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MPS Art Therapy Department Policies 2016-2017

Art Supplies

Designated general use art supplies are for in‐class use only and are available in each classroom. All other art supplies are reserved for faculty and Special Programs & Projects use. If you need specific art supplies not available in the classrooms, please coordinate this with your instructor and they will retrieve the supplies if deemed appropriate for the assignment.


It is essential that classroom spaces are well‐maintained and clean. As a multi‐use space, the expectation for faculty and students is to leave spaces in the condition in which they are found. Please keep this in mind throughout your professional training in class and at your internship, and take the last few minutes of each class to clean up the classroom or studio space: clean up art supplies, replace unused art supplies into the proper bins and cabinets, dispose of recycling and trash, etc. Additionally, please clean up after yourself when utilizing the Student Study Room.

Contact Information

Please keep the Department up‐to‐date with your contact information. We will send announcements of events and important information via email, and it is an expectation that students monitor this on a regular basis. All correspondence with the department should be sent to

Course Reading Packets

Faculty will be responsible for all copies necessary for each class, and have been asked to either make electronic copies available or leave course packets for students to purchase at one of the following locations: East Side Copy (15 East 13 Street/University Place), Village Copier (20 East 13 Street between Fifth Avenue and University Place), Staples (641 Sixth Avenue/20 Street).

Department Library

In addition to the College’s Visual Arts Library at 380 Second Avenue, the MPS Art Therapy Department maintains a small lending library. Items must be checked out during posted library hours. Books and videos can be checked out for 2 weeks; reference materials and student thesis work cannot be taken out of the Department.

Fifth Floor Open Studio

The 132 West 21 Street 5th floor studio is available for student use when classes are not in session. Hours of availability and expectations for working in the space are posted on the 5th floor.

Food/Drink During Class

It is up to the instructor’s discretion if food and drink is allowed during class.

Identification Cards

All students, faculty and staff must have an SVA identification card to be admitted to College premises. These cards, obtained at the Registrar’s Ofice (Registrar: 205 East 23rd Street, 1st floor Monday–Thursday, 8:00 AM–7:00 PM, Friday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM Tel: 212.592.2200 Email:, can also be used for admittance to museums and libraries and for various professional purposes. Student ID cards must have a current registration term sticker and can be replaced, if lost, by paying a $20 replacement fee to the Registrar’s Ofice.


The kitchen/pantry area is available for student and faculty use. Items left in the pantry refrigerator and sink and on the counter will be disposed at the end of each month. There is also a refrigerator in the Student Study Room that students are expected to maintain. Please provide your own cups, water bottles, utensils, and napkins, we do not keep these items in the Department.

Laptop/Tablet and Mobile Device Use

Student use of mobile devices during class is not permitted. Use of laptops and tablets is determined by each instructor.

MySVA and SVApps

MySVA ( is the College’s online portal, keeping students connected to the SVA campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. MySVA offers easy access to: • Your SVA email account, powered by Google • Registration, schedules, grades and transcripts • Online courses and related materials • Downloadable forms and information from most SVA ofices, including Financial Aid, Registrar, Student Health and Counseling Services, Career Development and the SVA Library • Campus news, announcements and event and exhibition information.

Email is used by various ofices at the College to provide important information to students throughout the year. For this reason, SVA provides students, faculty and staff members with a SVA email account, which they are responsible for monitoring. Users can directly access their SVA email account by visiting and logging in with their MySVA username and password. As an alternative, users should set their SVA email to forward to another account. All students, faculty and staff are expected to monitor their SVA email regularly, either through SVApps or by having their SVA email forwarded to their primary email address.

For additional help with accessing MySVA, SVApps email or any other campus systems, please call the SVA Help Desk at 212.592.2400 and select Option 1, or email edu. The Help Desk is available Monday‐Friday, 9:00am‐5:00pm (EST).

Recycling & Trash

The Department has set up appropriate receptacles throughout the classrooms and common spaces. Please dispose of materials accordingly.

Storage of Artwork

Storage space is extremely limited. Upon completion of a classroom experiential either store your work in your locker space in the Student Study Area, take work home, or dispose of it. Space is set aside in each classroom for storage of longer term assignments at faculty discretion. Please note that the studio and classrooms will be cleaned on the last Friday of each month, and any artwork left out will be disposed of at that time.

Student Computers

Computers and scanners designated for student use are available in the Student Study Area. Additional computers and printing facilities are available on the 9th floor of the 132 West 21 Street building and across the street at 141 West 21 Street.

Student Lockers

Storage lockers for students can be found in the Student Study Area. Additional locker space can be found at 133/141 West 21 Street, lower level. Please consult the SVA Handbook to reserve a locker.


A great deal of SVA-specific information, along with a 2016-2017 academic calendar, can be found in the current SVA Handbook:

Technology Equipment Check-Out

The Department has laptops, tablets, cameras, and other equipment available for students to use on a short‐term basis for internship and thesis project‐related work. A request form can be found on the MPS Art Therapy page on MySVA.

Workstudy and Student Workers

There are 4 Departmental workstudy/student worker positions available to MPS Art Therapy students: first year studio assistant, second year studio assistant, research assistant, and technology assistant. All positions are 5 hours per week, and interviews will be conducted starting the first week of the FALL semester. If you are interested in applying, please email your resume and position of interest to