DECLARING A MAJOR
DECLARING A MINOR
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The Director of Student Services coordinates student services for both campuses. Included is assistance with academic advising, placement assistance, information concerning housing, transportation, childcare options, student insurance, coping skills and relevant areas that directly affect student success. Referrals are made when necessary.
A percentage of Albuquerque’s student services are administered at the main campus in Tucson, Arizona. Albuquerque students may contact the Tucson campus directly by dialing 1-800-825-8753.
Advising and referrals are available to students enrolled at Southwest University of Visual Arts. Referrals are made to various city and/or state agencies depending on the student’s needs.
Southwest University of Visual Arts cooperates with Tucson and Albuquerque agencies in their drug abuse prevention, treatment and awareness programs. For more information, contact the Director of Student Services at 520-325-0123.
DECLARING A MAJOR
After you complete your foundation courses, at the end of your Freshman year at SUVA, you're ready to choose your major program of study. Your major is the central focus of the work you do for your Bachelor's degree. Students in a major program become familiar with the intellectual boundaries of a discipline, study particular aspects of that discipline in depth, and develop competence in the fundamental skills and methodologies related to it.
In order to choose the best major for you, it is important to remember that your choice of major affects your choice of career after college. For many SUVA students, career options are determined as much by what they do outside the classroom as by what they learn inside the classroom. For example, adding extracurricular work and gaining hands-on experience in your major course of study will have a strong impact on the career choices available to you. As in many other things, you will probably find that the most rewarding and engaging major will be the one best suited to your talents and interests.
We trust that you have had exposure to your options in your Foundation courses, but if you need more information prior to choosing a major, please make an appointment to meet with a member of the Faculty or a SUVA Student Services representative.
Once you decide on a major, please fill out SUVA’s Declaring a Major form and turn it into SUVA’s Registrar by July 1, 2015, or make an appointment with a Student Services representative to facilitate the process.
DECLARING A MINOR
SUVA students are encouraged to increase their employment marketability by choosing a minor program of study. Students choosing a minor understand the value of educational breadth and realize the benefit of developing more in-depth and well-rounded knowledge of one particular topic.
Declaring a minor at SUVA is easy. Simply review the options available and decide what area is both interesting to you and can enhance your major course of study. If you’d like more information, you can make an appointment to meet with a Student Services representative.
Students pursuing a minor earn between 16 and 18 credits. All minors are offered during summer terms and can be completed in two summers.
Southwest University of Visual Arts does not have on-campus housing. A list of apartments near the college is kept on file in the Student Services and Admissions offices. Numerous apartments provide discounts or incentives to Southwest University of Visual Arts students. Contact the Student Services Department for more information on housing or assistance with finding a roommate.
The Tucson and Albuquerque campuses are centrally located near state universities where student housing is plentiful and affordable. Public transportation is also available and easily accessible.
Enrolled students attend orientation prior to beginning classes at Southwest University of Visual Arts. This provides the opportunity for new students to receive an introduction to the college environment, as well as become acquainted with administrators and other new students.
CAREER ASSISTANCE FOR GRADUATES
Southwest University of Visual Arts is committed to assisting its graduates in career planning and job placement. The Placement Department actively develops and maintains relationships with employers locally and nationally.
Students and alumni are provided with career information, resume preparation assistance, job search counseling and, when appropriate, employment referrals. Graduates receive job leads for permanent and temporary part- and full-time placement. The Placement Department maintains complete records of all graduate employment activities.
Although Southwest University of Visual Arts cannot by law guarantee placement, considerable efforts are made to assist each graduate in seeking related employment. High placement statistics are the result of Southwest University of Visual Arts’ successful curriculum focused on preparing graduates for professional art and design careers.
Effective Fall semester, 2012
Southwest University of Visual Arts administers a number of scholarships for both entering and continuing students.
All Southwest University of Visual Arts Scholarships are awarded on a first-come-first serve basis to Bachelor of Arts degree seeking students. All applicants must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a tuition credit, not cash, and are applied each semester towards a student's tuition and fees.
Students must maintain individual scholarship requirements to continue receiving disbursements. Please refer to individual requirements below.
Board of Trustees Scholarship
The Board of Trustees Scholarship is awarded to incoming students who have demonstrated exemplary academic achievement. Scholarships will be awarded in the form of a tuition credit, not cash, and are applied each semester towards a student's tuition and fees. Students receiving this scholarship will receive $1,000, $1,500 or $2,000 per semester, pending they meet the following minimum requirements:
Students must meet ONE of the following requirements:
To remain eligible for the Board of Trustees Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria.
Transfer Student Scholarship
Annual scholarships may be awarded to a limited number of transfer students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, outstanding leadership potential, involvement with community service, and documentation of extracurricular activities, honors, and awards. Students receiving this scholarship may receive between $1,000, $1,500 and $2,000 per semester pending they meet the following minimum requirements:
To remain eligible for the Transfer Student Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
Continuing Student Scholarship
Annual scholarships may be awarded to current students who have shown high academic achievement. Each student must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Southwest University of Visual Arts prior to applying for a continuing student scholarship. Award amounts vary between $1000 to $2000 per semester. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following minimum requirements:
Creative Vision Scholarship
This Creative Vision Scholarship Program is an effort to recognize and encourage students who demonstrate they are academically competitive, exhibit special talents or characteristics, the ability to overcome obstacles, and demonstrate financial need. This Creative Vision Scholarship Program gives priority to those who come from middle-income families and are often ineligible for federal and state grants. Award amounts vary between $250-$1,000 per semester.
To remain eligible for the Creative Vision Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
Southwest University of Visual Arts Community Scholarship benefits both the student and the local community. Artists and Designers are encouraged to pursue higher education in their own community and also give back through pro-bono work, volunteering or community service projects. Scholarships are awarded to a limited number of students each semester 5 per program per campus. Students receiving this scholarship receive between $500, $750 and $1000 per semester. In order to be eligible for the scholarship, students must meet the following minimum requirements:
Students can receive details and information on community service projects through the Student Services Office.
Students eligible for current Southwest University of Visual Arts Scholarships can receive the Community Scholarship in addition to other awards.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE
Click here to download a scholarship application for new students.
Click here to download a scholarship application for current students.
Click here to download the instructor recommendation form.
Other Scholarship Resources
Don’t overlook one of the best sources of scholarships – your community. Think about all the groups, clubs, businesses and organizations in your community. Each of these is a potential source for scholarships. Below is a list of web sites that you may also find useful in your pursuit of scholarships:
Professional Art and Design Supplies (PADS & COPIES) is the bookstore located on Southwest University of Visual Arts' campus, offering an extensive selection of art and design supplies.
We also offer MAC and PC computer workstations with grayscale and color-printing capabilities and much more, all in one convenient location on campus.
Regular Bookstore Hours
Monday - Thursday
7:30am - 9:00pm
7:30am - 6:00pm
Southwest University of Visual Arts' Tucson and Albuquerque libraries currently house over 5,000 titles, 250 videos, 200 CD-ROMs, 80 art and liberal studies related magazine subscriptions, and 3 newspaper subscriptions, supporting the five educational disciplines.
The library’s electronic databases include EBSCO full text journals and magazines, Amigos Library Services, and the Tucson and Albuquerque Public Library systems. These databases can be accessed from 30 Windows and Macintosh Internet computers, which may also be used as word processors. Student studies support consists of color and b/w copiers, Macintosh computers, Windows-based PCs, drafting tables, plotters, color printers and bindery services.
LIBRARY MISSION STATEMENT
Southwest University of Visual Arts strives to be an exemplary force in Design Education by offering Bachelor's and Master's degree programs that prepare students to meet the competitive challenges of the Art and Design fields. The library, fully engaged in this collaborative educational process, creates an intellectual partnership with the students, faculty, and staff.
Guided at all times by the commitment to serve Southwest University of Visual Arts, the library shall:
Please contact student services in Albuquerque at 505.254.7575 or in Tucson at 520.325.0123 for specific lab hours.
FEATURING BOTH MAC & PC WORKSTATIONS!
As a student at Southwest University of Visual Arts, you have the opportunity to join one or more of our student organizations.
AIGA - AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF GRAPHIC ARTS
Southwest University of Visual Arts students on both campuses have started the initial process of creating student chapters of AIGA. AIGA, the professional association for design, is committed to furthering excellence in design as a broadly-defined discipline, strategic tool for business and cultural force. AIGA is the place design professionals turn to first to exchange ideas and information, participate in critical analysis and research and advance education and ethical practice.
AC2 - STUDENT ANIMATION CLUB
AC2 is Southwest University of Visual Arts’ animation club. Students discuss animation techniques, animated films, animators who have influenced the industry, experimental animation techniques and work on ideas for short films that are produced for entry into International film festivals. The club is open to all students who have an interest in animation. The club regularly holds fund-raisers to raise money for charitable organizations and to bring in guest speakers from the animation industry.
AD CLUB - STUDENT ADVERTISING CLUB
Southwest University of Visual Arts students maintain a student advertising club affiliated with the American Advertising Federation. In addition to participating in the National Student Advertising Competition, the students sponsor guest speakers and social functions and work to facilitate communication between the students and advertising professionals. The club is open to all students and participates in various professional activities with the Tucson and Albuquerque Advertising Federations.
IDSA - STUDENT INTERIOR DESIGN CLUB
Southwest University of Visual Arts Interior Design students maintain a student organization affiliated with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Students travel to interior design conferences, national and international museums, attend social functions, participate in community service design projects and work to facilitate communication between the students and design professionals.
SUVA STUDENT LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE CLUB
Southwest University of Visual Arts students are actively involved in “green” community service projects, such as planting trees and maintaining trails around town. The Club organizes field trips and tours to botanical gardens, zoos and museums, and attends and assists with professional conferences.
ROTC PROGRAM - TUCSON CAMPUS
WHAT IS ARMY ROTC?
Army ROTC is a program that will enhance your education and provide you with unique leadership training and management experience. You’ll develop skills and qualities necessary to succeed in both military and civilian careers. Students enrolled in ROTC classes are called cadets. Cadets are provided valuable opportunities to build for the future by earning a college degree and a commission in the United States Army at the same time. The 4-year ROTC program is divided into two parts:
BASIC COURSE: Offered to freshman and sophomores with no military obligation. Classes are held at Pima Community College East and West Campuses, as well as the University of Arizona. The program includes leadership development, military history, basic weapons training, rappelling, time management, map reading, and land navigation. Students with prior military service or those who have completed 4 years of JROTC are typically exempt from the Basic Course.
ADVANCE COURSE: Cadets are eligible to enroll in this course if they demonstrate officer potential, meet academic and physical prerequisites, and are accepted to a 4-year college, such as Southwest University of Visual Arts. Cadets are commissioned as 2nd Lieutenants in the Army upon successful completion of the Advance Course and upon graduation from Southwest University of Visual Arts. Military obligation varies after graduation and can be discussed with an Army ROTC enrollment advisor.
FINANCIAL AID AND TUITION ASSISTANCE
After meeting certain requirements, cadets can apply for scholarships. Scholarships pay full tuition and $1200/yr for textbooks. Scholarship and non-scholarship cadets also receive tiered stipends. Students may also join the Army Reserve or National Guard and then participate in the Advance Course as Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) cadets. SMPs receive tuition assistance, E5 (sergeant) pay for their weekend unit drills, and accrue time in service, which will increase their future salary and count towards retirement.
For more information, please contact
520.621.3156 or 520.621.3125
www.armyrotc.com & www.web.arizona.edu/~rotc/
ALBUQUERQUE ROTC PROGRAM COMING SOON!
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Please fill out the appropriate form by clicking HERE
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