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The New Grid

Dear students,

As you are probably already aware, the College is adopting a new schedule grid effective Fall, 2014. This new grid has necessitated modifications of the course times for our classes. There are three significant changes you should be aware of as you plan your fall schedule:

1. In order to fit precisely in the new grid, studio courses will run 5 hours and 50 minutes.

2. To allow our students more flexibility, open studios will not be scheduled with specific courses. However, studios will be open for general use on Wednesdays from 8-10:50am and 5:30-9:20pm and students will be expected to use this time to work. Technical supervision and assistance will be available in these studios and facilities: sculpture, printmaking, photography darkroom and lighting studio.

3. In the new grid, College-wide colloquia time is scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays from 12:30-1:30pm, during which there is no class meeting time. On these days, morning studio classes will be scheduled from 8am-12:20pm, followed by a break during colloquia time. These classes will resume their meeting time at 2pm and continue until 3:20pm.

We are glad to provide for you more creative possibilities to enhance your educational experience in the Department of Art and Art History.

General Information for All Students

Academic Holds

Academic holds are placed on students’ accounts by the Office of Records and Registration and prevent students from registering without one’s advisor removing the hold through PAWS. Students must meet with their advisor, review their academic requirements and Art Department Program Planner, and develop a curriculum plan for future semesters.

Academic Load

The normal academic load is four course units. The maximum load for any student is five course units. A student must receive permission of the Assistant Dean of the School of Arts and Communication to carry five course units. Permission to carry beyond four course units may be requested by sophomores, juniors, and seniors with at least a 3.3 GPA.

Course Substitution Approval

Any transfer or TCNJ art course being considered for substitution must be discussed with the student’s area coordinator. The coordinator then submits the request in writing for approval by the Art Department Chair or Art Department Academic Advisor, who then submits a written substitution request to Records & Registration via PAWS.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. The College must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record.

Liberal Learning Requirement

Liberal Learning History Waiver

Art students who have taken four art history courses (AAH prefix or AAV250/History of Graphic Design), can have the Liberal Learning history requirement waived.

Any student not required to take four art history courses may elect to do so and consequently have the LL history requirement waived.

Students taking five or more art and design history courses within the major still need 2 courses in the domain of BSCP (Behavioral, Social, and Cultural Perspectives) & SCHP (Social Change in Historical Perspectives)

Civic Responsibilities

The fulfillment of these goals is achieved by completing major or liberal learning courses designated as meeting each requirement.

All Art Education majors are exempt from the Race & Ethnicity requirement.

All “Non-western” art history courses fulfill the Global requirements

Transfer students with 8 course units are exempt from Civic Responsibilities and Freshman Seminar Program course requirements.

4D is not a requirement for the students who choose the old model

Grade Requirements and Repeat Courses

Grade Requirements

Students are required to receive a minimum of B in all the critical content courses (All freshman level core courses except Visual Thinking)

All art and art history majors who entered our programs in the Fall 2012 semester and onward are required to earn a C+ in all art courses, including core courses and art history, as well as all courses within the program of study. Students who receive a C or lower are required to repeat the course.

Repeat Courses

A student may repeat any course once. If a student desires to take a course more than twice, permission must be obtained from the chair of the department. When a course is repeated, only the highest grade is counted in the grade point average and toward meeting graduation requirements, although all grades earned will appear on a transcript.

Major and Minor

Declaration of Major

Students may declare majors at any time prior to the completion of 16 course (the end of the Sophomore Year)

Changing Majors

Students wanting to change their major must complete the Change of Major form. The Application for Change of Major must be approved by the Area Coordinator of the discipline being pursued, who initials the application form, and the Department Chair. The application is then submitted through the Art Office.

Declaration of Minor

Minors consist of five full courses units (or four full course units plus an approved experience). Only one course taken as a part of the student’s major may also be counted toward the student’s minor.

To apply for a minor, students must complete a Declaration of Major/Minor Form, receive approval from the Art Department Area Coordinator (discipline of the minor), who initials the application form, meet specific discipline requirements listed below and receive approval of the Art Department Chair.

One-half of the courses required for the minor must be completed at TCNJ

Minors will be recorded along with majors on the student’s transcript.

Independent Study


  • Independent Study may not be taken as a substitution for any other course.
  • Matriculated students who have completed at least 14 Units (fifty-six credits) are eligible for independent study. At least 3.75 Units (fifteen credits) must have been completed at The College of New Jersey.
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.5 is required.
  • A student may enroll in no more than 1.5 Units (six credits) of independent study in a given semester.


An independent study application consists of two parts. The first is an enrollment form, including an evaluation rubric, which must be signed by the student, faculty sponsor and department chair. The second is an Independent Study Summary Proposal prepared by the student. The completed application must be submitted to the Assistant Dean for approval and, if approved, to The Office of Records and Registration at the time the student registers for the course. Registration for independent study will be accepted through the first week of the semester.



  • Enrollment is limited to upper division program majors or minors with at least a 2.5 GPA in that program.
  • A minimum of 200 on-the-job hours is required for a course unit (4 credits).
  • Internships may be offered on either a graded or pass-fail basis.
  • Maximum internship course units to be counted toward a degree by any one student are three.  Maximum course units for a single internship are two.
  • The internship is an applied experience.  In the internship, the student must apply what she/he has learned in the classroom.  This academic foundation must be identified in a general way in the course-offering proposal.  Specific knowledge, methods, skills, activities, etc. must be listed for each intern in the proposal. (See below.)
  • Students must be working under guidance of professionals within the same disciplines. In other words, volunteering work for friends and relatives is not qualified.
  • Students cannot intern at an organization the faculty supervisor affiliated with to avoid conflict of interests.
  • A substantial written assignment (or portfolio) requiring research and/or creative work should be required.  A simple log describing activities may be included, but in and of itself is not sufficient to satisfy this requirement.
  • Second internships within the same program should be limited to those situations in which the student will be able to apply essentially different knowledge, methods, skills, etc. (still program related) than those applied in the prior internship.  This limitation does not apply to a second internship in a different program (e.g., a second major, minor).
  • The intern should be paid a salary whenever possible.


An internship contract consists of two parts: the proposal and the enrollment form to be developed by the Office of Records and Registration.  The student will prepare a written proposal meeting the following requirements:

  • The proposal should state the number of credit hours from any previous internship, as well as the semester taken and the firm or agency where the internship was done.
  • The proposal must explain exactly how credits are to be earned and what on-the-job activities will be required of the intern.
  • The proposal must describe the method of evaluating the internship to be used by the faculty supervisor.
  • The proposal must identify the firm or agency where the internship will be done.
  • The proposal must identify the professional person at the firm or agency who will supervise the student during the internship.
  • The proposal should require on-site visits by a supervising faculty member whenever feasible.
  • The proposal must be approved by the department chair or his or her designee before a student may proceed with the internship.
  • The approved proposal must be delivered to the Office of Records and Registration by the end of the first week of the semester in which the internship is to be completed.
  • Copies of the approved proposal should be provided to the student, the faculty supervisor, the department, and the firm or agency supervisor.
  • If the circumstances of the internship change, it is the responsibility of the faculty supervisor to send an addendum to the proposal to the Office of Records and Registration.
  • The supervising faculty member should be compensated at the independent study rate.  Travel expenses for all on-site visits should be paid.
  • A periodic review of the quality of internships should be conducted under the direction of the dean of each school with departments offering internships.

Transfer Students

Students transferring to TCNJ who have completed AA or AS degrees (NOT AAS) from New Jersey public community colleges are waived from Liberal Learning requirement.

Transfer students with 8 or more course units are exempt from meeting the civic responsibilities requirement and taking an FSP course.

Residency Requirement: a minimum of 12 courses must be taken within the TCNJ’s Department of Art & Art History. “Credits by exam” doesn’t count as one of the twelve.

Transfer students will have the sophomore review during the second semester of their junior year.

Transfer students cannot exceed the following number of units to TCNJ:

    • 16 course units (64 credits) from a community college
    • 20 course units (80 credits) from a four-year college
    • Combination of 2 & 4 year college: 16 course unit as the maximum for 2 year
    • Three course units transferred during the senior year

Once the maximum number of transfer credits has been accepted, students may not transfer additional credits to replace those already accepted.

For transfer students who want to pursue a minor, be aware one-half of the courses required for the minor must be completed at TCNJ

Sophomore Review

See HERE for  information.