Academic Policies

DCAD


Continued registration at the Delaware College of Art and Design is contingent upon regular attendance, quality of work and proper conduct. Students are responsible for the satisfactory completion of all course work as required by the school to fulfill graduation requirements. They are expected to attend class regularly, complete all assignments and participate in the activities considered necessary by the faculty. 

Students must be present for all regularly scheduled examinations and submit completed assignments when they are due unless excused in advance. Failure to take examinations or submit work on time without prior notification may result in reduced grades or loss of partial or total credit for the course in question.

ATTENDANCE
Students are expected to attend all of their classes regularly for the full duration of the class period. Faculty members inform students concerning attendance requirements at the beginning of each semester. It is the student’s responsibility to inform instructors when they expect to miss a class. Students anticipating an extended absence should notify instructors, as well as their Area Coordinator.

Absences, as well as tardiness, early departures and inappropriate classroom behavior, will be considered by faculty members when determining the final grade. Excessive absences may result in a failing grade and may affect financial aid eligibility and student loan repayment obligations. Students absent from classes are still responsible for the prompt completion of all assignments.

Students are responsible for the satisfactory completion of all course work as required by the school to fulfill graduation requirements. They are expected to attend class regularly, complete all assignments and participate in the activities considered necessary by the faculty. Students must be present for all regularly scheduled examinations and submit completed assignments when they are due unless excused in advance. Failure to take examinations or submit work on time without prior notification may result in reduced grades or loss of partial or total credit for the course in question.

SCHEDULING AND CREDITS
Fall and spring degree program semesters are 15 weeks long; the optional summer semester is 14 weeks long with three-week intensive classes. Generally, a three-credit studio class meets for four and a half hours per week, and students should expect to work an equal amount of hours outside of the scheduled class meeting time. A three-credit academic class normally meets for three hours per week, and students should expect to do an additional six hours of work outside of class.

COURSE LOAD
Students are expected to carry a full course load (a minimum of 12 credit hours) and enroll in the correct number of studio and academic courses each semester, as outlined by each major’s requirements. Failure to maintain satisfactory academic progress will result in probation. If, during the following semester, minimum standards are not attained, dismissal and cancellation of financial aid may result.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
To receive the Associate of Fine Arts Degree (AFA) students must have completed all course requirements for their major; been enrolled for a minimum of 39 to 41 credits in residence at DCAD; satisfied all outstanding bills, charges and accounts; and have a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. Candidates for the Associate of Fine Arts Degree must complete the requirements within eight years of beginning the program; credits taken after this eight-year period cannot be applied to the original degree program.

GRADUATING WITH HONORS
Students earning a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better at the completion of their Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program are eligible to graduate with honors. This is noted on the transcript and becomes part of the permanent record.

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