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Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers here to some of the most frequently asked questions in the Undergraduate Advising Office. 

Which Visual Arts classes will be offered next quarter?

You may find the Visual Arts Department Annual Schedule on our website. Please keep in mind that course availability is subject to change.

When can I meet with an advisor?

During this time of social distancing, Advisors are available for remote sessions and support. Please review the main Academic Advising page to find out how to best reach an Advisor.

Can I take a major class for P/NP?

To satisfy major requirements, courses must be taken for a Letter grade, only grades of C- or better will be accepted. Students should talk with Department or College advisors when determining which grading option would be best to pursue.

Can I take a minor class for P/NP?

All courses (lower or upper division) counting towards a Visual Arts minor may be taken for a letter grade or on a P/NP basis.

Can I use a class from another institution to satisfy major requirements?

You have the ability to petition coursework from your previous institution to satisfy major requirements within UCSD. No petition is guaranteed approval. All coursework must be UC transferable and posted to your Academic History prior to submitting the petition to the department. To petition, you will need the following:

  • An Undergraduate Student Petition form for each course that you are petitioning.
  • A syllabus and course description of the course from your previous institution.
  • Any additional supporting documentation, including: exams, essays, notes, artwork, or textbooks.

Lower division coursework completed at a community college may be petitioned to fulfill lower division major requirements. Please note, some California community college courses have already been pre-approved on Please check this site prior to making the decision to petition.

All course materials need to be combined into one PDF with the petition form (one PDF per petition) and submit to Please allow 3-4 weeks for petitions to be reviewed.