On behalf of the Board of Management and Staff of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students for the 2021/2022 academic year.
As you begin your preparations to undertake studies for another academic year, I want to wish you continued success on this leg of your journey. It was our sincere hope that the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic would have eased sufficiently to allow for face-to-face classes, however, the recent rise in cases resulting from the third wave does not allow for this at this time.
Given the measures mandated by the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) aimed at curtailing the spread of the virus, the College Administration has made the decision that all classes for Semester One 2021 will be held fully online for the first four (4) weeks of the semester, August 30 to September 24, 2021. Should the need arise for an extension of the fully online modality beyond the stated period, this will be communicated to by the Registry Department.
Unfortunately, the commencement semester also coincides with the GOJ No Movement Days, August 30 and 31 and as such all Schools/Offices at the College are closed to face-to-face interactions. Nonetheless, the Registry Staff is available to serve you via email and the College campus will re-open face-to-face on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
Admission Process for New Incoming Students
Please be reminded that we have extended Normal Registration for new and returning students to September 3, 2021. Consequently, Late Registration will begin on September 6, 2021.
Before you register for your courses on the Aeorion Student Management System (SMS) you must complete the following steps:
- Contact your Academic Advisor via email or WhatsApp to confirm your courses for the semester.
- Contact Mr. Blake Wong in the Finance and Accounts Department at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the office to select your Payment Plan Option (Full or Part Payment) and receive Financial Clearance.
- Once you have received Financial Clearance you may go to Aeorion and make your course selections.
- Once you are registered on the Aeorion SMS, your courses will then be added on the Moodle Platform for online classes by your Course Lecturer or Director of Studies.
If you have questions regarding the process, please contact a registry team member:
|Visual Arts||Monique Smith||Monique.email@example.com||2176|
|Arts Mgt.||Dionne Henry-Ramsay||Dionne.firstname.lastname@example.org||2173|
Again, welcome back and all the very best for a successful academic year.
Important Dates to Remember
To accommodate the adjustment and facilitate the return plan for new and returning students the academic calendar core has been adjusted as follows:
|Registration Period (Virtual & In-person)||August 9, 2021 – September 10, 2021|
|Virtual Orientation||August 17, 2021|
|First Day of Classes||Monday, September 6, 2021|
|Last Day of Classes||Friday, November 26, 2021|
|Graduation Ceremony||November 20, 2021 (format to be confirmed)|
Under this schedule, the usual Study Week will be eliminated and courses that carry a final exam will be converted to 100% coursework
Online Registration Process for New and Returning Students
Delivery of Teaching and Learning Modality (Blended Approach)
To limit the population density on campus and to prioritize support services, teaching and learning will be offered using a blended modality. All Theory courses will be migrated to 100 percent online and Practical/Studio courses will be offered in a blended mode, to combine in-person and distance methods through a mix of studio rotations and virtual scenarios. Additional information specific to your area of study will be communicated to you directly by the Dean or Director of Studies in each School.
There are no plans to increase fees at this time, given the current economic downturn.
Tuition – Tuition and Ancillary Fees for the 2021-2022 academic year remains the same as the fees for 2019/2020. Fees are due and payable before or by the start of each academic year.
Local Student Fees International Student Fees
New guidelines for residing on the Hall of Residence will be shared with students by the Hall Manager.
Protocols to be Implemented for the ‘New Normal’
The resumption of operations will be centred around a combination of health and safety measures, including but not limited to adherence to physical distancing, the wearing of masks, emphasis on hand hygiene, limited density in indoor spaces, maintenance of temperature checks and employee teleworking, where possible. In addition, modified layouts are being explored for the classroom space to observe the requisite physical distancing requirements, where furniture will be spaced 6 feet apart, where feasible. In addition, physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signs on walls, will be utilised to ensure that distance is maintained. Additionally, arrival times/class schedules or locations by cohort will have to be staggered or protocols effected to limit contact between cohorts.
Health checks will be conducted daily and emphasis will be placed on administering them safely and respectfully, in accordance with any applicable privacy laws and regulations. In this regard, a system has been established and is currently being practiced that outlines the protocols for temperature checks as well as for employees/students that are potentially symptomatic. This includes a no access policy to the campus without the requisite temperature readings being undertaken. In the event that temperatures are high (above 38 degrees Celsius), the individual is barred from accessing the property and in the case of an employee of student, their information is logged by the security personnel and forwarded to the Human Resource management and Development department and the Office of the Students Services, respectively.
Should an employee or student present with COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, or shortness of breath), an isolation area has been designated for them to be separated from the rest of the community and where the necessary checks can take place to determine the status of the individual and the next steps. The College Nurse oversees this process. As part of the arsenal of preventative measures, hand sanitizer stations have been set up throughout the various high traffic areas and offices on campus. As a complement, training will be continuously provided to all cleaning staff on site to include cleaning and disinfecting protocols in between shifts or class changes and ensuring that ventilation systems operate properly to increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, for example by opening windows and doors. Where the use of A/C systems are unavoidable, emphasis will be placed on ensuring that proper filters and systems for safe use are employed.
A code of conduct agreement is also being designed for students to ensure adherence to protocols, including online ones. To ensure that the community is kept abreast of health safety protocols and to reinforce same, the College will launch a sustained public information initiative via social media, signage, instructional videos and other means. A virtual Town Hall will also be hosted to address student queries.
Great emphasis will also be placed on shoring up our ICT infrastructure to ensure increased bandwidth, the acquisition of additional Zoom licences and the engagement of Educational Technologists to assist with the successful reconfiguration of our tactile, studio based courses for an online space, in a way that maintains the spirit of the programmes. Ongoing training sessions will also serve to orient students and faculty to ways in which the platform may be optimized for full use and benefits.
For increased accessibility purposes, virtual access to Counselling Services will be instituted for members of the community. In addition, flexible access options will also be explored for students to derive the benefits of the Writing Centre and support services provided by the Special Needs Facilitator and Interpreter.
Please note that as the situation continues to evolve it may become necessary for the College to adjust the plans outlined above. If this happens formal communication will be sent to our stakeholders.
We wish to thank you for your patience and continued support, and we look forward to welcoming our new and returning students to the 2021/2022 academic year.