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  • Office of Faculty Development

    Sam Holtzman, Ph.D. | Director of Faculty Development, Teaching & Learning

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    A place to begin for faculty with questions about teaching and learning at ArtCenter is the Office of Faculty Development, a position created in 2013 at ArtCenter to support professional teaching development. Please contact Sam Holtzman, the Director of Faculty Development, Teaching & Learning for help with syllabus and curriculum development, methods and manner of assessment, rubrics and tools for teaching, facilitation techniques, ELL support, and for other questions about pedagogy and best-practices. The Office of Faculty Development conducts the Orientation for New Faculty, a series of in-term workshops, leads the Faculty Assessment Liaison Cohort, and offers all faculty 1:1 classroom consultation and coaching sessions.

    The sections below have information and resources about the following topics:

    • Coaching and Classroom Observations
    • New Faculty Orientation (Undergraduate and Graduate)
    • ArtCenter at Night and ACT New Faculty Orientation
    • Checklist for Day One
    • ArtCenter Syllabus and Weekly Plan Template 
    • Developing Rubrics
    • FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
    • Liaison Librarian Program
    • Faculty Performance Review
    • Supporting English Language Learners
    • Diversity and Inclusion
    • Students Receiving Accommodations
    • CARE at ArtCenter (Communicate Assess Refer Evaluate)
    • Course Evaluations
    • Academic and Creative Integrity
    • Faculty Professional Development
    • Grants for Faculty Members (TAA, FPG, HMTC)
    • Field Trip Waiver and Release Form
    • Week 1, 3, 7 Reminders
    • Re-Tooling Your Classroom for the 21st Century

    • Coaching and Classroom Observations

      1:1 coaching is conducted by the Director of Faculty Development through a process of observation and debrief. Scheduled by appointment, coaching is optional and confidential - observation notes and conversations around the Coaching process are not reported or shared with departmental or college administration or included in faculty performance review, unless by faculty member request. Coaching is conducted on your terms - you can ask for a general observation, or for certain aspects of teaching to be observed (critique, facilitating discussions, etc). Coaching can also take place at any point in the Teaching Cycle (Planning, Instruction, Assessment, Reflection) and cover a range of events. Please see the menu below and click on the link to view a PDF of additional coaching and workshop topics.

    • ArtCenter New Faculty Orientation

      Welcome to teaching at ArtCenter!

      Orientation for new faculty members begins with a Letter of Welcome from us in the office of the Provost and the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning (CITL) outlining important information for the first few weeks, orientation events, tasks to complete prior to the first day of teaching, and some information about types of support available for new faculty members. This orientation is for ArtCenter Undergraduate and Graduate degree program (in-person and online) and ArtCenter Extension faculty members. Start here for the ArtCenter New Faculty Orientation process and for information and resources for each area.

      If you need any help or have any questions along the way, reach out to me via ArtCenter Email at any point.



    • New Faculty Technology Orientation

      The Digital Teaching & Learning (DTL) department is available as a resource for faculty at ArtCenter. Please visit the DTL Website for information about ArtCenter Canvas, ArtCenter's Learning Management System and how to use Zoom for online teaching. Every course that is offered at ArtCenter has an online section in the Canvas system. These Web Enabled courses can be utilized as a course repository to store files for your students, a completely online version of your course (complete with assignments and quizzes), and anything in between.

      At the start of every term the DTL Team collaborates with the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning for a New Faculty Technology Orientation. All new faculty members are invited to attend to learn about how we can support online and remote teaching and learning. The recording of the Fall 2022 New Faculty Technology Orientation is available here:

      You can also download the Fall 2022 Technology Orientation Agenda below, with links to overviews and contact information for ArtCenter Canvas, Zoom, YuJa, Studio in a Box, and Faculty Development for Learning & Instructional Design. Also provided is the Canvas SetUp Guide - with instructions to help you upload your syllabus, embed your Zoom link, and make the course visible for your students before the first day.

      The DTL Team has resources and are available to help with the following areas:

      Online Course Set up (ArtCenter Canvas) and Instructional Design
      YuJa for video management
      Teaching with Zoom and Canvas integration
      Recording tutorials and screencasts for use at ArtCenter and/or at home using Studio in a Box

      Please visit the DTL site ( or contact them at for more information about how they can help.

    • Syllabus and Weekly Plan - Templates

      The syllabus is a teaching and learning agreement between the instructor, the students, and the department. A syllabus has a course description and CLOs (provided by the department), a tentative schedule for the term, projects and grade percentages (generated by the instructor), a detailed weekly plan, required materials, and a list of pertinent institutional policies.

      The appropriate version of the ArtCenter syllabus template is required for all courses in degree programs and is an important component of assessment and accreditation. All faculty members must complete a syllabus in courses for which they are lead instructor and the syllabus must be posted to ArtCenter Canvas before Week 1 of the term.

      Below, please find the ArtCenter Syllabus and Weekly Plan Template for undergraduate courses, the ArtCenter Graduate Syllabus and Weekly Plan Template, the ArtCenter MDes Syllabus and Weekly Plan Template and the ACX Syllabus and Weekly Plan Template, plus samples of each. Please note the differences in templates and make sure you are working with the appropriate one for your program level and degree type. Samples are also included for reference as well as an ArtCenter Syllabus Template checklist to guide completion. The college's syllabus template must be used and should be completed or updated before the beginning of each term, submitted electronically to the Department (emailed to the Coordinator) and uploaded online via Canvas for the students. We have developed our Syllabus format to include Program or Course Learning Outcomes and alignment with major projects or assignments, as well as a weekly plan of activity within the course. This helps create a cohesive curricular picture for each student, across all departments. Syllabi files should be named to include: Department code, course code, instructor last name, and year+term of instruction. For example: ILL_261_Tillinghast_20Su.

      A few reminders to consider when completing your syllabus:

      • Please make sure that the Course Description for your class matches the one that is posted on
      • You should have Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) from your department. If you are writing or updating them yourself, please review the CLO_FAQ for suggestions, examples, and appropriate language.
      •  It is important for students to know how they will be graded. Please make sure the grading box is completed and indicates clearly what percentage of the final grade each project or assignment carries. Completing a rubric for major projects is a good way to make sure the criteria are clear as well. A Sample Rubric from a presentations class is provided for you to use as a guide.
      • Don't forget to complete the Alignment Chart. This is the section where you indicate which project evidences primary achievement of CLOs.
      • Provide details in your Weekly Plan to help students with time and project management, and in case they have to miss a class.
      • Make sure you provide estimated costs for required materials for your course in the appropriate section. This is essential to help students with fiscal and financial planning.

      If you have any questions while you are working on your syllabus, please don't hesitate to reach out to the Office of Faculty Development ( or your department Director or Coordinator.

      Note: The sample syllabi provided is on an earlier version of the College's official syllabus template for undergraduate degree courses / programs. Not all the fields will match the most recent version of the template that is available on this page

    • Checklist for Day One

      Please use the Checklist for Day One to help you plan and be ready for the start of the term by attending to three different tasks/areas: syllabus and curriculum, access to, and classroom and material preparation.

      The first section, Preparing for the Classroom / Studio, asks you to complete your syllabus before the start of the term and upload it to ArtCenter Canvas and make your course site visible to the students before Week 1 of the term. Resources and contact information to help with these areas are provided. As you prepare your teaching materials you may want to check in with your Liaison Librarian. Liaison Librarians are familiar with the specific genre and content areas, and our collections, and are designated to work with certain departments. Please reach out to the library for help preparing your curriculum, identifying materials, and utilizing the course reserve system.

      The next section and set of tasks revolves around access to and use of Access to Inside is needed in order to review course information, see a roster of your students with pictures, utilize the email class function, and take weekly attendance (a required function for faculty members). The next two sections of the checklist refer to classroom supplies and classroom technology. Copies can be made using a departmental copy code (budget code) at several machines across campus and in the faculty lounge(s). This code can also be used in the print shops and the campus store for classroom and instructional materials. Please contact your department/coordinator for budget codes, limitations and restrictions to purchases and amounts, and approval. Whenever possible, please visit your classroom prior to the first day of teaching to familiarize yourself with the set-up and arrangement, and confirm computer connectivity and color. See the checklist for contact information if you have problems or questions with any of the areas listed above.

    • Remote Teaching & Learning Support

      Resources are available across several departments for a wide variety of remote teaching and learning support. The ArtCenter Online team combines elements from the Center for Teaching & Learning, the Heavin Studio, and Digital Teaching & Learning. The attached Remote Teaching Guide is a collaboration between these offices to help faculty plan for online and remote instruction using college tools and resources. Please use the guide as you plan for remote instruction and delivery using Zoom and DotED, and to help you create instructional material, think about how to do demos and show different angles from dual cameras, run critique, and see multiple perspectives from the student view.

      For additional and on-going support in any of the areas covered by the guide, please find the specific contact information below: 

    • Developing Rubrics

      A Rubric is a good teaching tool to use to measure the effectiveness of a piece or work in reaching pre-established criteria (derived from the Course Learning Outcomes). Most importantly, rubrics present a broad opportunity for increased communication between faculty and students about expectations, criteria, and parameters for projects and performance. Specifically, a Rubric is a list of what a student can expect to learn throughout the course and how it will be determined if they have demonstrated that learning. It is a list of goals as well as an assessment vehicle that is also used to deliver feedback. A good pedagogical practice is to give the rubric to the students when you hand out the assignment description or project brief. This is most effective when the criteria for the rubric are derived from the project brief, which was generated in response to the course learning outcomes (CLOs).

      Each faculty member can design their own Rubric to answer the needs of their course and assignment(s). An ArtCenter Rubric Template is provided below along with several samples so show how they can be designed to meet different needs. The one requirement would be that the Rubric agrees with the grading information offered on the Syllabus and aligns to the college grading structure. The samples below show two different formats for rubrics, one that focuses on expectations tied to degrees of quality and the other allowing for greater subjectivity by defining the criteria clearly and using the rating scale to reflect achievement. Please download the handbook (Tools for Teaching: Rubrics) for further explanation.

    • Liaison Librarian Program

      The Liaison Librarian Program is designed to deliver various library services specifically tailored for your course and department. As a faculty member at Art Center, you will have access to subject specialists in the Library who can help you with your research, course work, learning objectives and professional development goals. You can send your students to see your liaison librarian for project or research support, and you can arrange to have a liaison visit your class to help students learn about information literacy and offer them resources. For general information, visit the main Library Site. For specific information about library services for faculty members, please visit the Faculty Services page and contact one of the friendly Liaison Librarians to get started!

      • American Academy in Rome - 2023 Faculty Fellowship

        We are pleased to announce the David and Mary Martin funded: American Academy in Rome, 2023 Faculty Fellowship. All interested and eligible ArtCenter Faculty Members are encouraged to apply to this opportunity to examine an ancient city through a modern lens, considering themes from any perspective that relate specifically to, or address the intersection of transportation, or urban planning, or architecture. Proposals for research, background work to build future curriculum, or projects that can directly inform student learning, for example, are welcome. Completed applications are due by 5:00pm PST on Friday of Week 1, 5/19/23.

        This fellowship invites faculty members to spend 8 weeks in Rome in the Fall of 2023. The American Academy in Rome, as a partner and host in this project will arrange for and provide accommodations, meals, and studio space for the recipient for 8 consecutive weeks and assist in facilitating local connections and contacts for travel and research as possible. 

        The fellowship will include travel to and from Rome, a daily stipend for travel and budgeted expenses during the 8 weeks and coverage for supplemental health care and travel insurance. This fellowship is intended for an individual faculty member, not for a team proposal or projects directly involving students.

        Please submit your application to by 5:00pm PST, Friday of Week 1, Summer Term, 5/19/23. Finalist candidates will be identified in Week 2 for a brief interview and recipient will be notified as early as possible in the term so that travel plans and arrangements can be made with sufficient time. Please see the American Academy in Rome: 2023 Guidelines, Process and FAQ for timeline and process for submission, expectations for a successful application, and criteria for eligibility, and make sure to review the Selection Committee Rubric in the Application. When you are ready, please apply using the American Academy in Rome: 2023 Faculty Fellowship Application form and follow the instructions for submission.

      • Faculty Professional Development Fund

        The Faculty Professional Development fund increases the opportunity at ArtCenter for Faculty members to engage with peers through national or international professional settings – specifically presenting at conferences or professional organization meetings by invitation, in a not-for-profit situation. The Office of Faculty Development, underwritten by the Office of the Provost, will allocate funding. Please read the Faculty Professional Development Fund FAQ for protocols and procedures, established to make sure the application process is available to all, transparent, and equitable and take a look at the Faculty Professional Development Fund Process Map for the visual guide to the whole process. If your presentation is eligible and you wish to apply for FPD funding, please complete the Faculty Professional Development Fund Application and return to the Office of Faculty Development.

        Guidelines and FAQ:

        • Faculty members should apply (or be invited) to present at a conference or to organize and speak on a panel and then initiate the funding request with OFD (acceptance/invitation letter to be presented at this time).
        • Differentiated from the TDG* offered by the Faculty Council, this budget would provide funds specifically for faculty members to present by invitation/acceptance at professional conferences, etc.
        • Completed FPD Application and Education Department Travel Request form must be received in advance of travel. Faculty Development workshops and coaching will be offered in conjunction to help with conference application process.
        • Funds may be used for conference registration fees, membership fees if applicable, conference hotel, and travel to/from (including plane tickets and ground travel to/from conference, excluding rental cars or per diem), not to exceed $1,500 (national) or $2,500 (international). Blanket funding will not be directly allocated to the faculty member.  A budget must be provided in the completed application.
        • If conference dates fall during teaching days, Faculty members must have approval from their department and must make all arrangements to cover any missed teaching days.
        • Faculty members can make use of the FPD fund once per calendar year, determined from date of presentation.
        • Preference will be given to faculty members who are applying for the first time.
        • Faculty members must be active faculty at the time of presentation, and have been with the college for a minimum of two consecutive terms at the time of application.
        • There is no responsibility to report or pay taxes on FPD awards (this is not considered earnings)
        • This opportunity is available to ACX Faculty members.
        • Faculty members benefiting from this fund will be asked to work with the Offices of Faculty Development and Marketing and Communications to share their work with the community.
        • Faculty members receiving this funding will be asked to archive their presentations with the college.

        * ACFC TDG: ACFC Teaching Development Grants are your opportunity to receive up to $1000 to support a range of activities that enhance your knowledge as an educator and directly benefit your students in classroom and studio. A total of $3000 is available to be disbursed this term to successful applicants for research, conferences, workshops, exhibitions and related travel expenses that are not covered by departmental classroom support

      • Bluescape at ArtCenter

        We are currently offering an exploratory for faculty with Bluescape, a visual collaboration, whiteboarding and presentation tool to complement live, hybrid, and remote learning in the college.  Bluescape is a virtual studio that augments faculty and student collaboration and presentations. 

        See how Assistant Professor Nathan Rohlander uses Bluescape in a classroom to make the most of course content and projects. 

        Faculty and Students can instantly obtain a Bluescape license by self-registering at: 

        Once you have activated your Bluescape membership from the system-generated email, you can access the training and how-to’s from Getting Started on Bluescape - ArtCenter College of Design

        The Bluescape Community has a searchable knowledge base available 24x7 and monthly product feature updates are posted at:

        Some tips for how set up your course while increasing the participation/student feedback loop: 

        Create your own template or use one of over 200 templates available from the Bluescape library, to prescribe a conversational flow for your content. 

        - Set up course materials in advance, then use the hide/reveal canvas feature to suppress the content until you are ready to share those topics in the future. 

        - Use reactions to facilitate engagement with materials shown in class. 

        - Share feedback & direction on specific parts of an object, image and video frames as a means to retain a history for the interaction.  Recipients can also reply to comments to acknowledge or ask clarifying questions from there.  These methods offer more contextual ways to give/solicit feedback, while gaining additional flexibility beyond traditional office hours held during a fixed date/time. 

        These features can help Instructors and Students by showing the progression & development of student submissions taking place in a term.

        Additional capabilities:

        • Adobe Creative Cloud Plug-in Demo | Community article for: Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, & Photoshop

        • Workspace optimized for Wacom Demo | Community article

        • iPad App helps Creative Teams on the Go Demo | Community article

        To see how Artcenter faculty began using Bluescape - please check out the Faculty Showcase videos from Fall 2020:

        End of Fall 2020 Term: Bluescape Faculty Showcase with Ming Tai and Elaine Alderette

        Fall 2020 Term Prep: Bluescape Faculty Showcase with Ming Tai

        If you require support or want to provide product feedback while you are working with the Bluescape platform, please reach out to Lilian Perez, for assistance.  If you have any questions about ways to use the platform for (remote) teaching & learning, please contact

        • Course Evaluations

          ArtCenter uses the online evaluation system CES (formerly EvaluationKIT) for course evaluations each term. The course evaluations open on Saturday of Week 13 and are available for students to complete until Tuesday of Break Week 1. Results are available for faculty members beginning on Monday of Break Week 2 and can be retrieved from the CES site online.

          In order to use CES you must be a current faculty member with an ArtCenter username and password. For questions regarding your account please contact the Help Desk:

          Information on the system and process for evaluating courses are available on the Course Evals page on Inside. Please note that there are specific course types that are excluded from evaluation. Faculty members who would like access to reports from the old system should send a request to their home departments. For technical problems with CES or assistance with course evaluation results/reports please send a request to

          • Faculty Performance Review

            Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, ArtCenter implemented a three-year cycle of performance review for Full and Part-time Faculty members. Faculty members will be notified by Chair when they are up for review or can contact the office of the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs to find out their cohort.

            Part-time Faculty Performance Review

            Overall evaluation of part-time faculty members focuses on two areas: 1) teaching experience and effectiveness; and 2) professional accomplishments. Engagement in work related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is also of tantamount importance to the college and can be met through a variety of ways. A resource for questions about DEI at the college is the office of the Chief Diversity Officer and the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Service to the department or college is not required but should be acknowledged as part of professional accomplishments. There is no institutionally prescribed weighting of these areas; each Department develops its own specific weighting based on departmental priorities.

            All part-time ArtCenter faculty members are included in one of three annual cohorts for performance review on a continual 3-year cycle. Cohort assignment is based on initial hire date. An individual's specific cohort may change if, for example, a faculty member is not teaching at the time that the department conducts the performance reviews, or is transitioning to another assignment. Faculty members should contact their departments to confirm the timing of their performance review.

            Full-time Faculty Performance Review

            The three areas for evaluation are: teaching effectiveness; professional experience and contribution to one's field plus length of teaching at both Art Center and other institutions; engagement with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and non-teaching service to the college, in the form of committee work or student advising as outlined in the Full-time contracts. These areas are to be considered more or less equally.

            Review Materials and Forms

            See attachments below for essential elements of the comprehensive review process for Full-time (FT) and Part-time (PT) faculty members, a description of the steps in the review process, the self-study form, and the performance review form that will be completed by the Department Chair.

            The Full Time Faculty Pay Grid and Part-Time Faculty Pay Grid are both available for reference when completing your performance review materials.

            Review materials are to be collected by the faculty member (ex. syllabi for all courses taught during the time under review, student evaluations, self-study form, CV or resume, etc.) and submitted to the Department Chair prior to the review meeting. For help preparing materials please contact Sam Holtzman. For questions about this process or to discuss your review results, please contact the Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Ted Young.

          • CARE at ArtCenter

            Communicate  Assess  Refer  Educate

            ArtCenter is launching CARE: Communicate. Assess. Refer. Educate. CARE is a campus-wide initiative that provides outreach to students who are demonstrating signs of behavioral, emotional, and/or academic distress. By submitting a CARE referral you will be helping to connect students of concern to campus services, advisement, and off-campus resources, as needed.

            The CARE team, which receives and assesses referrals, consists of individuals from varied academic and co-curricular departments. The team will determine a plan to best address student and community need and continue to provide resources regarding students in distress. Please note that the CARE Team does not respond to emergencies on campus; campus security should be notified in the case of a medical or safety emergency.

            Faculty members are often the first to identify a student showing signs of distress, whether it be of an academic or of a personal nature. We encourage you to share that information through a CARE referral and (when appropriate) inform the student that you have made a referral on their behalf. Once the referral is submitted, Information that is essential to the faculty member, such as a student returning to a class or continued support needed, will be shared. Please know that the CARE Team may be limited in what they can share due to information that is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

            You will soon be seeing WE CARE stickers go up in each classroom with the link to the CARE webpage that will include resources, useful contact information, and the direct link to submit referral about a student of concern. Further information on the CARE Team and guidance on when and how to make a referral is on the CARE webpage:


            Should you have questions about the CARE Team, process or other resources please contact us at

            • Students Receiving Accommodations

              A person with a disability is any person who has a physical or mental impairment, which substantially limits one or more major life activities. The student requesting accommodations from the college must provide professional verification documentation certified by a licensed physician, psychologist, or other professional health care provider qualified in the diagnosis of the disability. We advise students to request accommodations as soon as possible after being admitted to ArtCenter or after being diagnosis with a disability. A student who is granted an official accommodation from the college will be issued an accommodation letter. Each term the student will have to decide which faculty members will be notified via email from the Center for the Student Experience. Once a faculty member receives an accommodation email for a student with a disability, they are encouraged to speak with the student directly about the accommodations and how they will best work in the context of the course.

              All faculty members working with students who are receiving accommodations should watch the recording of the CITL Roundtable: Accommodations, where we discuss the accommodations process and faculty share how they engage with students receiving accommodations:

              Faculty members with any questions about how to engage with their students, or ways to best meet the accommodation(s) can consult with the Director of Faculty Development, Teaching & Learning ( For questions about the accommodations process, please contact

            • Academic and Creative Integrity

              Academic and creative integrity is essential to personal and educational growth of students, which all members of the ArtCenter community are expected to uphold. This value maintains the standards of excellence of the College and creates a meaningful learning environment. Academic misconduct is a violation of the Policy that creates an unfair or unearned academic advantage to a student. This Policy is intended to assist students in understanding the academic and creative expectations of the ArtCenter community and what would constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.

              For more information about the Academic and Creative Integrity policy, including protocols, procedures, and the full policy, please see the section on Academic and Creative Integrity on the Center for the Student Experience inside page.

              Once you have reviewed the policy and determined that a violation of the Academic and Creative Integrity policy has occured, please use this link to submit a report:

              Any questions about policy, adjudication protocols, or reporting procedures, should be addressed to Kendra Stanifer (, Assistant Dean of Students/Director of the CSE.

              • Reminders & Resources for Students

                The first stop for resources for students at ArtCenter is the Center for the Student Experience (CSE). The CSE is where students can go to arrange counseling, get help with classroom accommodations, sign up for clubs and activities, get health insurance, pick up items from the food pantry or get meal cards, and get any help necessary from the international student advisors. The CSE also adjudicates student misconduct and academic integrity concerns. To help any students become a part of our community or navigate their way through ArtCenter, you can always refer them to the CSE. Please see the CSE Roles and Responsibilities attachment below for the full list of positions, staff members, areas of coverage, and contact information.

                If students are having academic concerns or have questions about their pathway towards graduation, please refer them to the Academic Advising office.

                The handout, Helping Students in Distress (below) is also a quick reference guide to help identify students in certain types of need so you can connect them with the appropriate resources.

                For additional information about the Writing Center, Time Management and Creativity Coaching, and in-term academic and studio resources, please see the PDFs below for the full text of Allfaculty emails, sent at Weeks 1, 3, and 7 of every term. The emails contain reminders about tasks to attend to at these points in the term, as well as resources for yourself as a faculty member and ones to be aware of for students in need.

                • Week 1: Syllabus, Attendance, Checklist for Day One, DotEd, Liaison Librarians, Accommodations
                • Week 3: Attendance, Faculty Development, Digital Teaching & Learning, Library Services, CARE, Academic Advising, Counseling, Writing Center, Creativity & Time Management
                • Week 7: Academic Advising, The Writing Center, Creativity Coach & Time Management, CARE, Counseling Services

                If there is ever an emergency, the first point of contact is Campus Security. Please call 2211 from a campus phone to contact security directly or go to the front desk in any of the main buildings on campus.

              • FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

                The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a United States federal law that was enacted in 1974 (originally known as the Buckley Amendment) and has been updated many times since then. This law defines the controls and limits that govern working with student education records. 

                ArtCenter students have three primary rights under FERPA:

                • The right to have some control over the disclosure of information contained in one’s own education records;

                • The right to inspect and review one’s own education records (within 45 days of ArtCenter receiving a request for such access);

                • The right to seek an amendment to one’s own education records if they are inaccurate or misleading.

                The purpose of FERPA is to protect students’ rights to privacy, not to impede their education or endanger their well-being. For more information about FERPA at ArtCenter please review the attached document, FERPA_Student Privacy Rights. Institutional compliance with FERPA is coordinated by Enrollment Services. Any questions, comments, or concerns about FERPA should be directed to Enrollment Services at x2314.

              • Field Trip Waiver and Release Form

                Please use this Field Trip Waiver and Release Form and Field Trip - Off-Campus Proposal Form when arranging for an off campus trip with students that will take place during class time or is for instructional purposes.

                Field Trips
                Occasionally, instructors may find opportunities to enhance the classroom learning of their students by arranging field trips. Instructors who are considering field trips for their classes should consult with their Department Chairs/Coordinators for the policy and instructions. Department Chairs should approve final arrangements prior to the event, and all participating students must sign the Art Center College of Design Waiver and Release from Liability form. Faculty members should submit the signed waivers and the Field Trip/Off-Campus Activity Proposal form to the Office of the Provost.

                Guidelines for College-Sponsored Off-Campus Activities
                Whenever faculty members lead students in College-sponsored activities outside of Art Center properties, they must follow specific guidelines to ensure the safety of all participants and protection against both personal and institutional liability.  Faculty members should obtain written authorization from their Department Chairs and/or other responsible administrator prior to confirming arrangements for any off-campus activity. The roles and responsibilities of Art Center employees remain in effect in any official off-campus function, and faculty members should abide by all Art Center regulations.  All students must sign waivers when participating in field trips and other off-campus activities.

                In the event of legal action, Art Center College of Design employees and faculty members are covered under our General Liability policy (at the option of Art Center) while acting within the scope of the duties or obligations for Art Center, subject to the College’s policies terms and conditions.

              • Grants for Faculty Members

                There are 3 internal grants that are offered annually to faculty members at ArtCenter; 2 are sponsored by the ArtCenter Faculty Council and 1 by the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography. ArtCenter faculty members are also eligible to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Scholar program (see below for more information). For specific information about each grant, including timeline, please use the links provided. For some general resources about applying for grants, please visit the ArtCenter Faculty Council Inside page.

                Internal Grants:

                ArtCenter Faculty Council


                Faculty Project Grant: ACFC's Faculty Project Grants are your opportunity to receive up to $5,000 to support your professional and personal enrichment. A total of up to $40,000 in grant money is awarded each year for projects related to creative and scholarly development. All ArtCenter faculty are eligible to apply.

                Teaching Advancement Award: Faculty Council awards $3,000 in Teaching Advancement Awards each term. Individual awards are limited to $1,000. These awards support activities that enrich faculty teaching and student experience in the classroom.

                Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography


                Educator Grant: The Educator Grants awarded by the HMCT strengthen and enhance the quality of teaching by ArtCenter faculty members. HMCT grants support research, workshops, seminars and other activities that investigate opportunities and ideas in the area of typography and language, while reinforcing the mission and goals of the HMCT. The HMCT awards up to $20,000 annually in grants in amounts up to $5,000. The deadline for Spring 2016 is February 10th.

                National & International Grants:

                Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program


                The Core U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800+ U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year. The Catalog of Awards for the 2017-18 academic year will be available beginning February 1, 2016. To register interest in the program, join the My Fulbright online community for updates and access to helpful resources for applicants:

                Regional & Local Individual Grants:

                Creative Capacity Fund, Quick Grant Program - Individual artists working in L.A. County are eligible to apply for one-time Quick Grants of up to $500 for professional development activities. These are offered monthly and are due on the 15th of each month: