CCA Return to Campus Plan for Fall 2020
Last updated: July 13, 2020
The West Virginia University College of Creative Arts is working to transform the arts experience for Fall 2020. We are working with national arts organizations, following new studies about COVID-19 in educational settings, and collaborating with industry experts about how to best move forward for courses that typically require close hands-on instruction.
Our Schools are creating plans that rely on physical distancing, wearing of masks (when possible) and personal responsibility to enable necessary in-person courses and rehearsals at the Canady Creative Arts Center. Faculty and current students are testing ways to deliver some courses online or in a hybrid-online format to further limit exposure.
At this time, use of campus buildings requires adherence to special policies and regulations developed to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.
All approved activities take into consideration the potential exposure to other individuals, the areas of the building and equipment that will be accessed, and the timing of other potential traffic in and around the facilities.
The university’s general classroom safety guidelines will apply to the following arts courses:
- Applied Music classes
- Acting classes
- Dance classes
- Visual Art classes
As always, the safety of our community and quality of our educational experience are paramount in making informed decisions. We hope to have further details for our plan developed in the coming weeks.
Specifics for the School of Music
The School of Music reopening plan is flexible — it includes online teaching and hybrid classes, but it is mostly comprised of in-person teaching. In addition to the safeguards that the University has in place, the School of Music needs certain specific safety measures of our own.
Production Updates for Theatre & Dance
Producing theatre and dance events is the center of what we do as artists. So much so, that every degree program in the School requires numerous credits for the active participation in the creation of dance and theatre performances.
Virtual Q&A sessions are being held with Dean Keith Jackson each month to address questions about arts instruction and life at the Canady Creative Arts Center during Fall 2020. Invitations to the Zoom sessions are sent to incoming students prior to each event. To request access to these sessions, please contact James Froemel, Recruitment Specialist, at James.Froemel@mail.wvu.edu.