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FAQ: Academics

How will instruction be delivered during this time?

March 23, 2020: The College moved to online instruction beginning March 18 and will continue through the end of the semester. 

While we understand that online instruction does not replace the in-person studio experience, we are making every effort to maintain course learning outcomes and ensure academic continuity. Students will still earn credits toward their degree during this time.

Will any special technology (hardware/software) be needed for online instruction?

March 13, 2020: You will not be required to purchase any technology. Faculty are aware that students may not have access to their usual resources during this time, and are planning accordingly. 

Students in their majors are required to have their own desktop or laptop computer.   Foundation students do not have such a requirement. We are assessing the technology capacities of these students and will review their needs vs. CIA’s available resources. To assist those living in the residence halls, additional computers will be available in both Uptown and Euclid 117.

Charter is offering free access to Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi For 60 days for new K-12 and college student households.

I'm a senior scheduled to graduate this semester. Will I be able to finish my BFA and graduate on time?

March 23, 2020: In addition to ensuring the safety of our students and employees, our top priority right now is maintaining academic continuity so that students can graduate on time. Students will be able to finish their Spring 2020 courses online and present their BFA through virtual alternatives. See below for more information about BFA thesis completion and commencement. 

How should I return equipment I borrowed from Equipment Checkout? 

March 23, 2020: Students who are off-campus are asked to hold onto their equipment until further notice. 

March 20, 2020: If you are living in a CIA residence hall, leave your equipment in your suite when you leave and let your Residence Hall director know as part of your checkout. A member of the Student Life + Housing staff will return it to Equipment Checkout.

Students are welcome to continue using borrowed equipment as they need it, and no late fees will be charged. We'll send instructions later for those who continue to need equipment or who are living too far from campus to return equipment in person.

Will CIA make accommodations for students in majors that require access to facilities?

March 13, 2020: Building access as described in the March 12 email will be strictly enforced, but the situation is subject to change. Our goal is to connect students with equipment and facilities as soon as possible.

Have BFA week, Spring Show and commencement events been canceled?

March 24, 2020: As of March 23, all gatherings of 10 or more people have been banned in the State of Ohio until further notice. Consequently, all in-person public events have been canceled for the remainder of the semester, with faculty and staff exploring virtual options for BFA presentations, Spring Show and commencement ceremonies.

We are especially sympathetic toward seniors, whose years of hard work deserve to be celebrated by the CIA community and witnessed by family and friends. Please know that the Commencement Committee is hard at work on plans for a digital celebration, and we will be  student input. Likewise, the BFA Committee, working with faculty, is developing plans for presenting BFA thesis projects online, including oral exams. We understand that a digital solution will not be the same as our traditional milestone ceremonies, but we look forward to bringing a spirit of good will as you leave your status as students and join the CIA alumni community.

We are also in the process of assessing the feasibility of hosting in-person activities for our 2020 graduates at a later time.

Is Fall 2020 course registration going to happen? How do I consult with my academic advisor and register for classes?

March 13, 2020: As of now, Fall 2020 course registration is scheduled to proceed as planned. Students will be able to connect with their advisors via email or phone to schedule a virtual advising session.