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DMA Parent and Student Coronovirus FAQ

Should I not take studio courses?

Every class will be impacted by this. We are seeing it as a creative challenge. It will limit some of the things we are able to do, such as using physical tools and materials and having discussions together in space, but it will also open up opportunities to explore digital media. We have cancelled the courses we felt couldn’t make the transition online, and the remaining courses we are committed to adapting to work online.

Should I take the quarter off?

We encourage students to connect with their Spring instructors if there are questions about how remote learning will be conducted. Students need to enroll in a minimum of 12 units in order to maintain academic progress. This is especially the case for international students and students receiving financial aid or scholarships. If you plan to drop a DMA studio, we recommend you replace the course with another course (university, general education, or School requirement) to maintain the 12-unit minimum.
Students need to declare nonattendance if they are not planning to attend UCLA for a term and have not paid registration fees for that term. Students can declare nonattendance on MyUCLA (Academic > Academic Profile). After absence for more than one term (i.e. Spring 2020 and Fall 2020), undergraduate students must apply for readmission.

I am enrolled in Form, should I cancel?

We have made the decision to cancel DESMA 22 Form for Spring Quarter because we don’t believe this will succeed as a remote-learning course. The instructor, Paul Esposito, will be offering a special topics course (DESMA 160) entitled “Survival Tools in Weird Times”. If you need another DMA course, we encourage you to consider this option, and we will be able to waive the prerequisite requirements to allow first- and second-year students to register for this course. Please contact Helen Tran at helen.tran@arts.ucla.edu for more information or with questions. In addition, we plan to offer TWO sections of DESMA 22 Form during Fall Quarter of 2020, to make up for the canceled section during Spring Quarter.

I heard some rumors that some of the dma classes would be in-person since it is usually a small amount of people.

We will be adhering to UCLA guidelines that all instruction happens remotely. Grad classes, smaller group classes, and one-on-one instruction will all be held remotely.

Where do I get answers to questions about travel and visa status?

Please consult with the Dashew Center for questions pertaining to visas or travel restrictions.

Remote Learning Tips for Students from Dr Kate Symons

1. Be patient: Your lecturers have been asked to make their teaching available to you online at the last minute. The best online learning takes time to develop. Please be patient with them if things don't go right for you the first time.

2. Embrace online: Online learning will become more and more common in the future, so this is a great chance for you to develop some skills to help you succeed.

3. Develop your communication skills: You will communicate in different ways on various online formats (email, discussion boards, social media, online seminars). Be professional and appropriate, but don't be afraid to project your personality and show that you are a real person.

4. What if I have a technical issue? Develop your initiative and resilience. Don’t give up if you hit a technical issue. For example, if your reading link is broken, search for the item online, or ask a peer or TA.

5. Stick to a routine: There are many time management techniques, so find one which works for you. There will likely be daily and weekly tasks for you to do plus longer term targets like deadlines. Plan a daily, weekly and monthly schedule to manage these different timescales.

6. Get connected: Be proactive with communicating with your course mates. Set up course Whatsapp/Telegram/Signal/etc groups for offline chatting and engagement. Form small virtual study or reading groups and work through online materials together.

7. Find somewhere quiet to work. Yes you can work from bed but this might not be the most comfortable! Make sure you have somewhere peaceful to work, try and use a workspace like a desk or table, and cut down on external and online distractions.

8. Use the right channels to solve your problems: This will be signposted for you in your course, so contacting the correct person will help you get your problem solved more quickly.

9. Embrace discussion boards: If your course has them, these are a great way to discuss with your peers and work through learning as a group. Ask questions, comment on your course mates' answers, and enter into dialogue.

10: Online learning communities can be as rich, supportive and exciting as on campus learning. I hope you can adapt to this experience and benefit from it.

BE KIND TO YOURSELF, this is hard, we will get through it.