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The Academic Advisors at The College of Fine Arts work closely with students from freshman year through graduation. The Academic Advisors are committed to providing a holistic experience that ensures students to be well-equipped for the challenges of successfully completing a fine arts degree from the University of Arizona.

Academic Advising

  • Helps you understand and complete your major and minor degree requirements.
  • It also helps you to develop goals in conjunction with your academic course of study.
  • Clarify university academic policies and procedures, and program requirements.
  • Explains academic distinction, probation, disqualification, general petitions, and enrollment in more than 19 units, leave of absence, and disability-related course substitutions.

The University has established guidelines regarding academic policies and procedures, your rights and responsibilities, and your degree requirements. You are responsible for your own academic progress and need to become familiar with UA policies.

Contact Information

Dean’s Office

Ms. Norma Ayon Associate Director, Advising
nayon@arizona.edu
Music Bldg, Room 111
520-621-1301
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Kimberly Ann Valdez Academic Advisor I
kavaldez@arizona.edu
Music Bldg, Room 111
520-621-1778

Advisors – School of Art

Christina Beasley Academic Advisor I
cswanson@arizona.edu
Art Bldg, Room 11A
520-621-2618
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Megan G Bartel Program Coordinator
mbartel@arizona.edu
Art Bldg, Room 11A
520-621-8518
Wilma Pinedo Program Coordinator
wpinedo@arizona.edu
Art Bldg, Room 11C
520-621-2618
Ashley S Rubin Senior Academic Advisor I
arubin@arizona.edu
Art Bldg, Room 11A
520-621-2618
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Daryl Flores Academic Advisor I
darylc@arizona.edu
Art Bldg, Room 110
520-621-2618

Advisors – School of Dance

Tamara Dyke-Compton Associate Professor, Dance | Associate Director, School of Dance
tdykecompton@arizona.edu
Ina Gittings Bldg, Room 121M
520-621-4698
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Elizabeth George Associate Professor, Dance
egeorge@arizona.edu
Ina Gittings Bldg, Room 121D
520-621-2905
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Hayley E Meier Assistant Professor of Practice
hmeier@arizona.edu
Ina Gittings Bldg, Room 121
520-621-4698
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Advisor – Fred Fox School of Music

David J. Boulton Assistant Director, Undergraduate Student Academic Services
davidboulton@arizona.edu
Music Bldg, Room 109
520-621-1655

Advisors – School of Theatre, Film and Television

Keshia Neal Senior Academic Advisor I
kneal23@arizona.edu
Marshall Bldg, Room 236
520-626-6700
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Nicole Staab Academic Advisor I
nstaab@arizona.edu
Marshall Bldg, Room 220
520-621-8741
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David Yarnelle Assistant Professor of Practice
yarnelle@arizona.edu
Marshall Bldg, Room 235
520-621-3771
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CFA Student Services

Lindsay Clark linds@arizona.edu
Slonaker House, Room 201
520-621-9430
Max M. Jackson Coordinator, Recruiting - Admissions and Enrollment
maxj@arizona.edu
Slonaker House, Room 203
520-626-1644
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Melanie J Marsh Program Assistant
melaniejmarsh@arizona.edu
Music Bldg, Room 111
520-626-1194
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Kimberly Moore Financial Aid Professional II
kmoore657@arizona.edu
Slonaker House, Room 201
520-276-5935
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Ms. Norma Ayon Associate Director, Advising
nayon@arizona.edu
Music Bldg, Room 111
520-621-1301
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Kimberly Ann Valdez Academic Advisor I
kavaldez@arizona.edu
Music Bldg, Room 111
520-621-1778
Karin Nolan Assistant Professor of Practice | Assistant Professor, Music
knolan@arizona.edu
Music Bldg, Room 159
520-621-7470
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2 hours ago
Arizona Arts

This summer Michelle Fricker attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Intensive, thanks to the support from the College of Fine Arts Medici Circle donors.

#MediciMondays

Michelle is an undergraduate student in the The University of Arizona School of Dance. She took various technique classes, learned LINES repertoire and studied the concepts and ideologies that the company practices.

“I took choreographic workshops by the faculty, company members and the one and only Alonzo King and even had a performance at the end of the intensive where I got to perform work choreographed by Carmen Rozestraten.”

The #MediciScholar program helped make one of her dreams become a reality.

“Growing up, I dreamed about going to intensives just like this one but could never afford it. Going to these summer programs is vital in a dancer's training in preparation for life post-graduation. Going to LINES exposed me to a new way of moving with emphasis on a specific quality and intention that I had not prioritized in my training prior. I will forever value the connections I made with dancers and faculty and the personal growth in dance I made over the three weeks I was there.”

“I would like to thank my donors: Ms. Silverman and Judge Smelkinson! Thank you for all you do for aspiring artists like myself. I am so grateful to have been able to go to San Francisco this summer and continue my dance research which was made possible due to your donation.”

To learn more about the program.
>> azart.fyi/MediciCircle

Thanks to donations made by generous #MediciCircle members, talented artist scholars like Michelle are awarded $1,000 to pursue an educational summer project beyond the classroom.
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This summer Michelle Fricker attended the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Intensive, thanks to the support from the College of Fine Arts Medici Circle donors. 

#MediciMondays 

Michelle is an undergraduate student in the The University of Arizona School of Dance. She took various technique classes, learned LINES repertoire and studied the concepts and ideologies that the company practices.

“I took choreographic workshops by the faculty, company members and the one and only Alonzo King and even had a performance at the end of the intensive where I got to perform work choreographed by Carmen Rozestraten.”

The #MediciScholar program helped make one of her dreams become a reality. 

“Growing up, I dreamed about going to intensives just like this one but could never afford it. Going to these summer programs is vital in a dancers training in preparation for life post-graduation. Going to LINES exposed me to a new way of moving with emphasis on a specific quality and intention that I had not prioritized in my training prior. I will forever value the connections I made with dancers and faculty and the personal growth in dance I made over the three weeks I was there.”

“I would like to thank my donors: Ms. Silverman and Judge Smelkinson! Thank you for all you do for aspiring artists like myself. I am so grateful to have been able to go to San Francisco this summer and continue my dance research which was made possible due to your donation.”

To learn more about the program.
>> https://azart.fyi/MediciCircle

Thanks to donations made by generous #MediciCircle members, talented artist scholars like Michelle are awarded $1,000 to pursue an educational summer project beyond the classroom.
4 days ago
Arizona Arts

We are thankful for our Arizona Arts family on campus, in our community and beyond. Have a happy, safe holiday weekend.

#beardown🐻⬇️

University of Arizona School of Art
The University of Arizona School of Dance
The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Arizona Arts Live
Center for Creative Photography
The University of Arizona Museum of Art
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We are thankful for our Arizona Arts family on campus, in our community and beyond. Have a happy, safe holiday weekend. 

#beardown🐻⬇️

University of Arizona School of Art
The University of Arizona School of Dance
The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
UA School of Theatre, Film & Television
Arizona Arts Live
Center for Creative Photography
The University of Arizona Museum of Art
7 days ago
Arizona Arts

The dance majors at The University of Arizona School of Dance are more than performers! They are talented choreographers. Arise/Student Spotlight is an inspiring performance of student works, Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

azart.fyi/AriseTix

Photo by Ed Flores, featuring Jacob Amey and McKaylee True, Kennedy Frazier and Alexander Turner.
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The dance majors at The University of Arizona School of Dance are more than performers! They are talented choreographers. Arise/Student Spotlight is an inspiring performance of student works, Nov. 30-Dec. 4.

https://azart.fyi/AriseTix

Photo by Ed Flores, featuring Jacob Amey and McKaylee True, Kennedy Frazier and Alexander Turner.
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