2020/2021 Facilities/Operations: Q&A

Note from Visual Arts Chair Shawn Serfas:

During the 2020/2021 Academic Year in which all VISA courses are delivered on-line, operational aspects of course delivery have been quite different and, in some ways, challenging.

The Q & A points listed below will clarify our current disposition from a facilities and operational point of view and hopefully answer most of your questions. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at sserfas@brocku.ca

Note for students currently choosing Visa courses:

ASYNC courses do not require that you attend at a specific time but will still have deadlines that you will need to adhere to. The reason there is still a set time listed on the timetable is to allow the instructor the option of using the time as office hours or a meet time if needed. Instructors may or may not choose to use the time set.

Visa Chair Video Message

At the moment Visa students will not have any access to the VISA studios. However, as provincial/ministry directives shift this may likely change. If/when they do change students will be notified immediately. Note, when access opens up strict access guidelines for distancing will be in place and these protocols will be mapped out clearly for you at that time.

Visa students will have access to the services of the Visa Art Stores & Equipment Kiosk for the coming semester. Students will access these services on-line and will be able to pick up their materials orders or loan requests in person in the MWS151 Foundation Studio. Please enter the MIWSFPA via the main lobby entrance (east end), bring a mask and have your Brock ID with you.

How to file your orders/loans:

Kiosk loan requests are done by visiting this link:

Art Stores materials requests are done by emailing the Visa Art Stores at: VisaArtStores@brocku.ca
Important note re. Art Stores orders: Art Stores orders are only available to students who have studio fee funds remaining on account from previous years. As first year students (ie. Visa 1p93, 1p95, 1p96 etc.) do not have funds remaining on account they are not able to order materials.

Once you’ve filed your request it will be processed and you will be emailed when it is ready for pickup in MWS151. Loan/order pickups are available on the following days in MWS151:

Mon to Thurs: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to Noon

Yes the department will be providing materials for your courses and the supplies will be provided in the form of an extensive kit of materials for the whole semester. We have assembled separate drawing and painting kits designed to meet the specific needs of students enrolled in these courses.

Students residing outside of the Niagara Region will have their course material kits shipped directly to the residency addresses of our students the third or fourth week of August. Students living within the Niagara Region will be required to pick their kits up at the MIWSFPA in room MWS151 during specified times and dates announced in advance of the semester launch.

Please note that you must enter the MIWSFPA via the main lobby (east end) and that all access to the MIWSFPA requires that you have a mask and your Brock ID card with you.

New students looking for information on Academic Advising during the Covid 19 period of operations should visit the following page:


Sakai & on-line/distance learning:
MIWSFPA IT & Media Technician: Sean Mercer
Visa Department Chair: Shawn Serfas

Equipment rental and Visa Equipment Kiosk:
Visa Media Resource Coordinator: Max Holten-Andersen

Studio access, art materials, studio fees and Art Stores:
Visa Facilities Technician: Arnold McBay

Academic advising:
Humanities Academic Advisor: Michael Gicante
Visa Department Chair: Shawn Serfas
Visa Administrative Assistant: Monika Lederich