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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. Introduction Mission of Miami International University of Art & Design. . . . . . . . . . . . 05 Accreditation and Licensure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05 Purpose of the Graduate Student Manual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 05

2. General Orientation Welcome from the Dean of Academic Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Expectations for Graduate Studies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Department of Academic Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Graduate Program ~ The Miami Masters ™. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Academic Policies and Procedures Course Scheduling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Registration Procedures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduate Student Attendance Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Course Attendance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Consecutive Days Absence Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Design & Media Management Attendance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continuous Enrollment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Interruption of Studies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advancement to Thesis Stage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grading Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Academic Dishonesty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plagiarism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Consequences of Plagiarism Policy Violation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cheating and Copying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Consequences of Cheating and Copying Policy Violation . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduate Student Withdrawal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Thesis/Capstone Completion and Timeline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy - Graduate Programs . . . . . . . . . . Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAPP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Academic Probation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduate Program Appeals Procedures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Repeating Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Academic Termination Re-Entry Process. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Degree Audit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduation Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Application to Graduation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduate Department Exit Survey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cancellation of Graduation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Continuing Thesis Course . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Receipt of Diploma. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Release of Transcripts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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3. Graduate Faculty and Administration Role of Academic Affairs Department. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Important Administration Contact Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Graduate Faculty Directory. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Educational Support Resources Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduate Student Lab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graduate Studios. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Kiss your family goodbye. Kiss your friends goodbye. Welcome to graduate school ... say hello to your creative self. Margaret Gonzalez, MFA Chair of Graphic Design

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1. Introduction MISSION STATEMENT Miami International University of Art & Design (The University) is a multi-campus, career-oriented institution that provides students with academic preparation and practical skills through programs in the applied arts and design industries. The institution prepares its undergraduate students for entry-level positions and its graduate students for advancement in their chosen fields. The University is dedicated to fostering a culture that encourages creativity, research, and learning-centered endeavors.

INSTITUTIONAL GOALS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

To provide students at all degree levels with the theory, knowledge, and skills appropriate to their disciplines, including an undergraduate grounding in foundational studies and general education. To help students identify their career goals and develop the professional skills to achieve them. To utilize a continuous quality-improvement process to enhance student learning and University success. To recruit and retain qualified faculty with the appropriate academic credentials and professional experience to promote a learning-centered environment. To provide administrative and educational support services to foster a safe, comfortable, and engaging environment for a diverse institutional population.

ACCREDITATION and LICENSURE Miami International University of Art & Design and its branch campuses, The Art Institute of Tampa and The Art Institute of Jacksonville, are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the masters, baccalaureate, and associates degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Miami International University of Art & Design. Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 3427.

PURPOSE OF THE GRADUATE STUDENT MANUAL The Graduate Student Manual is designed to provide graduate students with basic information concerning the programs and administrative procedures at Miami International University of Art & Design. It is not designed to answer every question a student may have, but it should be helpful as a basic reference to each graduate degree program. Graduate students at Miami International University of Art & Design are obligated to know, understand, and abide by all policies and procedures listed in this manual as well as the general Miami International University of Art & Design Catalog. Miami International University of Art & Design currently offers five graduate programs. We have four Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree programs in Film, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Arts. The MFA is awarded to students who successfully complete 90 credit hours at the graduate level; these students must satisfy all requirements for the completion of the Masters Thesis and Thesis Project within their discipline in order to graduate. We also offer a Master of Arts (MA) degree program in Design & Media Management. The MA is awarded to students who successfully complete 48 credit hour requirements at the graduate level and satisfy all requirements for the completion of the capstone project.

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2. General Orientation WELCOME FROM THE DEAN I encourage you to embrace this challenge... your graduate experience. Paul M. Cox, Ph.D. Dean of Academic Affairs

Welcome to the Miami Masters at Miami International University of Art & Design. I am proud and honored to lead an inspired and dedicated team of faculty, students, and administrators in our graduate program. Together we are strategic partners in providing a comprehensive academic experience and an environment that is conducive to stimulating research, creative expression, and innovative graduate study. The Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs provides academic and administrative oversight of all graduate departments and programs. Each graduate department administers its individual degree program with the assistance and support of the Graduate Office of Educational and Administrative Support Services. It is my goal to ensure that we create invigorating programs that challenge you in your pursuit to attain your scholarly, artistic, and professional objectives. I encourage you to embrace this challenge by engaging with our knowledgeable faculty and by fully participating in the diverse academic and extra-curricular activities that have been developed to enrich your graduate experience. As a graduate student, you approach your studies in a way that differs from your undergraduate experience. Your acceptance into our program will validate your motivation and commitment to lifelong learning. You will expand your acquired skills and pursue your educational and professional goals in a more scholarly and rigorous manner in order to be successful. Your relationship with your professors will also transform as they become your peers and mentors. Once you come through our doors, you simply will not leave the same. Please avail yourselves of the information presented here in our newly designed graduate student manual. You will find information on each academic department, admissions requirements, satisfactory academic progress, and other policies. You will also have a chance to discover more information regarding our students, faculty, and oncampus activities. Thank you for your interest in the Miami Masters at Miami International University of Art & Design. Paul M. Cox, Ph.D. Dean of Academic Affairs

EXPECTATIONS FOR GRADUATE STUDIES The purpose of graduate education at Miami International University of Art & Design is to instill in each student an understanding of and capacity for scholarship, independent judgment, academic rigor, professional development, and intellectual honesty. It is the joint responsibility of faculty and graduate students to work together to foster these ends through relationships which encourage freedom of inquiry, demonstrate personal and professional integrity, and foster mutual respect. Graduate student progress toward educational goals at The University is directed and evaluated by the department chair and a graduate committee. These individuals provide intellectual guidance in support of the scholarly and artistic activities of graduate students. The department chair and the graduate committee are also charged with the responsibility to evaluate a graduate student’s performance in research and creative activities. The graduate student, the department chair, and the graduate committee comprise a basic unit of graduate education. It is the quality, breadth, and depth of interaction in this unit that largely determine the outcome of the graduate experience.

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High quality graduate education depends upon the professional, academic, and ethical conduct of the participants. Faculty and graduate students have complementary responsibilities to maintain academic standards and create high quality graduate programs. To this end, it is essential that graduate students: • Conduct themselves in a mature, professional, and civil manner in all interactions with faculty and staff. • Recognize that the thesis advisor provides the intellectual and instructional environment in which the student conducts research and completes studio projects. • Recognize that faculty has broad discretion in allocating their own time and other resources in ways which are academically productive. • Recognize that the thesis advisor is responsible for monitoring the accuracy, validity, and integrity of the student’s research. Careful, well-conceived research reflects favorably on the student, the thesis advisor, and the University. • Exercise the highest integrity in taking examinations and in collecting, analyzing, and presenting research data. • Acknowledge the contributions of the thesis advisor and other members of the research team to the student’s work in all publications and conference presentations. • Maintain the presumption of confidentiality of the thesis advisor’s professional activities and research prior to presentation or publication, in accordance with existing practices and policies of the discipline. • Take primary responsibility to inform themselves of regulations and policies governing their graduate studies. It is also imperative that faculty: • Interact with students in a professional and civil manner in accordance with University policies governing nondiscrimination, nonfraternization, and sexual harassment. • Impartially evaluate student performance regardless of religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin of the graduate student candidate. • Serve on graduate student committees without regard to the race, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin of the graduate student candidate. • Prevent personal rivalries with colleagues from interfering with their duties as thesis advisors, committee members, or colleagues. • Excuse themselves from serving on graduate committees when there is a familial or other relationship between the faculty member and the student that could result in a conflict of interest. • Create in the classroom or studio supervisory relations with students that stimulate and encourage students to learn creatively and independently. • Have a clear understanding with graduate students about their specific research responsibilities, including time lines for completion of research and the thesis or thesis project. • Provide verbal or written comments and evaluation of graduate students’ work in a timely manner. • Familiarize themselves with policies that affect graduate students. Graduate education is structured around the transmission of knowledge at the highest level. In many cases, graduate students depend on thesis advisors to assist them in identifying and gaining access to financial and/or intellectual resources that support their graduate programs. To this end, it is important that graduate students: • Devote an appropriate amount of time and energy toward achieving academic excellence and earning the advanced degree. • Be aware of time constraints and other demands imposed on faculty members and program staff. • Take the initiative in asking questions that promote understanding of the academic subjects and advance the field. • Communicate regularly with thesis advisors, especially in matters related to research and progress within the graduate program.

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Thesis advisors, on the other hand, should: • Provide clear maps of the requirements each student must meet, including course work, research tools, thesis, or thesis projects. • Evaluate student progress and performance in regular and informative ways consistent with the practice of the field. • Help students develop artistic, interpretive, writing, and verbal skills, when appropriate, in accordance with the expectations of the discipline. • Take reasonable measures to ensure that each graduate student initiates thesis or thesis project research in a timely fashion. • When appropriate, encourage graduate students to participate in professional meetings or perform or display their work in public settings. • Create an ethos of collegiality so that learning takes place within a community of scholars. Thesis advisors support the academic promise of graduate students in their program. Students select thesis advisors in accordance with disciplinary interest or research expertise. Advising is manifold in its scope and breadth and may be accomplished in many ways. _______________________________________________________________________________ NOTE: This information was adapted with permission from the University of Oregon Graduate School. These guidelines were written by the Graduate Council and were adopted as a statement of the faculty by the University of Oregon Senate on May 24, 1995. This document has benefited from the work of the Graduate School at the University of California-Davis; the Graduate College and Graduate Council at the University of Arizona (Mentoring: The Faculty-Graduate Student Relationship, Cusanovich and Gilliland, 1991); the Office of Graduate Studies at the University of Southern California; and the Graduate School at North Carolina State University. Materials are used by permission.

These guidelines are intended to be constructive and instructive to faculty and graduate students. They do not constitute a contract with current or prospective students.

DEPARTMENT OF ACADEMIC AFFAIRS Academic Affairs is one of several University departments that are dedicated to serving the needs of graduate students. The other servicing departments include Student Affairs, Student Financial Services, Technology, University Bookstore, and Career Services. Under the direction of the Dean, the Department of Academic Affairs is responsible for academic advising, support, and planning; all academic services; and faculty appointments, affairs, and development.

THE GRADUATE PROGRAM ~ THE MIAMI MASTERS™ The Miami Masters is the name of the Graduate Program at Miami International University of Art & Design. The Miami Masters offers a unique inter-disciplinary learning environment that will enrich graduate students’ academic and professional careers. This interdepartmental alliance enables access to diverse expressions of art, design, and information that will enhance and make a substantive impact on student projects and professional explorations. Under the jurisdiction of the Dean of Academic Affairs, the Graduate Program (aka The Miami Masters) at Miami International University of Art & Design consists of graduate programs in Design & Media Management, Film, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Arts as well as the Graduate Office of Educational and Administrative Support Services.

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GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM: DESIGN and MEDIA MANAGEMENT A management degree designed by creatives, for creatives Managing in the design and media industry environment requires ingenuity and creative leadership. Whether you are working in a boutique design studio, a multinational media company, or a full service production facility, critically analyzing the business environment while leading an eclectic, artistic workforce is a skill-set that has historically been acquired through a long tenure in the art and design field. The Masters program in Design & Media Management offers a methodical program that bridges art and business acumen, design and data analysis, and media and business methodologies. The Master of Arts in Design & Media Management degree program was created to prepare graduates for professional opportunities in management at a variety of art and design enterprises. The curriculum was developed to address the critical management competencies and challenges of this evolving discipline through the study of theoretical management concepts and the application of professional skills. The program has two areas of specialization: Design Management & Media Arts Management. Both specializations include a common core of six courses and four specialization courses as well as a capstone course for a total of forty-eight quarter hours.

Be a sponge and soak up everything around you, sooner or later it will come out in your work. Mary Malm, MFA Faculty of Visual Arts

Some examples of professionals who are practicing design and media management include Creative Directors, Brand Managers, Design Strategists, Senior Art Directors, Media Managers, Interactive Managers, and entrepreneurs, as well as other management or executive positions responsible for making decisions about how design is used in an organization. Leading practitioners of design and media management work for corporations, agencies, educational institutions, and government. MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM: FILM Blending classic filmmaking technique with provocative, independent storytelling Students in the Master of Fine Arts program will have the opportunity to learn to produce films that demonstrate an engaging narrative voice as well as a mastery of technical skills. The first three quarters of the curriculum encompass the entire filmmaking process, from screenwriting and pre-production to principle photography and post-production through distribution. The department regularly reviews and revises course offerings and incorporates industry-utilized equipment into the program in response to the film industry’s evolution. In the fourth quarter, students begin to produce their thesis projects, advanced narratives, or documentary films created under the guidance of a committee of faculty members. At each stage of the production process, the committee reviews the project’s progress and offers its critique of the work. Graduates of the program will be prepared to continue their development as artists in a professional setting or to teach filmmaking at the university level. MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM: GRAPHIC DESIGN Mastering the art of innovation, communication, and messaging The Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design degree program has been developed to guide the student to find out who they are as a designer. This involves a maturation process of discovery and the identification of an area of research to investigate, develop, and master, thereby finding a future path of ongoing growth for the Master of Fine Arts candidate. Through individual exploration, discussion seminars, and study of the history of art, typography, branding, and illustration, the program culminates with a thesis project which serves as the final demonstration of student achievement in the graduate program and which incorporates advanced scholarship and professional development.

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Upon completion, graduates can pursue careers in education or as Creative Directors or Senior Graphic Designers within the following categories: package design, publication and print media design, corporate communications and signage design and planning. MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM: INTERIOR DESIGN Developing and defining a functional aesthetic through pedagogy The Interior Design Master of Fine Arts degree program is structured to allow the experienced or licensed designer the opportunity for focused, in-depth research and study in a specific area of the discipline that contributes to the body of knowledge in the field. The Master of Fine Arts degree is intended for individuals interested in pursuing careers in higher education or those who seek professional career enhancement through specialized research in the field of Interior Design. MASTER OF FINE ARTS DEGREE PROGRAM: VISUAL ARTS Form gives way to freedom...A laboratory for discovery The Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts degree program is designed to be an expressive and personal course of study that allows students to work freely, giving them the ability to fully explore their creativity. Students will be encouraged to experiment with various media, which may include painting, drawing, ceramics, and photography. Once students choose an area of concentration, they will work closely with faculty to develop their personal concepts and process. Studies in art history, critical theories in art, and world cultures will offer a context in which to examine students’ work and its place in the contemporary art world. The program culminates with a written thesis and exhibition of students’ bodies of work. Upon graduation, an MFA graduate can choose to become a practicing fine artist, an artist-in-residence, an exhibition curator, or to pursue a career in education or design.

THE GRADUATE OFFICE The Graduate Office of Educational and Administrative Support Services (Graduate Office) is the administrative arm of the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs. It provides quality centralized support services to prospective and existing graduate students, graduate faculty, and all graduate degree programs. The Graduate Office assists the graduate programs by administering policies and processes to ensure compliance with reporting requirements. The Graduate Office operates in the following functional areas: student life; student advocacy; student registration advising; graduate student association advisement; continuing student review; sponsorship of intellectually diverse programs and writing and thesis support programs.

3. Academic Policies and Procedures REGISTRATION AND COURSE SCHEDULING Course Scheduling

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The University reserves the right to reschedule students at any time to accommodate classroom needs. The University, through the actions of the Academic Affairs Department and Board of Trustees, reserves the right to alter or change course titles, course content, or the sequencing of classes, subject to regulatory approval, at any time necessary to enhance the academic program.


Registration Procedures Courses are scheduled and available based upon the needs of students who are following the prescribed sequence for their program. It is important that each student clears all holds and registers during the designated registration period. Registration for the subsequent term begins with the honors students during the fifth week of each term. At that time, students may register either with their academic advisor or online through the Student Portal. In either case, students must register and complete all outstanding paperwork with the business offices by the end of the registration period. Students with holds placed on their accounts will not be allowed to register for nor attend classes until all holds have been cleared. Students are urged to clear all of their holds prior to or during week six so that they are able to register for the classes that they need and to attend all classes beginning the first week of the quarter to avoid violating the attendance policy. .

GRADUATE STUDENT ATTENDANCE POLICY All of the University’s programs are designed for continuous, year-round enrollment with full course loads (typically five courses each term/quarter). Students should carefully consider the consequences of taking a reduced course load and should speak with both their financial planner and their academic advisor before making a decision. If a student interrupts his/her studies, he/she will have to lengthen the time of enrollment since some courses are not offered every quarter.

Course Attendance The University expects students to attend all scheduled meetings of each course. Students should be prepared to start the quarter on the first day of classes and to add/drop courses early in the first week of the quarter to minimize absences. Absences accrue against the student even if the student was not originally registered for the class but adds it after the start of classes. Students who do not attend any of their classes during the Add/Drop will be withdrawn from the University. They must contact the Assistant Director of Readmissions to return. Students must attend a minimum of nine classes per course in order to receive a passing grade in the course. The only exceptions to this policy are graduating seniors and university imposed closings for holidays. Attending fewer than nine classes or 36 hours of course instruction will result in course failure unless the Dean of Academic Affairs determines that there are acceptable extenuating circumstances. Students should be prepared with written documentation of circumstances beyond their control that contributed to the absences for consideration by the Dean. If the student is allowed to remain in the class and receive a grade, there will need to be a description of appropriate make-up work from the respective Instructor. Please note that a student can withdraw from any class through the ninth week without receiving an “F.” Course withdrawal forms must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the close of business on Friday of week nine in order to receive a “W” grade. Holidays and official class cancellations do not count as absences. REQUIREMENTS 1. Attend all class meetings, arrive on time, and stay for the duration of the class. 2. Faculty policies regarding attendance, tardiness arriving to class and returning from breaks, or leaving class early can be found in the course syllabus. 3. Students who violate the attendance policy will fail the course.

Consecutive Days Absence Policy A student who is withdrawn for failure to attend any classes within a consecutive ten-calendar-day period may be permitted to apply for readmission into the subsequent quarter. Students who miss ten consecutive calendar days may be withdrawn from the University and will receive W’s for all courses if the withdrawal

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Prepare for an environment of intense creativity, scholarship and enjoyment. Bryan Hiveley, MFA Chair of Visual Arts

occurs before the end of the ninth week of the quarter, or WF’s for all courses if the withdrawal occurs after the end of the ninth week of the quarter. Students who have been withdrawn due to violation of the consecutive absence policy but are still in good academic standing will be able to return the following quarter through the readmissions process. Students who have been withdrawn and the withdrawal results in a violation of the satisfactory academic progress policy (SAPP) must follow the procedure for appealing academic termination. See the Satisfactory Academic Progress section.

Design and Media Management Attendance The Design and Media Management program is hybrid (both synchronous and asynchronous), therefore, it has a unique attendance recording system of which the students need to recognize. Asynchronous: 11 weeks (20 credit hrs = 45%) Posting of assignments online according to course instructions is credited “P” for present (P). Failure to address online assignments during the week is deemed an absence (A). Each Asynchronous “A” is equal to 1.8 hours of absence. Synchronous: Three Days / Quarter (24 credit hrs = 55%) Attending weekend cass times in person is credited “P” for present (P). Failure to attend the scheduled faceto-face class times is deemed an absence (A). Each “A” is equal to 8 hours of absence. Tardies and Early Departures during Synchronous class times are prorated towards “absences” at the discretion of the instructor.

CONTINUOUS ENROLLMENT Graduate students should maintain continuous enrollment throughout the graduate program of study. Students have five years from the start of their first graduate quarter to complete all program requirements, including thesis papers and projects. If, for any reason, the student does not complete the program within the five-year period, the student must petition an academic review committee for additional time and to request continuation under a current program of study. The review committee determines whether additional time should be granted. The committee reserves the right to require the student to take additional graduate classes to meet current graduate program requirements.

INTERRUPTION OF STUDIES Although students are encouraged to make steady progress toward their master’s degrees, absence for one or more quarters may be unavoidable. In order to resume their studies following absences of any length, matriculated graduate students must contact the Office of Readmissions to complete the application for readmission. Graduate students returning after an absence of two or more years are subject to any changes made to their master’s degree program in their absence and must satisfy all degree requirements. In addition, returning graduate students must consult with their program chairperson to determine whether any of their previous coursework is out of date and to discuss their future course of study.

CHANGE OF ACADEMIC PROGRAM Graduate students are not permitted to change their academic program of study. Students are accepted into the graduate academic programs if they have met specific requirements for admission to a specific discipline. Therefore, if a graduate student wishes to change his/her academic program of study, he/she needs to withdraw and reapply to the University for the new academic program. Acceptance in one graduate academic program of study does not imply acceptance into any other graduate academic program of study at the University.

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ADVANCEMENT TO THESIS STAGE Graduate students will undergo a thorough review of their work at the midway point of their program. This process is known as a mid-program review. Prior to this review, a graduate student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and not have any grades below a “B.” If the student has received a grade below a “B,” the student must repeat the class in which the grade was received and earn at least a “B.” The mid-program review requires that the student make a proposal of the thesis/capstone topic he or she wishes to investigate. The student will be notified if his or her mid-program review was successful and if he or she will be allowed to advance to the thesis/capstone candidacy stage. Please see individual departments for further information.

GRADING POLICY The symbols A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, C-, D+, D, F, W, and AUD are used in the Graduate Program to indicate the following: Grading scale: 93–100% = A 90–92% = A- 87–89% = B+ 83–86% = B 80–82% = B- 77–79% = C+ 73–76% = C 70–72% = C- 65–69% = D+ 60–64% = D 0–59% = F W = Withdrawal without penalty AUD = Audit Graduate Students are expected to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and to earn a grade of a “B” or better in all of their coursework.

Academic Dishonesty Academic integrity policies apply to both the giver and receiver of information. Students who witness any act of academic dishonesty should report the incident to a faculty member, their Chair, or to another member of the University staff or administration immediately.

Plagiarism To avoid confusion on the part of the student, the University lists below examples of what constitutes plagiarism. It should be noted that this list is not intended to be exhaustive and may not include all forms of plagiarism but is provided as clarification for the student. • Any information used from any source (books, magazines, articles, newspapers, interviews, television documentaries, films, websites, painting, images, or other forms of original art or design work etc.) must be cited by providing the author’s name and appropriate reference information adhering to the Modern Language Association (MLA) or American Psychological Association (APA) style. These citations must be provided when using anyone else’s ideas, concepts, theories, opinions, words, statements, images, photographs, and/or artwork. Failure to cite such information constitutes plagiarism on the part of the student. • Use of exact words from any source (three or more words copied exactly) must be placed within quotation marks. Use of quotation marks indicates that the phrase, sentence, or paragraph was copied word for word. Failure to quote constitutes plagiarism on the part of the student. • Summarization or paraphrasing ideas or words of a source must be cited using the MLA Style. Copying word for word from a source and changing only one word is not paraphrasing and still constitutes plagiarism.

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Simply highlighting or copying and pasting written work together from one or more source with no original written thought on the part of the student (even if external sources are cited) is plagiarism. Students are expected to research, paraphrase, rewrite, summarize, expand upon, and reach their own conclusions in their own words.

Students should be advised that the zero tolerance policy as regards plagiarism applies to all courses at the University. Students are given the opportunity to ask for help on any assignment from their course instructors. Students may also receive clarification about plagiarism from their instructors, staff at the Learning Center (in Miami), the Library, or from the MLA and/or APA style manual.

Consequences of Plagiarism Policy Violation Students found to be in violation of the University plagiarism policies will be placed on Academic Probation for the remainder of their time at the University and will meet with the instructor and their Department Chair. The incident will be reported in writing to the Associate Dean or the Dean of Academic Affairs. Following investigation and deliberation, which can include interviews with the faculty member, other witnesses, and the Department Chair, disciplinary action will be taken that is commensurate with the severity of the offense. Disciplinary action for a first-time offense may include one or more of the following: 1. Failure of the assignment, project, test, or paper. 2. Course failure 3. Immediate administrative withdrawal from all courses in the term and a grade of WF in each. Students are notified in writing of the decision and disciplinary action taken by the Associate Dean or the Dean of Academic Affairs who then places them on academic probation for the remainder of their time at the University. All relevant materials associated with the infraction are placed in the student’s academic file. Extreme instances of plagiarism (multiple assignments plagiarized, use of essay writing services, etc.) may result in immediate academic suspension from all classes taken at the University. A grade of “F” is given for all classes at that time. Students who are academically suspended must go through the re-entry process, including a written letter of appeal to the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Cheating and Copying The use of any device or method in the completion of an assignment or taking a test or quiz is strictly prohibited and considered a serious breach of academic honesty. To avoid confusion on the part of the student, the University lists below what constitutes cheating: • The use of books, notes, materials, calculators, CD ROMs, Internet, or communication or collaboration with others which has not been authorized by the faculty members (mobile phones, tape recorders, etc.) • Use of an essay service (on-ground or on-line) or purchase of essays from any external source. • Use of original work that was previously written for another course and then re-submitted for a new course. • Having someone else take an exam, quiz, or complete an assignment in place of the student. • Using an essay, paper, project, assignment, etc. completed to satisfy one course to meet the requirements of another course without the knowledge and permission of the faculty member(s) involved. • Turning in the same assignment simultaneously in more than one course without the knowledge and permission of the faculty member(s) involved. • Unauthorized access to or use of examinations, tests or quizzes. Obtaining access to a copy of a test or test questions prior to taking the test.

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Consequences of Cheating or Copying Any violation of academic integrity is a serious offense. Disciplinary action for a first-time offense may include one or more of the following: 1. Failure of the assignment, project, test, or paper. 2. Course failure 3. Immediate administrative withdrawal from all courses in the term and a grade of WF in each. Students are notified in writing of the decision and disciplinary action taken by the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, who then places them on academic probation for the remainder of their time at the University. All relevant materials associated with the infraction are placed in the student’s academic file. Cheating may result in immediate academic suspension from all classes taken at the University. A grade of “F” is given for all classes at that time. Students who are academically suspended must go through the re-entry process, including a written letter of appeal to the Dean of Academic Affairs. Any second violation of the Academic Dishonesty Policy, including plagiarism and/or cheating or copying, regardless of severity, will result in immediate permanent dismissal from the University.

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all. Helen Keller

Graduate Student Withdrawal Graduate students may withdraw at any time from their academic programs; however, upon re-entry, students will be charged at the rate of tuition in force at that time. Students will be notified of any increases at the time of re-entry.

Thesis/Capstone Completion and Timeline Each graduate academic program has specific guidelines for the thesis/capstone and timelines for completion. Students should consult often with their Department Chair and the advisor of their thesis/capstone committee to ensure that they are aware of program requirements. The thesis is the culminating project of a student’s graduate studies that demonstrates original scholarship and contribution to the general knowledge of the discipline. The finished product must demonstrate originality, critical and independent thinking, clarity of purpose, and significant analysis. Individual graduate programs have different requirements for this final project and may refer to it as a capstone, thesis project, or thesis. Each thesis/capstone project will include a written component. The nature of the written piece will be determined by each graduate degree program.

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy - Graduate Programs Miami International University of Art & Design reserves the right to modify the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy at any time. Minimum Standards For Academic Progress (the following are the general, minimum standards. Please read the detailed entire Academic Progress Policy.) • Students must complete their academic program within a maximum time frame of 150 percent of the normal published length of the academic program. • Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher • Students must pass mid-program portfolio assessments or reviews if applicable

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SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS POLICY (SAPP) MAINTAINING A GRADE POINT AVERAGE OF 3.0 OR BETTER DURING PRE-THESIS STAGE. 1.

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At the end of each quarter, students must have maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0. If a student has not reached the thesis stage of his or her program and his or her grade point average falls below a 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation for the next quarter. The student has one quarter to improve his or her grade point average to the mandatory level of at least 3.0. If a student fails to do so, the result is termination from the graduate program.

ACHIEVING GRADES BELOW A “B” DURING PRE-THESIS STAGE 3.

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Students who have not reached the thesis stage of their programs and receive a course grade less than a “B” will be placed on academic probation for the next quarter. The student is required to repeat the course prior to entering the thesis stage. A student may not have more than two instances of a grade less than a “B” during the entire program. If a student receives more than two grades less than a “B,” the result is termination from the graduate program.

PASSING THE ASSESSMENT/APPROVAL TO THESIS STAGE 5.

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A mid-program assessment of each student takes place to determine whether they will be accepted into the thesis stage of the program. This assessment occurs separately from a particular class and involves faculty from throughout the department. Students must successfully complete their mid-program assessments prior to being accepted into the thesis stage of their programs. Unacceptable assessments will result in academic probation for the following quarter. If a student is on probation because of an unsuccessful mid-program assessment, he or she is required to register for the three-credit Continuing Thesis Course to prepare his or her proposal for a second assessment. The student has one quarter to resubmit and successfully complete the mid-program assessment. If, at the second attempt, the student’s assessment is still unacceptable, the result is immediate termination from the program.

ALLOWABLE PROBATION 9. Students may be on an academic probation status a maximum of two instances during their matriculation period. 10. Students cannot be on probation two consecutive quarters. The result is immediate termination from the program.

THESIS STAGE The Thesis stage of any graduate program refers to the point at which a graduate student has assembled and is working with an approved thesis committee on the written and/or project portion of his or her thesis.This stage usually commences after the mid-program review but may vary per program. 11. There is no academic probation during the thesis stage. 12. If a student is in the thesis stage of the program and his or her grade point average falls below a 3.0, the result is immediate termination from the graduate program. 13. If a student is in the thesis stage of the program, the student may not receive a grade less than a “B.” The result of a grade lower than a “B” is immediate termination from the graduate program. 14. At the end of the program, each student is required to make a thesis presentation to his or her thesis committee. If the student is unsuccessful in passing the final assessment, he or she is required to register for the three-credit Continuing Thesis Course to continue working with his or her committee until the student passes his or her final assessment.

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15. Students have a maximum time limit of five years to complete their programs. (Two years maximum for the Design and Media Management degree.)

INCREMENTAL COMPLETION RATE 16. At the end of the first quarter, students must achieve an ICR of 33.33%. Anything below will result in probation. 17. At the end of the second quarter, students must attain an ICR of 33.33%. Anything below will result in termination. At the end of the second quarter, students with an ICR below 50% but at least 33.33% will be placed on probation. 18. At the end of the fourth quarter and every quarter thereafter, students must attain an ICR of 66.67%. Anything below will result in termination.

MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE CREDITS 19. Students may not attempt more than 150% of the credits in their programs. Anything in excess of 150% of the credits will result in termination from the graduate program.

APPEALS FOR ACADEMIC TERMINATION 20. Terminated students may appeal their terminations to the Graduate Appeals Committee if there are documented mitigating circumstances beyond their control. 21. Only one appeal may be granted a student during the program. 22. If a student wants to be considered for reinstatement the following quarter, he or she must appeal the termination before the start of the quarter but no later than Wednesday of Week One at 5:00pm. 23. The student will be reinstated if the termination appeal is granted. 24. If a student submits an appeal after the deadline, his or her appeal will be considered for the next quarter and must be readmitted into the program. All change of grades must be initiated and submitted to the Registrar’s Office no later than Friday of Week One at 12:00 noon.

ACADEMIC PROBATION A student whose progress in a graduate program fails to meet minimum academic standards is placed on academic probation for one quarter.The following requirements apply to all graduate students. Individual graduate programs may have additional requirements. • A student whose cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 in any term (fall, winter, spring, or summer) is placed on probation for the next regular quarter. • Regardless of the cumulative grade point average, students who have not reached the thesis/capstone stage of their programs and receive a course grade less than a “B” will be placed on academic probation for the next quarter. The student is required to repeat the course prior to entering the thesis/capstone stage. • Students must successfully complete their mid-program assessments prior to being accepted into the thesis/capstone stage of their program. Unacceptable assessments will result in academic probation for the following quarter. • Students may be on an academic probation status for a maximum of two quarters. • Students cannot be on probation two consecutive quarters.The result is immediate termination from the program. • There is no academic probation during the thesis/capstone stage.

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Academic probation does not preclude continued enrollment in graduate study. It does attach the following two conditions to enrollment. • The student must earn at least a “B” in all courses attempted during the probationary quarter; the normal minimum credit requirement may be waived upon request. • The student must repeat all courses that he or she receives that is less than a “B”. • The student cannot progress to the next sequence of a course if the grade that the student received less than a “B” was a pre-requisite course. A student who meets these conditions is automatically restored to good standing at the close of the probationary quarter. A student who fails to meet these conditions may be terminated from the graduate program or, at the discretion of the program chairperson, may be continued on probation. The Dean of Academic Affairs is notified, in writing, of any student on probation. It should be noted, however, that all courses are not offered each quarter and that course failure or course withdrawal could result in a prolonged graduation date.

GRADUATE PROGRAM APPEALS PROCEDURES Procedure for Grade Appeal

A student who believes that an assigned grade is incorrect should first discuss the assignment of the grade with the instructor of record no later than the end of the second week of the following session. The instructor will review the grade and process the change or, upon finding that the grade in question is correct, will inform the student of the actual nature of the grade. Students who do not think the problem has been or will be resolved to their satisfaction should address their concern to the program chairperson, who will seek to resolve the matter with the instructor and the student. Consistent with principles of academic freedom, responsibility for evaluation of a student’s work rests with the course instructor. All decisions of the program chairperson regarding grade appeals are final.

Procedure for Appealing Academic Termination A student terminated for violating the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAPP) must appeal in writing to the Dean of Academic Affairs for re-entry before the start of the quarter in which she or he wishes to return. Only those students who are found to have had mitigating circumstances (a death in the family, catastrophic illness, etc.) that led to the unsatisfactory academic progress will be considered for readmission. All pertinent documentation must be submitted along with the appeal letter. Students who are readmitted are placed on academic probation and must show significant improvement upon readmission.The Dean of Academic Affairs, after consultation with the student’s program chair, and, if applicable, his or her thesis/capstone advisor, will make a decision regarding readmission. All decisions of the Dean of Academic Affairs regarding academic terminations and their subsequent appeals are final. Students who are reinstated into the University will be placed on academic probation until they have met all requirements for satisfactory academic progress. Listed below are the documents needed for an appeal to be considered by the Dean of Academic Affairs. Missing documents will result in a delay in the appeals process. 1. Written Appeal Letter to the Dean of Academic Affairs Materials should be sent/emailed/faxed to: Graduate Program Appeals Committee Graduate Office of Educational and Administrative Support Services 1501 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL 33132 Email: vhill@aii.edu Phone: (305) 428-5672 | Fax: (305) 374-7946

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2. Documentation of Mitigating Circumstances Examples of mitigating circumstances include death in the immediate family, hospitalization of a student, documented medical problems, and other special circumstances such as independently documented work related transfers, natural disasters, and family emergencies. Mitigating circumstances are generally events that are outside the student’s control and are unavoidable. 3. Plan of Action The written appeal must be supported with appropriate documentation of the mitigating circumstances with explanation on how the circumstances have been remedied or changed.

Procedure for Appealing Honor Code Violation Students wishing to appeal the decision of the Associate Dean or the Honor Council must do so within 72 hours of the receipt of the written notification. All appeals must be submitted in writing to the Dean of Academic Affairs. Appeals may be granted if the disciplinary action was inappropriate, new evidence is available, or if the testimony of the violator was not possible due to a documented emergency. If the decision is overturned by the Dean of Academic Affairs, a new written notice will be sent to the student, the faculty member of the course in which the violation occurred, the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, any Honor Council members, and the Registrar.

REPEATING COURSES Any course prior to the thesis stage in which a grade less than a “B” was assigned must be repeated in the next quarter the course is offered. A student may only repeat a course once. The original grade for the course will be replaced when calculating the cumulative GPA. Both the original grade and the “repeat” course grade appear on the academic transcript. Students should consult their graduate registration advisors for more information on this process.

ACADEMIC TERMINATION RE-ENTRY PROCESS Any student academically terminated who does not appeal at the time of termination and does not continue into the immediately following term is considered a re-entry student and must appeal before the start of the quarter in which he or she wishes to return. Likewise, any student who ceased attendance during the term and who subsequently does not meet minimum satisfactory academic progress requirements must go through the same appeal process in order to return the following term. Any student appealing for re-entry must follow the procedure outlined in the previous section. If the appeal is granted, the re-entering student will be placed on probation during the quarter of return. The student must meet the minimum standards of satisfactory academic progress to continue in the program. The student must successfully retake courses previously failed so that the recalculated cumulative GPA and successful completion percentage meet or exceed the minimum requirements. The academic affairs department will conduct an evaluation of the student’s academic performance as part of the re-entry process, a copy of which will be given to the student.

DEGREE AUDIT A degree audit is a computer-generated analysis that enables the student and his or her department chair to assess the student’s academic progress. The audit is a valuable tool for academic planning and course selection. Students should periodically check their degree audits during their courses of study to ensure that they have successfully taken all of the requirements of their degree programs or anticipated programs.

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENT To qualify for graduation and receive a degree, all graduate students must: • Achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.0 • Accumulate the total credit requirements for a program through coursework and completion of all thesis requirements • Achieve a minimum grade of “B” in all Courses • Complete the Thesis Project and accompanying Thesis paper; or for Film, complete the Thesis film and all related documents • Receive approval and signatures of all members of the Thesis Committee • Complete an Application for Graduation at least one quarter prior to the quarter in which they expect to satisfy degree requirements • Visual Arts and Graphic Design academic programs require the mounting of an exhibition • Submit three bound copies of the final thesis paper per specific program guidelines Diplomas will not be released unless all financial obligations have been met.

APPLICATION TO GRADUATION In order to be considered for a conferral of a degree, students must submit an application for graduation. At least one week prior to the quarter in which they expect to satisfy degree requirements, students must file a copy of the initial application with the Graduate Office of Educational and Academic Support Services. Upon completion of all degree requirements, students must return the completed form with the necessary signatures and documents to the Graduate Office.

How To Apply For Graduation Please download of the GRADUATE STUDENT GRADUATION APPLICATION FORM from the Graduate Program eCompanion site and return the completed form along with all required documentation and three copies of the thesis, thesis project and narrative, or capstone to the Graduate Office.

Graduation Application Form Each student is responsible for having her or his Application for Graduation signed by each appropriate department. A student must provide his or her name exactly as he or she wants it to appear on the diploma. The title of the thesis will appear on the final transcript. Each student should provide the title of his or her thesis and attach the Official Certificate of Approval along with a copy of his or her Thesis Abstract or Film Synopsis page to the Application Form.

Thesis Submission Once a student has successfully completed the thesis stage of the program (project and narrative), the thesis advisor will provide the student with an Official Certificate of Approval signed by all three members of the committee. The student is required to provide a copy of this Certificate, along with a copy of the thesis abstract page, an electronic version of the thesis, and three bound copies of the thesis narrative to the Graduate Office. (Graduate Film students are required to submit three DVD copies along with the synopsis of their thesis films.)

Final Degree Audit Each student must go to his or her Graduate Registration Advisor to get a printout of his or her final degree audit. The degree audit will be checked to confirm that all required courses have been successfully completed.

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Fees The graduation fee of $50 will be added to the student’s account. Payment should be made to the Student Accounting Office.

Deadlines The application for graduation must be received by the end of week ten of classes of the quarter in which the degree will be granted. Degree candidates must comply with all deadlines set forth in the Graduate Program calendar; failure to do so will delay the candidate’s graduation. These deadlines are necessary to enable everyone involved with the candidate’s degree clearance to complete the process in an orderly and academically sound manner. Diplomas and transcripts of students owing money to the University will be held until the account is cleared.

GRADUATE DEPARTMENT EXIT SURVEY Prior to graduating, graduate students will be asked to complete an exit survey. This survey is confidential.The information acquired will be used to improve services offered and to assess the experience of our graduate students.

CANCELLATION OF GRADUATION A student who does not successfully complete all of his or her thesis requirements must come to the Graduate Office of Educational and Academic Support Services to cancel the student’s graduation application. At this point, the student will need to register for continuing thesis class and reapply for graduation during the following quarter.

CONTINUING THESIS COURSE In the event that a graduate student does not complete his or her thesis during the quarter in which he or she is expected to graduate, the student must enroll in the Continuing Thesis Course. This course is available to students who are successfully completing their thesis but need more time. Enrolling in the course ensures that the student will be able to continue working with his or her committee. If necessary, the class can be cross listed with studio classes or other thesis classes.

RECEIPT OF DIPLOMA The Office of the Registrar mails out the diplomas approximately six weeks after the degree has been conferred. In order to ensure that diplomas are received in a timely fashion, please be sure that we have on file the address where you expect to be receiving mail during this time. Graduates who wish to change their address can do so when they submit the application for graduation.

RELEASE OF TRANSCRIPTS A request for an official transcript must be made in writing by the student to the Registrar. If the request is in keeping with established policies relative to both financial and academic obligations, the Registrar shall issue the official transcript. The University may release its own transcripts to another party upon signed release by the student or graduate but can never release transcripts from other institutions. Fees may be assessed for the release of transcripts.

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4. Graduate Faculty and Administration Role of the Academic Department The Office of the Dean

The Dean of Academic Affairs is the principal academic and administrative officer of The University with overall responsibility for the proper functioning of all aspects of areas of academic affairs.

Department Chairs During the first two quarters of enrollment, the Department Chair will serve as the primary advisor for new graduate students. With the assistance of the Department Chair, by the beginning of their third quarter of course work, graduate students should identify a faculty member to serve as their thesis or capstone advisor.

Graduate Office of Educational and Administrative Support Services Together, the Graduate Academic Program Coordinator and the Graduate Registration Advisor provide support to the graduate students and overall degree programs on behalf of the Office of the Dean through maintenance and review of student records. They monitor the satisfactory academic progress of each student; provide student advising and advocacy; coordinate extra-curricular activities such as orientation, seminars, workshops, colloquia, graduate portfolio day, and graduation activities; and serve on the graduate council and other committees. Students may receive assistance with registration and advice on course sequencing and completion of academic requirements. New and reentry students are advised to discuss their plans of study with their Department Chairs prior to seeing the graduate registration advisor. Continuing students are responsible for registering themselves using The University online services (OLS system) for classes each quarter beginning in the sixth week of the preceding term. Computers are available for registration purposes, and assistance is available during specified times during registration. Additionally, continuing students may register online according to the schedule from any computer with Internet access, either from home or the graduate student lab. While every effort is made to assist students in planning academic schedules, it is the student’s responsibility to know course sequence and prerequisites as listed in The University Catalog.

Office of the Registrar Many of the University’s academic services are provided through the Registrar’s Office. Among other services, the office: • Records midterm and final grades. • Releases academic transcripts. • Records address changes. • Processes transcript requests. • Advises veterans regarding their education benefits. • Maintains attendance records. Staff in the Registrar’s Office is available to provide assistance with these matters in addition to other questions. Students should be prepared to present the staff with a student identification card to receive service and information regarding academic progress, attendance, or transcripts.

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If a student’s address or contact information changes after his or her initial enrollment, an Address Change Form should be completed and submitted to the Registrar’s Office. This and other forms can be obtained at the Registrar’s window. The University is not able to accept any personal mail for students. If such mail is received at the University, it will be returned to the sender.


Important Administration Contact Information OFFICE OF THE DEAN Paul Cox, Ph.D., Dean of Academic Affairs (305) 428-5656 | pmcox@aii.edu Mary Mapes, MFA, Associate Dean (305) 428-5667 | mmapes@aii.edu Christine Morris, MS, Administrative Assistant to the Office of the Dean (305) 428-5655 | cmorris@aii.edu Iris Ramos, BS, Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean & Department Chairs (305) 428-5641 | iramos@aii.edu

GRADUATE DEGREE PROGRAMS Margaret Gonzalez, MFA, Chair, Graphic Design (305) 428-5665 | margonzalez@aii.edu Bryan Hiveley, MFA, Chair,Visual Arts (305) 428-5694 | bhiveley@aii.edu Tom Joule, MFA, Chair, Film and Audio (305) 428-5654 | tjoule@aii.edu Ricardo Navarro, M.Arch., Chair, Interior Design (305) 428-5673 | rnavarro@aii.edu

GRADUATE OFFICE Keila DeMoraes, MBA, Graduate Registration Advisor (305) 428-5613 | kdemoraes@aii.edu Vanessa Hill, MFA, Graduate Program Coordinator (305) 428-5672 | vhill@aii.edu

REGISTRAR’S OFFICE Dennis Martinez, BBA, Registrar (305) 428-5678 | dmartinez@aii.edu

LIBRARY SERVICES Lori Kelly, MLIS, Director of Library Services (305) 428-5909 | lkelly@aii.edu Pamela Ward-Reagan, MA, Librarian (305) 428-5909 | pward-reagan@aii.edu

OTHER UNIVERSITY OFFICES Vanessa D’Oliveira, MSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Student Support Services (305) 428-5832 | vdoliveira@aii.edu Jennifer Negron, BFA, Assistant, Student Financial Services (305) 428-5685 | jnegron@aii.edu Yojana Rodriguez, MS, Assistant Director Housing Office (305) 428-5669 | yrodriguez@aii.edu David Silvetti, MM, Student Employment Advisor (Part-time Employment only) (305) 428-5652 | dsilvettie@aii.edu

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Graduate Faculty Directory Design and Media Management Program Never put off for tomorrow what you can and should do today. Vanessa Hill, MFA Graduate Coordinator

Rene Alvarez, MBA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Eric Franklin, Ed.D.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Maass, J.D., MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Matias, MBA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

ralvarez@aii.edu efranklin@aii.edu jmaass@aii.edu jmatias@aii.edu

Film Program Alvaro Bertrand, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Bouche, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Luis Crump, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ernest Goodly, MFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pezhman Jatala, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Maass, J.D., MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Rasmussen, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

abertrand@aii.edu pbouche@aii.edu lcrump@aii.edu egoodly@aii.edu pjatala@aii.edu jmaass@aii.edu jrasmussen@aii.edu

Graphic Design Program David Bricker, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Neri Garcia, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex Heria, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Margaret Holness, MFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael Lawrence, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Rauchman, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adnan Razack, MFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

dbricker@aii.edu ngarcia@aii.edu aheria@aii.edu mholnessharris@aii.edu mllawrence@aii.edu rrauchman@aii.edu arazack@aii.edu

Interior Design Program Nancy Cromar, M.Arch., NCIDQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheryl Cucchiella, MA, NCIDQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . James Sable Stroud, M.Arch., NCIDQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Virginia Tanner, MA, NCIDQ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

ncromar@aii.edu scucchiella@aii.edu sstroud@aii.edu vtanner@aii.edu

Jill Thompson, MFA, NCIDQ. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . jwthompson@aii.edu

Visual Arts Program John “Wes” Carson, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kevin Cole, Ph.D.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ashley Craig, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ramon Fernandez-Bofil, MFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Judith King, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Malm, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mona Mandall, MFA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Louis Ulman, MFA. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

jcarson@aii.edu kcole@aii.edu aecraig@aii.edu rfernandez@aii.edu juking@aii.edu mmalm@aii.edu mmandall@aii.edu lulman@aii.edu

An updated list of all graduate faculty can be found in the Graduate Resource Center.

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5. Educational Support Resources GRADUATE RESOURCE CENTER (GRC) The GRC is a virtual center that uses the eCompanion platform. It is not only a depository of information about each graduate program, it is also a site that exists to enrich the experiences of our graduate community by providing centralized information on available workshops, events, thesis & research information, required departmental forms and writing support. As members of the graduate community, you have general access to the GRC. THIS IS THE PREFERRED METHOD TO ACCESS THE GRC: - Go to www.myaicampus.com and login - Once in, click on “My Classes” - Click on the link RC-GSD100 Graduate Resource Center (Hill, V.)

Never make a decision based upon fear! Tara Kai, Director Faculty Development

The GRC is constantly updating documents. Check regularly for new documents. Please feel free to email the Graduate Office with suggestions for items to upload.

LIBRARY In order to provide service to our graduate students as it relates to resources and research, The University has membership in SEFLIN: The Southeast Florida Library Information Network (www.seflin.org), which enables our students to access additional materials with senior colleges and universities within south Florida. Our graduate students, through faculty, program chairpersons, and/or library committee members, have the ability to suggest electronic as well as print resources that will facilitate their specific research/thesis needs.

During our quarterly New Graduate Student orientations, members of the faculty are invited from every department to share information with students about the resources in place to support their academic experience. The Library is a critical component in this arena because it supports the largest part of the graduate student’s experience, which is thesis research. The Library is also the home of the Dr. Gregory Baker Wolfe Student Learning Center, which contains the Graduate Writing Lab. The Graduate Writing Lab is dedicated to providing services for graduate students who may need to strengthen their writing skills or may need editing resources.

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GRADUATE STUDENT LAB – ROOM 2057 Please see the Graduate Office for the entry code.

GRADUATE STUDIO SPACES & FACILITIES Our art studio classrooms have dedicated areas for graduate students.

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GALLERY Throughout our university, we have dedicated exhibition space to promote the work of our graduate programs. The journey of a graduate degree is a stepping stone to self discovery. The MFA process will pull you into the brink of exhaustion but will also be the only time in which you can investigate and dedicate time to yourself and your ideals. Ricardo Navarro, M.Arch. Chair of Interior Design

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Prepared by the Graduate Office of Educational & Administrative Support Services ~ 04/21/2011

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The Graduate Student Manual provides a summary of information related to the Graduate Program at Miami International University of Art & Design. It is intended for use by faculty, advisors and students. The information in this manual includes and supplements descriptions of the graduate degree programs published in the General Student Handbook and University Catalog.

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Prepared by the Graduate Office of Educational & Administrative Support Services ~ 09/26/2011


Graduate Manual