Contact Design Advising


Current KU students are welcome to meet by Zoom, by phone, or in person with our department's academic advisor (Zac Shields) regardless of their year in school or admission status to programs in the Department of Design. Zac is generally available to provide assistance between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Central Time) Monday through Friday.

Students who are not yet admitted to KU who have an interest in Design should contact April Czarnetzki, the Outreach Coordinator for the School of Architecture & Design, at amczar@ku.edu!

Zac won't hold virtual drop-in hours during the summer. He will resume drop-in hours with the start of the fall semester on 8/22.

Virtual drop-in hours are often the fastest way to get real-time assistance with questions or concerns. Everyone's welcome, regardless of admission status at KU or to programs in the Department of Design. Any questions and concerns are fair game!

During the fall and spring semesters, Zac is normally available on a drop-in basis via Zoom from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Central Time) each Monday through Thursday as well as from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Central Time) each Friday. 

Virtual drop-in hours are mostly consistent, but some may need to be cancelled from time to time. Zac's virtual drop-in hours are listed with a Zoom link in his email account's auto-reply, and students admitted to majors in the Department of Design receive those hours in each Monday morning's "Design Advising Updates/Reminders" email newsletter. When Zac needs to cancel any of his drop-in hours, that will be listed in bold font at the top of this section.

Some examples of questions and concerns which are ideal for drop-in hours (not an exhaustive list):

  • Current-semester concerns
  • Enrollment adjustments (e.g. dropping, swapping, or adding a class)
  • Enrollment follow-up questions (after an initial enrollment advising appointment)
  • Approval for study abroad credit
  • Studying Abroad
  • Campus and community resources
  • Policies and procedures of the Department of Design, School of Architecture & Design, and the University of Kansas

Scheduled appointments are the best way to get real-time assistance if virtual drop-in hours aren't at an ideal time for you! 

Students currently admitted to our Illustration & Animation, Industrial Design, Photography, and Visual Communication Design majors can schedule an appointment with Zac through JayhawkGPS. That's the fastest and most convenient way to schedule an appointment. Send Zac an email if you have trouble scheduling an appointment online!

Students admitted to KU but not to one of the majors listed above can email Zac to request an appointment if they'd like to meet! Include the following in your email:

  • Your first and last name
  • Your current academic status (e.g. at KU, transferring from another institution, incoming freshman)
  • What you'd like to discuss
  • A few days and general times in the next two weeks during which you will be available to meet (e.g. Tuesdays after 2 p.m.)

Once Zac has that information from you, he'll work with you to confirm a time and modality for the appointment.