Hybrid Learning

Hybrid Learning

While detail will vary according to the class, you can expect some occasional (non-mandatory) large-group activities outdoors and in large spaces, some demos offered remotely with videos, some demos offered on-site in small groups, asynchronous and synchronous critiques, and mentorship from faculty. Contact with Studio faculty will sometimes occur in person, sometimes remotely, depending on the discipline and course. During class time, you’ll meet with the professor and your fellow students for technical and conceptual guidance, for critiques, and more. Zoom meetings will be limited to 90 minutes maximum.

We’ll be clear about the delivery format for each class, so you always know what you’re selecting. If a class you want isn’t the type of delivery model you prefer, your Advisor can help waive those requirements and/or modify your schedule to a different order, so that your options for Fall 2020 are appropriate for your preferred style of learning.

We’re working hard to communicate clearly, to create consistency, and to ensure that methods are working. Since so much of this is new, we will ask for feedback from students throughout the semester, and conduct a more formal feedback process about classes at midterms.

Studio Classes

For studio classes, you can expect some things to stay the same and some things to be different. As always, your studio faculty will provide mentorship and individual guidance. Group activities will change because we’re reducing the number of people that gather together.

Liberal Arts classes

Most Liberal Arts classes will be offered remotely, with participation in threaded discussion forums providing asynchronous possibilities, and in some cases options to join in person at a few points in the semester. Some Liberal Arts classes will have more in-person contact available and some Liberal Arts classes will be geared towards a more fully remote experience; we’ll make this clear in the list we provide. All Liberal Arts classes will be Pass / Fail / High Pass.



PNCA’s class sizes are small in normal times; they average out to around 15 students per class. So we’re starting from a very small size, and then dramatically cutting that down to groups of around 7 students. By using strategies like pre-recorded videos and giving students the option to not attend physical class, we’re automatically dissipating the number of people who will be in the building at any given time, and we have other ways to ensure small cohort sizes to maximize safety. We’re also really focused on air quality. PNCA has medical-grade filtration in our HVAC system, windows in most classrooms, and we’re working with our facilities team to make plans for sanitation of surfaces and create systems that prevent unnecessary contact when walking through the building.

While the value of a PNCA education is going to be the same this year as it previously has been, it will be a different experience. Our continuing BFA, MFA, and MA students will notice the differences and might need a bit of an adjustment period, but I think that there are so many good things about this new system, and that we’ve prioritized the important parts so well - like facilities and mentorship - that it will feel natural by the second or third week. There are actually a lot of advantages to the new methods we’re using, and I think those will become clear right away.

For new BFA students, what we’re about to engage in is radically different than any high school online art education system they’ve experienced before; this is a brand new system of remote delivery in which we’re really focused on the students’ personal experiences, relationship building, and the facilitation of creative knowledge.

Our hybrid model accounts for many different learning styles, and it also makes space for people with various life circumstances in a variety of ways. It can function both synchronously, where everybody is together in real-time, and asynchronously, where people are participating on their own time and from their own space. As one example, working parents who only have short windows of time in the day will absolutely be able to access a PNCA education.



If you have questions, please contact any of the following campus offices:

Academic Affairs: 503.821.8891 academicaffairs@pnca.edu

Student Affairs: 585/732-4538 dknox@pnca.edu

Campus Safety: 503.621.2061 campussafety@pnca.edu

Campus Safety Manager: 503.875.9176