The M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) is a studio-based cohort program that accommodates many different students. Apart from specific studio courses tailored to individual needs and interests, students take the same courses towards completion of the degree.
We strongly recommend that students get in touch with their academic advisor early and stay connected throughout the program. Plan on meeting with your advisor during each Summer Residency to discuss your academic plans for the coming year. If you want to deviate from the standard course plan, you must discuss this with, and obtain approval from, your academic advisor. Failure to do so may delay completion of your degree. Remember, do not wait to ask questions; we welcome hearing from you.
We also encourage students to use the Summer Residency as an opportunity to exchange information about the program with peers.
The Teachers College Office of Graduate Life and Professional Development (GSLD) strives to enhance the quality of life and academic experience for students and offers a broad array of services that include professional, co-curricular, recreational, social, cultural, and wellness programs. These services are available to all M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid) students. You can learn more about programs and facilities, including the Grace Dodge Dining Hall, Graduate Writing Center, and the TC NEXT career services center, on the GSLD website.
TC Office of Card Services
Your University ID is your passport to Teachers College and Columbia University. Learn more about privileges that the University ID Card confers on the TC Card Services website.
Obtaining Your University Card
Students can obtain their University ID Card by visiting the TC Office of Card Services:
1230 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Please visit the Obtaining an ID Card webpage for more information about photo submission requirements.
Teachers College Information Technology
Teachers College Information Technology (TCIT) provides you with technical support, as well as other services and resources to enable your productive use of technologies for learning.
Support is available for these technologies and more:
- The myTC Portal
- TC Gmail
- TC Apps
The Service Desk is your first point of contact for technical support for campus information technology services including:
- Setting up hardware or software for the first time
- Campus network, internet, and phone connections
- College internet accounts and passwords
- PC and Mac Problems: Desktops and laptops must have a TC tag to be serviced by the Service Desk. The tag will say “Property of Teachers College”
You can contact us through any of these methods:
Self-Service: Click the red Service Desk icon on the myTC Portal
Phone: (212) 678-3300
Drop-in: Grace Dodge 70 (Monday-Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.)
Service Desk Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Evening and weekend support available only by appointment
Learn more about TCIT Services and Resources.
Technical Requirements for the M.A. in Studio Practice for Art Educators (Hybrid)
There are three technology requirements for the courses. First, as with all Teachers College courses, you must have the technology necessary to connect to and use the Canvas online learning platform. Canvas houses all components of the courses, such as documents (syllabus, readings, assignment guidelines, etc.). It is also the space for course activities like class presentations and discussions, group work, posting of artwork, and related critique activities, etc. The second technology requirement is for those students whose studio practice involves one or more digital media (imaging, video, audio). These students need to have access to the particular software needed to create their work. The third technology requirement is access to a scanner or digital camera and software to upload and post artwork (see below).
Software/Hardware for Making and Showing Art
As these courses involve the creation of artwork, you will present your studio work in Canvas for comment and assessment, both in assignment drop boxes and discussion boards.
High quality documentation of your artwork is essential because in an online setting, the scan or the digital image you upload and share with the class is the only evidence of what you created. You will need to consider effective lighting, sharpness of focus, color validity (matching image color to that of the artwork), etc.
For drawing/painting/printmaking/collage work, you will scan or take a digital photo of your work and post to the course site. For three-dimensional work, you will post one or more digital photographs. For digital work, you will save the file and upload to the course site. For hypermedia-based artwork, you will provide a link so that everyone can access your work.
1. Access to a scanner and scanning software program so that you can scan your studio assignments, save your images to a computer file, and upload the images to the course site.
Access to a digital camera and the software necessary to download and perform basic image edits. You will take photos with a digital camera and upload images to the course site. Alternatively, you can use an analog camera and develop, scan, and upload the images.
2. Access to digital imaging software such as Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, GIMP, etc.
3. Students who work with video and/or audio may need access to iMovie, Audacity (free audio editing software), Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Elements, Windows Movie Maker, etc.
All students need to activate the free Columbia University Network ID (UNI) and email account to receive official College notices and access to necessary University systems and services, including courses via the myTC Portal. Several days after you have paid your tuition deposit, you will be able to activate your UNI. Visit the My UNI page on the University’s website or your Admitted Student Portal to learn more about this critical tool and to activate your UNI.
The MyTC Portal acts as the “door” to a set of resources that will be important for you at Teachers College. It enables you to register for classes, check your financial aid status, and request technology support. The portal also includes links to courses, research groups, announcements, your personal profile, licensed software, and more. To access the myTC Portal, select “myTC” from the upper right corner of the TC home page or go directly to the portal’s login page. The myTC Portal requires a University Network ID (UNI) and a password. This password can only be obtained by activating your UNI or email account.
As a Teachers College student, you have access not only to the vast array of resources and services available through the College’s Gottesman Libraries but also to those of Columbia University’s other libraries and affiliates, including the Gabe M. Weiner Music & Arts Library. Additionally, students may use the New York Public Library of Performing Arts, located at Lincoln Center. You can learn more about Gottesman and other University libraries on their websites.
Leave of Absence Policy
Students enrolled in degree programs at Teachers College are expected to maintain continuous registration every Fall and Spring term. Students enrolled in Summer intensive programs are expected to be registered for coursework each Summer term. See the College’s Continuous Enrollment Policy.
This policy explains when, under appropriate circumstances, students may be permitted to take a leave of absence and be excused from the requirement of continuous registration.
Registration and Withdrawal Schedule
Please review the Registration Deadlines page for registration, add/drop and withdrawal deadlines, as well as for withdrawal refund policies.
Tuition Payment Due Dates
All payments are due by the opening day of the semester or on the official published due date. Payments received after the due date are subject to late fees. Please visit the Payment Deadlines page of the TC website for payment due dates and details about late payment fees.