Advising Guides

Visual Arts B.A.

Visual Arts B.A. with Art Therapy Minor

Equipment Checkout

  • dSLR Canon Rebel XT
  • dSLR Canon EOS 20D
  • dSLR Nikon D40
  • dSLR Nikon D50
  • film SLR Nikon N8008s
  • film SLR Nikon N90s
  • film SLR Canon AE-1

Safety Procedures for Studios


  • The responsible faculty member will establish rules for eating and drinking in the studio. These rules must be always followed. No exceptions! 
  • Proper decorum is essential. Practical jokes or goofing around is not acceptable. 
  • Never block exits. Aisles must be kept open and emergency equipment, eyewashes, and safety showers must always be accessible. 
  • Use materials and equipment only for their intended purpose or as directed. 
  • Always ask for assistance if there are any questions about proper procedures or safety. 
  • Notify the faculty member if an injury, spill, or any unexpected event occurs. 
  • Notify the faculty member if symptoms of exposure to hazardous material are experienced.
  • Visitors are permitted only under the direct supervision of a faculty member. 

Protect Yourself and Your Belongings 

  • Bring only required materials into the workspace. Leave coats, books, and other unnecessary materials in the designated area. 
  • Scarves must be removed prior to entering the studio. 
  • Wear closed toe shoes. Bare feet, sandals, flip-flops, and perforated shoes are not permitted. 
  • Loose clothing and long hair should be confined.
  • Contact lenses may exacerbate eye injuries. It is best not to wear them when there is a potential for exposure to vapors, dust, or splashes. 
  • Know the location of safety equipment. 
  • Avoid direct contact with any hazardous substance. 
  • Use protective equipment and apparel as appropriate or as directed by the faculty member.
  • Inspect the equipment before use. Replace equipment that becomes damaged, worn or contaminated immediately. 
  • Wash hands and exposed skin on arms before leaving the studio. 

Reduce Hazards 

  • Keep all work areas free of clutter and obstructions. 
  • Ensure that all containers are labeled. Lids should be closed when containers are not in use. 
  • Materials should only be used as intended by the manufacturer. A faculty member must be directly involved if different uses or treatments of materials are contemplated. 
  • A faculty member must be available when working with open flames or heat guns. 
  • Inspect all power tools prior to use. Do not use damaged tools. 
  • Kilns, presses, power tools, and other specialized equipment must be used only by individuals instructed in proper operation or under the direct supervision of properly instructed individuals. 
  • Work with solvents must be performed only in designated areas. 
  • If breakage or spills occur, take appropriate steps to ensure the safety of all. Contact the proper authority while ensuring no one enters the area. 
  • Clean area when work is finished. Ensure that equipment is disconnected and stowed. Store all chemicals properly. 
  • Follow instructions for the management of waste. Never dispose of any material in the sink unless a faculty member has indicated that this is acceptable. 
  • If unsure about safe methods for conducting an activity, ask a faculty member. 

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