CONTINUATION POLICY FOR BDes DEGREE PROGRAMS IN DESIGN
This pages defines what constitutes satisfactory progress towards degree for undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Design degree programs within the Division of Design in the School of Art. While the University of Washington has regulations governing scholastic eligibility for continuance, the School of Art seeks additional requirements in order to make the best use of the limited facilities and resources and to provide reasonable assurance for academic success in the highly competitive fields of art and design. The following will apply to all students in Design degree programs.
Expectations of Satisfactory Progress
- Students are expected to make satisfactory progress towards the attainment of the degree. Under normal circumstances, a BDes major attending full-time is considered to be making satisfactory progress if he/she completes all major prerequisites by the end of the Sophomore year and completes the major requirements (core courses, major electives, and capstone courses) during Junior and Senior years. Lack of academic progress may be evidenced by low scholarship as well as excessive course repeats, course drops, or University withdrawals and cancellations.
- Students must earn a numerical grade of 2.5 or above in each Design class used to meet major requirements (e.g., core courses, major electives, and capstone). Courses used to satisfy major requirements cannot be taken on a satisfactory/non-satisfactory basis.
- Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, and thereby avoid appearing on the University’s Low Scholarship list.
Probation for the Major
If a student fails to meet one or more of the  expectations described above, he/she will be placed on probation for the major. Students will be notified of probation via a warning letter from program faculty, and will be required to meet with program faculty to discuss their academic performance, receive advice, and to develop a plan to resolve future problems.
Dismissal from the Major
The student will be dismissed from the BDes major if, while on probation, the student fails to meet one or more of the expectations of satisfactory progress described above. The student will be notified in writing of the change in his/her major status.
A student who has been placed on probation or dismissed from the major — and believes that some facts may have been overlooked or misinterpreted — may request reconsideration of probation or dismissal by writing a letter to the Director of the School of Art. The letter should include any additional information that supports the student, and/or any information that the student believes is relevant. In general, appeals without evidence of new or additional information will not be considered. An appeal must be made within 30 days of the notification of placement on probation or dismissal from the major.
The letter and supporting material will be transferred from the Director of the School of Art to the UW Faculty Council on Academic Standards (FCAS). FCAS will carefully review all available information and make a recommendation to the Director of the School of Art on whether or not academic probation and/or dismissal form the major should be reversed. The council (or a designated subcommittee during the summer quarter) will respond to the appeal within 30 days.