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Advising, Grades, Courses, and Course Rotation


We take advising seriously, and we expect the same of our students.

from the Longwood catalog on Academic Advising

Newly admitted students who have declared their intention to pursue a degree in a particular discipline are assigned advisors in the appropriate school. The assignment of the advisor is generally not changed unless the student changes his/her degree program. Students who have not declared a major are advised by a special group of advisors who participate in the Longwood Seminar program.

Prior to registration, students are required to consult with their assigned academic advisor regarding course selection, career goals, and relevant academic policies. Advisor signatures are required on all registration forms. Note: Students who do not consult with their advisor prior to registering for class may be prohibited from using web registration. Although the academic advisor assists students with curriculum decisions and options, the student bears full responsibility for meeting graduation requirements.

Individual advising sessions are held between professor and student beginning a week prior to each semester's registration period. Students are expected to schedule an advising session with their advisor. A PIN number, permitting the student to register, is required of each student who has earned less than 45 credit hours. However, we strongly urge all students, regardless of accumulated credit hours, to be advised. Mistakes can be made through self-advising, and, when these happen, are the responsibility of the student.

Not every Longwood course is offered each semester. So, it is the student's repsonsibility to consult the current course schedule prior to the advising session. Use the course schedule to create a semester schedule and at least two alternate schedules (this is particularly important for first-year students, who register last). Also, use the course schedule to check for potential time conflicts. Bring schedules to the advising session. Additionally, students are expected to keep a folder of their advising materials, including any notes they make, and bring these to each advising session.


Download a Graphic and Animation Design advising checklist.

Learn about academic policies and regulations.

Link to the Longwood Registrar's page.

Link to Longwood course schedule

Key Advising session

An important advising will occur in the first semester of the second-year student. During this session, the student will decide which of the two tracks she or he will pursue. Discussion about this important decision will have begun the prior semester, permitting the student time to consider his or her choice. This decision will determine the student's major and elective classes. The two tracks are Brand Identity and Media Design and Animation, Simulation, and Time-based Media Design.

When to file an Application for Graduation

Students must file an Application for Graduation with the Longwood Registrar as soon as they have earned 75 credits. Earned credits are defined as credits given in a class for which you have received a final grade. Failure to file a graduation application causes an automatic hold to be placed on the student's account. A hold prevents the student from registering for classes, which can compromise graduation. The hold is removed once the student files an Application for Graduation.


Course and Grade Requirements

All Graphic and Animation Design (GAND) concentratees will receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. The General Education Requirements will be identical for each of the two tracks.

To satisfy major graduation requirements within the GAND program, students must earn a grade no less than C in all GAND courses. GAND concentratees who receive less than a C in a required GAND course must retake and pass that course in order to receive credit. Plus and minus grades are figured into the student's GPA. A fuller explanation of grades and a GPA calculator can be found at "GPA Calculator" at the Registrar's page.

Additionally, as a graduation requirement, all students in the GAND program must participate in, and pass, five annual portfolio assessments. See "Assessments" in the menu at left.

The student bears full responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements.

Every attempt has been made to state the GAND requirements as clearly as possible. However, it is strongly recommended that every student maintain close communication with the academic advisor assigned in order to plan their program in a fashion best suited to the student’s individual goals and needs. The faculty stands ready to assist any student in this regard.

Course Overview

Foundation courses:

GAND 100–1st-Year Assessment
GAND 101–Visual Problem Solving for Design
GAND 102–Drawing for Design
GAND 103–Handcraft and Color
GAND 104–Digital Craft and Color
GAND 105–Research, Critique, and Presentation
GAND 204–Surface, Space, and Time I
GAND 205–Surface, Space, and Time II
GAND 301–History of Graphic Design
ART 262–History of Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
ART 363–Modern Art

Major Requirements for Brand Identity and Media Design Concentration:

GAND 200–2nd-Year Assessment
GAND 221–Graphic Design and Production I
GAND 226–Typography I
GAND 300–3rd-Year Assessment
GAND 322–Graphic Design and Production II
GAND 326–Typography II
GAND 330–Illustration and Digital Imaging
GAND 350–Senior Project Mid-Assessment
GAND 400–Senior Project Final Assessment
GAND 421–Portfolio (Capstone course)
GAND 425–Interactive Design
GAND 462–Senior Professional Project Seminar

Major Requirements for Animation, Simulation, and Time-based Media Design Concentration:

GAND 200–2nd-Year Assessments
GAND 202–Action Analysis I
GAND 210–Animation and Simulation I
GAND 212–Narrative Sequencing and Storyboards
GAND 300–3rd-Year Assessment
GAND 310–Animation and Simulation II
GAND 325–Introduction to 3D Modeling
GAND 330–Illustration and Digital Imaging
GAND 350–Senior Project Mid-Assessment
GAND 400–Senior Project Final Assessment
GAND 410–Animation and Simulation II
GAND 421–Portfolio (Capstone course)
GAND 462–Senior Professional Project Seminar


University Catalog

Course Rotation Schedule

A course rotation schedule shows you when course offerings are anticipated and helps you plan your future class schedules. Your advisor will review this schedule with you.