Monday, August 24, 2009

Studio Culture Policy

A studio culture policy is an agreement negotiated between students, faculty and staff in an effort to create a positive learning environment. The intention is that through these guidelines a culture of respect, optimism, sharing and innovation will emerge; one in which faculty are mindful of the environment they create. Promoting a healthy studio environment is paramount to fostering designers who are socially responsible, confident, and engaged in the profession.

In addition to affecting the learning environment and experience for students, the studio culture policy is also a condition for NAAB accreditation. Although the policy will be a living document that is always open to debate and revision, submitting a carefully considered and thorough draft to NAAB is very important to our accreditation review which will be taking place this spring. Please download the pdf or refer to the handout you received during convocation and post any comments or concerns you have on this blog entry. If you have any questions please email the AIAS at


  1. I would love if we made the labels of the sections more collegiate and not so elementary. We should be highly respected in all aspects of our SoA.

  2. I know it might be too late, but perhaps a section stating the right to functioning technology. I've yet to be able to use those new Ricoh printers, which are supposed to save us money. If they are down, should the print lab convert to Ricoh pricing? Perhaps such a penalty will create a little more urgency in getting them to work. Also, the same goes for laser cutters, plotters, 3-d printers, etc. If it goes down, it needs to be fixed. I know that gives more responsibility to the faculty than the student, so put something in there about students taking initiative to learn and use efficient practices with the technology (shrinking file sizes, not doubling up lines on the laser cutter, formatting files correctly) if students exercise the responsibility to do that, then staff should have the responsibility to keep it running for us.

  3. Thank you for the comments so far. While the draft for accreditation has already been submitted to NAAB, this is a living document so we will continuously collect comments and criticisms for the next revision. Keep 'em coming!