Fall 2021 Course Modality

Fall 2021 Course Modality

A Special Welcome Back

The Art and Art Education faculty are excited to return to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. We are all educators, dedicated to offering meaningful learning opportunities. We love to design curriculum, and are mindful that our teaching approaches must respond to specific circumstances and student needs. 

General TC Guidance

In-Person Classes

Classes at Teachers College begin on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. All students who will be on campus are required to be fully vaccinated prior to the opening of the fall semester. The great majority of classes will take place in-person on the TC campus. Returning to in-person instruction is not a preference. It is the mode of instruction, unless otherwise noted in the course registration system. (Select classes will be coded as online courses).

Please refer to the TC preparedness website for additional FAQs and instructions. New information is added to this site daily. https://www.tc.columbia.edu/preparedness/

Students may also email returntocampus@tc.columbia.edu with any concerns about the back-to-campus plans.

Requests for Remote Learning

Teachers College is committed to supporting students who have a need to study remotely for the upcoming fall semester. Students must have a documented medical or health reason or a travel or visa restriction in order to study remotely. Other reasons will be considered on a case-by-case basis by Teachers College, and approval is at the discretion of the College.

To assess students’ circumstances, Teachers College asked students to respond to an enrollment survey, found through this link: https://tccolumbia.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_77gXYybUAmKgQLQ. If you have not responded to this survey, please do so ASAP.

The College is in the process of communicating with students who requested remote learning. Students approved for remote learning for the Fall 2021 semester will be notified by the end of June and the accommodation will be for the Fall 2021 semester only.

Students without documented approval for online learning from the College should not contact faculty members or program staff directly to request online attendance to their courses.

Art and Art Education Fall 2021 Course Modality

How will Art Education classes be taught in Fall 2021?

In the Fall of 2021 the great majority of Art Education classes will be taught in person and on campus. 

The following studio courses will be taught entirely online and are open to all students: 

  • A&HA 4094 001 Intro to Digital Photo - CRN 37935 
  • A&HA 4063 001 Introduction to Painting - CRN 37742 

Customary studio fees will be waived or reduced significantly for online studios (when fees are reduced, these will be used for guest speakers). Instead of paying studio fees, students will be required to source and purchase their own supplies. Specific supply lists will be provided by studio instructors.

As is always the case, courses for students in the Hybrid Studio MA Program will be taught online in fall. These courses are only for students in the Hybrid Studio MA Program and are not open to other students. This is noted in the online schedule.

Can I join in-person classes online? 

As stated under the TC guidance, if you have officially requested and been granted an allowance to participate in courses online by Teachers College you may join non-studio in-person classes online. If you have not been granted an allowance to participate in courses online, you must attend in person.

IMPORTANT EXCEPTION: In-person studios may not be taken remotely, even if you have been granted an allowance to participate in classes online. Learning in these courses relies on equipment and materials that are only available in our studios on campus and cannot be replicated at home.

If you need to take a studio course remotely in fall, please enroll in one of our online studio courses: A&HA 4094 001 Intro to Digital Photo (CRN 37935) or A&HA 4063 001 Introduction to Painting (CRN 37742). These courses are open to all students. If (a) you must take a studio in the Fall, (b) you have been granted an allowance to attend courses online by TC, and (c) the online course you need is closed, please reach out to the instructor and request permission to join.


We can’t wait to see you back in our studios and classrooms this fall!

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