Design Credit/No Credit Policy


Students pursuing or admitted to majors offered by the Department of Design (Illustration & Animation, Industrial Design, Photography, and Visual Communication Design) and students pursuing or admitted to the Photography Minor, Design Minor, or Design Entrepreneurship Minor should note the Credit/No Credit information outlined below:

 

What is Credit/No Credit?

Electing Credit/No Credit for a qualifying course means that your final grade in that course will be automatically converted to either “CR” or “NC.” If you elect Credit/No Credit for a course and earn a semester grade of “C-“ or better in that course, the grade will convert to “CR” and it will count toward your credit hours for the semester and toward the requirements of your degree. If you elect Credit/No Credit for a qualifying course and earn a semester grade of “D+” or lower in that course, the grade will convert to “NC” and it won’t count toward your credit hours for the semester or toward the requirements of your degree. Either way, your grade in that course would no longer count toward your GPA.

You may or may not be able to elect Credit/No Credit for a given course depending on restrictions specific to students in your major(s) and/or minor(s).

 

What courses qualify for Credit/No Credit?

Students pursuing or admitted to the Photography Minor, Design Minor, or Design Entrepreneurship Minor can elect Credit/No Credit for any course taken toward requirements for that minor, so long as Credit/No Credit rules for their major(s) allow that option.

Students pursuing or admitted to a major offered by the Department of Design (Illustration & Animation, Industrial Design, Photography, or Visual Communication Design) can elect Credit/No Credit for an course that isn't fulfilling part of the Foundation Studies or Major Studies requirement of their degree. A list of those courses is available below.

Students pursuing or admitted to other majors and/or minors should consult the academic advising office for their program (listed below).

 

What courses do not qualify for Credit/No Credit?

The following applies only to students pursuing or admitted to majors offered by the Department of Design. Students pursuing or admitted to other majors should consult the academic advising office for their program (listed below).

Students admitted to majors in the Department of Design cannot elect Credit/No Credit for any of the courses listed below if they want them to count toward the Foundation Studies or Major Studies requirements of a major in the Department of Design:

BDS Courses

ILLU Courses

INDD Courses (Except INDD 378)

PHTO Courses (unless taken for the Supplementary Studies or Professional Studies requirements)

VISC 200, 202, 204, 302, 304, 402, 404, 405, 520, 525, or 530

 

 

For how many courses can I elect Credit/No Credit?

KU students in most majors - including majors in the Department of Design - can only elect Credit/No Credit for a maximum of one course per semester. Some majors and minors prohibit Credit/No Credit outright. Students pursuing or admitted to other majors and/or minors should consult the academic advising office for their program (listed below).

 

Can Credit/No Credit affect my eligibility for Honor Roll/Dean's List?

Undergraduate students admitted to degree programs offered by the School of Architecture & Design qualify for Honor Roll in a given semester if they earn a 3.75 or higher GPA in 12 or more credit hours graded A-F completed in that semester.

If you successfully completed 12 credit hours on that grading scale in spring 2022, electing Credit/No Credit for a course would make you ineligible for the spring 2022 Honor Roll/Dean's List. If you successfully completed 15 credit credit hours on that grading scale in spring 2022, electing Credit/No Credit for one 3-credit-hour course would not jeopardize your eligibility for the spring 2022 Honor Roll/Dean's List.

 

Summer 2022 Credit/No Credit Windows

For spring 2022 courses, students can only elect Credit/No Credit within a limited window of time during the semester. Students will not have the option to elect or rescind Credit/No Credit outside of that limited window or after the semester has concluded.

Students can elect and rescind Credit/No Credit for full-semester courses between June 21 and June 27.

The Credit/No Credit window for short courses varies from course to course. Check here for course-specific deadlines: https://registrar.ku.edu/summer-2022-short-courses

 

How to Elect or Rescind Credit/No Credit

To elect Credit/No Credit for a summer 2022 course - or rescind an election - use this webform during the Credit/No Credit window for the course in question: http://deptsec.ku.edu/~admiss/forms/form/217

To rescind a Credit/No Credit election for a summer 2022 course, use this webform during the Credit/No Credit window for the course in question: http://deptsec.ku.edu/~admiss/forms/form/218

 

Questions?

Students admitted to a major and/or minor offered by the Department of Design should contact our academic advisor!

Students pursuing or admitted to other majors and/or minors should consult the academic advising office for their program (listed below).

Department of Architecture: https://arcd.ku.edu/contact-architecture-advising 

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences: https://collegeadvising.ku.edu/

School of Business: https://business.ku.edu/services/student-and-academic-services

School of Education & Human Sciences: soehsadvising@ku.edu

School of Engineering: https://engr.ku.edu/advising

School of Journalism & Mass Communication: http://journalism.ku.edu/advising

Pre-School of Law: https://prelaw.ku.edu/

School of Music: rriley@ku.edu

School of Professional Studies: https://edwardscampus.ku.edu/student-services

School of Social Welfare: vmignot@ku.edu

Undergraduate Advising Center (Exploring Students): https://advising.ku.edu/credit-no-credit