The Performing & Fine Art Academic Advisor and the Music Department Faculty Advisors are here to mentor and advise you regarding the requirements needed to graduate with either a Bachelor of Arts, Art or Bachelor of Fine Arts, Art degree. You should plan on meeting with both advisors each semester to ensure you stay on course with you program. Each of the two types of advisors are available to assist you with your academic goals.


Academic Advisor
(1st point of contact)

Faculty Advisors
(2nd point of contact)

Academic Advisor

Rhiannon Elliot
(907) 786-4841
*How to Set Up an Advising Appointment

Academic Advisor

Rhiannon Elliott is the College of Arts and Sciences' Academic Advisor for the Fine and Performing Arts here at UAA. Her role is to act as a liaison between you, the student, the Department of Music, and Enrollment Services. She can assist with all of your academic requirements as you make progress toward earning your degree. Although you will also have the opportunity to work with a Faculty Advisor (who is a specialist in your specific area of study), it is important that you first make an appointment to touch base with your Academic Advisor each semester. You may find their contact information in the top right corner of this page.

Common Topics Covered in an Academic Advising Session:

  • Semester course scheduling
  • Resolving academic difficulties
  • CAS requirements and classes
  • General University Requirements
  • General Ed. Requirements
  • Transfer credit explanations
  • Information about placement testing
  • Prerequisite information
  • Academic Petitions
  • Financial aid appeals
  • University regulations & procedures
  • Accurate referrals

How to Set Up an Advising Appointment

Office Hours
The Fine and Performing Arts Advisor is in the office M-F 8am-5pm, and, typically, is available for 30 minute advising sessions as follows:

Monday - Friday
Morning Sessions: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Afternoon Sessions: 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Please try to set up your appointment a minimum of one day in advance.

Preferred Method of Contact
The best way to set up an advising appointment is to contact your Academic Advisor via e-mail ( and provide the following information:

  • Name:
  • SID:
  • Phone:
  • Degree (BA/BFA/BM):
  • Major:
  • Area of specialty if known (see the following list):
    • Your #1 choice of day/time for a 30min meeting:
    • Your #2 choice of a day/time for a 30min meeting:
    • Specific questions/concerns you’d like addressed:

Areas of Specialty by Major are:
Art: Alaska Native Art, Ceramics, Drawing, Digital Art & Graphic Design, Fibers, Jewelry/Metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture
Music: Brass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, String, Voice, or Woodwind
Theatre: Dance, Design & Technical, or Performance

However, you may also try calling (907) 786-4841 or stop by ARTS 332B to set up a meeting.
Note: If you attempt to either call or stop by, there is a chance that the Academic Advisor may be meeting with another student. If you call and there is no answer, please leave a message that includes the above information. If you stop by and you see that the Academic Advisor is currently meeting with another student, please respect the privacy of your fellow students and do not interrupt.

Unable to Get Ahold of Your Academic Advisor?

If, for some reason, you are unable to make contact with the Academic Advisor for the Fine and Performing Arts, you may try contacting the Academic Advisor for the Humanities. To see a list of the other College of Arts and Sciences Advisors (and the subject areas for which they advise) please visit the College of Arts and Sciences Advising webpage.

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Faculty Advisors

Faculty Advisors are permanent faculty members well versed in degree requirements who act as your point of contact within the department on academic issues. They will monitor your progress through your program. Your faculty advisor will be a full time faculty member who teaches in your concentration area.

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