This is about non-course-based graduation requirements, like recitals, portfolio reviews, juries, and so on. It’s primarily addressed to students expected to graduate in May 2020.
Our priority is to make sure students can graduate on time and with the same credentials they have been working for all along, even during this time of remote instruction due to “social distancing” mandates.
Graduation Recitals HASOM’s approach to this is two-layered in this way.
Layer One Students will work with their mentors and primary lesson teachers to develop plans to show that they have achieved adequate competency in performance skills to be given credit for their recital requirements. This could take place in a myriad of ways and would be customized for each student. Some examples could include: making recordings and/or videos with whatever technical means are available (even just using smart phones), live streaming on something like Instagram, demonstrating performance skills over Zoom or other media, or whatever each student and their faculty can come up with that works for this purpose. In this way, students can receive credit for their recital requirements and graduate on time. Our Specialization Directors are confident that it will be easy for most students to demonstrate the performance competencies we are looking for, because the faculty know students well and have already observed them performing in many different contexts.
Layer Two We are aware how important it is for students to present their work to their peers and wider audiences. We are also aware how valuable audio/video documentation is for students. To serve those ends, we are looking for ways to invite students who will have graduated in May, but who were unable to present their live events during this time of closure, to come back when it becomes possible to present their work in ways that come as close as possible to their original intentions. One idea being discussed is for CalArts to put on a kind of festival of this work in the early fall. It would not be required, but would offer an opportunity for the work to be more broadly shown. We are looking into the possibility of collaborating with other L.A. venues as well, and even some venues we sometimes collaborate with in other cities where we have strong alumnx bases.
Portfolio Reviews Our Specialization Directors are confident that these reviews can take place as normally scheduled via Zoom meetings. We encourage students to present their portfolios as websites, as well, because we want them to develop the skills necessary to promote themselves after graduation.
Juries Again, we believe that juries can also proceed with remote communication tools. Our faculty members believe in working out the best plans for this according to the circumstances of each individual student.
Mid-Residence Recitals Since these recitals would not be for students graduating in May, we will offer the option to postpone them and reschedule them in the fall. If, for some important reasons, a student needs to present a Mid-Residence Recital this spring, faculty will work out special plans for that student.
Technical Facilities When it is possible to reopen the campus to students, HASOM is considering a plan to accept proposals from already graduated students who need access to technical facilities to complete and document a curriculum-based project they were unable to complete during this time of closure. For example, these facilities may include recording studios, computer media studios, Wave Cave, Machine Lab, electronic labs, etc. Most likely these projects would have to be completed during the early fall, before the needs of students enrolled at that time begin accelerating.