COVID-19 Information for The School of Design

Remote Instruction in The School of Design

To limit the potential of COVID-19 spreading within our local community, President Mahoney has announced that San Francisco State University has suspended all face-to-face instruction for the 20/21 school year. All classes in the School of Design have remote learning plans in place, and we are working hard to ensure that all students will have the opportunity to complete their coursework.

In Fall 2020, all Visual Communication Design classes will be remote. Most ID classes will be remote.

This is an extraordinary moment in our history. We have moved our entire campus online in a very short period of time. By working together we will all ensure that teaching and learning will continue in our program. And, by following all public health guidelines (including Shelter-In-Place), we hope to ensure the health and safety for everyone in our university community.

In-Person Hybrid Courses in Design - Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

We have approval for two ID courses to work in Hybrid Mode (some classes in person, most classes conducted remotely). The classes are DES 410 (Product Design 2), and DES 460 (Rapid Prototyping).

DES 505 (Senior Design Project), required for both programs, has also been approved for Hybrid meetings.

We will let all students know the details of the in-person sessions well prior to the start of classes.

If you are enrolled in a class that has been approved for hybrid instruction and you cannot come to campus, contact the professor of the course and the School of Design ( and we will ensure alternate assignments to accomodate your eductation.

The School of Design Office

Our Office Staff will continue their work remotely. If you need to contact us, please write If you have hard-copy forms or petitions that need to be submitted, please send the petition (along with supporting documentation) to Include the name of your advisor and we will route your paperwork through the school and then to university offices.

Please send all inquiries to the School via email until we send further notice.

The School of Design Shops

The shops are not open to students at this time. Our Technical Staff will be working remotely We will keep you updated through email and this site as to any access to the shops (if at all) while remote instruction takes place.

Quick Links and Resources for Students:

Stay Healthy | Keep Learning | Campus Operations | Student Employees | On-Campus Housing | International Program Participants | Basic Needs Resources

Hope Crisis Fund

Resources on Remote Instruction for Faculty:

We have resources for faculty and this library is growing every day. Please refer to our page in the For Faculty section of this website.

The University COVID-19 Information Site

Stay up-to-date with the University's COVID-19 Information Site. There you will find the latest information from the University, advice on how to stay safe, links to remote instruction guides and more.

General COVID Information:

The Centers for Disease Control

The World Health Organization

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