Undergraduate Advising

Advising appointments are available via phone or in person. To schedule an advising appointment, email SVADadvising@ucf.edu. Include your full name, UCF ID (7-digit number), days and times available, and a phone number where you can be reached.

SVAD Academic programs

Contact

Office: NSC 121
Phone: 407-823-1355
Email: svadadvising@ucf.edu

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday:
9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m.
By appointment only.

Call-In or Walk-In Wednesday:
9:00-11:30 a.m. and 1:00-3:30 p.m.
Please call ahead to ensure that an advisor is available.

Because of the high number of requests, we are unable to meet individually with prospective students at this time. We encourage you to attend an SVAD Tour which includes an information session presented by our advising team. Register here.

More Information

You can make an Advising Appointment via phone at (407) 823-1355 or email at svadadvising@ucf.edu. 

When doing so, please provide the following information to process your appointment request as soon as possible: 

  • UCF ID (7-digit #) 
  • Major/Track 
  • Reason for appointment 
  • Meeting Preference: Phone or In-Person 
  • Availability Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM 
    • Please provide multiple days and times 
      • For Example:  
        • Mondays: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM 
        • Tuesdays: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM  
        • Wednesdays: 12:00 PM - 3:30 PM  
        • Thursdays: 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM 
Please Note:

You will not be able to use myKnightStar or Outlook to request an appointment. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please email svadadvising@ucf.edu or call (407) 823-1355.

You may email svadadvising@ucf.edu with questions. Include the following information in your email:

  1. First name and last name
  2. UCF ID
  3. Current degree program or program of interest
  4. Your detailed question.
  5. Include course numbers, names, and/or semesters related to your question if applicable.
  6. Include any documentation/emails that needs to be referenced from earlier advising appointments if applicable.

  1. Review your degree audit.
  2. Review the requirements for your program in the UCF Catalog
  3. Create a tentative semester plan to share/discuss with your academic advisor.
  4. Write down your questions and bring them with you.
  5. Bring any documentation which needs to be discussed.

UCFID: 

Your UCFID is your Personal Identification Number (7-digits, no letters). Your UCFID is the key to accessing online registration, class schedule searches, adding or dropping classes, and a lot of other functions, including viewing your grades and fee schedules. You will be asked to select a password when you first are assigned your UCFID. You may change your password at any time. 

NID: 

Your NID is your Network Identification Number (2 letters and 6 digits). Your NID is the key to accessing the UCF computer network, the Internet, the library, and a world of cyber information. This number is also generated for you when you become a student at UCF for the first time. Again, you need to select and register a password that you may change at any time. 

For more information on UCFID & NID, please go to: http://registrar.sdes.ucf.edu/weg/pid_nid/what_are/ 

How to get your UCFID and NID 

  1. Go to https://my.ucf.edu. 
  2. Beneath the login button, click on the link “What are my UCFID and NID?”. 
  3. On the next screen, enter your Social Security Number and birth date in YYMMDD format. For example, July 4, 1979, would be 790704. 
  4. Click on Submit. 
    1. Your UCFID and NID will appear below. 
    2. Further below is information about your default password. Your default password is the capital letter “P” followed by your date of birth in YYMMDD format. 
  5. Click on Return to myUCF. 
  6. Enter your UCFID and default password. 
  7. Click on “Sign On”. 
    1. You will then be asked to change your default password.  
    2. Follow the instructions to set a new Password and Password reminder clue. 
    3. Additional links “Forgot Your UCFID Password?” and “Need myUCF Help?” are available on the myUCF page. 

If you are not sure which department you need to make an appointment with, you can use the following to guide your decision.

CAHSA Advising
College of Art and Humanities Student Advising
SVAD Advising
School of Visual Arts and Design Advising
To speak with your Assigned Advisor To speak with any SVAD Major Advisor
To discuss general education courses To discuss major-specific courses
For Assistance with Transient Enrollment For Course Equivalency /Transfer Credit Evaluation
For General Education Inquires such as foreign language requirement, Gordon Rules For SVAD Major Inquires such as curriculum, portfolio, program requirements
For Holds and To-Do-List Inquiries Speak with CAHSA First than SVAD For Holds and To-Do-List Inquiries Speak with CAHSA First than SVAD
Planning for Orientation - Speak with CAHSA First than SVAD Planning for Orientation - Speak with CAHSA First than SVAD
Planning for Graduation - Speak with CAHSA First than SVAD Planning for Graduation - Speak with CAHSA First than SVAD
Academic Probation - Speak with CAHSA First than SVAD Academic Probation - Speak with CAHSA First than SVAD
Disqualification Readmission - Speak with CAHSA First than SVAD Disqualification Readmission - Speak with CAHSA First than SVAD

In CAHSA, you are assigned an advisor by the first letter of your last name. For advising support, students in CAH majors should email their assigned CAHSA advisor, which can be found in their myUCF Student Center. All other inquiries should be directed to cahsa@ucf.edu. Please continue to monitor your Knights email for updates from CAHSA, CAH, and the university.


CAHSA Contact:
Email: cahsa@ucf.edu
Phone: 407-823-3312

Location:
TCH 159
12796 Aquarius Agora Dr.
Orlando, FL 32816


CAHSA Hours:
Monday to Thursday:
8:00 AM – 12:30 PM.
1:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Friday:

8:00 AM – 12:30 PM

 

  1. Log in to the myUCF, go to your student center 
  2. Click the “other academic” drop-down menu in the center of the page under the “Academics” portion and select “Change Major: Request” 
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Next” 
  4. The top row will be your current major, select “Change” in that box 
  5. Select the “College of Arts & Humanities” from the drop-down box for the college 
  6. Click the magnifying glass for the program, do not type anything in the box, and click “Look Up” 
  7. Select the appropriate major: For Example, Emerging Media BFA 
  8. Click the magnifying glass for the track, do not type anything in the box, and click “Look Up” 
  9. Select the appropriate track: For Example, Character Animation 
  10. Click Next 
  11. Click Submit

  1. Log in to the myUCF, go to your student center 
  2. Click the “other academic” drop-down menu in the center of the page under the “Academics” portion and select “Change Major: Request” 
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click “Next” 
  4. The top row will be your current major, select “Change” in that box 
  5. Select the “College of Arts & Humanities” from the drop-down box for the college 
  6. Read the instructions and click on “Next”. 
  7. Click on “Add” in the minor box. 
  8. Click on the magnifying glass to select College of Minor. 
  9. Click on the magnifying glass to select a specific minor. 
  10. Click on “Look Up” and select a specific minor. 
  11. Click on “Next” and then click on “Submit”. 

Please Note:

All the following must be completed before you can register for major restricted courses: 

  1. Pass the appropriate Portfolio 
  2. Pass All Prerequisites with a C or Higher 
  3. Meet with and SVAD Advisor 
  4. Sign and Return Necessary Documents such as The BFA Agreement.  
  5. Update your major from Pending to your declared Track. 

You can search for classes online through myUCF. First, you need to log in. 

  1. Go to https://my.ucf.edu. 
  2. Log in using your NID and password. 
  3. In the left-hand menu, click on Student Self Service, then click Class Search/Browse Catalog in your Student Center. 
  4. Select a Term, for example, “Spring 2008”. 
  5. Type in Class Search Criteria if you know the Course Subject and Course Number OR select “browse course catalog” near the top and search for your course by Letter. 

The above five steps are all that is required for finding a class; however, unless you want to see every class offered at the Main Campus during Spring 2008, you will need to narrow your search.  

 Additional Search Criteria:

  • Subject (Prefix such as ART, ARH, GRA, etc.)  
  • Course Number  
  • Course Career (Undergraduate or Graduate) 
  • Location (ex. Main Campus-Orlando, UCF at Cocoa, UCF at Daytona, etc.) 
  • Special Course Groups (ex. GEP-Communications, Honors Classes, etc.) 
  • Meeting Time (ex. Between 5:00 and 9:00) 
  • Day of Week 
  • Instructor Last Name or First Name 
  • Class Number (ex. 1136) 
  • Course Title Keyword (ex. Statistics) 
  • Course Component (ex. Discussion, lab, etc.) 
  • Session (ex. A-First Six Weeks) 
  • Mode of Instruction (ex. World Wide Web) 
  • Campus 
  • Department (ex. Accounting) 

Check or uncheck the box next to Open Classes Only to show or remove closed classes from the list. The box is checked by default. 

Modes of Instruction: https://cdl.ucf.edu/support/student/modalities/ 

Instructional mode refers to the way your course will be taught, whether this is entirely online through Webcourses@UCF or face-to-face in a classroom. To find out what instructional mode your course is, first find your course in the UCF Schedule of Classes (see above) and then click on the details of your course. You can access the details by clicking on the “Class” or “Section”.

  • WEB-BASED: Courses are online conducted via flexible, asynchronous Web-based instruction and collaboration using various technologies. Some courses may require minimal campus attendance or in-person/proctored examinations. 
  • VIDEO: Courses are online with extensive use of digital video, which may be supplemented by additional online activity, projects, or exams. 
  • MIXED MODE: Courses include both required classroom attendance and online instruction in a blended format. In-person classroom activities are more than 20% of the instructional time during the semester.  
  • LIMITED ATTENDANCE: Courses are primarily online in a blended format combining required face-to-face and online elements. In-person classroom activities may use up to 20% of the instructional time during the semester. 
  • FACE-TO-FACE: Courses have required classroom attendance and meet on a regularly scheduled basis in person. Students may encounter online, video, or adaptive elements as part of the instruction, thus requiring a computer. 

Before you register, there are a few things you need to do to make the process go smoothly. 

  • Check the Academic Calendar for all the important dates for Registration, Add/Drop, and Late Registration.  
    • The Academic Calendar can be found on the UCF website at www.ucf.edu, on myUCF in Helpful Resources. During Registration and Add/Drop, you can only register after your appointment time. If you register for your first course that term during Late Registration and/or Add/Drop, you will be charged a $100 Late Registration Fee. 
  • See an advisor. It is recommended that you meet with an advisor at least once every semester. 
  • Check for Registration Holds. To view possible Holds, log in to myUCF, select Student Self Service, check the Holds section in your Student Center. 
  • Check your Enrollment Appointment Time. To view your Enrollment Appointment, log in to myUCF, select Student Self Service, and see your Enrollment Appointment in your Student Center. 
 Registering for Classes: 
  1. Go to https://my.ucf.edu. 
  2. Log in to myUCF using your PID and password. 
  3. On the left-hand menu, click on Student Self Service. 
  4. Select Enroll from your Student Center 
  5. Select the Term for which you want to register. 
  6. Enter Course Subject and Number OR additional search criteria to Find Classes. 
  7. Click Select Class when desired class is found and is open (green circle). 
  8. Verify course information.  
    • If the course has a Related Component (non-credit Lab or Discussion), you will be prompted to select the Component. Then, select Next. 
  9. Click Proceed To Step 2 Of 3. 
  10. Click Finish Enrolling. 
  11. The next screen will show you a status message for each class enrollment that indicated either successful registration (green checkmark) or an error (red X). If an error occurred, you will be directed to view the “error log” to see the reason so you can see what kept the registration from being completed successfully (see below). 
  12. View and verify your Class Schedule. Select the My Class Schedule tab to display the “List View” option or the Weekly Calendar View option. 

When registering for a class, there are two possible outcomes; either you are enrolled in the course or you receive an error. Each error has a specific reason, and most cases are a result of user error and can be solved by reviewing course details.  

Pre-requisite Not Met For A Class: 
Pre-requisite or transcripts from the previous institution have not been processed by UCF. 
Grades for pre-requisite may have not yet been finalized.  

Class is Full
Course enrollment is closed due to a lack of available seats. 

Time Conflict:
Selected course meeting date and time conflicts with another already enrolled course. 

Class Limit Exceeded/Term Unit Load: 
Students are only permitted to register themselves for 17 credit hours (Spring & Fall terms) and 14 credit hours (Summer term). 

Instructor’s Consent Required: 
You must contact the instructor or the department that offers the course to be permitted enrollment. For SVAD courses, email svadadvising@ucf.edu.

Should you have reason to believe you have a special circumstance where the error message received does not apply to you, you can submit an Override Request. 

You can submit an Override Request via email to svadadvising@ucf.edu. 

When doing so, please provide the following information to process your request as soon as possible: 

  • UCF ID (7-digit #) 
  • Major/Track 
  • Portfolio Review Status: Pending or Passed  
  • Term of Enrollment 
  • Course Number, Section and Class Number  (Example: ARH 2051, 0W60, 81369) 
  • Reason for Request 
  • Screenshot of Error Message  
  • Supporting Documents 

Please note a school can only process overrides for courses they teach, i.e. the School of Visual Arts and Design cannot process and override for DIG 3146 since that course is taught by the Nicholson School of Communication and Media.

Students must submit their Intent to Graduate well before their actual graduation ceremony. Please consult the UCF Academic Calendar to find the specific deadlines for your term (it will be listed as "Graduation Application"). 

You can file your Intent to Graduate form by going into your myUCF portal:  

  1. Select the Student Self Service link 
  2. Select the “other academic…” drop-down box 
  3. Select Intent to Graduate: Apply. 

Please be sure to complete the entire Intent to Graduate process.  

Once deadlines have passed, Students will need to contact us at SVAD Advising to inquire about earning their degree.  

If the Intent to Graduate is submitted after the term deadline, the student will no longer be eligible to participate in the Commencement Ceremony and their name will not appear in the list of degree candidates within the associated Commencement Program. 

You will receive your diploma approximately 8-12 weeks after commencement by mail.  

Please make sure your address is correct in myUCF. Click “Student Self Service” and then “Personal Information” to verify your address. 

Emerging Media BFA students will receive an Emerging Media BFA Degree regardless of the track that they pursued (The track will not be labeled on the degree).

You can submit a Course Evaluation / Equivalency Request via email to svadadvising@ucf.edu.

When doing so, please provide the following information if applicable to process your request as soon as possible:

  • Name
  • UCF ID (7-digit #)
  • Major/Track
  • Term of Enrollment
  • Unofficial Transcript
  • List of any specific courses you want to be evaluated

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Graduate Advising

Graduate advising is conducted by appointment only. Select your program below to find advisor contact information.

Emerging Media MFA – Animation & Visual Effects Track

Emerging Media MFA – Studio Art & Design Track