Semester Conversion

Semester Conversion

...and how to prepare for it

Semesters began in Fall 2018! Transitional students, those students who have attended CPP on quarters but will finish their degree on semesters, must make preparations now to stay on track. For students close to graduation (one year or less of courses taken on semesters) you will most likely follow the curriculum sheet you have and plug in equivalent semester courses to finish your degree. See the Semester Conversion Advising Guide in the sub-section below to understand the courses you will take on semesters.

The semester term will be 15 weeks plus final exams. This will be a big shift from what you are accustomed to as a student. You will have fewer registration periods for course scheduling, less final exam periods, and less actual courses needed to complete your degree. That being said, you will have fewer financial aid disbursements, so plan your budgets accordingly! Also, if you have never taken college courses on semesters, the longer term takes a little more stamina to push through to the end. But on the positive side, especially for the Art Department’s disciplines, this means more time to really get into your projects and to take on projects of a larger scope.


Semester Conversion Planning Resources

Semester Conversion Advising Guide: Shows the Art Department course equivalents for quarter vs. semester.

• VCD Pre-Requisite Guide: Details the prerequisites for each VCD semester course.

Transitional Graphic Design Students Worksheet: Interactive PDF to evaluate whether a Graphic Design student should convert to semester curriculum vs. stay on quarters. Also shows the specific courses needed to complete degree.

Elective Support Courses for Graphic Design Majors: Lists the courses that apply to Fine Art/Art History and Graphic Design electives.

• Unit Converter Tool: Calculator to convert quarter to semester units.

Changes to GE: Chart showing the changes to General Education (from the CPP Quarter to Semester Conversion Student Handbook)


File Info Abstract:
GE Calculations Tool - Should you choose to switch to the semester curriculum, use this tool to figure out how your GE courses will re-distribute.

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GE Calculations Tool - Should you choose to switch to the semester curriculum, use this tool to figure out how your GE courses will re-distribute. (GE-Calculations-Tool.xlsx)

Art History Course Planning


Course Planning for This Year
If you plan to graduate during academic year 2018-2019 or after, be sure to take ART 212, 213, and 214 as soon as possible and before Fall 2018 if you want to graduate in a timely manner.

Courses in the Art History program will have the prefix "AH."

Graphic Design Course Planning


A New Name
In Fall 2018 Graphic Design changed its name to Visual Communication Design to better reflect the large scope of the type of work we perform from print, dimensional, spatial, web, and motion perspectives. Courses in the Visual Communication Design program will have the prefix “VCD.”

Workshop Courses
As you explore the semester curriculum another major change you will notice are the new Workshop courses. Workshop courses will replace many of the upper division courses from the quarter curriculum such as Graphic Design III, Web Design I and II, Motion Graphics I & II, Package Design, Environmental Graphic Design, and Digital Illustration. Workshops will be offered in Typography, Illustration, 2D, 3D, 4D, and 5D design applications. To take these courses in Fall 2018, Transitional students will need to have a C- or better in ART 252A, ART 275A, and ART 346A. Workshops will be 4 units each and meet once a week for 4 hours in the afternoon. Students will be expected to do a significant amount of work independently outside of class. The class sessions will be used for lecture and critique. Each professor will have a different take on the broad topic and topics may vary each semester. For example, a professor may teach Workshop: 3D as package design one semester and then environmental graphic design another semester. As such, the same Workshop may be taken two times for credit.