Computer Graphics II  – ARTC-251

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Course # + section: ARTC 251 – M01

Course ID: 1509

Prerequisites: ARTC 201 

Co-requisites: None

Contact Hours: 1-3-3 or studio

Credits: 3

Type of Course: Seminar / Lecture / Laboratory and/or Studio 


Class Meetings: Mondays, 2PM – 6PM – In Person

Location: 16 W. 61st St., Rm. 927

Instructor: Professor Ryan Seslow

Office Location: 16 W. 61st St., Rm. 927 (classroom)

E-mail: or ryan(at)

Office Hours: Mondays before class or by appointment


Course Description: 

Computer Graphics II is the second semester of our sequence in Computer Graphics on the Macintosh platform. This course will use fundamental industry applications to prepare students’ work for artistic and commercial computer graphic design packages. Lecture topics include: preparation, input, manipulation, display and output of digital images. Students are required to have third-party manuals for Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and InDesign.


This course is a sequence to the course Computer Graphics I, and will build upon the techniques achieved in the previous course.  Students will use the computer as a tool and as a medium to explore creative possibilities for various formats of visual communications (print and web based). Students will create artwork and be introduce to a basic understanding of web design principles (usability, navigation and bitmap animations) through the use of software (Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), hardware (scanner, digital camera, and printer), research, and creative processes (sketches, drawing, and collage). While developing their techniques through lectures, demos, and hands-on projects, emphasis will be placed on advancing technical skills, developing rich concepts and ideas, and developing one’s own aesthetic.  Students will also be exposed to artworks of historical and contemporary importance.  Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to utilize these tools and apply them when necessary in the following courses in the Computer Graphics sequence.

This design studio based course focuses on the development of diverse, effective digital design methodologies to and translate transmedia ideas, engage spatial, material and visual communication problems and projects with innovative and uniquely appropriate designs as a lifelong, continuous, self-education and evolving critical practice.

Learning Objectives: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in using intermediate/advanced level of Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop to produce complex designs and artworks.
  2. Utilize Adobe InDesign to effectively produce a multi-page document utilizing intermediate/advanced techniques such as styles and table of contents.
  3. Identify and apply creative solutions to basic web design principles to be later apply in more advanced courses. 
  4. Execute artwork and designs with knowledge of historical and contemporary contexts, as well as design workflows.
  5. Critically address artworks with accuracy in areas of visual perception; appropriate language and aesthetics/design fundamentals.
  6. Produce artwork and design that is conceptually driven, uses problem-solving skills, and has aesthetic ownership by the artist (student) ready for presentation and portfolio.


Required instructional software: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, After Effects.

1 – Zoom – for optional on campus and hybrid instructional schedules

2 – Canvas – NYiT institute wide grading rubric

Prime instructional methods will be class lectures, instruction, individual and group discussion and project review. The student will be expected to work on cumulative phases of assigned problems related to two semester projects prior to and during each class.


The Freshmen courses are paired laboratory studios that will collaborate by studying the design and development of the shared semester lessons and projects.

The syllabus is designed to impart ways of seeing, ways of thinking, and ways of making. It is designed to help students frame questions, define problems and to generate thoughtful, inventive responses, analyzing, challenging and intelligently reframing the premises around which the problems are built. The design process is a self-reflective journey of inquiry, guided by questions and emerging options that inform the discovery of opportunities. Designers develop tools and methods, integrating skills and knowledge to inform the process and project from the beginning to evaluate the challenges and consequences range of degrees of successful decision making. Each step in the design process offers a series of new decisions with a wide array of alternative options to pursue and evaluate. Clarifying goals, assessing strategies, methods and outcomes is the cycle of progress and defines the evolving cumulative sequence of steps in the design process.


Semester Project List & Descriptions:

Create a synergistic transformation through cumulative semester projects that create, develop and transition interrelated environment(s) and organism(s) (characters, object & things)

Project 1 – Fictional Form Character

Vector Portrait -> Poster -> Animation & Collaboration 

Project 2 – Transformative Sequences – Subjective to Representational (Life Form)

2D/3D Vector -> Raster -> Process Video

Project 3 – Life / Existing Content Transformation

Hacking, Remixing, Re-contextualizing & Transformation.

Project 4 – Transformational of Social Issue of Environment

Digital Tryptic with Animated Elements

Project 5 – Transformational Anatomical or Mechanical Mutation 

Portrait / Character from Project 1 morphs into alternate being

Project 6 – Transformational Transmedia Visual Communication 

Short Story Animatic / Narrative about Semester long character and environment 

Project 7 – Final Semester Project Portfolio / Presentation 

Semester Schedule:  






First day of Classes 

Introduction – Syllabus 

Project 1 Introduction:  

Software Tutorial




Project 1 lab work session

Software Tutorial



ADD/DROP Period ends February 5th, 2023.



Project 1 Due – Project 1 Critique

Project 2 Introduced

Software Tutorial




Project 2 lab work session

In Class Assignment #1 Introduced

Software Tutorial







Project 2 Due – Project #2 Critique

Project 3 Introduced

Software Tutorial




Project 3 lab work session

Software Tutorial




Project 3 Due – Project #3 Critique

Project 4 Introduced

Software Tutorial


PRIORITY ADVISEMENT Period begins March 16th, 2023.







Project #4 lab work session

In Class Assignment #2 Introduced

Software Tutorial



Project 4 Due – Project #4 Critique

Project 5 Introduced

Software Tutorial



PRIORITY REGISTRATION begins April 3rd, 2023.



Project 5 lab work session



Project 5 Due – Project #5 Critique

Project 6 Introduced



Project 6 lab work session

Project 7 Introduced – Portfolio Examples

In Class Assignment #3 Introduced



Project 6 Due – Project #6 Critique

LECTURE – Continued Portfolio Design

Software Tutorial



Portfolio work session

Preparing for Final Presentations




All Projects, Deadlines, Lectures, and content are subject to change at the discretion of the professor.

Any changes will be sent as Announcements that will be posted on Canvas and sent automatically to all students in the class via NYIT email. 

Course Requirements:

Grading Criteria

The final grade will be based on:

Course Requirements & Grading Criteria

  • Regular attendance weekly course/studio sessions (3 unexcused absences will result in an F)
  • Timely completion and consistent cumulative development of all projects and assignments
  • Work completed with the highest standards of criticality, quality and craft
  • Methods of assessment will include:
  • In class critiques
  • Progression from first to last project 
  • Midterm and Final Project Evaluation 
  • Observation of in class participation and activities
  • Understanding of learned techniques

Attendance is mandatory, weekly assignments required and midterm and final projects due on time. 

**Attendance: Mandatory (please)

  1. Main Projects / Assignments – 50%
  2. Final semester complete Portfolio submission 10%
  3. Development Process (Research/Sketches etc.) 20%
  4. Final Presentation 10%
  5. Participation/Professionalism 10%

1.) Main Projects / Assignments –  50%

A significant part of the grade will be based on the completion of assignments.  Students will receive an assignment list, and the assignments must be completed by each deadline given.  As the course continues, the assignments will become more complex and time-consuming; students are expected to spend at least 6-8 hours a week on the course assignment. It is crucial that each step be completed and understood before advancing to the next step.  

2.) Final semester complete Portfolio submission – 10%

All Projects must be completed and ready for submission before the final critique.  Attendance and participation during the final critique is a significant part of the project grade. 

3-5.) Process, Participation & Professionalism – 40%

Development process, participation and professionalism are extremely important to succeeding in this class. Students must be respectful to their peers and professor and have a positive attitude in the classroom.  Students are expected to come to class on time and stay throughout the work sessions for the entirety of the class.  In-class assignments also count towards this section of the grade.

Grading standards:

A = sustained level of superior performance demonstrated in all areas of Course Requirements

B = consistent level of performance that is above average in a majority of the Course Requirements 

C = performance that is generally average and Course Requirements are achieved  

D = below average performance and achievement of the Course Requirements 

F = accomplishment of the Course Requirements is not sufficient to receive a passing grade

More specifically students should expect to receive a grade following each project.  Possibly, at the discretion of each critic, grades may or may not be received at the other “milestones” in the semester as well (or for the other individual reasons).  In addition to the following general guidelines, your professor may include supplementary evaluation criteria.

Evaluation / Grading

           A    4.0 superior 

           A-   3.7 excellent 

           B+  3.3 very good 

           B    3.0 good 

           B-   2.7 competent 

           C+  2.3 fair 

           C    2.0 satisfactory 

           C-   1.7 marginal 

           D    1.0 unsatisfactory 

           F     0.0 failure 


Evaluation / Grading 

     I     0.0 Incomplete. 

       Approvals for incompletes require signatures from course instructor, Department Director, Assistant Dean + Dean.  Applicable ONLY in the case of medical or personal emergency in last two weeks of semester for students in good academic standing.

      IF –   0.0 Failure from Incomplete

      W –   0.0 Withdrawal

      UW – 0.0 Unofficial Withdrawal

      See NYIT+ SoAD rules and regulations regarding grades.

For more information about NYIT “grading,” please see link below



Grades will consider the originality and appropriateness of the idea, the project’s completeness, the quality of presentation, and the effort put into the submission. Process throughout the duration of the project will be considered as an intrinsic part of the product, and in such a way that grades will (heavily) reflect process. Both content and presentation are crucial to the evaluation of the design proposals.

Evaluation of contents is based on the general quality, clarity, and development of the design, as well as how the student deals with the specific issues being emphasized by each new project. Evaluation of presentation will consider the quality, precision, and craft of the presentation, as well as the effectiveness and clarity of it – this includes also the verbal presentation of your work. Thus, neither merely completing all the presentation requirements, nor merely having a good idea, will be enough to achieve a good grade. Curiosity and inquiry, ability to respond to criticism, ability to generate and criticize your own ideas, responsibility, and work ethic all play a crucial role in this evaluation. 

You may expect to receive a grade following each project. Possibly, at the discretion of each critic, grades may or may not be received at other “milestones” in the semester as well (or for other individual reasons). In addition to the following generic guideline, your critic may outline other specific criteria and/or expectations regarding grading. A more detailed list of available grades is below: 


There are no required texts. Throughout the semester, I will recommend books, tutorials or other materials that will help with projects or in class assignments.

Recommended texts (including ISBN numbers)

Adobe Photoshop CC Classroom in a book (2022), by Andrew Faulkner, Conrad Chavez

ISBN-10:  0137621108

ISBN-13:  978-0137621101

 Adobe Illustrator CC Classroom in a book (2021), by Brian Wood

ISBN-10:  0137622155

ISBN-13:  978-0137622153

Bibliography / References:

*Design Fundamentals 

*20th Century Avant Garde 

*Color Theory –

The Interaction of Color, 50th Anniversary edition, by Josef Albers

Dimensional Color, Lois Swirnoff 

Elements of Color, Johannes Itten 

*Perception –

Art and Visual Perception, Rudolf Arnheim

Materials and supplies:

**Absolute Full access to Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign Programs, and After Effects (can be part of the creative cloud)

– USB stick/ portable external hard drive 

– Sketchbook

– Basic pencil set

 Wacom tablet/iPad– (to be discussed in class)

*Any class projects for which other materials will be needed will be discussed in class*

Library Resources 

Students are encouraged to use NYIT’s physical and virtual library resources on campus and at Should you have any questions, please “Ask a Librarian” by email, chat, text message, or phone at:  

Additional Resources for Further Learning 

If you would like additional help in the course, please contact your instructor for guidance. You are also encouraged use NYIT’s academic support services: the Learning Center, the Writing Center, the Math Center, and Online Tutoring. For more information and links to the individual centers, see:  


Films / Videos / Websites / internet tutorials

Laptop + Software Requirements: (see NYiT SoAD website)

Assistance: Joseph Vasikoulkas and Mauricio Tacaoman

NYIT Policies:

Students must adhere to all Institution-wide (NYIT) policies listed in the Bulletin under “Community Standards” and which include policies on attendance, academic integrity, plagiarism, computer, and network use.  Students who require special accommodations for disabilities must obtain clearance from the Office of Disability Services at the beginning of the semester. They should contact Mai McDonald, Disability Services Coordinator at the beginning of the semester.

Please refer also to the link below for NYIT Accommodation Policy for Students with Disabilities:

Please refer to the link below for NYIT complete list of Policies & Guidelines:

Please refer to the link below for NYIT Academic Policies:

SoAD Dean’s Attendance & Punctuality Policy:

Punctuality and attendance are indisputable requirements for academic and professional success. Being prepared, arriving on time and full participation in planned and registered classes are base line academic and legal requirements in the contracted agreement between students, NYiT and the SoAD. The commitment to education and professional preparation mirror real world standards, expectations and professionalism. The SoAD attendance policy requires students to attend all scheduled classes and arrive fully prepared and on time (fifteen minutes before classes, not fifteen minutes late).  Any student with two absences will receive a first written warning letter (within 3 days of the absence) from the Chair’s Office Admin who will be informed timely from the faculty member involved. A copy will be submitted by deposited in the Chair’s Office and eventually shared with the Dean if necessary. Upon the third absence the student will be notified by the faculty member and in writing through a second warning letter by the chair’s office, that they are strongly recommended to withdraw from the class avoiding failing which would compromise the GPA for the student. Prompt actions will be taken and coordinated as need among student, faculty and Chair’s office. A copy of the withdrawal letter will be timely shared with the Dean and filed in the student‘s record. This procedure for monitoring absences will commence upon a student’s official registration in the class.

Medical or personal emergency and excused absences require notification of any/all missed classes to the faculty member and coordination in making up for these. An official signed and authorized letter from the doctor or proxy must be submitted to the faculty member upon the students return to class and submitted to the Chair’s Office for archiving in the student file and record, also shared with the Dean’s Office as needed. Attendance is required at the exact hour of registered classes, however a grace period of 15 minutes prior to official roll call and attendance recording could be also offered.  Each 15-minute increment of tardiness is recorded and cumulatively applied and calculated for the duration of the semester. If a student arrives one hour late this constitutes an official absence. Absences are integrated as an important contributor for the final grading rubrics and evaluations.

Attendance: Group participation within the studio is critical. Learning occurs within an environment where students, faculty, teaching assistants and guests all contribute with consistency. Attendance and lateness is recorded, as is the timely submission of assigned work. It is expected that your studio time will not be uninterrupted by medical appointments or employment related issues.

Two unexcused absences may result in a substantial lowering of your grade.

School of Architecture + Design (SoAD) policy recommends your withdrawing from the course once you have accumulated three unexcused absences. Your professor is the final arbiter of whether an absence may be excused.

Arriving to studio more than 15 minutes late, or arriving without required studio materials, will be counted as an unexcused absence. Please take precautions regarding your commute and predictable traffic and public transportation problems.

Withdrawal Policy: 

A student may withdraw from a course without penalty through the end of the 8th week of class during a 14- or 15-week semester and through the 8th meeting during an 8-week course cycle. After this, the student must be doing passing work in order to receive a W grade. Students who are not passing after the 8th week or equivalent will be assigned the grade of WF. Students who did not notified and proceed with the regular Withdrawal process will receive an UW. 

It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor of his/her intention to withdraw from a course in writing. If a student has stopped attending class without completing all assignments and/or examinations, failing grades for the missing work may be factored into the final grade calculation and the instructor for the course may assign the grade of WF. The grade of F is used for students who have completed the course but whose quality of work is below the standard for passing. 

Withdrawal forms are available in departmental offices and through the NYIT website, and once completed must be filed with the registrar. Students should be reminded that a W notation could negatively impact their eligibility for financial aid and/or V.A. benefits, as it may change the student’s enrollment status (full-time, part-time, less than part-time). International students may also jeopardize their visa status if they fail to maintain full-time status (less than 12 credits). 

For withdrawal form, please see the link below


For more information about NYIT “Manage Your Classes,” please see link below 

For more information about  NYIT “Grade & Transcripts,” please see the link below

INC -Incomplete Grade Policy:

Incomplete grades can only be authorized by both the program Chair/Director & the SoAD Assistant Dean or Dean. Incomplete grade requests must be submitted by faculty for approval from the SoAD administrative leadership team within the last 4 weeks of the semester. Faculty are reminded that the “I” is restricted to cases in which the student has satisfactorily completed a substantial part of the coursework and has experienced circumstances that prohibit successful completion of course requirements. No credit will be given until the outstanding course requirements are completed satisfactorily within the given deadline, no longer than a reasonable time before the beginning of the following semester and a passing grade received. 

Faculty will provide students and the department Chair/Director with a list of requirements, schedule of completion and grading expectations. When a final grade is received that final grade will be preceded with an I, e.g., IA or IB+

See more details about Incomplete Grade Policy at:

School of Architecture: Studio Culture Policy:

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) asks that all schools of architecture have a written policy that describes the culture of the design studio and the expectations of students and faculty involved in studio-based education. This policy should be based on the fundamental values of optimism, respect, sharing, engagement, and innovation between and among the members of its faculty, student body, administration and staff. The design studio in the architecture programs is at the core of a student’s educational experience in the SoAD at NYIT. The SoAD design studio at NYIT is shaped by the three guiding principles of creativity, community, and commitment, incorporating all of the fundamental and positive values of a studio-based education.

See more details for Studio Culture Policy at:


The NYIT School of Architecture and Design strives to provide a positive and supportive environment that encourages the fundamental values of optimism, respect, diversity, health-related time management, collaboration, engagement, and innovation among its faculty, students, administration, and staff. The school encourages students and faculty to uphold these values as the guiding principles of professional conduct throughout their educational and professional careers. The foundation of academic work is intellectual integrity, academic freedom, credibility and trust. The basis of this is the School of Architecture and Design Studio Culture Policy. 

Architecture and Design is a field of study that requires tremendous passion and dedication. Professors expect a great deal, the workload can be daunting, and the range of skills and abilities one is expected to acquire is immense. The experience can be extremely rewarding—even life changing—but it can also be stressful.

Studio classes can be particularly demanding, and the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) now mandates that all accredited schools of architecture draft a Studio Culture Policy Statement. To quote directly from its website:

“The school is expected to demonstrate a positive and respectful learning environment through the encouragement of the fundamental values of optimism, respect, sharing, engagement, and innovation between and among the members of its faculty, student body, administration, and staff. The school should encourage students and faculty to appreciate these values as guiding principles of professional conduct throughout their careers.”

Here in the School of Architecture and Design, we honor everything stated above. However, we will place special emphasis on diversity, safety, accountability, and excellence.

Diversity is the cornerstone of the NYIT studio experience. We value reasoned judgment and creative self-expression, as well as differences in ideas and opinions and how crucial these are to foster creativity. Students and faculty are expected to treat one another with respect and dignity. Discrimination or prejudicial behavior on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, beliefs or economic background is absolutely unacceptable.

Personal safety is vital. The stealing or effacement of property that is not one’s own may serve as grounds for dismissal or suspension from NYIT. Studio workloads will never be so great as to prevent students from carrying out their responsibilities to other classes. Students and faculty can expect that studio spaces and facilities, from bathrooms to computer rooms, will be sanitary and reasonably maintained and they can also play a crucial role towards this end acting responsibly and respectfully. Flagrant littering or disrespect of school property will not be tolerated.

Professors will clearly outline their expectations in a syllabus handed out at the beginning of the semester. If asked, they will also offer informal grade evaluations to students during the semester. Students are encouraged to participate in faculty committee discussions and deliberations. The faculty and administration are particularly welcoming of involvement and input from the NYIT chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) and National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS).

NYIT prides itself on the teaching and research skills of its faculty and the intellectual and technical abilities of its students. To this end, students can expect that instructors will be dedicated, responsible, and competent; conversely, professors can expect that students will appear for classes in a timely fashion, complete assignments when they are due, and simply do the best work they can whenever they can. The NYIT School of Architecture and Design Studio Culture Policy is a document that evolves with time. Some values are universal, respect for others’ opinions, for instance, while others will grow and change. Bearing this in mind, we encourage continued input from students and faculty in improving this document.

SoAD Academic Code of Conduct


  • Every student shall comply with the instructions and directions of the faculty, NYiT SoAD staff, or security guards who are acting in the performance of their duties.    
  • No student shall use abusive or disrespectful language or behavior with fellow students, members of the faculty, members of the NYiT and SoAD staff, or security guards.
  • No student shall intentionally or recklessly endanger or threaten the mental or physical health or well-being of any member of the NYiT, SoAD community or any visitor to the campus.
  • Each ‘host’ student is responsible for the actions and behavior of each guest and is subject to disciplinary proceedings in the event of any policy infractions.  Guests are to fully comply with the NYiT Code of Conduct as well as all other NYiT policies and regulations.        
  • Students must carry college identification at all times while on campus and shall produce identification for inspection if so instructed by faculty or college staff members including members of the security staff. 
  • Drinking alcoholic beverages or storing alcoholic beverages on any part of the NYiT campus is prohibited.


The SoAD provides and supports a safe, healthy and respectful learning environment, in which there is a zero-tolerance policy for acts of vandalism to and on school property, or to the work produced by students and faculty. The SoAD promotes a collegial and respectful dialogue among all the members of our community. 

Personal items and furniture that are not property of the school are not permitted on the SoAD campuses. Tampering with or moving school property without prior authorization by the NYiT + SoAD administrative teams, represent a violation of building, fire, health and safety codes. Unauthorized items will be promptly removed by NYiT Security. The student(s) found responsible for these types of violations will be subject to disciplinary actions.

  • No student shall intentionally damage or steal NYiT property or the personal property of fellow students or members of the NYiT Community.
  • No student shall enter any building, office, laboratory, room or any area of the college where he/she is not authorized.
  • Each student shall comply with the posted facility hours and promptly vacate the facility at closing times or when instructed to do so by Security. Conversation or negotiation regarding instructions to vacate the building is not permitted.   
  • Each student shall be personally responsible for maintaining the orderliness and cleanliness of their work station. Model and drawing debris, food related trash, and discarded personal possessions shall be deposited in the building trash receptacles. The studio environment shall be left in a clean and orderly state at the end of each day. All student work shall be cleared from the building at the conclusion of the semester unless it has been selected for retention in the archive or for display in the SoAD Gallery and Exhibitions Spaces.  Materials abandoned by students shall be promptly disposed of.
  • Students are not permitted to sleep overnight in any part of the building. The storage of personal and/or bedding materials in the building is not permitted. The security staff has the expressed permission to confiscate and dispose of bedding materials whenever found in violation of the Code of Conduct.  
  • Student cooking within any facility of NYiT is prohibited.
  • Showering or bathing in the restroom facilities is prohibited.
  • Students shall comply with the restrictions, guidelines, and requirements provided by the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at NYiT, representing the federal, state and municipal regulations governing the use of Education Hall, the EGGC, 16 West 61st Street LL1 studio and classroom facilities.
  • As per NYiT’s policies, smoking in any facility of the NYiT is prohibited. Students shall not litter exterior areas of the building with smoking debris.
  • As per NYiT’s policies, the possession and use of illegal chemical or organic substances and firearms on the NYiT campus are prohibited.
  • Animals are not permitted on the SoAD campuses.

In addition to the Studio Culture Policy, NYIT NYiT offers a diverse range of support mechanisms for its diverse student body and has developed a series of contracts, policies and constitutions to insure that all members of the NYiT community understand these principles; these documents are reassessed and updated on an ongoing basis and are available at

Academic Integrity Policy: A learning community can only be maintained if its members believe that their work is judged fairly and that they will not be put at a disadvantage because of another member’s dishonesty. For these reasons, it is essential that all members of the NYiT community understand our shared standards of academic honesty. More than just a series of regulations, the Academic Integrity Policy serves as a guide for students and faculty for understanding these standards and their importance to NYiT.

See more info and details about NYiT Academic Integrity Policy including relevant issues such as Plagiarism, Cheating, Unauthorized Collaborations, Misrepresentation, etc. at

Student Handbook: The Student Handbook provides information about all aspects of NYiT to assist students. The student handbook was assessed and updated in June 2016.


In consideration of COVID-19 and similar peculiar situations, SoAD courses will follow the regulations and prescriptions as provided at institutional- NYIT, State- NY, and Department of Health level.

For the AY 2022-23, the majority of our courses are scheduled in person as before the pandemic, but All students are asked to be understanding and flexible accordingly to the evolving of any possible situation of risk. Priority of our SoAD is to guarantee a safe and healthy environment for All, and offer the best educational experience possible to everyone in consideration of the environmental conditions that we all living in.

In any event, all SoAD students are asked to have accessible at home all the necessary and qualified technology and tools to attend the few classes still scheduled In HRI (Hybrid Remote Instruction) due to reasons not COVID-19 related. 

This includes:

  • personal laptop
  • required software to fulfill course assignments during the semester
  • required digital platforms (Zoom, Canvas, Miro’, etc, as per faculty suggestion) to participate to all classes and meetings remotely
  • working camera and microphone to actively participate and perform within the class  
  • camera and digital sketch board if required 
  • material for study models (paper, museum board, chipboard, etc., scissors, tape, glue, etc.)

It is responsibility of each student to follow the faculty requests to upload material and assignments, sign for attendances and so on in the required platforms (Canvas) and to proactively participate to the class following the same criteria of the in-person classes in terms of absences. This will be also considered as part of the evaluation process. 

Please follow instructions and procedures regarding Campus Access, Academics, Health-Safety & Wellbeing, Vaccination Policy, Cleaning and Disinfection, Feeling Sick or Exposed to COVID-19 as specified at the link below about “New York Tech Returns 2022.”



In-Person and Hybrid Remote Instruction course modalities will be operative.

All in class, midterm and final presentations will be conducted as specified from class coordinators and following the instructions shared by faculty through the class syllabus.

Below is the link to our NYiT Library Service

Below is the link to the DA&D Laptop Policy,in%20the%20evolving%20technology%2C%20art%2C%20and%20design%20professions.

Below is the link to SoAD laptop/ shop laptops

Fab Labs will be fully operational as listed on the NYiT SoAD website.


You will receive details with the HIVE’s schedule.

Opening hours to access to our NYiT, SoAD Facilities for in-person courses will be as indicated in the NYiT website

Unless differently specified, studio course requirements will prioritize digital production and limit Fab Lab and Plot shop requirements to midterm and final presentations


  1. Video must be activated for the duration of the class. Screen off = Not present/absent.
  2. Position camera properly – laptop and student should be located in an isolated private quiet space:
    1. Sit to allow head to waist to fit on screen
    2. Do not block the light source
    3. Make sure there is no strong light behind you
    4. Sit in front of, facing, the light source, or sit next to the light source
  3. Close or minimize all other running applications (apps)
  4. Live-stream from a tidy space or use a fake background
  5. Remove distractions 
    1. No eating (there will be 2 short breaks)
    2. No pets
    3. No non NYiT student or person should be present 
  6. Ask questions in the Group Chat during lectures
  7. Unmute microphone for all discussions other than during the lecture
  8. Mute microphone when you are not talking
  9. Dress Code – (Dress as you would inside the physical campus + classroom – no pajamas, etc.


We all share responsibility for the health and safety of all in a classroom environment. Please refer to info and roles indicated at the link below:

  1. Each student is responsible to leave his/her desk empty and clean after using it during class time or for any additional work needed. Desks are going to be shared among classes and students from different academic years, and any object or material left on table would be trashed if room if this space is needed to allow the following class to take place appropriately
  2. Please use any available space on shelves located in proximity of your section within the studio space to store your material or work, and be wise in bringing away with you any valuable or important item. Storage space is at a minimum so students and faculty are reminded that only required in studio tools, materials and midterm models can be stored on shelves. Other items must be put in lockers or taken home. Over 260 students and faculty will be sharing the space. We work together as a community to sustain the optimal studio culture etiquettes, respect and considerations of each other’s space, work, and personal well-being.

-> download a copy of the syllabus in PDF form here <-