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All students in Art & Design are required to meet with an advisor prior to registration each semester. A registration hold will be placed on student accounts until advising has been accomplished. This is to help ensure that all students understand the requirements to graduate and have quality time to get their questions answered. Please frequently check your NKU email account for advising information. After your first successful year at the university you will receive a faculty mentor advisor specific to your area of interest in visual arts.

Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor through the Student Success Collaborative SSC system.

Schedule Advising Appointment Directions

To prepare for advising appointments students should:

Update your major, minor, and general education Degree Checklists

A checklist is a list of required courses for a specific area of study.
Students should use the checklist for their catalog year.You can find your catalog year on myNKU under My Records > Degree Requirements Catalog.

Read the Advising Syllabus

Academic advising is an educational process that by intention and design, facilitates students’ understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education and fosters their intellectual and personal development towards academic success and lifelong learning.

Advisor: Candice van Loveren Geis
Office: Fine Arts Center 333 Nunn Drive
Highland Heights, KY 41099 | (859) 572-1521

Office Hours Fall: Monday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

By appointment Office: Fine Arts Center 312 (859) 572-5648

Advisee Responsibilities

As an advisee in the Art & Design Program, you have the ultimate responsibility in the advising process and the results of that process. Your responsibilities include:

  • Using MyNKU to find the name of your assigned advisor under My Advisor.
  • Making an official advising appointment prior to your Priority Registration time by contacting your advisor directly.
  • Preparing for your meeting by completing the Student Advising Preparation Sheet and the Major and Foundation of Knowledge Checklists.
  • Arriving at your advising appointment on time with your forms completed and prepared for the topic of that particular meeting.
  • Asking questions if you are unsure about university or departmental policies or procedures.
  • Knowing and understanding the academic calendar and being aware of important deadlines as published by the university.
  • Taking control of your learning by reviewing the University Catalog, the Schedule of Classes, and the Code of Students Rights and Responsibilities.
  • Updating your Major, minor/area of concentration, and Foundation of Knowledge checklists using MyNKU each semester.
  • Retaining all copies of university documents that you receive, including all paperwork given during your advising meetings.
  • Accepting responsibility for your education by making your own decisions in a timely manner.
  • Communicating important decisions and changes in registration status with your advisor and other affected faculty members.
  • Utilizing your NKU email on a regular basis to receive important messages from your advisor and other university announcements.
  • Checking the Canvas Community: Art Advising regularly for important announcements and other information.
  • You are required to meet with your advisor every semester prior to registration until you have earned 30 credit hours or the first year of attendance for transfer students. It is up to you to contact your advisor for an advising meeting. After you have earned 30 credit hours it is recommended that you meet with your mentor advisor regularly.

Advisor Responsibilities

In Art & Design you can expect your advisor to:

  • Listen to you and assist you in developing an educational plan to meet your goals effectively and efficiently.
  • Maintain confidentiality and only pass on information on an “as needed” basis to better serve you.
  • Have a broad base of knowledge concerning programs, policies, and procedures at the university level and beyond.
  • Assist you in setting realistic goals.
  • Encourage and help you to meet your maximum potential.
  • Be able to navigate the educational student system to obtain the most current and accurately dated information to provide quality advising.
  • Continue to increase his/her knowledge base by attending professional workshops, training sessions, conferences, and conducting independent research.
  • Be flexible and willing to try new and innovative ways of advising.
  • Communicate with you regularly regarding important advising information. Expected Student Learning Outcomes
  • Students will learn to make informed and independent decisions about their educational plans and other academic issues.
  • Students will become more knowledgeable about curriculum, policies, and procedures.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of general education and major requirements.
  • Students will become more self-sufficient in the advising process, but continue to consult their advisor for routine updates and questions.
  • Students will make use of services and resources on campus to help them fulfill their educational plans.
  • Students will assimilate knowledge from their major and graduate in a timely manner.
  • Students will be able to navigate and utilize MyNKU or contact the MyNKU Support Center.

Review the Student Preparation Instructions

It is your responsibility to get the most out of your advising appointments. You can do this by preparing ahead of time for your meetings and coming to your advisor’s office on time.

Students majoring in the Art & Design Program are required to meet with their advisor(s) each semester prior to registration.

  1. Schedule an appointment with your assigned advisor through the SSC system. Access SSC
  2. Utilizing your degree audit, major/foundation of knowledge checklists, and the schedule of classes available in myNKU, create a list of courses that you are interested in for the next semester. Place classes in your Registration Cart in myNKU or utilize the Academic Plan software and place classes there.
    • Degree Audit
    • Checklists for the Art & Design Program majors (with Gen Ed/Foundation of Knowledge) and minors
  3. Be sure to check the following information in your myNKU account:
    • What is your declared major?
    • Do you have a declared minor/focus? (BA and BS students must earn a secondary area of study, while BFA students are not required to have a secondary area)
    • Are you planning to earn the BA or BS at graduation or are you considering the BFA options?
    • What is your catalog year?
    • Do all of the classes in your Registration Cart or Academic Plan fulfill requirements for your major/minor/foundation of knowledge or graduation requirements?
    • According to your SSC or myNKU account, do you have any holds?
    • How many total credit hours have you earned thus far?
    • How many upper-division credits (300-400 level) have you earned thus far?
  4. Create a personal list (space provided below) or email your advisor a list of questions or concerns that you want to address during your advising appointment (being sure to clarify in the email that you would like to discuss the topics/questions in your advising appointment). Be prepared to discuss the above questions and your personal questions/comments with your advisor each semester!

Put courses in your Registration Cart

Registering for Classes

Art & Design regards advising as an evolving process in which advisor and student must work together to address concerns and answer questions. Advising involves much more than informing the student as to what courses to take. It inherently includes:

  • Active listening on the part of the advisor and advisee
  • Focusing your undivided attention on the advising meeting
  • Promoting individual worth and importance for the advisee
  • Building a mutually trusting relationship between advisor and advisee
  • Assisting the advisee in pursuing his/her goals and making concrete decisions that will produce desired results