.
► Art Scholarships: How and when to apply:
The following scholarships are specific to Art and VCD students/majors. To learn more about these scholarships, click here wou.academicworks.com. Search for the scholarships by name or search by major/minor to learn more.
Ready to apply? You must be an admitted WOU student with access to the portal. Click-on “Sign In” from wou.academicworks.com (make sure you are signed into the portal) or find the “WOU Scholarships” link in the portal under “Programs for Everyone.” Complete the general application and any additional questions as requested.
Scholarships for Art and Visual Communications Design Students
Art WOU Foundation Scholarship
Dan and Gail Cannon Art Painting Scholarship
Peter and Gwen Stone Ceramics Scholarship
The Art Department currently offers four scholarship opportunities:
- The Portfolio Review Scholarship
- The Art WOU Foundation Scholarship
- The Dan and Gail Cannon Painting Scholarship
- The Peter and Gwen Stone Ceramic Scholarship
The Portfolio Review Scholarship
is a competitive scholarship open to all incoming freshmen and transfer students. Each year, several thousand dollars are awarded in tuition waivers to eligible applicants. The incoming freshman scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years and the transfer student scholarship can be renewed for up to 2 years. This scholarship requires recipients to be full- time Art or Visual Communication Design majors who maintain a B average in their major. To be considered, applicants must register for Portfolio Day and bring a sampling of their artwork for review. This can include 2-D, 3-D, digital, and graphic design pieces. As many as 4 scholarships have been awarded in previous years. For additional information, please contact Laura Killip at 503-838-8340 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to download scholarship information. Be sure to schedule your appointment with Laura Killip after filling out your application.
is a competitive scholarship open to all returning Art and Visual Communication Design majors at WOU. Students submit an application form and images of their artwork for review in the spring term of the academic year. The scholarship is a non-renewable tuition waiver. The application for Returning Art Student Scholarships (including the Cannon Painting and Stone Ceramic scholarships) is now online. Click here to apply.
The Dan and Gail Cannon Painting Scholarship
is annually awarded to painting students who show promise in their work. Students who wish to be considered for this scholarship should submit their work to the Returning Art Student Scholarship review. This award is non-renewable.
The Peter and Gwen Stone Ceramic Scholarship
is also an annually awarded scholarship for students who show promise in ceramics. Students who wish to be considered for this scholarship should submit their work to the Returning Art Student Scholarship review. This award is non-renewable.
The AStar Scholarship
This scholarship is designated for students who show promise in the Sculpture discipline.
► How to File a Complaint in the Art Department:
If a student wishes to file a complaint/grievance about another student, an earned grade, an instructor’s behavior, etc. they are to follow the chain of command listed below:
- First, approach the teacher about the problem/issue (if you feel they would be receptive to the conversation)
- If the issue is not resolved after talking to the instructor, a student should talk to the current Art dept. head.
- If the dept. head is unable to resolve the issue, a student should talk to the current Creative Arts Division Chair (office located in the box office of Rice Auditorium).
- If the issue is not resolved after talking to the Division Chair, a student should talk to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Bellamy Hall 234)
- If the issue remains, make an appointment with the Provost
- If the concern is still not resolved, make an appointment with the University President.
► Facilities: Fobs/Lockers
Key fobs allow Art & Design students to work in specific locked studios and labs during evenings and weekend hours. Art students are to acquire a key fob at the beginning of the academic year by filling out paperwork with the Laura Killip, the Art Office Coordinator in CH 105.
The fobs must be renewed each term (by visiting or emailing the office coordinator email@example.com). Please include your name and V# in the email.
FOBS MUST BE RETURNED at the end of the academic year, or after a student’s final term of art & design coursework, whichever comes first. Failure to do so will result in a fine for the “lost” fob.
Some studio spaces have their own storage areas. Beyond that, there are a limited number of lockers located in the hallway of the third floor and the basement that are available for art majors’ use. Students must bring their own lock and legibly label the door of the locker with their name, and term of use (e.g. Phil Diffy, Fall 2121). Please use only removable Artist Tape for labels.
Any locks on lockers without a current label are subject to being cut off at the end of the term.
► MAT Program Information
Art students interested in pursuing a master’s degree after they receive their BA/BS in Art & Design should contact WOU’s College of Education to find out about the Masters in the Art of Teaching (MAT) option.
This 5th year program is designed for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree in a specific discipline (e.g. Art) and who want to get a master’s degree to become certified to teach art at the middle school or high school level. There is an intensive, 1-year full time option, and a 2-year part-time option.
► Emergency Protocol
Fire extinguishers, emergency phones, and fire alarms are located on each floor of Campbell Hall. Please look around and familiarize yourself with the locations of exits and fire extinguishers before an emergency actually occurs. In the case of a fire alarm, students MUST evacuate the building and remain outside until campus safety allows you to return.
Do not use the elevator in case of an actual fire. Use stairways.
If you see a fire in CH or ITC, immediately pull a fire alarm to alert other occupants and evacuate the building if the fire is too large to put out easily. Call 911 and
8-9000 (from a campus phone or emergency phone box) or 503-838-9000 (from a cell phone). Give your name, department and fire location.
Earthquake: In the event of an earthquake, get under a solid table or stand in a doorway, away from windows, and hang on! Move away from tall shelving if possible. Protect your head and neck from falling objects. If the shaking stops enough to walk, quickly leave the building and meet in a safe location…open parking lot or football field.
► Art Dept. Mission Statements
BA/BS in Art & Design
To foster creative thinking, technique, critical inquiry, and visual literacy for application to art and design. Students engage art and design practices in a studio atmosphere, bringing together form, materials, and meaning to create expressive work. The curriculum integrates a variety of media and technologies. It emphasizes aesthetic awareness, collaboration, problem solving, innovation, and visual communication. An amalgamation of studio practices, art history, and contemporary theory provide contextual basis for creativity. The program equips students with a framework for understanding their place and role as artists and designers in an ever-changing world. Campus galleries exhibit student and professional work, contributing to the cultural environment of the campus and region. Applied projects empower students to address issues that impact their local, global, and online communities.
BFA in Art & Design
To foster advanced undergraduate study in creative thinking, technique, critical inquiry, and visual literacy for application to art and design. Students engage art and design practices in a studio atmosphere, bringing together form, materials, and meaning to create expressive work. The curriculum integrates a variety of media and technologies. It emphasizes aesthetic awareness, collaboration, problem solving, innovation, and visual communication. An amalgamation of studio practices, art history, and contemporary theory provide contextual basis for creativity. The program equips students with a framework for understanding their place and role as artists and designers in an ever-changing world. Campus galleries exhibit student and professional work, contributing to the cultural environment of the campus and region. Applied projects empower students to address issues that impact their local, global, and online communities.
► Art & Design Program Outcomes
- Cultivate lifelong strategies for creative thinking, skill-building, and active practice of art and design. (PS-Program Specific)
- Engage the world through critical inquiry and design process, and analyze art and design in context. (IA-Inquiry and Analysis)
- Integrate vision, language, form, and materials for communication and self-expression. (IL-Integrative Learning)