Who should you see to get questions answered?

The Stratford School has designed an advising system to meet your needs as you progress through the program. Appointments are always recommended!

What's my question? Who should I see?

I have a general question, a course or scheduling question, or a degree requirement question.

Summer Rashed

Academic Administrative Supervisor
DMS 1007A, ext. 23009

I have a question about applying as an internal transfer student from another program at Waterloo.

Nicole Sguigna

Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator
DMS 1007B, ext. 23004

Arts Undergraduate Office (AUO)

Phone: 591-888-4567 ext. 45870

I have questions about IT Support.


Information Technology Support Specialist
DMS 1017, ext. 23010

I have questions about printing, equipment loans, etc

Noah Pratt

Digital Media Instructor / Media Technician
DMS 1015, ext. 23513

I have questions about digital design workshops

Greg McIntyre

Digital Media Manager
DMS 1016, ext. 23030

I have questions about the third-year internship

Student Services

DMS 1007

I have special problems or concerns

Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach

Associate Director Undergraduate Studies
DMS 3128, ext. 23012

Lennart Nacke

Associate Director Graduate Studies
DMS 3012, ext. 37822

NOTE: When making contact with an advisor about a specific issue, please contact only one of the offices listed above. Do not send the same request to both offices, as this may delay response.

Your advisors are here to assist in making your university years as rewarding and uncomplicated as possible. If you have any questions and are not sure who to ask, start with your academic advisor. They can assist you with the following services:

  • Elective recommendations
  • Course information
  • Enrollment information
  • Administrative form assistance and processing, including override forms
  • Course sequencing
  • Announcements for upcoming opportunities and events for students
  • Degree checklists
  • General information

Feel free to drop by and introduce yourself!

Academic Standing

At the end of each term, after grades are finalized your academic standing will be posted in Quest on your unofficial transcript. To remain in good academic standing you must maintain the GBDA major average (all courses required for your major), and a 60% overall cumulative average. The complete list of GBDA degree requirements, including the GBDA major average, can be found in the Academic Calendar. Be sure that you follow the Academic Calendar of the year in which you being your studies at the University of Waterloo as the Academic Calendar is updated every year.

Declaring a Minor

Students are eligible to declare a minor in a secondary field. Please be advised that if you intend to complete a minor, you must make an appointment with the academic advisor for undergraduate studies of the department in question. For example, if you wish to minor in Psychology, you must speak with the academic advisor for undergraduate studies in the Department of Psychology.

Please note that it might not be possible to complete a minor in the field of your choice due to course requirements and scheduling conflicts. The GBDA program is in no way obligated to support or make allowances for the additional course demands completing a minor may place on you, or for any scheduling conflicts with GBDA program requirements that may occur as a result.

Student Success

In addition to the general support services available to all students (e.g. Student Success OfficeAccessAbility ServicesHealth ServicesCounselling Services, etc.), we are developing a range of specific workshops, events, and study group sessions designed just for GBDA students. The Global Business and Digital Arts Community has been established on Waterloo LEARN and provides you with a calendar of events, along with important news and updates. Check often for information.