Guidance Committee Process

Student’s guidance committee consists of two advisors, one studio and one research. Students make a meeting time with their advisors for a three way meeting at the beginning of the academic year to discuss their project proposals.

Anyone in the group may suggest changes to the proposal. Students can make changes to their proposals up to the end of the first semester with the approval of their guidance committee. Each advisor will complete an approval form according to the calendar. Approved changes to the proposal must appear in the student’s blog.

First year students

This meeting is an opportunity to introduce your advisors to each other so that both are familiar with both aspects of the project and thus ensure that the research is relevant and informative to the studio project. The meetings can simply be a chance to touch base. This way if any issues come up along the way you are already acquainted as a group. Anyone has the option to call a meeting as the semester progresses. At the beginning of the spring semester the meeting process is repeated. The purpose of this meeting is to confirm that the studio project is on track and to begin a discussion of the thesis proposal which will contain both a practical and written element. The research advisor will guide the student through the proposal with input from the studio advisor. Please note: Students work with research advisors only in the second semester.
A closing meeting at the end of the second semester will be organized by the student once advisors have had an opportunity to review the students’ synthesis or process paper and second year plans.

Second year students

This meeting is an opportunity to introduce your advisors to each other so that both are familiar with both aspects of the project and thus ensure that the written and practical elements of the project are cohesive. The meetings can simply be a chance to touch base. This way if any issues come up along the way you are already acquainted as a group. Anyone has the option to call a meeting as the semester progresses. At the beginning of the spring semester the meeting process is repeated. Please note: Students work with research advisors only in the second semester.

Advisors

Please sent a brief email to the student. Copy both members of your guidance committee approving the project with or without changes or explaining why you cannot approve the proposal, summarizing the main points and adding references as needed.