BOOKING AN ADVISING APPOINTMENT

If you would like to book an advising appointment with Barbara Ringham, please go to: SCABOOKINGS.SCA.SFU.CA.

Login in with your student id and password to access the advising calendar. Click on an available time slot and fill in the information in the pop up menu. Appointments can be made up to two weeks in advance. Students can cancel or change their appointments at any time by logging into the system.

PLEASE NOTE: You must now bring your advising transcript with you to your appointment.

TO PRINT AN ADVISING TRANSCRIPT

1. Log into GO.SFU.CA
2. From your student centre, under "Academics", click on the drop down menu and select "Transcript: Advising". Click the ">>" button
3. Click "Go"
4. Beside the title "*Sort By:" select "Both" from the drop down menu
5. Click "Refresh" until the run status indicates Success
6. Click on the "view PDF" link, open the file and print your transcript

Important forms
Add/Drop Form [DOWNLOAD]
Directed Study Form [DOWNLOAD]
Information about Directed Study Proposals [DOWNLOAD]
WQB Breakdown for Contemporary Art students [DOWNLOAD]

Useful Reference Documents
Upper and Lower Studio and History/Theory Course Breakdown [DOWNLOAD]
SCA Grade Reference [DOWNLOAD]
SCA Community Research Ethics Policy [DOWNLOAD]

ADVISING INFORMATION & LINKS

COURSE ENROLLMENT

How to enroll in classes. Follow this link to a set of 'how-to' videos related to enrollment: www.sfu.ca/students/enrollment/enroll.html

WAIT LISTS

If a class is full you can still put yourself on a wait-list if one exists. Remember you can only put yourself on the wait-list for 8 units. The wait-list is attached to the tutorial component, not the lecture. (So if you wait list for a full tutorial you may see there are seats open in the lecture but you will not move off the waitlist until a space opens up in the tutorial you have selected.)

Wait lists run for the first week of class, after that the wait list is visible but not running. Wait lists are removed at the beginning of week three.

Our wait-lists are needs based, not first-come-first-serve.

COURSE RESERVES

Many departments reserve enrollment in some courses for their Major and Minor students. Some courses do not move to open enrollment and so are inaccessible to students not enrolled in that particular Major/Minor. If you are having trouble enrolling in a course outside of SCA, consult the webpage of the department/school offering the course for more information on their registration policies.

Please note: We cannot enroll students in courses offered by other departments or waive pre-requisites for their courses.

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Contains program requirements and course information. Also has link to archived terms. Find the Academic Calendar here.

DATES & DEADLINES BY TERM

Important dates for students which can be added to your Connect calendar. Fine the important Dates & Deadlines calendar here.

ACADEMIC CONTINUANCE

All SCA student GPA levels will be evaluated at the end of each academic year, normally at the end of the Spring semester. A student who falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67 will be notified of their probation status as a major with a limited time to adjust their CA GPA. Students will need to meet with the Area Coordinator and Advisor and plan their academic career for either re-establishing the Major or pursuing an FCAT BA with a double minor program. If the student does not bring the cumulative GPA in CA courses to 2.67 in the allotted time, he/she will be dropped from the major. If the student is in first or second year of study within the major and falls below the required cumulative GPA in CA courses of 2.67, the student will have two semesters to bring up their average to 2.67. If the student is in third year of their major, they will have one semester to bring their average to 2.67. Students who lose their status as a major in the SCA will have the option of pursuing the extended minor as part of the double minor BA option in FCAT, or via other options in the university.

DECLARATION OF MAJORS

Program entry for all levels for DanceFilmMusicTheatre PerformanceTheatre Production & Design, and Visual Art BFAs is by audition, interview, or portfolio. Depending on the Program Area, the audition, interview, or portfolio review will occur from February to April. See www.sfu.ca/sca/future-students/undergraduate for further details.

ACADEMIC DIFFICULTY

If you are having difficulty with your SFU courses, there are resources available to help you. Please follow this link for more info: www.sfu.ca/students/academicadvising/difficulty.html

WITHDRAWAL UNDER EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES.

If you are faced with circumstances beyond your control that negatively impact your ability to complete your coursework, you may qualify for a Withdrawal under Extenuating Circumstances. For more information and forms, please review: www.sfu.ca/students/appeals/withdrawals/apply.html

APPLY TO GRADUATE

Please follow this link to the graduation checklist, schedules, and deadlines: www.sfu.ca/convocation/checklist/official-graduation-check.html

CODE OF ACADEMIC HONESTY

All students are expected to comply with the policies of the university. Students should familiarize themselves with policy S10.02 so they understand what Academic Honesty is and how it is defined by SFU. Please follow this link for more info: www.policies/gazette/student.html

ABOUT ADVISING SERVICES

All current students may meet with the undergraduate advisor before registering for future CA courses. The advisor can discuss program options, and course requirements for your degree. SFU views sound academic advising as a significant responsibility in educating students. 

Ultimately, the student is responsible for seeking adequate academic advice, for knowing and meeting degree requirements, and for enrolling in appropriate courses to ensure orderly and timely progress toward a degree.

Frequent advisor contact provides students with current academic information and promotes progress toward educational goals. The University supports that progress and encourages effective academic advising.

OTHER ADVISING RESOURCES

STUDENT LEARNING COMMONS

Provides help with Note Taking, Writing, Presentations, Exams, Procrastination, Time Management, Essays, and Study Strategies.

Please follow this link for more info: www.lib.sfu.ca/about/branches-depts/slc

CENTRE FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Students wondering if they qualify for accommodations for their disability should contact the centre for information and resources.

Please follow this link for more info: www.sfu.ca/students/disabilityaccess.html

FINANCIAL AID AND ADVISING

Students looking for information about scholarships, awards, bursaries or loans should contact the FAA office.

Please follow this link for more info: www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid.html

STUDY ABROAD ADVISING

Information for students interested in International Exchange programs, Fields Schools and short-term summer programs.

Please follow this link for more info: www.sfu.ca/students/studyabroad.html

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ADVISING

Provides immigration and non-immigration advising to international students. Assists students with documents, finding housing, and orientation to Vancouver/SFU.

Please follow this link for more info: www.sfu.ca/students/isap

HEALTH AND COUNSELLING SERVICES

Provides basic medical services at campus clinics located in Burnaby and Vancouver. Hours and contact information on their website.

Please follow this link for more info: www.sfu.ca/students/health.html

Staff Profile

Barbara Ringham

Barbara Ringham

Undergraduate Advisor

Barbara completed her Honours BFA degree in Visual Art at York University. Before joining Contemporary Arts she worked in the School of Computing Science, the… More

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