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Core Curriculum

Because of the amount of work required for project-based courses in ATEC, students are not advised to complete all core curriculum requirements before continuing with major required courses.  Core courses help to balance out the strenuous projects in many of the upper-level ATCM courses. 

Transfer students often come to UTD with most or all Core courses completed.  This is OK.  Students in this case should meet with their academic advisor to draft a plan to balance out their project courses with non-project courses.  Transfer students with Core courses remaining can spread these courses over their semesters at UTD.

Core courses are also offered at local community colleges throughout the state of Texas.  Students can use the Transfer Equivalent System to find courses that transfer to UTD as Core.

Prerequisites, Corequisites, and Department Consent

Many of the courses offered at UTD require prerequisites or corequisites.  Prerequisites are courses that must be completed successfully prior to taking the course of interest.  Corequisites must be taken in the same semester as the course of interest.  When attempting to register, you may see the following prerequisites required: 

  • "Or Equivalent"
    • Many of the courses requiring a Core course as a prerequisite will state something like "ARTS 1301 or equivalent" as the prerequisite.  Students should check their degree plan to see if they have taken an equivalent Core course.  An equivalent Core course will fall into the same Core Category.  For example, FILM 2332 & ARTS 1301 are equivalent. 
  • "Instructor Consent"
    • When instructor consent is required, you must first email the instructor for permission to take the course. You may include information that will support your request, such as experience or coursework completed that is related to the course of interest.  
  • "Department Consent"
    • Department Consent is required for several of the ATCM courses prior to registration.  If you come across a course that requires department consent, send an email from your UT Dallas email account to ATEC Undergraduate Advising.  To find more information on properly submitting registration requests, click here.  Department Consent is required for all topics courses and require advisor assistance for registration.  Topics courses may vary in their prerequisites and topics from semester to semester.

Project-based Courses

Project-based courses offered within the school of ATEC are courses that take approximately 10+ hours of work per week outside of the classroom to complete coursework.  Because of the amount of time that students have to dedicate to project-based courses, we recommend taking no more than 2 project-based courses at a time.

Students who take more than the recommended 2 project-based courses tend to have difficulty keeping up with course deadlines and find that they may not have enough time to produce quality work in all of their classes.  Generally, most of the ATCM courses listed as Upper-level Major Requirements and Prescribed Electives on the Animation, Games, and Design & Production degree plans are project-based courses.  

Some examples of project-based courses include: 

  • Computer Animation I, II, and III
  • Modeling & Texturing I and II 
  • Internet Studio II 
  • Game Design I and II 
  • Virtual Environments
  • Interaction Design I and II 
  • Audio Technologies I and II
  • Projection Mapping
  • Digital Fabrication

If you are not sure if a course is project-based, you may contact your academic advisor or an Advising Peer Mentor at ATECadvising at utdallas.edu

Internships (ISAE 4V50)

Internships can be completed for up to 6 hours of course credit.  Internship courses count as upper-level free electives on all ATEC degree plans and pathways.  Students must visit and work with the Career Center to obtain course credit for an internship.  The Career Center also has resources for locating an internship related to specific areas of interest.  Once all paperwork is submitted, the Career Center will contact the student's academic advisor for final approval and enrollment.  

Registration Holds

Prior to registration, students should check their registration holds in Orion Student Center.  When a student has a registration hold, it will appear on the right-hand side of the Orion Student Center page.  Be sure to click "details" to view the full list of your holds.  Instructions are given to resolve each hold.  Click the hold item link to view instructions and more details about the hold.

Enrollment Appointment 

Each student at UTD is assigned a specific date and time when they are eligible to register for the upcoming semesters.  This is called an enrollment appointment.  The enrollment appointment is not a literal appointment.  Students are not required to report to a specific place at the time of the appointment to register.  Instead, the enrollment appointment specifies when the student can begin registering for the upcoming semester by logging into the Orion Student Center.  

Enrollment appointments are assigned 2 weeks prior to the beginning of registration.  The date on which enrollment appointments are assigned can be found on the Academic Calendar for the upcoming semester. 

The date classes are viewable for the upcoming semester is also listed on the Academic Calendar as "Schedule Planner Available."  From this date, students have 2 weeks to plan their schedules before the registration period begins.  During this time, no students are eligible to register for classes. 

To view your enrollment appointment, log into the Orion Student Center.  On the right-hand side, locate the blue box entitled "Enrollment Dates."  this box will display your assigned enrollment date, be you are also assigned a specific time.  In order to view your assigned enrollment time, click "details."  Select the semester for which you are enrollment.  Click Continue.  The specific date and time of your enrollment appointment is listed here. 


When registering for courses, students have the option of adding themselves to waitlists for classes that are full.  Not every full course will have a waitlist option.  Waitlist availability can best be determined by going to the "Enroll" feature in Orion Student Center.  The following symbols are used to depict the availability of courses: 

  • Green Circle - Open Courses - These are courses with available seats.  As long as you meet the prerequisite and/or co-requisite, you are eligible to register for any open course.  
  • Blue Square* - Closed Courses - These are courses that are full and either (1) have a full waitlist or (2) do not have a waitlist.
  • Yellow Triangle - Waitlist Courses - These courses that are full but have at least one seat available on the waitlist.

Once you are added to a waitlist, you will receive a weekly update of your waitlist position number through email.

Enrollment from a waitlist will not occur under the following circumstances: 

  • Course Conflict** - You will never be enrolled from a waitlist when you are registered for a course at the same time.  
  • Holds - Registration holds will prevent you from being enrolled from a waitlist. 
  • Max Hours** - Students are unable to register for more than 18 credit hours in the Fall and Spring and 15 credit hours in the Summer.  Therefore, the waitlist will not enroll you for a course that will place you above the maximum permitted hours. 
  • Duplicate Course** - You will never be enrolled from a waitlist when you are registered for a different section of the same course.  For example, if you enroll in section 001 of ATCM 2301, and waitlist for your preferred section at a different time, you will not be enrolled from the waitlist.


  • Coursebook uses "Closed," even if a waitlist position is available.  Check Orion Student Center to confirm waitlist availability.  


**Students who have a course conflict, have reached or will reach the max hours, or who are attempting to waitlist for a duplicate course can set up their waitlist to swap from a course.  Step-by-step instructions for using the waitlist swap feature in Orion can be found here.




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