Getting Ready for a Remote Fall Term

Getting ready for a remote fall term: A message from our director

August 18, 2020

Lis Charman standing in front of a bank of windows
Lis Charman, Director of the School of Art + Design


Dear students,

First off — we miss each of you and hope that you are enjoying the summer weather. In this time of critical reflection, growth, and change, you are not alone — please reach out to us if you need us. We are here for you. 

After a careful review of our spaces and the continued rise of COVID-19 cases, the School of Art + Design decided to offer its Fall 2020 term remotely. Our classrooms, studios, and labs will remain closed for the Fall term. Designations of 1) asynchronous remote (no specific meeting time), 2) synchronous remote (scheduled), and 3) online (requires the $35 per credit fee) can be found under “Instructor/Meeting Times” in Banweb.

I realize that for some of us this decision comes as a relief and for others as a disappointment. I too am saddened by the lack of being in community with each other. While we all keenly feel the loss of being together in person, we are not willing to risk the safety and health of our community members. This decision comes with the understanding that some in our community have underlying health conditions, and others are caregivers or live with family members who may be at higher risk. Our School cares deeply about the health of you, your family, and friends.

Our faculty return in mid-September. In the meantime, you are welcome to reach out to:

College of the Arts Advisors

Kristine Evans – A+D summer advisor

Sam’s Virtual Front Desk

The School of Art + Design is deeply committed to caring for our students and delivering an enriching educational experience. Please know your faculty are hard at work to provide the very highest quality remote instruction for our Art, Art History, and Graphic Design students — with safety and the health of our students, faculty, and staff our top priority. Each program is arranging ways to interact across the School through lectures, town halls, workshops, and book and student groups to complement and enhance your understanding of Art, Art History, and Graphic Design. We look forward to connecting you with this Fall.

Lis Charman
Director, School of Art + Design