July 17, 2020

Fall 2020 Guidelines

The Department of Film & Media Arts is committed to the health and safety of all members of our community—students, faculty, and staff. To that end, we’ve made a number of changes to our courses this semester. Some classes will be taught online. Others will be taught in person, but with new safety measures in place. 

This page includes information about what you can expect, and what is expected of you, this fall. It will be updated regularly as the start of the semester approaches. Questions can be sent to .

Updated 8/4


A number of University-wide safety guidelines are in place for the fall semester. These include mandatory face coverings, maintaining at least 6 feet of social distance whenever possible, and frequent hand washing/sanitizing. More information is available at Return to Campus: Student Information. The University’s COVID-19 Central website is also updated regularly.


Face coverings (e.g. mask, scarf, gaiter, bandana) are required inside university buildings and in outdoor public settings where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Face coverings must cover both the nose and the mouth. Plastic face shields do not meet this requirement. Complete guidelines are available at Return to Campus: Face Coverings.


All University of Utah students will be required to complete an online training that will cover proper sanitation, hygiene and social distancing practices. After training is completed students will be asked to sign an attestation stating they will adhere to all safety protocols. This training will be available soon at Return to Campus: Required Trainings.


Students must self-report if they test positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test using the Case Reporting form.



Three course delivery modes will be used this semester: In Person, interactive videoconference (“IVC”), and Online. The delivery mode is listed under “Type” in the class schedule. In Person courses are held on campus. IVC courses are online courses with live, or synchronous, instruction on scheduled days and times. Online courses are asynchronous, with no live instruction. 

In Person

  • FILM 2500: Introduction to Film Production
  • FILM 2510: Introduction to Media Arts Production
  • FILM 2630: Traditional Animation I
  • FILM 3100: Introduction to Documentary Studies
  • FILM 3420: Sound for Film and Media Arts
  • FILM 3530: Directing
  • FILM 3945: Introduction to Production Design
  • FILM 4510: Advanced Documentary Filmmaking
  • FILM 4520: 16mm Cinematography
  • FILM 4590: Directing the Indie Film
  • FILM 5560: Film Production Capstone I


  • FILM 1110: Introduction to Film
  • FILM 2620: Computer Animation I
  • FILM 2650: Storyboarding
  • FILM 3565: Digital Effects
  • FILM 3820: Writing the Short Screenplay
  • FILM 4820: Screenwriting I
  • FILM 4830: Screenwriting II
  • FILM 4840: Screenwriting III
  • FILM 4850: Prose to Screenplay


  • FILM 1010: Introduction to the Study of Film & Media Arts
  • FILM 1120: Introduction to Media Arts
  • FILM 1600: Animation Then, Now, Next
  • FILM 1610: Introduction to Animation Techniques 
  • FILM 3110: Film History until 1952
  • FILM 3135: History of Media Arts
  • FILM 3140: Documentary Film History
  • FILM 3270: The Foreign Eye
  • FILM 3945: Editing

Complete information about each course’s content and delivery will be available on the course’s Canvas page at least two weeks prior to the start of the semester. Students who are not familiar with Canvas can consult the Canvas Getting Started Guide for Students.


All In Person classes require hands-on instruction in film and media production equipment. Given the nature of these courses, attendance is required and adjustments cannot be granted to allow non-attendance. If you need to seek an ADA accommodation to request an exception to this attendance policy due to a disability, please contact the Center for Disability and Access (CDA). CDA will work with the Department to determine what, if any, ADA accommodations are reasonable.


Students may not enter any classroom until screened for COVID-19 symptoms. Please wait outside the classroom and maintain at least 6 feet of social distance. Students will be screened prior to each class to determine if they have symptoms that day. Symptoms include fever of 100.4°F or above, cough, trouble/shortness of breath, sore throat, sudden change in taste or smell, and muscle aches and pains. Students with one or more symptoms will not be allowed to enter the classroom, and will be provided with instructions about testing and encouraged to immediately leave to be tested for COVID-19. Students must self-report if they test positive for COVID-19 or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test using the Case Reporting form.


During class, students will be required to maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet whenever possible. Hand sanitizing stations will be available, and students will be encouraged to sanitize their hands regularly. Production equipment will be thoroughly sanitized prior to classroom use and will be delivered to the classroom by FMAD staff. Students may not share phones, laptops, tablets, personal work tools, or any other personal belongings during class. Depending upon the requirements of the individual course, additional safety measures may be in place. These will be detailed in the course syllabus and communicated to students prior to the start of the semester.


All classrooms and equipment will be sanitized after use. Please exit classrooms promptly at the end of class.

FMAB 109

Most In Person courses will be taught in room 109 on the main floor the Film & Media Arts Building. FMAB 109 has two doors. The north door will be labeled ENTRANCE ONLY. The south door will be labeled EXIT ONLY. Students must not congregate in the hallway outside of the exit door. Adjacent to the entrance is a large vestibule. Floor markings will indicate where students can stand prior to the start of class.


The Equipment Lab will be open to students on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Equipment must be reserved in advance. Pick up and return times must also be scheduled in advance. All equipment will be thoroughly sanitized upon its return. Additional details about equipment reservation procedures will be communicated before the start of the semester.


A limited number of computer workstations will be available for FMAD student use in room 005 on the lower level of the Film & Media Arts Building. A hand sanitization station will be next to the entrance. Computers will be spaced to ensure appropriate social distancing. Supplies will be available for students to clean keyboards, mice, desks, and chairs before and after using a computer. Computers will also be sanitized by staff periodically throughout the day. The entire room will be cleaned each evening. Please note that the computer lab in ART 270 is not open this semester.


Faculty will conduct virtual office hours using Zoom. Information about scheduling an appointment with faculty can be found in course syllabi.

Last modified on August 04, 2020