Degree in 3 is a pilot program that allows Graphic Design and Retail Merchandising students to earn their degree in 3 years, rather than 4 years, by studying for 8 consecutive semesters, including summers. This program accepted students who entered their programs in the fall of 2013 and 2014.
Though the Degree in 3 program is no longer accepting students, the College of Design is offering several classes during the summer in both Graphic Design and Retail Merchandising that are open to students who are not participating in the Degree in 3 program. This is a great opportunity for students to work on early degree completion or to lighten their academic load during the traditional school year.
Degree in 3 students have the potential to receive a more affordable education over the typical four-year degree track through savings in any tuition increases and cost-of-living expenses that can occur in year four of an undergraduate program.
Because this is a University pilot program, over $100,000 in scholarships is available for summer terms 2014, 2015 and 2016 to students who were admitted to and pursue the Degree in 3 option.
Students in the Degree in 3 pilot program will study for eight consecutive semesters, including summers, thereby trimming one year off of the typical four-year undergraduate degree time frame and enabling students to enter the workforce or pursue a graduate degree more quickly.
Degree in 3 students have potential to receive a more affordable education over the typical four-year degree track through savings in any tuition increases and cost-of-living expenses that can occur in year four of an undergraduate program.
Because this is a University pilot program, over $100,000 in scholarships is available for summer terms 2014, 2015 and 2016 to students who are admitted to and pursue the Degree in 3 option.
Is this an accelerated program?
Yes and no. Yes, in that students complete the program sooner than students following the regular four-year program because they take full academic loads for two summers. No, in that students take the same courses/credits in the same number of semesters (8).
How does the program work?
Eligible students may apply to the Degree in 3 program in early spring term 2015. Once admitted, students must continue taking a full course load for the remaining 6 consecutive semesters. Commencement for Degree in 3 students will be in May of their third year (2017).
For Degree in 3 students, the College of Design will hold seats in the appropriate College of Design classes (i.e., RM, ADes, GDes and DES courses). This will be for each term as long as the student is in good standing and follows the Degree in 3 curriculum. Students not in the Degree in 3 program, but who meet course prerequisites, may register for a class(es) if space is available.
If, for any reason, a student is unable to follow the Degree in 3 curriculum, s/he might not be able to continue in the Degree in 3 program. This will depend on a variety of factors and will be determined on an individual basis. If a student returns to the traditional program, s/he will work with their academic adviser to create a plan to allow progress towards timely graduation.
The College of Design will review students’ grades immediately following each semester. Prerequisite courses and courses required in the major must be passed with a C- or better in order to continue with planned coursework. Earning a failing grade in a major course may put the student off track in terms of timely graduation.
I'm a transfer student and plan to graduate in fewer than four years anyway. May I still be in the Degree in 3 program?
Graphic Design: Given the sequential nature of the Graphic Design curriculum, it may be difficult to shorten the program. However, depending on which of your previous courses are accepted toward liberal education and/or major requirements, you may be able to finish your degree in fewer than 8 semesters. You will need to consult with your academic adviser to plan out your remaining courses.
Retail Merchandising: Yes. You will need to work with your academic adviser to map out a course plan that fulfills your remaining degree requirements.
** Note: Course dates for non-College of Design courses (e.g., liberal education classes, major classes offered by other colleges such as the College of Liberal Arts or the Carlson School) will vary.
Why is the College of Design doing this pilot program?
Students’ educational needs are increasingly diverse, and the University wants to meet those needs wherever possible. The Degree in 3 program may be an appealing and feasible option for some students.