The student handbook for the ETC class that started during the fall 2016 semester.
CMU-ETC Silicon Valley Catalog
Carnegie Mellon University is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Carnegie Mellon University is accredited through a voluntary, peer-review process coordinated by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE or Middle States). MSCHE is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, each accrediting institutions of higher education within a specific geographic region. Middle States is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This recognition enables MSCHE’s member institutions to establish eligibility to participate in federal financial aid programs (e.g., federal loans, grants, and work-study) administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Carnegie Mellon University has been accredited by Middle States since 1921. More information regarding accreditation standards and processes and to view the University’s re-accreditation reports on the Middle States Accreditation website.
The Entertainment Technology Center offers a Master of Entertainment Technology (MET) jointly conferred by the School of Computer Science and the College of Fine Arts. The ETC-SV location offers project and elective courses. Because the ETC’s curriculum is both specific and chronologically tight, students may only begin work towards their MET in an “Immersion” first semester. The first semester starts in the fall in Pittsburgh. All students have to start with the first semester curriculum.
209 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City, CA 91602, Phone (412)268-5791
The ETC-SV location does not have a separate admission’s requirements, other than the student to be in good academic standing. Details on admission’s requirements for the MET program can be found on the ETC’s website.
Matriculation to the ETC Silicon Valley location:
Students must be in good academic standing in order to matriculate to a location other than Pittsburgh. This is to provide students with the most educational support, and Pittsburgh is the only campus which provides full support. There is no separate admission procedure to attend the ETC-SV location. ETC students in good academic standing can apply to participate in a project being held at the ETC-SV location during the regular project application process.
(the complete curriculum requirements can be found in the ETC student handbook)
|Semester 1||Fundamentals of the ETC||9 units|
|Improvisational Acting||9 units|
|Visual Storytelling||12 units|
|Building Virtual Worlds||24 units|
|First Semester total||54 units|
|Semester 2||Interdisciplinary Project I||36 units|
|One Elective||9-12 units|
|Second Semester total||45-48 units|
|Semester 3||Interdisciplinary Project II||36 units|
|Open elective||9-12 units|
|Third Semester total||45-48 units|
|Semester 4||Interdisciplinary Project III||36 units|
|Open Elective 9-12 units|
|Fourth Semester Total||45-48 units|
|Total units required for MET||189 – 198|
Intergraded Co-Op: during the second year of study (semesters 3 or 4) students can apply for a semester academic co-op with a company (see requirements in the Student handbook)
Qualifying Exams and Thesis:
There are no qualifying examinations or master’s thesis required for the MET degree.
Carl Rosendahl Associate Teaching Professor and Director ETC-SVCarl’s bio
Erin Hoffman-John Assistant Teaching ProfessorErin’s bio
ETC-SV Location Fees and Charges 2016-2017
|Tuition *||$46,578.00||$23,289.00||Prorated upon withdrawal/leave of absence, Refer to Refund Policy provisions|
|Technology Fee||400.00||200.00||Non-refundable after the 10th class day of the relevant semester. Refer to Refund Policy provisions|
|Books and Supplies (estimated)||2,400.00||1,200.00||Cost for entire program (estimated) Used, digital and rented and other factors may reduce/increase actual costs|
|Health Insurance **||1,799.00||1,799.00||Mandatory charge for all full time CMU students.|
|Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)||0.00||0.00||Non-Refundable ($.00 for every $1,000 rounded to the nearest $1,000)|
|Total estimated costs||$51,177.00||$26,488.00|
*Please note the above tuition rate is for reference only. For the actual tuition rate for your department or program of study, please reference your student account on SIO or follow up with your departmental administrator.
**Details on Health Insurance Eligibility, Enrollment, Waivers, Charges and Cancellations can be found on University Health Service’s website.
As a student at Carnegie Mellon University, the student is responsible and obligated to Carnegie Mellon University for the timely payment of Carnegie Mellon University tuition, fees and other charges incurred by the student on the student’s behalf while at Carnegie Mellon University (collectively, the “student financial obligation”), regardless of the student’s expected reliance on third-party resources such as financial aid, family gifts, employer reimbursement, government assistance or other similar resources. However, the student is not responsible or obligated for such tuition, fees and/or other charges to the extent (and only to the extent) that Carnegie Mellon University has expressly agreed, in a writing signed by an authorized representative of Carnegie Mellon University, with the relevant third-party resource that the third-party resource, rather than the student, is responsible or obligated to Carnegie Mellon University (and, in such case, the portion for which the student is not responsible or obligated will not be treated as the student’s financial obligation
Attendance and Tardiness
The program will require attendance at various seminars,meetings, lectures, presentations, and demonstrations. These events will be announced in advance as mandatory meetings. Exceptions to this policy are at the sole discretion of the Director. Punctuality is expected. If students must be late or absent for any reason, please contact the Director in advance to discuss their personal situation, and a reasonable solution will be discusses. After two unexcused absences, each additional unexcused absence will reduce the student’s grade int that semester’s project course by 1/3 of a letter grade. Note all individual courses have their own attendance policies that will be stated in their syllabi.
Withdrawal/Leaves of Absence and Refund Policy
STUDENT’S RIGHT TO CANCEL (WITHDRAWAL/LEAVES OF ABSENCE)
- You have the right to cancel your enrollment by either taking a leave of absence from the Program (leaving Carnegie Mellon University temporarily with the firm and stated intention of returning) or by withdrawing from the Program (leaving Carnegie Mellon University with no intention of returning). If you withdraw or takes a leave of absence from Carnegie Mellon University, you may be eligible for a tuition adjustment or a refund of certain fees (excluding the Application fee and any applicable STRF).
- To cancel your enrollment and take a leave of absence or withdraw, you must complete Carnegie Mellon University’s Leave of Absence or Withdrawal form, as applicable, and return it to Carnegie Mellon University’s Registrar’s Office, at 5000 Forbes Ave., Warner Hall A12, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. The Leave of Absence and Withdrawal forms, and additional information of leaves of absence and withdrawal, can be found on Carnegie Mellon University’s website, at http://www.cmu.edu/hub/registration/leave.html
- If you notify Carnegie Mellon University of your intent to withdraw or take a leave of absence, your official date of withdrawal or leave of absence is the earliest of:
- The date you began your withdrawal or leave of absence process at Carnegie Mellon University;
- The date you notified your home department at Carnegie Mellon University;
- The date you notified the associate dean of your College at Carnegie Mellon University; or
- The date you notified the Carnegie Mellon University Dean of Students.
- If you do not notify Carnegie Mellon University of your intent to withdraw or take a leave of absence, your official date of withdrawal or leave of absence is:
- The midpoint of the relevant semester in which you withdrawal or take a leave of absence;
- The last date you attended an academically-related activity such as an exam, tutorial or study group, or the last day you turned in a class assignment.
- Refunds in General. Students who withdraw from the Program or take a leave of absence after having paid the current semester’s tuition and fees or receiving financial aid are subject to the following refund and repayment policies. Federal guidelines mandate that tuition, fees and other related charges are pro-rated based upon each student’s enrollment status. Tuition and fees (excluding the Application fee) may be refunded. No other charges are refundable. STRF, if any, is non-refundable.
- Exit Counseling. All borrowers of Federal student loans must complete a Federally-mandated exit counseling session when graduating or dropping to less than half-time enrollment status, including by withdrawing or taking a leave of absence. Exit counseling prepares students for repayment. Students must complete an exit counseling session in its entirety, with complete and correct information; otherwise, the student’s degree, diploma and official transcripts will be withheld. Information about exit counseling sessions can be found on Carnegie Mellon University’s website, at http://www.cmu.edu/finaid/loans/entrance-exit/exit.html
- Withdrawals/Leaves On or Before 10th Class Day. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence on or before the10th class day of the relevant semester may receive a refund of 100% of tuition and fees (excluding the Application fee).
- Withdrawals/Leaves after 10th Class Day. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence after the 10th class day of the relevant semester but before completing 60% of the semester will be assessed tuition based on the number of days completed within the semester. This includes calendar days, class and non-class days, from the first day of classes to the last day of final exams. Breaks which last five days or longer, including the preceding and subsequent weekends, are not counted. Thanksgiving and Spring Break are not counted. There is no tuition adjustment after 60% of the semester is completed. There is no refund of fees after the 10th class day of the relevant semester.
- Tuition Adjustment Appeals. Students may appeal to have tuition adjustments for their leave of absence or withdrawal if they feel that they have extenuating circumstances. These appeals will be reviewed in the context of Carnegie Mellon University’s tuition adjustment policy, as stated above. These appeals must be made in writing to Carnegie Mellon University’s Registrar using Carnegie Mellon University’s Tuition Appeal Adjustment form. Information about Carnegie Mellon University’s tuition adjustment policy, and tuition adjustment appeals, can be found on Carnegie Mellon University’s website, at http://www.cmu.edu/hub/tuition/adjustment.html
- Repayment to Lenders/Third Parties. If any portion of refundable tuition and/or fees was paid from the proceeds of a loan or third party, the refund may be sent to the lender, third party or, if appropriate, to the Federal or state agency that guaranteed or reinsured the loan, as required by law and/or Carnegie Mellon University policy. Any amount of the refund in excess of the unpaid balance of the loan shall be first used to repay any student financial aid programs from which the student received benefits, in proportion to the amount of the benefits received, and any remaining amount shall be paid to the student.
- Responsibility for Loan. If the student obtains a loan to pay for an educational program, the student will have the responsibility to repay the full amount of the loan plus interest, less the amount of any refund. If the student has received federal student financial aid funds, the student is entitled to a refund of moneys not paid from federal student financial aid program funds. If the student is eligible for a loan guaranteed by the federal or state government and the student defaults on the loan, both of the following may occur: 1) The federal or state government or a loan guarantee agency may take action against the student, including applying any income tax refund to which the person is entitled to reduce the balance owed on the loan. 2) The student may not be eligible for any other federal student financial aid at another institution or other government assistance until the loan is repaid.
The ETC provides career service support and professional development advice, but it’s ultimately the responsibility of students to apply and interview for opportunities while conducting themselves in a professional manner.
Carnegie Mellon University students are considered for federal financial aid programs by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and are considered for institutional financial aid programs by completing the CMU Graduate Student Loan form. The Student Financial aid office has a graduate student guide that can help with applying for financial aid.
Student Tuition Recovery Fund:
You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:
- You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program, and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and
- Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.
You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies:
- You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or
- Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.
The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency program, attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.
You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:
- The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.
- The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license fees or any other purpose, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.
- The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other cost.
- There was a material failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.
- An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgment against the institution for a violation of the Act.
Notice concerning transfer-ability of credits and credentials earned at our institution
The transfer-ability of credits you earn at Carnegie Mellon University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the (degree, diploma, or certificate) you earn in the Entertainment Technology Center is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the Master of Entertainment Technology that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Carnegie Mellon University to determine if your Master of Entertainment Technology will transfer.
Carnegie Mellon University does not have a pending petition on bankruptcy, is not operating as a debtor in possession, has not filed a petition with in the preceding five years, or has not had a petition in bankruptcy filed against it within the preceding five years that resulted in reorganization under Chapter of the United States Bankruptcy Code ( 11 U.S.C. Sec. 1101 et seq).
If you have any questions regarding this catalog, please feel free to contact MaryCatherine Dieterle, ETC Director of Student Services, 700 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15219, email email@example.com, or telephone (412)268-4540.
As required for compliance with U.S. Federal Program Integrity Regulations, state official/agency contact information for each U.S. state/territory that could handle a student’s complaint is provided.
California Residents: Any questions a student may have regarding this catalog that have not been satisfactorily answered by the institution may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at (2535 Capitol Oaks Drive Suite 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, www.bppe.ca.gov, by toll-free telephone number (888)370-7589 or by fax (916)263-1897.
A student or any member of the public may file a complaint about this institution with the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education by calling (888)370-7589 or by completing a complaint form, which can be obtained on the bureau’s Internet Web site www.bppe.ca.gov.