Frequently Asked Questions
Which courses in the department will be fully online?
Courses that are predominantly lecture based, like art history/theory courses or critical seminars, will be delivered online. Faculty have determined that this is the most effective way to teach this content and support student learning. These courses will be augmented with occasional in-person meetings as appropriate. For Fall 2020, only the following courses will be taught in this format:
- AR 433 Thesis
- AR 233 Global Art: Mapping Modernism
Will there be hands-on instruction in my studio courses?
Yes! Studio-based courses will be delivered in a hybrid format (in-person instruction combined with online instruction). As of our current phase in the state of Washington, up to 4 students will be able to work in the classroom at one time. Each course will have clear schedules for access, small group work, and one-on-one feedback with faculty whether working in person or remotely. Required and suggested material lists will be available the first day of the semester to support all essential learning for the entirety of the course, whether you are working directly or online.
Which fabrication labs spaces will be accessible?
All labs on campus (painting/drawing, printmaking, photography, and video editing) will be available with the exception of the 3-D fabrication lab in MCC. This space will be under construction this fall and winter for a new and improved reopening for spring 2021. We are excited to share its redesign and a list of new tools and technology with you all soon! Details on frequency of access, schedules, and proper safety and sanitation protocols will be forthcoming for each lab space.
Where will I access tools and equipment for work in 3-D/sculpture?
Classes in sculpture this fall will be held at the Scene Shop at the Cornish Playhouse on the Seattle Center campus (Uptown neighborhood). This space is actually much larger than the current layout of the 3-D Fabrication Lab in MCC and has the same stationary and hand tools available for use. Look for further details on what specific processes will be supported at the Scene Shop soon.
Will I be able to borrow photo/video equipment?
Yes! The Equipment Library has developed a safe no-contact routine for borrowing and returning photo/video gear. Please plan to spend a few more minutes than usual this fall in both pick-up and return, as cases will need to be opened, checked, and cleaned in each direction. This is for your health and safety.
Will I be able to borrow tools anywhere in MCC?
Yes! Hand tools like drills, levels, etc. will be available for use from the Equipment Library on the 6th floor of MCC. The same safety and sanitation protocols for photo/video rentals will apply to tools as well. Please plan for a few more minutes for pick-up and return.
What about access to individual/shared studios?
Students will still have access to their individual/shared studios this fall. For upperclass students, your studios will be located on the 6th floor of MCC in our newly renovated space which will be completed this summer! These shared studios are located close to labs, support staff, the cafe, and other resources in MCC. Access to studios will likely be scheduled to meet local, state and federal guidelines for social distancing and include additional safety and sanitation procedures.
What about exhibitions on campus?
We are very excited to finally reopen the completed 9th Avenue Gallery, which was previously known as the Beebe Gallery. This improved space will be able to support programming for students across the campus. Additional planning is underway to ensure safe access to this space that meets the local, state, and federal requirements for social distancing.
Other campus gallery spaces such as the President’s Gallery (7th floor MCC) and the Alumni Gallery (3rd Floor MCC) and other spaces across campus will continue to be available.
Will there be a Visiting Artist Program this year?
Of course! Most visiting artists will present remotely, but we anticipate having the same exciting exchange of ideas, opportunities for Q+A, as well as individual studio visits that we have enjoyed in person. We also welcome feedback from you about how to make your interactions with our visiting artists as valuable as possible in this new format. Please reach out directly to the department chair with suggestions.