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Advising & Career Center

Academic Advising

CONTACT

Cinnamon Dowd
Carroll Building
Office Suite #2244
912/478.7740
cdowd@georgiasouthern.edu

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HOURS
Monday – Friday
8am – 5pm

 The Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art has a dedicated staff member, Cinnamon Dowd, to assist students in the advising and registration process, pre-professional development, referrals to beneficial on- and off-campus resources, and can provide tips for enhancing personal wellbeing throughout their college career.

Additionally, information regarding the BFSDoArt coursework can all be found online under our Advising & Career Center page or in the Registrar’s online course catalog.

icon_alert_ppl FOR YOUR ADVISING APPOINTMENT

  • Bring your Student ID.
  • Review and bring your updated Degree Checklist and Four-Year Plan of Study.
  • Bring several possible schedules with you, complete with CRNs.

  • Consider your goals (short and long term) and where you are in meeting those goals.

RESOURCES


Degree Requirements
All BFSDoArt Degrees MINIMUM GRADE REQUIREMENTS
Art Majors must earn a ‘C’ or better in all courses in the Major. All Foundation courses (all courses in Area F) must be completed prior to beginning Concentration and Exploratory Studio courses.
COURSE SEQUENCE REQUIREMENT
Students must successfully complete prerequisites for courses and take courses in proper sequence. In other words, your success depends on mastering the basics before moving on to more advanced techniques. Consult your academic advisor for more information or refer to your program’s degree checklist.
STUDIO FEE REQUIREMENT
Studio courses require a $50 lab fee and included in your yearly tuition.
INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY
A professional internship (ART 4590: Studio Internship) is offered as a program elective. Departmental approval and a total institutional GPA of 2.75 is required prior to registration.
Art History FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
MINOR REQUIREMENT
Graphic Communications Management (GCM) INTERNSHIP REQUIREMENT
All GCM majors are required to complete a professional internship, GCM 3735 (Graphic Communications Internship I), by the end of the second year. Students must have a total institutional GPA of 2.75 to register for credit. Additionally, students have the opportunity to pursue a second internship, GCM 4736 (Graphic Communications Internship II  as an elective.
Graphic Design LEVEL II ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENT
At the end of the second year, Graphic Design majors are expected to submit a portfolio for review. Students who successfully complete Portfolio Review will be permitted to continue in the Graphic Design program, on to Level II courses. Please refer to (link) the portfolio review guidelines.
Studio Art FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
MINOR REQUIREMENT
Undergraduate Plans of Study
Degree Programs Degree Page Packet
BA: Art History icon_externallink_ppl icon_pdf
BA: Studio Art icong_website icon_pdf
BFA: 3D – Ceramic, Sculpture, Jewelry/Metals icong_website icon_pdf
BFA: 2D – Drawing, Painting, Print, Paper & Book Arts icong_website icon_pdf
BFA: Graphic Design icong_website icon_pdf
BS: Graphic Communications Management (GCM) icong_website icon_pdf
Additional Resources
Advising Resources Info
Summer Coursework Options
Summer is a great time to take courses! By taking just one Studio or Art History course over the summer, students are not only able to satisfy a degree requirement or two, they can often enjoy the added focus on a single subject that is only possible during summer. Plus, class sizes are often smaller. This can allow for greater opportunity to get to know faculty.
Facility Information
Incoming Freshman Students Facility Information
Incoming Transfer Students
NOTE TO TRANSFER STUDENTS: Upon your submission of any and all transfer coursework, the University’s Office of Admissions will evaluate your transcripts to determine what courses will be accepted and into which part of your degree program your courses will be placed. Keep in mind, while it is possible for ALL of your courses to transfer in to Georgia Southern, this does not necessarily mean that all of those courses will satisfy requirements toward graduation. Following the initial transcript evaluation, you may find that some courses were not evaluated as you expected. Consequently, you may still be able to petition for course credit for those courses that were not placed in the areas that you expected they would be. Please make an appointment with Kelley Riffe to discuss individual transfer course concerns.
Facility Information
Change of Major Process
Facility Information
Graduation Clearance Requirements
Students must apply for graduation THREE semesters prior to the term in which they plan to graduate. First, obtain graduation packet (paperwork) from the Registrar’s Office then make an appointment with Kelley to complete the paperwork.
Facility Information
Student Conduct Facility Information
Student Disability Resource Center Facility Information

 

BFSDoArt Resources Info
Graphic Design Internship Packet (Application & Weekly Reports) icon_pdf
Graphic Design Portfolio Review Example icon_pdf
GCM Internship Application icon_pdf
GCM Internship Weekly Reports icon_pdf
Laptop Requirements icon_pdf
Facility Information  Facility Information
BFSDoArt Campus Map icon_pdf

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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Graduate Plans of Study
Degree Programs Degree Page Packet
2D Studios icon_externallink_ppl icon_pdf
3D Studios icong_website icon_pdf
Graphic Design icong_website icon_pdf

Student Opportunities

Students of the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art (BFSDoArt) have access to a wealth of opportunities. From internships to jobs and competitions to exhibitions, the Department understands the importance of participating in extracurricular activities. To help students keep current on important announcements, events, and scholarships BFSDoArt students are automatically added to the department mailing list. Thus, it is critical that students check their Georgia Southern email accounts daily.

Job & Internship Announcements

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Opportunities
Internships Facility Information Scholarships Facility Information
Off-Campus Jobs Facility Information Study Abroad Facility Information
On-Campus Jobs Facility Information Office of Student Leadership & Civic Engagement Facility Information
Honors Program Facility Information CAT Exhibition Submissions Facility Information

Student Internships

icon_lightbulb_yllwRead Student Internship BlogsLearn more about your field or industry. “Along with job shadows and informational interviews, internships are one of the best ways to truly learn about your field from a real-world perspective. While the classroom certainly teaches students important information, there’s something different about applying those teachings with a real client or customer.” (US News, 2011)

Internship Announcements

icon_info_pinkFor those interested in internship opportunities solicited specifically to the BFSDoArt, students must confirm and update their profile.

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RESOURCES


Internship Course Credits
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GCM 3735 (Graphic Communications Internship I)
GCM 4736 (Graphic Communications Internship II)*
BFA Graphic Design
ART 3731 (Graphic Design Internship)* pre-req ART 3331
BFA 2D/3D
Exploratory Studio Course*
BA Art History/Studio Art
Exploratory Studio Course** Optional course used as an Exploratory Studio
Internship Paperwork
BFSDoArt Resources
Graphic Design Internship Packet (Application & Weekly Reports) icon_pdf
Graphic Design Portfolio Review Example icon_pdf
GCM Internship Application icon_pdf
GCM Internship Weekly Reports icon_pdf

Benefits of an Internship

Besides getting a foot in the door with a potential employer and looking good on a résumé, internships have other advantages:

  •  The opportunity to “test drive” a career (Would I be happier in marketing or advertising? Am I more comfortable working with patients or in a lab?)
  •  Chances to network
  •  Establishing relationships with mentors
  •  Possible college credit or certification
  •  An introduction to the field’s culture and etiquette (Are clients addressed by their first name? Are jeans appropriate for Casual Friday?)
  •  Accumulating new skills
  •  Gaining a “real world” perspective on an occupation (How much overtime do employees really work? How much time is spent behind a desk versus in the field?)

 

What’s in it for employers?

Most job applicants put their best foot forward on paper. Their cover letter and résumé usually have passed through many hands to make them as appealing and professional as possible, and nearly every job seeker picks references who will say positive things.

Employers do not create internships just to be nice to students and others interested in a certain career. While an interview or a company test can add to what an employer knows about a person, an internship helps an employer evaluate how an individual would fare in the actual workplace.

Many companies develop an internship pool and hire from that group. As an intern, you gain an advantage against other job seekers as you gain experience within the company looking to hire.

Companies that devote time and resources to finding, selecting and training interns are looking for a return on their investment. The benefit might be in the present (using the services of talented individuals without having to make a hiring commitment), or it might be in the future (the added ability to choose a person who will work out well as an employee).

And remember that internship opportunities are not limited to office settings. From being a bird-keeping intern at a zoo to a horticulture intern at a theme park, all sorts of opportunities exist for motivated individuals and interested companies to enter into a mutually beneficial relationship.

(CNN)

 

Landing the perfect internship
Take Five! Career Tips From The Creative Group

The Creative GroupLooking to land an internship in the creative field? The search may not be easy. More than half of advertising and marketing executives surveyed by The Creative Group said their agency or firm does not offer an internship program. The good news: Among companies that offer internships, 63 percent provide compensation. Here are five tips for landing a coveted internship:

1. Jump The Gun. Get a leg up on the competition by starting your internship search well before the school year ends.

2. Be Prepared. Most employers require a resume, cover letter and portfolio from internship applicants, so make sure yours are in tip-top shape.

3. Consider Your Options Wisely. While internships that pay well are attractive, it’s important to consider whether the position will provide exposure to a range of projects, people and experiences.

4. Put Yourself In Their Shoes. Managers value those who listen actively and don’t require constant feedback, so emphasize your ability to take direction and work independently in your application materials.

5. Demonstrate Strong Social Skills. Work teams communicate in many different ways today: via email, instant messaging, conference calls and in-person meetings. Show you know how to collaborate effectively and professionally both online and off.

 

Careers in Art & GCM

Hire BFSDoArt“What can I do with a degree in Art?,” you may ask. The answer may surprise you! BFSDoArt alumni secure employment in a variety of settings that require a highly desirable skill set. Employers are looking for candidates who not only exhibit strong technical skills; employers need resourceful, creative-minded individuals who are able to solve problems and communicate using a wide variety of media. Art majors are often perfectly suited for jobs in the private and the public sector as all organizations need people who can evaluate challenges, work under pressure, and effectively develop solutions. This is what Art majors do every day.

Alumni SuccessThere is life after a creative degree!
Check out what some of our alumni are doing.

Job Announcements

icon_info_pinkStudents & alumni of the Betty Foy Sanders Department of Art have a wealth of opportunities from their network of classmates, alumni and community members. For those interested in job and internship opportunities solicited specifically to the BFSDoArt, students and alumni must confirm and update their profile. 
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Career Resources

Resume Tips (Art)
Resume Example (Art)

Careers by Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.):
ART HISTORY & STUDIO ART
Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.):
2D, 3D & GRAPHIC DESIGN
Bachelor of Science (B.S.):
GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS
MANAGEMENT (GCM)


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Professional Development

icon_lightbulb_yllwIn today’s competitive job market, professional development is as important as it’s ever been. Here at Georgia Southern and in the BFSDoArt, we feel that it is vital to encourage students to begin thinking about professional development as early as possible. Professional development for students can include careers research, volunteering, job shadowing, interning, and joining a professional national and / or international organization. We also encourage students to attend departmental events as often as possible so they can practice networking with other artists, designers, and industry professionals.

Call for Entries / Competitions

Entering competitions and call for entries / artists is a perfect way to boost your resume. Below are just a few annual competitions. In addition, websites like the Artists Network list various call for entry opportunities. The Department of Art also posts opportunities that are sent to us online.

Competition Info Call for Entries Info
Communications Arts :: Typography View Website Artists Network View Website
Communications Arts :: Interactive View Website Art show View Website
Communications Arts :: Illustration View Website Cafe (Call for Entry) View Website
Communications Arts :: Photography View Website The Art Guide View Website
Communications Arts :: Design View Website
Communications Arts :: Advertising View Website
Creative Quarterly :: Art & Design View Website
International Photographic Competition :: Photography View Website
National Geographic Traveler :: Photography View Website
Premier Print Awards :: Printing View Website
Print Magazine :: Illustration View Website
Print Magazine :: Regional Design Annual View Website
Print Magazine :: Portfolio Review View Website
Smithsonian :: Photography View Website

Professional Resources

Professional organizations often have an annual conference where artists, designers and executives alike get together to network and learn new industry trades.

General Organizations
Art History
2D Organizations
3D Organizations
4D Organizations
Graphic Communications Management Organizations
Graphic Design Organizations
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