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Pending Photography Program Impaction Frequently Asked Questions

What is program-level impaction?
Program-level impaction occurs when student demand for a particular program exceeds the University’s funded capacity to accommodate those students. To manage this demand, the University could apply additional criteria for entry into those programs.

What programs are impacted at Sacramento State?
Sacramento State’s programs in Criminal Justice, Graphic Design, Health Science, Interior Design, Nursing and Psychology and the College of Business Administration are already operating under impaction status. The University is considering program-level impaction for the Photography program beginning in fall 2013.

What is the geographic area that constitutes Sacramento State’s “local area of admission?”
If you attended high school or community college in Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo, San Joaquin or Solano counties, you will not be affected by campus‐level impaction. This is Sacramento State’s local area of admission. To be admitted, you must meet the minimum CSU system‐wide admission requirements and meet all application deadlines.

Does pending impaction affect freshman applicants and transfer applicants differently?

How will the pending impacted status of the program affect students transferring to Sacramento State’ s Photography Program?
If impaction status is approved, students will be required to submit Supplemental Admission Criteria for Photography
The following list of courses or their equivalents must be taken prior to, or concurrently with, the supplementary application and portfolio review:
• PHOT 11 – Digital Imaging
• PHOT 40 – Basic Techniques of Photography
Additional supplementary criteria will be as follows:
• Applicants must meet the CSU admission requirements applicable to their class level (e.g., lower division or upper division transfer).
• A formal supplemental application for the upper division program is required. Please contact the Department of Design office for a copy of the application and for the application submission deadline.
• The program will admit students to the fall semester only (no spring admission cycle).
• Applicants must complete the two prerequisite courses noted above with a minimum grade of “C” in each course.
• Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 on the most recent 30 graded semester units including any prerequisites taken prior to the last 30 units.
• Students must take an exam that covers basic technique and theory for beginning digital and chemical photography.
• Applicants must submit a portfolio for a faculty-juried review.

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