Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Information Specific to the Art Department
How will I be advised for registration?
Please see changes to undergraduate advising in our Advising for Majors and Minor on the second slide on our home page.
What does the Pass/Fail grading option mean for Undergraduates, and Graduate Courses for spring 2020?
Undergraduate students can opt for P/F for any graded course this semester, including for thesis, up until April 29. All faculty will still issue letter grades for all students, and if the grade they receive improves their overall GPA, they get the letter grade. They can also, at a later date (eg for grad school) request to be issued the letter grade that they received, if they were initially given a P.
Graduate courses have several categories, so please read here for information on Satisfactory (SAT) grading for graduate courses, for grads and undergrads, for 500 level and 600+ level courses:
Graduate School Grading (pdf)
Are the department’s classes being canceled?
All in-person classes will be suspended and replaced with on-line instruction. Classes are NOT cancelled – they have changed delivery platforms. Other accommodations can be made for those who are having difficulty on a case by case basis, and in consultation with your instructor. The department will observe spring break 3/15-3/22 with classes resuming on-line on Monday, 3/23.
Instructors will be in touch with their students via UMass email with information about how their specific courses will be conducted and with updated syllabi.
International Students who must remain on campus because of extenuating circumstances will also receive on-line instructions and will be subject to the same restrictions as all other students.
Are department events being canceled?
All public events scheduled by the Department of Art are canceled.
Updates on end-of-the-semester events including MFA/BFA exhibitions and commencement will be provided as decisions are made based on unfolding circumstances.
Are the department’s facilities open?
The department’s facilities (Studio Arts Building, Fine Arts Center, Flint Lab, Ag Engineering) are not available for undergraduate student use beginning Sunday 3/15 at 5pm.
Faculty and staff will be available via email and phone, and the department will be minimally staffed in the SAB. To minimize health risks to our community, students and families are asked to complete administrative matters via phone or email to avoid personal contact. In all situations, please call first before coming to the department.
Are tours available for prospective students and other visitors?
Not at this time. Please check back for information about when these will resume.
What will happen to my studio and work in progress left in the department?
Students who were working in the SAB may retrieve anything they want from their studios or the classrooms, but they will need to wait on the shops. Swipecard access has not been turned off yet, so we would recommend that they do so swiftly, if possible. Individual undergrad studios and classrooms are not open for use by undergraduates and materials left in these spaces will remain where they are until picked up or until further notice. More instructions will follow regarding shops, etc.