Undergraduate Advising

Advising Sheets

Take a look at our advising sheets and get started on your 4-year plan with Art, Art History or Design today:

Also see our advising notes for Studio Art, Art History & Design students for common questions and rules regarding the programs.


No Art Studio or Design course may be audited by an undergraduate. Art History courses may be audited. Graduate students may audit a studio or design course only with the permission of the instructor and which must be granted before the semester starts.

Credit Transfers from Other Institutions

In order to transfer credits, the course description and syllabus from the institution must be presented for evaluation before credit may be granted. The student must fill out and submit the transfer course approval form (insideND, eForms). Credit will be granted only for courses that are also offered at Notre Dame, and are obtained from an accredited university. The Department will accept two courses (6 credit hours) transferred from another institution toward the major. This includes only studio, design and art history courses that match the courses we offer, and requires the same amount of contact hours to complete. The Department does not accept Art Appreciation courses from other institutions. Studio Art or Design BAs may transfer one abroad art history course; BFAs may transfer two abroad art history courses for the degree. These may be used for any of the art history requirements: pre-1600, post-1600 or elective.

Credit Workload Requirements

Two and a half hours of class time per week is required for art history courses. Six hours of class time per week is required for studio and design courses, and three or more hours of work outside of class is expected.

Declaring a Major

Please come to the departmental office, 306 Riley Hall of Art, to fill out an online major or minor declaration form. It will be approved (online via insideND, eForms) by the advisor and the student. It will then be forwarded to the assigned undergraduate dean for his/her approval. Once approved by the dean, the Registrar's Office will process the change.

Note: Students may declare the major once enrolled in one of the foundational courses or after it has been completed. Foundations courses include Drawing I, 2D Foundations, and 3D Foundations. Seniors are not allowed to enroll in Foundations courses. 


Art History
Studio Art
    Industrial Design
    Visual Communication Design 

Declaring a Minor

*Please come to the departmental office, 306 Riley Hall of Art, to fill out an online major or minor declaration form. It will be approved (online via insideND, eForms) by the advisor and the student. It will then be forwarded to the assigned undergraduate dean for his/her approval. Once approved by the dean, the Registrar's Office will process the change.

Note: Students may declare the Studio Art minor once enrolled in a Foundations course. Students may declare the Collaboration Innovation minor once enrolled in Design Matters. Seniors are not allowed to enroll in Foundations courses.

Studio Art
Collaboration Innovation

Degree Checklists for your major

The checklist at the online GPS system should be regularly checked to ensure university, college and major requirements are being met. Meeting with advisors in the department each semester ensures access to the best course progression and the best preparation for life after graduation. 

Double Counting

No course may be double counted between majors and/or minors, or between a first major and University or College requirements. One course may be double-counted one time to fulfill a supplementary major, or minor requirement and University or College requirement. University Seminar, by definition, fulfills a University or College requirement and is not considered a double count under this rule. Please note: University Seminar is not the same course as College Seminar, a required course for students in the College of Arts and Letters.

Double Majors

A double major requires the student meet ALL the major requirements for each major.

Dual Degree

A dual degree requires meeting the requirements of two colleges and the university. It is much more credit-intensive process. Not often recommended, the best method to ensure meeting all of the requirements is to work with the deans in both colleges. 


Undergraduate Student Handbook
BFA Student Handbook

Independent Study

Independent Study is an agreement worked out between a faculty member and the student. One to three credit hours may be applied depending upon the faculty member. The Independent Study course can be applied to the major or minor. 


Students are encouraged to seek out an internship after their second year of study. Internships are encouraged during the summer, but may also substitute for credit towards a degree. Please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Emily Beck and your advisor to enroll. Internship form.

  • No student will receive credit for an internship unless he/she has received permission from the Director of Undergraduate Studies prior to the internship. Fill out the internship form and schedule a meeting with the DUS prior to approval of any internship.
  • Students must have faculty approval prior to participating in credited internships
  • If a student is paid for an internship, he/she may receive 1 credit.
  • If it is an unpaid internship, the student may receive up to 3 credits per IRS regulations.
  • All studio majors, design majors and art history first majors may acquire credit toward their major through the Department of Art, Art History & Design. Art History second majors may acquire general college credits toward their degree only.
  • Students may enroll for a maximum of three credits during their Notre Dame career (internships can be one, two or three credits). Students desiring several internships should register for the least amount of credits.
  • Students must keep a log/written journal and submit a written account of their experience.
  • The on-site supervisor will be required to submit an evaluation of the student performance.
  • A letter grade will be given for internships.
  • Students must enroll under the course numbers ARHI 45310 for art history internships; ARST 45310 for studio art internships; or DESN 45310 for design internships.

Pass/Fail Option

The Pass/Fail option may not be used for the major or minor. With permission from the academic dean, juniors and seniors may take one non-major, non-required elective course each semester on a pass/fail grading basis. These declarations must be made during the enrollment period of each semester, and once made, these declarations are irreversible. 

PIN Numbers

PIN numbers for registration are given to students during advising by their advisor. It is in a student's best interest to be advised in the department and in the college every semester in order to be fully prepared to earn the major and a degree.

Studio Allocation

Design students are given space in a shared studio in West Lake Hall. Studio Art students are given space in a shared studio in Riley Hall of Art, with BFA students given first preference. Senior Studio Art BA students may be given space, depending upon availability.

Studio Policies and Regulations

Courtesy: All benefit greatly in an open studio from interaction with our peers in the process of creating design or art. However, sharing common space requires sharing responsibility for it as well. Show courtesy to fellow students by helping to maintain a clean, workable space for all inhabitants. While sharing space, please keep distracting activities to a minimum (loud music, noise, etc.)

Studio Use: The departmental faculty believes that studios support student work and research. We ask that you treat the facility and equipment with respect. Do not remove the provided furniture or equipment from the space, and always clean up after yourself. 

Studio Hours/Access: The studios are available 24/7 during the semester and between two semesters.

Studios must be vacated each summer. You may not leave behind any furniture or materials that you have brought into the studio for your use. All materials must be removed the week of finals.

Study Abroad

There are many international Notre Dame programs that have some of the electives you may take toward your major. Only two courses (6 credit hours) may be taken away from campus toward a major, including study abroad courses. You must meet with the Office of International Studies and the Director of Undergraduate Studies, who will approve the abroad courses selected. This advising session with the DUS will ensure that courses taken abroad will be useful for and count toward a major.

Visit Notre Dame International to search for courses available in the locations of interest at sponsored programs. Select the location and the disciplines: ARST, ARHI, DESN.

Transfer Credit

The transfer of course credit is determined by the deans in the Office of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Arts & Letters and by the Department of Art, Art History & Design. The department reserves the right not to approve transfer credit for courses. The student must first discuss the course with the deans in the Office of Undergraduate Studies before arranging a meeting with the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Department of Art, Art History & Design. The criteria for the Department of Art, Art History & Design’s pre-approval of transfer credit from another institution are as follows:

  • The course must be pre-approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies of the Department of Art, Art History & Design
  • Courses must be taken at an accredited four-year university
  • Courses should be approximately six weeks long, have at least 38 contact hours
  • The course must be taught in a department that is similar to the Department of Art, Art History & Design
  • A grade of “B” (equivalent to a 3.000 on a 4-point scale) or better is necessary in order to transfer the credit. All courses must be taken in residence for a grade. Courses may not be taken online, as pass/fail, S/U, as audit, correspondence, etc. Official transcripts should be sent directly from the college or university of origin to the Office for Undergraduate Studies
  • No more than eight credits and no more than two classes (including courses taken at ND) may be approved for a single summer.
  • The student must produce the course title, number of credit hours assigned to the course, a brief course description, instructor's name and credentials, copy of the course syllabus, and contact hours for the class (length of academic term, number of class meetings, duration of each meeting).
  • Initiate a Transfer Course Pre-Approval eForm. This can be accessed through InsideND.

University Fine Arts Requirement

Only courses marked as “Univ. Req.” in the online Schedule of Classes can be used to fulfill a University Requirement.

Additional courses may be reviewed and approved by the Core Curriculum Subcommittee for the Fine Arts. Requests for review and approval should be directed to the Chair of this committee, Professor James Collins in the Department of Film, Television and Theatre (james.m.collins.3@nd.edu). Requests for review are submitted by the home department of the course for courses taught at Notre Dame. Transfer students should work with the relevant deans for Undergraduate Studies in their respective Colleges. Courses taken abroad should be submitted through the Office of International Studies. Prior to taking any course, the student is advised to seek confirmation from her/his advisor that a given course does fulfill the criteria necessary to be considered equivalent to a Notre Dame course.

Students within the Department of Art, Art History & Design should be aware of the following:

  • Only one course (3 credits) in Art History taken in a foreign program may be counted towards fulfilling the major, second major or minor requirement. This course may only be used as an “Option.” If a student participates in a full-year Study Abroad Program (e.g. Angers and Bologna), then up to 6 credits may be counted towards the major. These will normally be considered as “Options.” Exceptions to these rules are: up to two courses (6 credits) from the John Cabot Rome Program may be used to fulfill distribution requirements in “Ancient,” “Medieval,” or “Ren/Baroque.” Also, one ancient course taken in the Athens Program may be used to fulfill the “Ancient” requirement.
  • Regarding credit transfers: no AP credits are accepted; no more than 12 credit hours total may be transferred and used toward the major; a maximum of 6 credits per semester can be taken in programs outside of Notre Dame and applied towards the major.

Studio Art & Design Contact

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Emily Beck

Art History Contact

Undergraduate Advisor/Coordinator: Robin Rhodes