Planning and Response - FAQ

In consideration of the safety and wellbeing of our community, Gnomon has taken the extra precaution of moving all programs and courses to our established and robust distance education platform until it is safe for students, faculty and staff to return to campus.

Please check this page regularly for updates. Students enrolled in a Gnomon program will receive regular updates via email as information becomes available.

For Current Students

Is Gnomon staff available during campus closure?
Yes. Gnomon staff across all departments are working remotely during the campus closure. It is our priority to ensure students do not experience any disruption in email communication or administrative processing.
What is Gnomon’s distance education platform?
Gnomon’s distance education is delivered via live, virtual classes that are designed to closely parallel the learning environment of our on-campus, physical courses.
I don’t have the required hardware or software at home. How will this work for me?
Gnomon is aware that some students may not have the necessary hardware or software specs required by a distance education platform. The school provides a range of specific hardware and software accommodations to program students which include equipment loaning, remote access to software, render farm discounts, and more. For more information, please see The Online Course Information & FAQ.
Will Fall term be held entirely online?
Yes. Gnomon is committed to providing a safe alternative to on-campus classes for as long as required and with minimal disruption to our published educational objectives.
Will I have access to Gnomon labs or classrooms?
Gnomon’s campus is currently closed to students and faculty in the interest of safety. Labs and classrooms will likely remain closed until group gathering is considered safe by the CDC and local health department.
What are my alternatives if I don’t want to do online classes?
Students enrolled in a full-time program have the option of taking a Leave of Absence (LOA) from the program for one term. To find out more information about requesting an LOA, please contact the Education Office, Registrar, and/or the Financial Aid Office via email.
For more information on LOA, please view Gnomon’s School Catalog
If an LOA is not available to you, students have the right to cancel the enrollment agreement and obtain a refund of charges paid through attendance at the first class session, or the seventh day after enrollment, whichever is later. Cancellation shall occur when written notice of cancellation is received by the Office of Registrar. The written notice of cancellation may be submitted electronically, or by mail.
Will my financial aid benefits be negatively affected?
Our goal is to ensure that your financial aid is unaffected. If you have a concern about your particular grants or loans, please contact the Financial Aid Office at finaid@gnomon.edu.
I am an international student; will my Visa be revoked?
International Students will be able to continue to attend classes either on campus or remotely and will remain active in the SEVIS system during any temporary closures. International students must continue to maintain all international student status requirements during any temporary closures or shift to a distance education platform.
Both F-1 and M-1 students must be at a full time course load every term. M-1 students are not permitted a Leave of Absence, or term off in accordance with the SEVIS policies. F-1 students may take the Summer quarter off, but must still abide by the policies regarding Leaves of Absence, and are afforded one (1) leave during their program.
M-1 students who will need to extend their program for the second year of study or for OPT will still need to file as normal, and should stay in contact with the Registrar’s office to make sure those filing are being submitted at the correct time.
For more information, please contact registrar@gnomon.edu.
Will my graduation date be changed?
No, as long as you remain enrolled in the online terms. Gnomon is working diligently to ensure that all graduation dates remain intact. At this time, students who continue their studies through the Spring term and beyond as planned will not experience a disruption to their projected graduation date.
I am a student worker? Can I go to work?
No. For your safety, and to practice social-distancing, all students who are employed under our Federal Work-Study program are temporarily suspended until further notice.
Can I use the LRC (Library)?
The LRC (library) is closed, however, there are many online resources available from the comfort of home.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check the Gnomon Library website for the most current information regarding online resources.
Gnomon Library Online Catalog

For Prospective and Incoming Students

Will Gnomon be able to process my admissions or financial aid documentation during campus closure?
Yes. Gnomon staff across all departments is working remotely during the campus closure. It is our priority to ensure students do not experience any disruption in email communication or administrative processing.
Can I still visit campus?
While we have temporarily suspended on-campus visits and tours, there are several ways for prospective students to connect with Gnomon. Admissions advisors are available via Skype and email to provide individualized guidance, portfolio feedback, and answer any questions you have. Please feel free to reach out to admissions@gnomon.edu for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Prospective students can learn about Gnomon’s academic offerings through our Virtual Info Sessions. Presented via Twitch, Gnomon Virtual Info Sessions offer a comprehensive overview of our educational as well as the various career paths available for digital artists throughout the entertainment industry. Learn more here.
I’m planning to relocate to LA to begin my studies at Gnomon. If those classes are being held entirely online, do I have to move to Los Angeles right away or can I just take the classes where I currently am?
Program students enrolled in the Summer or Fall term at Gnomon may choose to begin and complete their courses from any location. Many incoming students who have elected to delay their move to Los Angeles and begin their program online may benefit from reduced living expenses.
I want to apply for a future term. What should I do?
The Office of Admissions is processing application materials and is happy to help you apply for our full-time programs. If you are interested in a review of your artwork, or if you have questions regarding our school or programs, please feel free to reach out to admissions@gnomon.edu for more information. We’re happy to help you ensure you’re on track for admission as you assemble your portfolio submission.
I’m not sure that my application materials will reach Gnomon before the next deadline. What should I do?
We understand that it may be difficult to obtain transcripts or submit materials during closures or slowdowns related to COVID-19. We will offer leniency with our posted application deadlines. Please feel free to contact admissions@gnomon.edu if you need to request a deadline extension.
Can I still request a viewbook?
While physical viewbooks are unavailable during campus closure, students may request a digital viewbook here.

General Questions

What is Social Distancing, and how is it achieved?
Social distancing is a practice recommended by public health officials to stop or slow down the spread of contagious diseases. It requires the creation of physical space between individuals who may spread certain infectious diseases. The key is to minimize the number of gatherings as much as possible and to achieve space between individuals when events or activities cannot be modified, postponed, or canceled. Achieving space between individuals of approximately six feet is advisable
What do I need to know about traveling?
Please review the travel information issued by the CDC as well as other departments: . If you choose to travel at this time, please know, based on where you chose to travel, you may not be able to return to campus. We strongly suggest avoiding travel to countries listed on the CDC's Risk Assessment page. Community members intending to travel should consider the risks associated with international travel prior to departure.