Art & Design

Registration: BDes and BFA Students

Spring and Summer Classes

ART, DES and HADVC Spring and Summer classes are open to online registration for all continuing degree students. Registration for Spring and Summer classes is available in February, usually by 7am on the Friday prior to Reading Week. Since these courses are open to online registration we don’t keep waiting lists; if the class you want is full, please put the class you want on your watchlist.

However, if you have transfer credit for the prerequisite classes, the registration system will not recognize this, and you will need help with registration. If this is your situation please contact Caitlin Wells (ccwells@ualberta.ca) sometime in January.

Fall and Winter Term Registration Procedures

The Undergraduate Advisor will email all continuing BFA and BDES students when it is time to start preparing for advance registration. This will generally occur in mid Winter.

  1. Program Checklist
    We are no longer preparing copies of program checklists for all students because the majority of them are not claimed! If you can't find your copy from last year, you can email Caitlin to arrange to pick up a copy. You can also prepare your own by downloading a blank program checklist from the webpage for your degree, and comparing that with your transcript (downloadable through your Bear Tracks account.) Transfer students received an emailed program checklist at the time of their admission.
  2. Attend planning workshop
    We are planning to offer course planning workshops in early March. You will be invited to bring your laptop or other device in order to prepare for registration with other students from your year/route.
  3. Prepare for registration
    • Assess your program checklist to determine which courses you need for fall/winter.
    • Remember, you need a minimum of *24 course weights (i.e. 4 courses in fall and 4 courses in winter) if you are a continuing student. Use your ‘Schedule Builder’ feature on your Bear Tracks to plan your time table.
    • If this is your final year and you do not have *24 to complete, you would only take the remaining courses you need even if they total fewer than *24.
  4. Register yourself!
    You will be able to register yourself in your courses (excluding any that required you to submit a request form) online starting on your enrollment date. This date will be available in your Bear Tracks. Remember! Your schedule builder is just a tool for you to visualize your courses; you must actually enroll yourself in your selected courses on or after your enrollment date. To be sure you have done this correctly, please check "my class schedule"!

You must complete your ART and DES registration by April 30th. After this date, the registration system will be closed to BFA and BDES students for all studio classes. If you wish to make changes after April 30th, you will no longer have priority for the classes and/or sections of the courses you need for your program.

Please note: Students are required to have a minimum grade of B- (2.7) averaged between the relevant prerequisite courses in order to proceed to the next level.

Examples:

  • You need at least 2.7 averaged between ART 136 and DES 138 or ART 137 and DES 139 to proceed to all other studios.
  • You need at least 2.7 averaged between DES 393 and DES 394 to proceed to 400-level VCD courses.
  • You need at least 2.7 in ART 422 to proceed to ART 522.