Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate Handbook

Step-By-Step to Graduation (and Beyond)

During your First Year
  1. Find at least one course that you want to take in each of these academic areas: Art History, Social Science, Natural Science, Environmental Studies, Analytical Reasoning, and Race & Ethnicity.
  2. Identify three 300- or 400-level studios that you want to take. What are their prerequisites?
  3. Attend a sophomore review; heck, attend two.
  4. Apply for a passport or apply for a passport scholarship (and then apply for a passport).
  5. Identify two instructors from your first year who could write you a letter of recommendation.
  6. Get involved in a club or activity.
  7. Become an expert in time management (or try).
  8. Meet with your advisor (twice).
  9. Begin to document your work.
The Summer After Your First Year
  1. Gather all the images from your first year projects and put them in a folder marked Sophomore Review.
  2. Spend time researching study abroad and internship opportunities.
  3. Reflect on your professional, academic, and personal goals for the next year; bring them with you when you meet your advisor for your 4th meeting in the fall.
  4. Expand your visual knowledge: look at art and design: online, in galleries, in museums, in stores, in books/magazines, etc. Note what influences you and how and why it influences you.
  5. Expand your art/design practice to incorporate your foundation year experience and the new influences you have begun to take notice of.
  6. Take classes at a local college or university, if necessary.
  7. Look at the checklist “Beyond the Studio” and check off everything you can.
During Your Second Year
  1. Extend your creative work beyond the classroom: exhibit your work or do freelance design.
  2. Decide on the BA or the BFA.
  3. Decide on your study abroad: when/where/why. Find an appropriate program. Apply.
  4. Attend professional practice workshops. Eliminate high school work from your résumé and portfolio.
  5. Explore (200 level courses), then learn more (300 level courses).
  6. Add two or three professors to your reference bank.
  7. Meet with your advisor (twice).
  8. Attend a senior Integrative Project (IP) review (December).
  9. Consider how the engagement requirement informs your practice.
  10. Begin to self-promote (website, news items, résumé).
The Summer After Your Second Year
  1. Read your sophomore review report and get to work on the recommendations. Correct weaknesses, research artists/designers, and read suggested books/articles.
  2. Begin to apply the committee’s observations/suggestions to your art/design practice.
  3. Study abroad.
  4. Intern in an area that could be a career option for you.
  5. Look at the checklist “Beyond the Studio” and check off everything you did this year.
During Your Third Year
  1. Attend Portfolio Expo.
  2. Attend Career Bootcamp.
  3. Apply for internships; it’s serious now.
  4. Learn more (300 levels), then refine (400 level).
  5. Identify two mentors and meet with them.
  6. Begin to consider the question(s) you want to answer in your IP.
  7. Take your ULWR.
  8. Attend final meeting with your advisor.
  9. Take an engagement studio.
The Summer After Your Third Year
  1. Complete an internship.
  2. Study abroad (if you haven’t already).
  3. Refine the question(s) you want to answer in your IP.
  4. Clean up résumé, portfolio, artist’s statement, website.
  5. Research grad programs, take GRE (if required).
  6. Look at the checklist “Beyond the Studio” and check off everything you can
During Your Senior Year
  1. Last chance: Portfolio Expo.
  2. Last chance: Career Bootcamp.
  3. Get your Senior Audit done.
  4. Meet with your mentors.
  5. Have a professional-quality résumé, portfolio, and presentation.
  6. Spend quality time with your website.
  7. Apply for graduation, then graduate!
The Summer After Graduation
  1. Go beyond the studio.
  2. Keep in touch: John Luther can help keep you connected to the Stamps alumni network of creative professionals.