Frequently Asked Questions

Advising

How do I make an appointment to see a Comm Arts advisor?

To schedule an advising appointment, please use Starfish. If you do not have Starfish, go to ‘My UW’ and search for ‘Starfish.’ Click ‘Add to Home’ and it will be added to your dashboard so you can start scheduling. If you need more guidance, you can find more information here. Please note that Comm Arts academic advisors are currently offering remote advising.

When are the drop-in advising hours?

Drop-in advising hours are suspended until further notice.

Can I make an appointment to see the Comm Arts advisor if I’m not a declared major?

Yes. During busy advising times, such as registration, non–majors may be asked to wait until a later date to schedule an appointment. If you are a first semester freshmen, please schedule an appointment to see your assigned advisor.

Careers

Where can I find out what types of careers people typically pursue with a Comm Arts major?

Try to not box yourself in by thinking this major equals a specific set of careers. The careers section of the Comm Arts website provides you with a list of some of the occupations Comm Arts alumni have pursued. Meet with Media, Information, and Career Advisor Pam Garcia-Rivera and/or SuccessWorks at the College of Letters and Science to discuss different career opportunities for liberal arts students.

I need help putting my resume together. Any suggestions?

Media, Information, and Career Advisor Pam Garcia-Rivera and SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science offer individual help and workshops.

I have no idea what I want to do. Any advice?

Internships are a great way to try out different careers. Meet with Media, Information, and Career Advisor Pam Garcia-Rivera and/or SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science to discuss different career opportunities for liberal arts students.

Certificates

Can I earn a certificate in Comm Arts?

The Communication Arts Department offers the Digital Cinema Production certificate. Several Comm Arts courses also meet requirements for the Digital Studies certificate.

Declaring or Undeclaring

How do I declare the Communication Arts major?

Effective March 16, 2020, students who would like to declare the Communication Arts major should schedule an advising appointment with a Communication Arts advisor or email Communication Arts Advising at advising@commarts.wisc.edu after reviewing the Declaring the Communication Arts Major presentation. Students who are not currently in the College of Letters and Science (L&S) need to either transfer into L&S or have permission from their school or college to pursue an additional major in Communication Arts. Instructions for transferring into L&S are available on the L&S Student Academic Affairs website.

How do I declare the Digital Cinema Production certificate?

Prior to declaration, students must complete COM ARTS 355 for a grade of B or higher.  In addition, students must earn a grade of B or higher in their first attempt of one of the following courses:

  • Com Arts 465: Editing and Post-Production for Video and Film
  • Com Arts 466: Writing for Television and Film
  • Com Arts 467: Cinematography and Sound Recording
  • Com Arts 468: Producing for Internet TV and Video
  • Com Arts 609: Special Topics in Production
  • Com Arts 651: Advanced Video Production and Direction

Contact a Comm Arts advisor, if you’re eligible to declare the certificate. Please see the Guide or contact a Comm Arts advisor, if you would like additional information.

Who do I contact to declare the Digital Studies certificate?

Please go to the Digital Studies website for information on declaring the certificate.

I’ve decided not to complete the Communication Arts major. What do I need to do to cancel the major?

Please send an email message, with your name and student id number, to Communication Arts Advising at advising@commarts.wisc.edu

Diversity

I’m wondering what I can do to support diversity.

UW-Madison’s Institutional Statement on Diversity along with campus resources, events and information for creating community can be found here.

Graduation

How do I let the University know that I expect to graduate at the end of the semester?

Indicate when you intend to graduate through My UW. For help applying for graduation or selecting a commencement ceremony, please visit the ‘Applying for Graduation’ instruction page.

When is the commencement ceremony being held?

Please check the commencement website.

Internships

Do you have any information on internship opportunities?

Start your search by exploring the following resources: Job Listings, Handshake, and internship resources.

I have an internship. How do I get credit for it?

Comm Arts offers our majors a one credit, academic course to accompany their internships. For additional details and instructions, please click here.

How many credits can I earn for completing an internship?

One (1).

If my internship is more than 8 hours per week, can I earn additional credit?

Credit is earned through completing the academic course, Communication Arts 614 or 615, which is one credit.

I’m a Comm Arts major who completed an internship last summer. Can I still receive credit for it?

No, students must register for the course during the semester in which they are completing their internship.

Can I continue the same internship next semester and earn another credit?

As a general rule, no. Students may be able to continue interning at the same place if their duties change significantly. This has to be approved by Mary Rossa, the internship credit coordinator.

What does the internship credit count towards?

The credit counts towards the 120 degree credits needed for graduation, and it is at the intermediate/advanced level.

L&S Policies and Forms

Can I take a course pass/fail?

Please read the College of Letter & Science Pass/Fail Privilege information.

Can I take a course through another school, in addition to the courses I’m taking this semester at UW-Madison?

Permission is required to be enrolled at UW-Madison while also taking a class at another institution during the fall or spring semester. See the L&S Student Academic Affairs website for guidelines and information on requesting permission for concurrent enrollment.

Can I take more than 18 credits during the fall or spring semester?

Students who wish to take more than 18 credits during the fall or spring semester must have earned a 3.0 cumulative GPA on the UW-Madison campus. No student may carry more than 20 total credits during the fall or spring semester. Additional fees are assessed for credit overloads. See the L&S Academic Affairs website, credit overloads, for additional information.

How do I switch from a Bachelor of Science to a Bachelor of Arts?

L&S students can change their degree program from a BA to a BS or BS to a BA by completing the Degree Program Change Form.

How do I transfer to L&S?

Current UW-Madison students click here for information on transferring into L&S.

I have senior standing. What is the senior residence requirement?

The L&S senior residence requirement states that all students must earn a minimum of 30 degree credits in residence at the University of Wisconsin-Madison after they have earned 90 credits toward their undergraduate degree. To learn more about the requirement and requesting an exception click here.

Major Requirements

Can I declare both tracks of the major?

Students aren’t able to declare both tracks of the major.

I’m interested in the major. Which course should I take first?

  • If you’re interested in Communication Science and Rhetorical Studies, we recommend Com Arts 260, Communication & Human Behavior, for your first course.
  • If you’re interested in Radio-Television-Film, we recommend Com Arts 250, Survey of Contemporary Media.

Where can I find more information about the production courses?

Additional information about the courses, equipment, and facilities is available here.

I noticed another department is teaching a course with film in the title. Can I get Comm Arts credit for the course?

No. Only courses which are cross-listed with the Comm Arts Department will count towards the major requirements. Check the major requirements if you are unsure if a course is cross-listed.

Mental Health

I feel anxious and stressed. I’m not sure where to get help.

Any enrolled UW-Madison student can access mental health services through UHS (University Health Services). More information and resources can be found here. A few examples of available resources and services:

  • Individual Counseling
  • MHS Outreach Processing Spaces are programs for UW–Madison students that provide easy access to confidential support and consultation with peers and counselors from UHS Mental Health Services. Each process space is focused on a specific topic, identity, or concern.
  • SilverCloud is an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides students with accessible cognitive behavioral interventions 24 hours a day. SilverCloud does not require a referral from a mental health or medical provider. Learning modules address anxiety, depression, body image, stress, sleep, and resilience.
  • YOU@Wisc is a student connection portal with tools, content, and resources specific to UW–Madison student life designed to build resilience within students and foster campus connections.

Probation Status

Probation is a warning system for L&S students. The Student Academic Affairs website will help you understand probation, identify resources, and consider next steps.

Registration

I meet the prerequisites for a Comm Arts course, but when I try to register why am I told I’m ineligible?

A few of the Comm Arts courses are initially reserved for Comm Arts majors. Remaining seats become available to non majors after juniors have registered.

When do applications for the advanced production courses come out?

Advanced production applications are available at least two weeks prior to registration for an upcoming semester.

How can I get into a closed course?

The Comm Arts Department does not keep waiting lists. If someone drops through the online registration system, someone will be able to add.

Students with Disabilities

I have a disability and need accommodations for the classroom and housing.  Who can I contact?

Students can contact the McBurney Disability Resource Center for classroom accommodations and other helpful information including housing, transportation and personal care resources here.

 

Studying Abroad

I would like to study abroad. Where can I find information about different study abroad programs?

To explore study abroad programs, go to the International Academic Programs website.

How do I find out how my credits from abroad will transfer?

If you are going through UW-Madison International Academic Programs (IAP), look at the Academics section for your study abroad program. It will include a list of courses that students have completed in the past with the UW equivalencies.

Tools

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Transferring a Course to UW-Madison

How do I find out how the credits I may complete through a different institution transfer to UW-Madison?

The UW-Madison Course Equivalency Service (CES) will equate one course for students who wish to complete course work at another U.S. institution during the winter recess and up to four courses for summer term study. The CES will be available from March 1 – May 15 for summer term evaluation and from November 1 – December 1 for winter term evaluation.

What happened to the Transfer Wizard and TED?

As of July 1, 2020 the UW-System transitioned to Transferology, a nationwide network. Use Transferology to see how courses transfer in the University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Technical College, and Tribal College systems, as well as several two-year institutions from Minnesota and Illinois.

After completing the course, where do I send my transcript?

Please see the Transfer Your Credit to UW-Madison information on the Registrar’s website. It states,

“To be awarded credit at UW–Madison, enrolling students must have their official college-level transcript(s) sent to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

Electronic transcripts must be sent through a secure document sending service to etranscripts@admissions.wisc.edu. Transcripts sent through email, as an attachment, will not be accepted as official. Paper transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions must bear an official school seal or be printed on the school’s custom watermarked/security paper.”

Is there a deadline for submitting my transcript to the Office of Admissions for a course I completed through another institution?

According to the Registrar’s website, if the transcript is received by September 15, the transfer credit will posted to your student record prior to spring enrollment. If it is received by February 15, it will be posted prior to fall enrollment.