Next Steps 2022

Here you will find information about your Next Steps in the York University Theatre Department as you enter your second year. The initial information for all areas is listed directly below, however, each area has different requirements and specific processes outlined in the MORE INFO section. Please be sure to review all of the materials below regarding the application process and expectations in the upper years of study for each specialization.


Acceptances 2022

Linked below. All acceptances will be posted at Noon on Friday, April 29th, 2022.
Please ensure that you contact with your acceptance by Noon on Monday, May 9th, 2022.

Acting
Playwriting
Production/Design
Devised Theatre

GENERAL INFORMATION

PERFORMANCE CREATION (BA or BFA)

To prepare a foundation for a career as a playwright, dramaturg, theatre critic, director, playmaker, theatre educator, drama therapist, arts administrator, researcher, arts manager, theatre activist, and to consider graduate studies in theatre and performance studies or related disciplines.

  • Students do not need to submit anything further to be admitted directly to the BA in Theatre. However, students looking to be admitted to specific sequences of courses within the BA (e.g. Playwriting, or Devised Theatre) should see the detailed info below.
  • Students who wish to switch from a BA to a BFA should submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) before noon on Friday, April 15, 2022  ELECTRONICALLY to Ian Garrett at igarrett@yorku.ca AND attend a mandatory Zoom information session at 3:00pm on Tuesday, April 12, 2022.
  • Register in advance for this meeting:
    https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuduigqj0qHNd3YyTeIiVKgbbxc4dGxJ2v
  • If you are unable to attend the meeting at this time, you must meet with the BFA PC Coordinator, Ian Garrett, before applying to switch your major.

Please note: Students interested in switching from a BA to a BFA in Performance Creation will be asked to submit a degree change form by June 30, 2021. You do not need to do anything specific at this point to switch to the BFA. For more see CHANGE OF DEGREE FROM BA TO BFA below.

Please Review MORE INFO

***PLAYWRITING***

To specialize in playwriting.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS for PLAYWRITING in 2022-2023:

For context: This specialization, previously called “Playwrighting & Dramaturgy” is now called “Playwriting” in recognition of the application of dramaturgy through all areas of the department. Students work towards creation and development of theatrical writing through writing prompts and exercises, readings of both published and student-written material, in-class discussions, and foundational dramaturgical skills. In contrast to previous years, there will not be a separate submission process for those interested only in dramaturgy.

PLAYWRITING—a series of courses in the BA/BFA in Performance Creation that specialize in playwriting.

  • Submit your application before noon on Friday, April 15, 2022 to loughran@yorku.ca. In the subject line of your email, please write: “YOUR SURNAME: Playwriting 3290 Submission’
  • Include a title page that clearly shows your name
  • If accepted into Playwriting, please be aware that these courses may be taken at the same time as Production/Design or Devised Theatre, but there is a confirmed scheduling conflict between COSTUME DESIGN courses 2120, 2121, 3143, 3144, 4143 and 3290 that requires choosing one or the other.
    Please note: students admitted into Playwriting courses may choose to remain in the BA or switch to the BFA during their time at York..

In your submission to Playwriting:

  1. Tell us about your artistic work and why you are interested in dramatic writing. Include what is important to you in your work (e.g., cultural influences, identity, geography, community, language, etc.) and why.  [Maximum 200 words]
     
  2. Please:
    • Provide a brief artistic sample. At least one part of sample must be a piece or excerpt of dramatic writing. You may also include other forms of creative writing if you wish (e.g., poem, fiction, synopsis of a (proposed) play, response to a writing prompt, etc.) [Maximum 3 pages or 600 words]
    • Tell us about a point of inspiration for your artistic sample and how this research informed your process from conception to first draft. What aspects of your sample are you satisfied and unsatisfied with? [Maximum 200 words] 

Please Note:

Notice of Acceptances to ALL streams will be posted at noon on April 29, 2022.  Please note that these acceptances will be conditional based on final grades (as per usual).

You will need to confirm your acceptance to a particular program of study by noon of May 9, 2022.

Please let either Danielle Howard (howardd@yorku.ca) or Keira Loughran (loughran@yorku.ca) know if you have any questions.

Please Review MORE INFO

***DEVISED THEATRE***
(series of courses in the BA/BFA in Performance Creation)

To learn skills, tools and frameworks of devising and performing original theatre pieces.

Devised Theatre Auditions

Devised Theatre auditions contain two parts:

  1. Prepare a short video piece (Performance/Experience/Installation) that creatively recreates a moment or idea inspired from one of this year’s Devised Theatre Festival shows, and submit it to igarrett@yorku.ca before noon on Friday, April 15, 2022.
  2. Participate in a 90-minute in-person group workshop on Tuesday, April 19, 2022. 

The Devised Theatre Festival will run from April 5-9, 2022.  https://devisedtheatrefestival.com/

PART 1 – Video Submission

Your piece must be from your own point of view using the following criteria:

  • Include your full name in the Title/Heading/File Name
  • max (10) ten individual words (no min, can repeat)
  • max (3) three props (no min)
  • max (1) one minute length (strict)
  • costumes are optional.
  • Additional lighting or media are optional, but each device will count as props.
  • Your devised piece may or may NOT include you as a live performer, but if your piece does have a live performer, only you may fill the role.
  • BE CREATIVE

Please feel free to get together with your colleagues to help each other out with recording, creating, playing

Please upload your video to the video sharing platform of your choice (YouTube, Vimeo) OR share the file via the cloud-based file sharing service of your choice (DropBox, Google Drive) and send the link to DT Coordinator Ian Garrett at igarrett@yorku.ca.

  • If sharing via YouTube, Vimeo, or other video platform, please make sure your permissions are set to public or unlisted, NOT Private.
  • If sharing via DropBox, Google Drive, or other cloud-based file sharing service please share the link for the file, not the folder or the file itself.

Video Submission Due by no later than noon on Friday, April 15, 2022.

PART 2 – In-Person Workshops

Sign-up for a slot in one of the 90-minute workshop slots on Tuesday, April 19 here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0948ACAF2AA1FF2-dtnext

Notice of Acceptances to ALL streams will be posted at noon on April 29, 2022.  Please note that these acceptances will be conditional based on final grades (as per usual).

You will need to confirm your acceptance to a particular program of study by noon of May 9, 2022.

Please note: Students admitted into Devised Theatre courses will remain in the Performance Creation & Research area, and may choose to remain in the BA or switch to the BFA during their time at York in consultation with the DT Coordinator. If you’re interested in switching from the BA to the BFA, you still must submit an LOI and attend a meeting with the BFA PC Coordination before applying to switch your major.

Questions? Contact DT Coordinator Ian Garrett at igarrett@yorku.ca

Please review the information on the Devised Theatre Series of Courses.

***PRODUCTION & DESIGN***

To study in the areas of Theatre Design (set, costume, lighting, sound, and video), Construction (costume, and scenery), Craft (Props and Scenic Art), Technology (lighting, sound, and video), and Management (production management, technical direction, and stage management).

For application to Production & Design, there will be the option to participate in either in-person or remote interviews on April 19 or 20. Details will be announced and discussed during the THEA 1110 3.0 Stagecraft class and Primetime Next Steps.  Please register for your interview at this Sign-Up Genius Link.
What you are submitting:
  • A single PDF with:
    • A Letter of Intent: A letter of application outlining why you wish to pursue studies in the Production & Design area, and which particular disciplines are of most interest to you.  Indicating previous relevant experience is required.  Please also indicate whether you would prefer a remote or in-person interview.
    • A resume.  This is not limited to theatre experience.
    • Your document’s file name should be lastname_firstname.pdf, and the document must include your name, telephone, email, and year of study.
  • A digital portfolio that can be delivered one of two ways:
    • A Zipped/Compressed folder that is 100 Mb or less with up to 10 digital files
      OR
    • If sending files via a file sharing service such as iCloud, Google Drive or Dropbox, send a document with URL links to online material. Make sure your links are live and tested.
    • The images in your portfolio should showcase a skill or accomplishment of your abilities and interests. For example, something you built, sewed, painted, lit, sculpted, edited, or recorded—essentially something made. If you choose to have an in-person interview, please feel free to bring any physical work that you would like to present.
  • Email or file share your materials to Sylvia Defend at defsyl63@yorku.ca by noon on Friday, April 15, 2022.

During a remote or in-person interview, faculty will discuss your digital file, and a small presentation of the material is required.

Please email any questions to defsyl63@yorku.ca

Notice of Acceptances to ALL streams will be posted at noon on Friday, April 29, 2022.  Please note that these acceptances will be conditional based on final grades (as per usual).

Students must accept or decline offers via email by NOON on Monday, May 9, 2022, to Sylvia Defend (defsyl63@yorku.ca). If accepted, students must also submit their crew preference request form; this will be attached to an email informing students of their acceptance into the P/D stream.

If accepted into more than one area, please notify the area whose offer you accept and the area(s) whose offer(s) you are waiving. Acceptance into any area/series of courses is conditional upon final grades at the end of the 2022 winter term

NOTE: Please ensure that Sylvia Defend (defsyl63@yorku.ca) has your preferred coordinates for the summer: email and telephone number. Sylvia Defend and Production Area Faculty will contact you several times about preparing for September.  If you do not receive an email, please check your spam and contact Sylvia Defend.

IMPORTANT: Students who accept an offer into Acting, Production & Design, or Performance Creation (BFA) must submit a request to change their degree from Honours BA (Specialized) to Honours BFA by going online and electronically submitting the form “Change My Program” by June 30 (http://myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/program-change).

Admission Requirements Checklist for Production and Design BFA
✓ Satisfactory 5.0 (C+) overall grade point average
✓ Successful completion of the following courses:
• THEA 1010 3.0 Introduction to Acting I
• THEA 1100 3.0 Introduction to Stagecraft I
• THEA 1200 6.0 Introduction to Theatre and Performance I
✓ Demonstrated potential for success in the Production and Design area, including the ability to collaborate well with others and participate fully in first-year classes and crews
✓ Letter of intent
✓ Resume
✓ Portfolio and interview
✓ After being accepted into the specialization, students must fill out the Program Change Request form.

Please Review MORE INFO

***ACTING PROGRAM***

To specialize in acting for the stage.

This audition for the Acting Program is a two-part process: Part 1- Preliminary on-line submissions, and Part 2- In-person Callback.

Part 1 of the Audition Process

Students are invited to audition for the Acting Program by submitting a YouTube link of a video that has the following components:

SLATE:
In a single take, speaking directly to the camera, please say:

  • Your full name (and your preferred name if you have one).
  • Your pronouns, if you wish.
  • Where you consider home to be and why (a maximum of one minute).
  • What you will be performing (in the order of your choice), including:
    • the names of the character, play and playwright of your contemporary monologue (e.g., “Candy, from Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, by Brad Fraser”).
    • Whether you will be singing an a cappella song OR doing a movement piece. If you are singing a song, please say the title and source of a capella song (e.g., “‘The Great Escape’, by Patrick Watson).

PLEASE NOTE: Though you only need ONE monologue for the first audition, you should prepare TWO monologues. If you get a callback, you will need to present a different one for the in-person callback audition.

MONOLOGUE:
Your contemporary monologue should be a maximum of 1 min 30 secs long, from a published play with a professional production history. No dialects or accents other than your own please. No mime and a maximum of one prop. The monologue should be delivered as if speaking to someone slightly off-camera (i.e. NOT directly to the camera) and shot in a single take, no editing, please.

TELL A STORY WITH SONG OR MOVEMENT:
You may choose between an a capella song OR a movement piece (maximum one minute). This is a chance to apply your imaginative skills to a heightened vocal or physical performance.

  • The song must be sung without any live or recorded accompaniment. It may be from any genre, any time period, and in any language.

OR

  • Play the last minute of the song “Opale” by Djembi https://youtu.be/e3HhuLczqWw?t=209, and improvise a full-body movement piece for one minute along to the music—this is not dancing like you would at a club! In the course of your moving, attempt to put a sock on your foot while standing.

FOR THE VIDEO:

  • We don’t require a professional recording. A basic phone recording will suffice, provided the quality allows us to clearly view your presentation.
  • Place the camera in a stabilized horizontal or landscape position (rather than a vertical or portrait position).
  • Stand if your circumstances permit.
  • Ensure you are adequately lit and turn on all the lights if necessary.
  • For your slate and monologue, shoot in a medium close-up (your eyes at the level of the camera, the top of your head just under the top of the frame, and your chest just above the bottom of the frame).
  • For your song/movement piece, shoot in a full-body shot and ensure we can see your whole body throughout the whole piece.
  • Please ensure all 3 of the components above are contained in a single video file (sent as a single YouTube link).

UPLOADING YOUR VIDEO TO YOUTUBE:

  • Go to youtube.com and create an account if you do not already have one.
  • Upload your video and select “unlisted” as the privacy setting.
  • Please ensure that the video you have uploaded is the final version you wish to submit.
  • Email the YouTube link of your video submission to Professor Gwenyth Dobie gdobie@yorku.ca
  • The deadline is noon on April 15th  2022.
  • Professor Dobie will confirm the receipt of your YouTube link within 24 hours. If you do not receive her confirmation, please follow up with Gwenyth ASAP.

Part 2 of the Audition Process

CALLBACKS:

  • A list of callback candidates will be posted to the Acting Program callbacks page on the Next Steps 2022 website by noon on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
  • Callback candidates will be invited to an in-person audition on either Friday morning or afternoon April 22nd, 2022. An online sign up will be provided for you to secure your time.
  • At the callbacks you will share your second contemporary monologue (maximum 1 min 30 secs) from a published play with a professional production history. No dialects or accents other than your own please. No mime and a maximum of one prop.
  • Additional components for the callback will be shared on the day. Be prepared to move and improvise.

We look forward to viewing your audition material!

Questions? Contact Professor Gwenyth Dobie gdobie@yorku.ca


APPLICATION DATES, DEADLINES & OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Performance Creation (BA and BFA)

Letter of Intent: by noon on Friday, April 15, 2022 if switching to BFA to igarrett@yorku.ca
Info Session: BFA PC Information Session on Tuesday, April 12th, 2021 at 3:00pm via Zoom. Register here: https://yorku.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUuduigqj0qHNd3YyTeIiVKgbbxc4dGxJ2v

Playwriting

Application: by noon on Friday, April 15, 2022 to loughran@yorku.ca
Posting of Offers:
Friday, April 29, 2021 at noon.
Reply to Offers: by noon Monday, May 9, 2022 to loughran@yorku.ca

Devised Theatre

Video submission: Due noon on April 15, 2022 to igarrett@yorku.ca
Workshop: Tuesday, April 19, 2022, sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0948ACAF2AA1FF2-dtnext
Posting of Offers: Friday, April 29, 2022 at noon.
Reply to Offers: by noon Monday, May 9, 2022 to igarrett@yorku.ca

Production & Design

Letter of Intent, Resume, and Portfolio:  by email/file sharing noon on Friday, April 15, 2021 to defsyl63@yorku.ca
Interview: Tuesday, April 19, 2022 and Wednesday, April 20, 2022, sign-up forthcoming
Posting of Offers: Friday, April 29, 2022 at noon.
Reply to Offers: 
by noon Monday, May 9, 2022 to defsyl63@yorku.ca

Acting Program

Video submission: Due noon on April 15, 2022 to gdobie@yorku.ca
Posting of Callbacks: on the Next Steps 2022 website by noon on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
Callback: in-person audition on either Friday morning or afternoon April 22nd, 2022
Posting of Offers: Friday, April 29, 2022 at noon.
Reply to Offers:by noon Monday, May 9, 2022 to gdobie@yorku.ca

 

POSTING AND ACCEPTING OFFERS

  • All offers will be posted online at https://theatre.ampd.yorku.ca/next-steps at noon on Friday, April 29, 2022.
  • You have to accept or decline your offer(s) by e-mail by noon on Monday, May 9, 2021  or your spot will be given to the next person on the waiting list. Please see who you need to reply to above.

CHANGE OF DEGREE FROM BA TO BFA

Students who proceed into Performance Creation BFA, Production/Design, or the Acting Program are required to complete the online Change of Degree request to switch from Honours BA to Honours BFA. This request is available at  http://myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/program-change. Change of degree requests must be submitted no later than June 30 to take effect the next fall/winter session.

Acceptance into any area/series of courses is conditional upon final grades as of the end of the Winter 2022 term.


MORE INFO

Performance Creation BA

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If you want to become a professional playwright, dramaturg, theatre critic, director, playmaker, theatre educator, drama therapist, researcher, arts manager, theatre/performance activist, performance artist, or are interested in pursuing studies at the graduate level (MA/PhD), then PERFORMANCE CREATION  IS FOR YOU!

It is expected that students in PERFORMANCE CREATION, including those in the two-and-a half-year sequence of Theatre Survey courses, will acquire, and be able to demonstrate:

  1. Sound knowledge of the history of theatre and performance, the forms and practices and social contexts of theatre through the ages and in different cultures, including knowledge of influential critical formulations, manifestos, and theoretical frameworks;
  2. Understanding of the ways in which theatre and performance have mattered and had meaning in different societies and eras, and of the ways in which it can matter and have meaning here and now;
  3. Familiar working knowledge of, and ability to analyse, a substantial number of plays and performance texts from the conventional canon and beyond, including plays from outside the western tradition, together with the ability to write about performance critically and appreciatively;
  4. Vivid imaginative realization of the potential in dramatic scripts for the production of new meanings in contemporary performance;
  5. Ability to apply knowledge and research capacity to the task of serving as dramaturg on productions of plays from earlier epochs;
  6. Active and detailed knowledge of the history and present state of theatre, drama, and performance in Canada.

Second year

Required courses:

  • THEA 2200 6.0 Theatrical Worlds in Transition
  • THEA 2210 3.0 Theatre and Social Justice

PLEASE NOTE – Course offerings may vary from year to year, often on a rotation basis.

For more information on actual course offerings, please consult the online course timetable at https://w2prod.sis.yorku.ca/Apps/WebObjects/cdm.

Third year

Required courses:

  • THEA 3200 3.0 Modern Theatre and Society
  • 1 (one) 3.0 credit 3000 or 4000 level Theatre Studies seminar course

Theatre Studies courses in areas of specific interest are the focus of third and fourth years. It is expected that some students will also have begun to pursue interdisciplinary interests, combining theatre with such other fields as Education, Psychology, Anthropology, English or Religious Studies. Students in second year may be able, with permission, to take 3000-level courses.

Third year is an important transition year for Theatre Studies students. Those looking to pursue a graduate degree (MA/PhD) in Theatre Studies or prepare for a professional career as a playwright, dramaturg, playmaker, theatre critic, theatre/performance activist, performance artist, or theatre educator, are strongly encouraged (and in some cases, required) to take specialized seminar courses in their areas of interest.

In addition, students may take courses from 4000 level offerings, with the appropriate prerequisites.

All students must complete either THEA 3150 3.0 Theatre Management or THEA 4150 3.0 Theatre Career Management in order to graduate.

Fourth year

The fourth year is an exciting culminating year for Theatre Studies students. By the end of the fourth year, students have a firm grasp on a wide range of skills that will prepare them to enter the professional theatre world or graduate studies. Those looking to pursue a graduate degree (MA/PhD) in Theatre and Performance Studies or prepare for a professional career as a playwright, dramaturg, theatre maker, theatre critic, or theatre educator, are strongly encouraged to take seminar courses in their area of specialization.

Performance Creation & Research BFA

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For further information on the Performance Creation and Research BFA, see this page.

Playwriting

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Playwriting

THEA 3290 is now called “Introduction to Playwriting.” Students work towards creation and development of theatrical writing through readings of both published and student-written material, in-class discussions, and foundational dramaturgical skills. In contrast to last year’s Next Steps, there will not be a separate submission process for those interested in dramaturgy.

Please let either Danielle Howard (howardd@yorku.ca) or Keira Loughran (loughran@yorku.ca) know if you have any questions.

PLAYWRITING—a series of courses in the BA/BFA in Performance Creation that specialize in playwriting.

Devised Theatre

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Devised Theatre

For further information on DT, please see the Devised Theatre page in the Upper Years section of the website.

Production and Design

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Production/Design

The Production/Design Area offers the interested, capable, and committed student the opportunity to study in the areas of Theatre Design (set, costume, lighting, sound and media/projections); Construction (costume, scenery, and props); Management (production management, technical direction and stage management); and Technology (electrical, audio, and video systems and control). The Production/Design area also prides itself on its commitment and leadership in training students about issues of sustainability in performance. The required series of Production Practicum assignments provide opportunities in all aspects of production and design for live performance, themed environments, and exhibition. Please note that students are expected to participate in more than one specialization. This allows both intense study in a specific discipline and broader exposure to other disciplines within Production and Design. Required courses are listed below. Students pursuing design are required to take co-requisites courses in the area. All students are encouraged to consider the complementary In-Faculty/Out-of-Major courses. For additional details, please consult the Department of Theatre Handbook.

Second Year

Stresses skills in a number of areas and responsibility for specific areas of crew work.

Required courses:

  • THEA 2100 3.0 Production Practicum I
  • THEA 2110 6.0 Stagecraft
  • THEA 2200 6.0 Theatrical Worlds in Transition
  • THEA 2410 6.0 History of Visual Sources for Theatrical Design

Third Year

Further acquisition of basic skills and the start of exploration into design for the theatre. There will be some separation and development of ability and talent.

Required courses:

  • THEA 3100 3.0 Production Practicum II or
  • THEA 3101 6.0 Production Practicum II
  • THEA 3200 3.0 Modern Theatre and Society

Additional 6.0 credits in 3000 or 4000 level courses, of which at least 3.0 credits must be in the Production/Design Area.

All students must complete either THEA 3150 3.0 Theatre Management or THEA 4150 3.0 Theatre Career Management in order to graduate.

Fourth Year

Continuing a pursuit of excellence, students may concentrate in any or several production/design disciplines. Students may be given major production assignments as part of the Production Practicum.

Production Practicum is required of any third or fourth year production student taking the equivalent of 1.5 or more production courses in an academic year. Production Practicum requires production meetings of two hours per week, plus evening and weekend crews as assigned.

CHANGE OF DEGREE FROM BA TO BFA

Students who proceed in Production/Design are required to complete the online Change of Degree request to switch from Honours BA to Honours BFA. This request is available at http://myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/program-change. Change of degree requests must be submitted no later than June 30 to take effect the next fall/winter session.

Acting Program

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Acting Program

In order to audition for the Second-Year Acting Program, students must have successfully completed THEA 1010 3.0 Introduction to Acting I (i.e. not received an ‘E’ or an ‘F’ grade).

Offers of placement are conditional, pending final grades of the 2021 winter term, based on a satisfactory C+ academic average and meeting the requirements and deadlines of the Department of Theatre.  

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Please note:

Placement in the Second-Year Acting Program is limited to 16 students.

The audition process is confidential. Panel members (including THEA 1010/1011 instructors and Acting Area faculty participants) will not provide feedback or discuss the rationale for placement with candidates.

If you do not receive a placement offer, you did not do anything wrong in the audition process—there is simply a large field of talented practitioners for a limited number of spots.

Students may re-audition for the Acting Program the following year.

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Students in the Acting Program must maintain a “B” or higher in each course of Voice, Movement and Acting classes each term in order to be allowed to advance to the next term.

Anyone leaving the Acting Area for a period of one year or more, for whatever reason, even if in good academic standing, will be expected to re-audition to re-enter the Area unless a statement to the contrary has been received in writing from the Area at the time of withdrawal.

CHANGE OF DEGREE FROM BA TO BFA

Students who proceed in the Second-Year Acting Program are required to complete the online Change of Degree request to switch from Honours BA to Honours BFA. This request is available at http://myacademicrecord.students.yorku.ca/program-change. Change of degree requests must be submitted no later than June 30 to take effect the next fall/winter session.