Advising and Support How Can We Help You?
Advising is an important piece that contributes to each undergraduate student’s achievement. The purpose of advising allows each student to engage in his or her undergraduate program of study while understanding and fulfilling requirements towards graduation. The department takes advising very seriously, and it is our goal to help you make a successful transition to Colorado State University. Throughout your relationship with your Academic Success Coordinator, we will support and encourage your academics by developing strategies that will achieve educational, personal, and career goals during your undergraduate experience. We hope that you find this website useful and are able to answer some of your questions before coming to campus and while you are at CSU.
We are excited to meet you and look forward to building a relationship with you and welcome you to our beautiful campus.
Advising and Support I am a...
Current Design and Merchandising Undergraduate Student at CSU
Current Apparel and Merchandising and Interior Architecture and Design Majors and Merchandising Minors
I am currently enrolled in the:
- Apparel and Merchandising (APAM) Major
- Interior Architecture and Design (IAD) Major
- Pre-Interior Architecture and Design (pre-IAD) Major
- Merchandising Minor
If you are unsure about who your adviser is, log in to RAMweb and click on ‘My Advisor(s)’ under the Registration heading on the left. If you are a current APAM, Pre-IAD, or IAD major and there is not an assigned adviser listed, please call the DM Main Office at (970) 491-1629. Please do not schedule an appointment with an adviser other than your assigned adviser.
Current CSU student interested in changing my major to Design and Merchandising
If you would like to change your major to Apparel and Merchandising or Pre-Interior Architecture and Design, please schedule a 30-minute appointment with one of our advisers.
Prospective student interested in learning more about Design and Merchandising
For future CSU students interested in learning more about the Apparel and Merchandising or Interior Architecture and Design majors at CSU, please email one of our advisers to schedule an appointment.
Appointments are scheduled for one hour and will include:
- Meeting with a Design and Merchandising adviser to discuss the undergraduate program, resources, opportunities to gain experience, and career options; as well as any answer questions.
- Tour of the Design and Merchandising studios and classrooms
Advising and Support Frequently Asked Questions
How do I find out who my adviser is?
Login to your RAMweb account to view your assigned academic adviser. Your landing page will indicate who your current adviser is. If your adviser is not listed, contact the main department office at (970) 491-1629.
If you are new to campus and have not taken any courses at CSU, your adviser will be assigned to you after you attend a university orientation program.
How do I contact my adviser?
You should make an appointment with your adviser so that he or she is prepared with your student file and/or academic history for your appointment. During peak advising times, advisers and faculty members are extremely busy and may take some time to respond to your questions. Please take a look at the online advising appointment scheduler to determine how to schedule an appointment with your assigned adviser.
How do I make an appointment with my adviser?
Become familiar with your adviser’s office hours. The online advising appointment scheduler is an excellent resource for scheduling appointments. Once you know who your adviser is, the appointment scheduler will help you to determine where their office is located and what the preferred process for setting up an appointment is.
When can I start registering for classes?
Registration for fall and spring terms generally opens about 10 weeks into the regular semester. Registration appointment times are assigned by the Registrar’s Office based on your total number of completed credits. Graduate students and students with Senior level credit status generally register first, followed by Juniors, Sophomores, Freshman, Transfer students, and new admits. Please check RAMweb for your individual registration appointment time and plan to make an appointment with your adviser approximately two weeks prior to your registration time. During peak advising time, appointments fill up quickly.
Will I be notified about the time to register for classes?
Yes, email is an important piece of our communication to you. The department sends out an email to all students letting them know when pre-registration and peak advising is beginning. We strongly encourage you to check your CSU email on a regular basis so that you do not miss out on important messages and exciting opportunities.
How do I get my Advising Code?
Advising codes are given to design and merchandising students after advising has been completed for the fall or spring term. Please make an appointment with your adviser in a timely manner in order to receive your advising code so that you are able to register at the beginning of your assigned registration appointment time. Advising codes are not given over the phone in lieu of advising.
How can I change my major?
Changing into Apparel and Merchandising or Pre-Interior Architecture and Design
Stop by the main department office, 114 Nancy Richardson Design Center, to complete the required paperwork and pick up a current 4-year plan of study.
Changing out of Apparel and Merchandising or Interior Architecture and Design
Contact the department of the major that you wish to change into to understand their major change process.
How can I add Merchandising as a Minor?
Adding a Merchandising Minor is easy. Stop by the main department office, 114 Nancy Richardson Design Center to complete the required paperwork and pick up a current checksheet. Note that additional coursework beyond courses on the checksheet may be required in order to complete the Merchandising Minor. We encourage you to meet with your adviser on a regular basis so that careful planning of regular coursework and elective coursework is complete.
Where can I pick up forms for my appointment?
Apparel and Merchandising and Interior Architecture and Design 4-year programs of study are located outside of the department main office, 114 Nancy Richardson Design Center. Please bring an up to date 4-year plan filled in with your completed coursework to all of your advising appointments. Your Degree Progress Audit on RAMweb will help you track courses toward your degree completion. Please check this on a regular basis and become familiar with the format.
Independent and Group Study, and Supervised College Teaching forms are available inside the main department office, 114 Nancy Richardson Design Center. Overrides and course exceptions should be discussed individually with your adviser.
Where can I select a course for an All University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirement?
When reviewing the current check-sheet for your major, pay close attention to courses indicated with an AUCC category identification. If the name of the category is listed with a line, you are free to choose a course in the category indicated on the check-sheet. In some cases, your major may require a specific course in a core category. If you are not sure if a specific course is required, please ask!
Where can I find a list of Elective courses from which to choose?
Elective courses provide you with an opportunity to take a selection of courses based on your interests and/or career goals. Elective coursework notations on the check-sheet are credits that you can take towards a minor, interdisciplinary study or courses of interest to you. The idea of Elective coursework is to give you flexibility within your graduation requirements to master information in additional areas outside of your major area of study. Examples of great minors to pair with design and merchandising degrees are: Business, Construction Management, Global Environmental Sustainability, Media Studies, a foreign language, and Merchandising (for Interior Architecture and Design students only).
The best resource for selecting an Elective course is CSU’s general catalog. Here you will find course descriptions and/or specific course and prerequisite requirements. Upper division elective notations indicate a 300 or 400 level course.
What is an Override?
Even when a class has reached its published enrollment limit, the instructor may give special permission for a student to register in the course. Students should inquire about overrides with the instructor assigned to teach the class or the department offering the class. Overrides are processed electronically via ARIESweb by the instructor or department offering the course. Once granted an override, the student must still register for the course through RAMweb. To do so, the student will need to manually enter the course reference number into the Add Classes Worksheet in RAMweb.
How do I register for variable credit courses?
Variable Credit courses offered to apparel and merchandising and interior architecture and design students are courses that are identified by the department to have varying credit minimum and maximum limits. Examples of variable credit courses are independent study, group study, supervised college teaching and thesis (thesis credits are for master’s degree students). Courses that are variable in credit require the student to devise a contract with a faculty member who will develop course content including learning objectives, schedule of assignments, and method of grading. Registering for variable credit courses is completed after the student and instructor of the course have finished the contract of work including all departmental signatures of approval. Variable credit forms can be obtained in the Design and Merchandising main office, 114 Nancy Richardson Design Center.
Once you are approved to register for a variable credit course, you will register yourself through the university registration system. The registration system will ask for the course registration number and then ask for the number of credits that you are completing for the course. Please refer directly to the variable credit form for the assigned number of credits. Typically variable credit courses are 1-3 credits, although the internship course for apparel and merchandising students is a minimum of 12 credits.
What is an Overload?
Undergraduate students who wish to register for more that 18 credits per term must have an overload approved by their adviser. Overloads are processed electronically from your adviser to the Registrar’s Office.
How do I make a request for a course exception (substitution) or waiver?
Requests for course exceptions are made directly through your adviser. Courses with similar or duplicate content taken from a prior higher education institution can be substituted or waived on a case by case basis after consulting with your academic adviser. If you are requesting an exception for a course, please bring supporting documentation with you to your appointment with your adviser. Documentation includes the syllabus used for the course at the time you took the class. Assignments and work from the course will help the adviser identify whether or not the content is sufficient. In the case of requesting an exception of a university core requirement, your academic adviser will direct you to the Transfer Evaluation office for guidance (100A Centennial Hall). Departmental course exception forms are located in the main Design and Merchandising office, 114 Nancy Richardson Design Center.
Please note that course exception requests require multiple steps for approval within the Department of Design and Merchandising. Your adviser will help you to facilitate the steps; however, the final departmental approval is held at the discretion of the department chair.
What is an internship and when do I take it?
An internship is required for both apparel and merchandising and interior architecture and design students as part of the graduation requirements in each program. AM students are required to take a Pre-Internship Seminar course (DM 492) prior to the semester they enroll for the internship experience. AM students usually do their internships during the final spring or summer term. Interior design students take part in internships after the fall semester of their Junior year. Students who are eligible for internships must meet the following prerequisite requirements established by each program area in the department:
- Apparel Design and Production (DM 487B, 12 credits)
Minimum 2.5 GPA; AM 343; AM 446; DM 492
- Merchandising (DM 487A, 12 credits)
Minimum 2.5 GPA; AM 371, DM 360/MKT 360; DM 492
- Product Development (DM 487C, 12 credits)
Minimum 2.5 GPA; AM 375; DM 492
- Interior Architecture and Design (INTD 487, 12 credits)
Minimum 2.5 GPA; INTD 376 or INTD 456 with a minimum C grade
Students who do not meet prerequisite requirements are not eligible for internship credit at that time and should consult with a faculty adviser. The department recognizes that there are many work experiences available to students. We encourage students to take advantage of work experience; however, we will not be able to award internship credit for these experiences prior to the student meeting the prerequisite requirement of the formal internship placement course (DM 487A, DM 487B, DM 487C, and INTD 487).