Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens if my freedom card does not get me into the building after hours?
A: Contact the department secretary, Lynne Moidel, and give her your complete Freedom Card number. This number starts with 601745.

Q: What are the building hours and to what do I have access?
A: Refer to the Wheatley Center page.

Q: Who is my academic advisor?
A: Log into Sentry secured services and click on "Checksheet." Your advisor's name is at the top.

Q: I have questions about internships.
A: Have a look at the Internships page.  If you need more info, contact Dr. Helena Vanhala at or 412-397-6202.

Q: What is the difference between the BFA and the BA degree?
A: Check out the Degrees page.  For course-by-course differences, check out the Checksheets page. In summary, the BFA mandates more visual training and the BA provides flexibility for taking other classes inside or outside the department.

Q: What if I miss advisement day?
A: While advisement day is the most convenient way to meet with your advisor to get the needed electronic signature, you can still make a separate appointment to meet your advisor if necessary.

Q: What is Patty Then's schedule?
A: Monday - Thursday > 8:30a - 5p.  Friday > 9a -3p.

Q: Who can check out photography equipment?
A: Students registered for photo classes or students who are pursuing a degree in photography may check out photography equipment. Equipment is available for checkout during Patty's regular hours.

Q: Where do I purchase art supplies and/or discounted software?
A: See the Texts/Supplies page

Q: Can I get SET credit for volunteering at the Academic Media Center (RMU-TV, RMU-Radio)?
A: Yes, you can. 

Q: What if I want to do a double concentration or add a minor?
A: Speak with you academic advisor if you have any questions and then stop by the registrar's office (next to the library entrance) to sign up. You MUST visit the registrar in person to do this.

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