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Art+Design Spring 2021 FAQ for Faculty

In accordance with Purchase College’s fall reopening plan, the School of Art+Design has developed this FAQ to answer questions specific to our courses and facilities. The ultimate goal of this plan is to safeguard the health of students, faculty and staff while allowing for in-person instruction where absolutely necessary.

The Spring semester instruction will use remote instruction (synchronous and asynchronous) for all 3800 students. 74% of those students (approximately 2,660) will not have in-person instruction. 26% of our students (approximately 1000) will have some in-person instruction supplemented by remote. Of the students receiving in-person instruction, fewer than 960 of them will reside on campus due to their inability to commute to campus (i.e. international students, students outside a reasonable commuting radius, no transportation, etc.). The 26% residential density will allow social distancing in classrooms. The limited classroom spaces dedicated to in-person will limit capacity to allow for distancing and disinfecting. All classes will run entirely remotely the first 2 weeks of school, after which the F2F classes will begin to meet in person, while remote classes will continue to be taught remotely.


COVID and Quarantine - Attendance/Building Access Statement

Please see Purchase College website for more information about College-wide policies concerning mask-wearing, social distancing, COVID and quarantine.

Each community member has a tremendous responsibility toward each other. Please DO NOT come to the Visual Arts Building if you have COVID symptoms. If COVID-related absences necessitate that you miss more than 3 classes, please reach out to your professor.

To repeat: do not come to the Visual Arts Building if you have COVID symptoms, and make sure you are 100% honest in your responses to the daily screening. We have to take care of each other more than ever this semester.


Which classes are being offered Face to Face (F2F)?

The School of Art+Design (A+D) is offering the following in person courses for Spring 2021 to A+D Majors:

3D Processes (4 sections) - Sonya Blesofsky, Damien Davis (2), Alina Tenser

Advanced Silver Processes - Robert Kozma

Ceramic Sculpture - Nancy Bowen

Digital Tools for Sculptors - Raphael Zollinger

Digital Photography: Color in the Digital Realm - Joshua Lutz

Direct Metal I - Raphael Zollinger

Extended Media (4 sections) - Cassandra Hooper, Sara Saltzman (2), Robert 

Intaglio - Cassandra Hooper

Introduction to Wood - Samuel Spillman

Lithography - Amanda Thackray

Multiples: Methods for Making - Sonya Blesofsky

Photography I (4 sections) - Eric Gottesman, Nandita Raman (2), Barron Rachman

Screen Print - Robert Swainston

Special Topics in Printmaking: Advanced Intaglio - Cassandra Hooper

Special Topics in Printmaking: Advanced Woodcut - Stella Ebner

Special Topics in Printmaking: Advanced Lithography - Amanda Thackray

Thinking in Three Dimensions - Rachel Owens

View Camera - Robert Kozma

Woodcut - Stella Ebner


Which software do we use if we are teaching remote courses?

We will be using Moodle, OneDrive, Google Suite, and Zoom. Students are expected to have their own subscriptions to Adobe CC. Unless you have a specific additional software to teach your discipline, course delivery should use the software listed to reduce cognitive overload for students.


Should students mail me their work?

No. Please utilize software for online critique of work.


Will students be able to access shops?

Yes, students in F2F courses will be able to sign up for shop access during monitored hours. The A+D building is only available for completion of work in F2F classes. All remote classes are designed so that they can be completed without access to our shops or facilities.

Staff and student monitors will be present in the following shops for student usage:

      • Wood Shop
      • Printmaking Shops
      • Dark Room
      • Computer labs


When will the building be open?

Monday - Friday: 8 am - 10 pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12 pm - 7 pm


Who will have studios in the Visual Arts Building?

Seniors and Grad Students will be granted their own studios. There will be social distancing requirements whilst using the studios, and room adjustments are being made for students whose studios are traditionally in closer quarters, to ensure social distancing.

If a student has items in a locker or studio and will be returning in the Spring, they may leave their art supplies and materials over Thanksgiving and Winter break. Please keep in mind they will not have access to the building, their studios or lockers until face to face classes start again in February 2021.


Will materials be provided to students?

Yes, in some cases. We are working to assemble packets of materials/supplies based on the needs of their courses, as you have all indicated to us. In other cases course fees have been refunded and lists of materials are being sent to students.


Will classes be smaller?

Some classes have slightly reduced caps. In general, classes will be held in larger rooms, spread out amongst several rooms, or taught in rotations so as not to violate social-distancing protocols.


When do my F2F classes run?

All classes will run entirely remotely the first 2 weeks of school, after which the F2F classes will begin to meet in person, while remote classes will continue to be taught remotely.


How can I learn more about remote learning and course instruction?

SUNY held a week-long set of workshops and webinars about a variety of topics related to remote teaching. Recordings of these sessions can be viewed here.

For Purchase specific training, visit the TLTC Events page for links to these and other upcoming workshops, webinars, and conferences. You can view recordings of past TLTC workshops on our TLTC YouTube Channel.

Eleanor King is also setting up workshops for Remote Teaching specifically for A+D faculty to share their knowledge, experiences, and best practices. Keep an eye on your Purchase email for more.


Galleries Operation Spring 2021

1019A Gallery and PAC Lobby Gallery will be closed for the semester. The Richard and Dolly Maass Gallery will be closed to the public and open by appointment only to faculty, staff, and students, with a maximum occupancy of 5 people. Faculty who are part of a review panel for MFA crits can set-up an appointment with Curatorial Manager Sonja Ng to view the works in the gallery. All crit meetings will be done remotely via Zoom.


Zoom Etiquette for Art+Design Faculty