These are forms that may be necessary for graduate student quarterly registration and enrollment status.

Special Studies

These courses are expected to have a workload of approximately 10 hrs a week on a topic of choice that is proposed by the student(s) or faculty member.

VIS 295 MFA Individual thesis research with the student’s individual faculty adviser/committee chair in preparation for their comprehensive exhibitions for the MFA degree. These units can only be taken after completing the First Year Review.

VIS 295 PhD Individual thesis research with the student’s individual faculty adviser/committee chair in preparation for their qualifying exam.  Most often taken in the quarter of the exam.

VIS 299 Individual research under the direct guidance of a faculty member.

VIS 298 Directed group study on specific topics not covered at present in the curriculum. Used as an experimental testing of courses that may be given regular course numbers if proved successful.

Enrollment Process

  1. Complete proposal form outlining the project and proposed research 
  2. Meet and discuss with Faculty member
  3. Submit EASy request and upload the form in the Supporting Docs field.
  4. Upon notification from EASy enroll on WebReg

Reading Course Contract

A reading course is an upper-division (100-189) undergraduate art history course taught by a permanent member of the Visual Arts PhD faculty. The student and faculty member must show the additional obligation and work required of the graduate student as it differs from the undergraduate syllabus. If a student is interested in taking an upper-division art history course taught by a visiting faculty member, their Faculty Advisor’s signature must be obtained.

  • Students cannot be employed as Readers for courses they are taking as a Reading Course.

Enrollment Process

  1. Complete proposal form outlining the additional workload/project and proposed readings 
  2. Meet and discuss with Faculty member
  3. Submit EASy request and upload the form in the Supporting Docs field.
  4. Upon notification from EASy enroll on WebReg

UC Intercampus Exchange

The Intercampus Exchange Program allows qualified graduate students to take advantage of educational opportunities at campuses within the UC system

As a participant in the Intercampus Exchange Program, you may enroll in courses at another campus, called the host campus. Authorization from both campuses is required for this exception. Submission of the application is required 4 weeks prior to the start of the quarter or enrollment.

For more information

Application UC Intercampus Exchange

 Application must be submitted electronically to vis-grad@ucsd.edu 

In Absentia

A full time registered student who has an academic need to conduct research outside of California for the entire quarter. Student pays 15 percent of the combined Educational and Registration Fees, and all the campus based fees. Student must submit a separate request for each quarter.

More information about In Absentia

Submit In Absentia Request

Leave of Absence

Graduate students are eligible for a maximum 3 quarters leave of absence with department approval.

A graduate student who is bearing a child, who has primary responsibility for the care of an infant or child under the age of five, and is in good academic standing may request an additional 3 quarters leave of absence (follow the same procedures below but specify "parenting" or "maternity" on the leave form as the reason)

More information about Leave of Absence

Submit Leave of Absence Request