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
- AR 261 Moving Image: After Effects
Will there be hands-on instruction in my studio courses?
Yes! Studio-based courses will be delivered 50% in-person combined with online instruction. While in Washington state’s Phase 2, up to 7 or 8 students will be able to work in the classroom at one time. This capacity is determined by our ability to ensure 113 sq ft of social distancing for each occupant in a particular space. Courses held in larger spaces like the Scene Shop or 9th Ave Gallery (formerly the Beebe Gallery) can accommodate more than 12 students while meeting these requirements.
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.
How will students, faculty and staff work safely in the classroom/lab/studios?
Students, faculty and staff working in person will be required to wear masks at all times and follow all cleaning and sanitation procedures required of each particular space they occupy. These procedures will involve the disinfecting of high-touch contact surfaces before and after use. Necessary disinfecting supplies will be provided along with clear signage and staff support for proper use. This will be in addition to the increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures that will occur outside of scheduled class times.
If you have ever worked in a printmaking or fabrication studio, this approach of cleaning your workstation before and after use as you move through the different areas of the studio will be familiar. We are adding the appropriate sanitation procedures to this common workflow.
Everyone in the classroom will also be required to maintain social distancing. Each space will have clear demarcations for workstations/areas to assist with maintaining proper spacing and workflow. All unnecessary furniture and materials have been removed from the space so that new occupancy rates are not exceeded.
Many art materials and techniques require enhanced ventilation due to fumes and particulates created in normal use (think oil paints and sawdust). Therefore our HVAC and filtration system in art studios/labs is already robust and will be a great tool in exchanging fresh air within the classroom. This system was recently assessed by an outside vendor and information about the air exchange frequency and rates should be available from the Operations Department soon.
Will I have remote options for learning in the Art Department?
A fully remote option could mean: 1) enrolling in courses designated as solely online with specific virtual group meetings that are set by the instructor, or 2) enrollment in an identified suite of courses which are online and hybrid. In-person experiences may be available in these courses, but will not be required of students as an expectation of the course – modifications for remote engagement would be offered to fulfill all course requirements. Please note that both options will provide specific synchronous, virtual face-to-face time with your faculty members. Students pursuing either fully remote option may choose to live in the residence halls or Seattle area so that you can access facilities and equipment via the room reservation system.
Under recent guidance from the Governor’s Office for Higher Education and in compliance with social distancing measures, studio courses will allow about 50% of students to work in-person and 50% of students to work off-site, simultaneously. This will be about 7-8 occupants depending on the exact space. Studio-based courses will be taught under what is called the Hyflex model. This model allows for synchronous streaming of all in-class demos and lectures, with live feedback opportunities for students working off site. Additional video streaming and microphone updates will support faculty instruction for those working offsite and will be archived as a reference for all students enrolled in the course.
Since our courses generally meet two days a week, you could anticipate your schedule for a particular studio class to look like the following example:
Monday AM: Group A works in-person, Group B works off site
Wednesday AM: Group A works off site, Group B works in-person
With a modification for working remotely, students would choose not to rotate through the in-person schedule for instruction. All students would be able to schedule access to all on-campus resources to support their learning, including labs, equipment, studios, library, etc. For some, this could be a great option that meets their needs at this time.
If you are interested in a remote option for your fall semester, reach out to your Academic Adviser, Thuy- Van Vu at email@example.com.
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 in the former Main Gallery and 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. Two or more students sharing a single studio will have staggered access times to maintain social distancing guidelines while also ensuring students have access to their studios to complete coursework.
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.