TFMA Academic Advisors Sachiko Nakazato and Leanna Arnold will help you chart your course through your degree program and major, discuss academic electives, and all the policies and procedures regarding registration, withdrawals, changes of major and leaves of absence. Current students can schedule an appointment to meet with an academic advisor using the online appointment scheduler in the TUportal Student Tools tab. Students can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with scheduling appointments.
Please make plans to visit your academic advisor at least once per year, to make sure that you are on track. Students who plan to study abroad need to plan early, ideally before the beginning of the sophomore year. Students interested in studying in Los Angeles should review the program requirements and courses.
Students preparing to graduate must file the necessary paperwork one semester prior to the graduation date. At that time, an appointment should be made with an academic advisor to complete a graduation review and application for graduation.
Academic advisors attempt to avoid errors when advising students about their program requirements, but schools and colleges cannot assume liability for errors in advising. Therefore, students must assume primary responsibility for knowing the requirements for their degree and for acquiring current information about their academic status.
Academic Advising maintains a physical file of important documentation regarding your academic progress, but the University also provides digital tools to guide you, including the DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System). Undergraduate students and their advisors use the DARS to plan and track a student’s academic career at Temple. Click for more information about the DARS.
Current students can make an appointment via the portal. Please note that during peak registration times, including Priority Registration, the office will utilize same day advising appointments, which allow students to come to the office that day to sign up for a 15 minute time slot.
The faculty is also an invaluable resource for specific information about your major as well as about graduate school or preparation for a future career in theater and related fields.
The FMA strongly believe in the importance of close mentoring. This is particularly important in a department that focuses on individual and collaborative expression. Upon entering the department, each student will be assigned a faculty mentor who will guide the student through his or her four years at Temple. The entire department faculty will participate in the review of each student’s work in the core FMA production and studies courses.
Students occasionally may need to withdraw from a class, take a leave of absence or request a program change. Students should discuss any special situation with their academic advisor, their instructors and Student Financial Services to determine the best course of action before proceeding. The forms for these can be found online at https://undergradstudies.temple.edu/advising/forms.