Mandatory Advising


Mandatory Advising
Art Administrate Group Advising Center

2nd Year Students

Second-year students are required to meet with an advisor once during their year. Students will be assigned a hold quarter. Art and Cinema and Digital Media students have group advising. Design, Art History, Theatre and Dance, and Music students can make an appointment online here.  

1st Year Junior Transfer Students

First-year Junior Transfer students meet with an advisor in their first quarter at UC Davis. Art and Cinema and Digital Media students have group advising. Design, Art History, Theatre and Dance and Music students can make an appointment online here.  Please complete the First Year Questionnaire (available on under the tab forms and petitions) in before your advising appointment.

4th Year Students

Fourth-year students are required to participate in two engagements to prepare for transitioning out of college. Students are encouraged to choose the options that are most relevant to their post graduation plans.

Here is a list of the engagement options:

•  Participate in Arts Group Work of Art: Career Series, calendar here or Departmental Career Development Events or workshops as announced.

•  Participate in any Internship and Career Center Workshop, calendar here.

•   See an Internship and Career Center Advisor during drop in hours, schedules here (see Liberal Arts and Business open hours).

•  Participate in any Center for Leadership and Learning Workshop, calendar here.

•  Participate in any Student Academic Success Center Pre-graduate workshop, calendar here

•  Schedule an individual advising appointment with a Student Academic Success Center Pre-graduate advisor appointment information here.

•  Participate in any Health Professions Advising Workshop, calendar here

In order to have your registration hold released, you will need to complete two of the engagements listed above during the hold quarter and complete the Mandatory Advising Senior Engagements Form.



Why do I have a Mandatory Advising Hold?

Our goal is to help you achieve your academic and personal goals. Research has proven that interacting with academic advisers early in your university career can enhance your college success. Comprehensive advising is provided by the Letters & Sciences Dean’s Office and our office, the Arts Group Advising Center.

How can an Academic Adviser assist me?

Your academic adviser is one of your best all-around resources on campus with connections to – and knowledge about – many of the programs and people that can help you achieve academic and personal success. Mandatory advising is an opportunity for your adviser to meet you, learn about your goals and help you chart a path to success.

When will I need to see an Adviser? How will I know where to go?

You will be assigned to your required advising appointment during Fall, Winter, or Spring quarter.  An advising hold will be placed on your record for the assigned term to remind you to see your academic adviser.  You will be notified via MyUCDavis when your advising hold has been placed.  Schedule your advising appointment during the quarter of your corresponding hold, as indicated below:

Fall Quarter Hold              October 4 – December 15, 2016

Winter Quarter Hold          January 23 – March 16, 2017

Spring Quarter Hold          April 14 – September 17, 2017

How often will I have a Mandatory Advising Hold?

The College of Letter’s and Sciences believes advising is important to your success and therefor made it mandatory for the following class levels:

First Year Freshman: meet with an Adviser in the Dean’s office of The College of Letter’s & Science.

Second Year Sophomore: meet with a Department Major Adviser in The Arts Group Advising Center.

Third Year Junior: Complete a Degree Check online at or, meet with an Adviser in the Dean’s Office of The College of Letter’s & Science.

First Year Transfer – Junior:  meet with a Department Major Adviser in The Arts Group Advising Center.

Fourth Year Senior (and beyond four years): participate in two campus engagements to obtain resources related to transitioning beyond UC Davis. Optional: meet with a Department Major Adviser in The Arts Group Advising Center.

Can I visit with an adviser at any time to release the Mandatory Advising Hold?

Mandatory advising appointments are only scheduled during the quarter that has been assigned to you.  Because all first year students have a mandatory advising requirement, and we serve the advising needs of all the students in the Arts Group, it is important that students in the mandatory advising program adhere to the assigned schedule.  That said, we encourage all students to meet with their advisers at any time for reasons not related to mandatory advising!

How do I get an Appointment to release a Mandatory Advising Hold?

Schedule an advising appointment by following the specific instructions included in the comments section of your mandatory advising hold in MyUCDavis.

Schedule a 30 minute appointment with a major adviser in the Arts Group Advising Center online at

Where do I go to meet with a Major Adviser?

Major Advisers are located in the Art Building on Hutchinson Drive. Please

check in for your appointment in Room 101.

Majors include: Art Studio, Art History, Cinema & Digital Media, Design, Film Studies, Music Technocultural Studies and Theatre & Dance

What can I do to satisfy my senior year requirement?

Participate in Arts Group Advising Center Career Development Events or Workshops.

Participate in any Internship and Career Center Workshop

See an Internship and Career Center Adviser during drop in hours

Participate in any Center for Leadership and Learning workshop

Participate in any Student Academic Success Center Pre-graduate workshop

Schedule an individual advising appointment with a Pre-graduate adviser at the Student Academic Success Center

Participate in any Health Professions Advising Workshop

Schedule an individual advising appointment with a Health Professions Adviser

What do other students say about getting the most out of my senior year requirement?

If you are going to meet with one of the ICC or SASC advisers go into these appointments with a set of questions written down so you can be efficient in your time.

What happens if I do not meet with an Adviser or complete my engagement requests for a Mandatory Advising Hold?

If you do not meet with an adviser before the deadline of the advising hold, you will be unable to make changes to your class schedule or register for courses for the following academic quarter until the hold is removed. This may negatively affect your ability to get some of the classes you need/want during the subsequent registration period.  Plan ahead!  Come to mandatory advising before the deadline.  Do NOT wait until the deadline to get your hold lifted.  Take action before finals week of the given quarter of your hold.  Students have at least two months in their assigned term to fulfill their mandatory advising requirement.

How do I prepare for a meeting with an adviser to release an advising hold?

Academic advising is an on-going process built on a partnership between you and your adviser. There are a few things to do ahead of time to maximize the benefit of your mandatory appointment.

If you received a Mandatory Advising Questionnaire, please complete and submit via your official UC Davis email account prior to your mandatory advising appointment.

Read about the requirements for your major.

Write down questions you would like to address during the appointment.

What if I am planning to change my major out of the Arts Group Majors – Should I still come to Mandatory Advising?

Yes. Until you officially change your major, you are considered an Arts Group Student in the College of Letters & Science; therefore you are required to engage in mandatory advising. Your current academic adviser can still help you with the logistics of changing your major and will be able to discuss with you any general topics and/or concerns pertaining to UC Davis.

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