Please Join Us To Cheer On Our Students – Saturday, May 16 @ 7 PM

Please join us to cheer on our students and COMD as two films have been selected as finalists and are up for potential awards at the 2020 CUNY Film Festival on Saturday, May 16 at 7 PM.¬† The virtual awards ceremony will be streamed at the link below, followed by an exclusive screening of the nominated student documentary and a student Q&A session moderated by Professor Josh Kapusinski.¬†¬†If you have time, please check it out as it’s inspiring and important to see their classmate’s success and hard work being recognized.¬† The director and producer of one of the nominated films are both COMD graphic design students – so this is applicable to all students, not just video students.

Saturday, May 16th –¬†Event link:¬†

6:55 PM –¬†Virtual doors open

7:00 PM Р2020 CUNY Film Festival awards ceremony

7:30 PM – Exclusive screening of the¬†student nominated documentary “The SoHo Memory Project” (14 min.)

7:50 PM РCOMD student filmmaker Q&A

(Note: If you wish to ask questions or comment in the chat on during the event (Q&A, etc.) which will be on YouTube, log in to your Gmail account in another tab of your Internet browser and then click on the link above as YouTube is part of Google/Gmail.  If you just want to watch, then you do not have to have a Gmail account, just click on the link above).

Nominated films include:

The SoHo Memory Project¬†–¬†Watch Preview

Director Or Szyflingier, Editors Gabriela Martinez and Natasha Yee, Cinematographer Jonathan Baez, Producer Melanie Martinez, Motion Designer Hoa Vu, Production Assistant Anna Sedova.

The King of Merriment¬†–¬†Watch Preview

Director, editor, cinematographer Josh A. Kapusinski

Revised Syllabus and Updated Information

The syllabus  for this semester has been revised. Some things have been adjusted so that we fit everything that is required into this semester. Please download it, read it to make you sure you understand and ask any questions you may have.


Going forward, all classes will be held online, here on OpenLab and on Blackboard. I submitted everyone’s name who responded to my last post and email about your computer needs. If you didn’t respond, I assume you don’t need help with a laptop. If you would still like to submit your name you can do so on your own.¬† They will distributed on a start come first serve basis, of hopefully you responded to the request when I asked.

Class Meeting

Each week, on Friday morning, 8am – 9:30am we will meet via ZOOM. Our meetings will resume this Friday, April 3rd. The day before you will receive a ZOOM invite and reminder, so please remember to check. your email. We will review reading topics, have a new lecture discussion, etc. Attendance is not optional but is part of your grade. Discussion participation will also be expected. If you don’t understand the Recalibration Period, you can read the information from the Chancellor.

School Calendar Update

The college has update school academic calendar so please note, there has been an adjustment in Spring Break. It is now April 8-10. Dates for withdrawal have been adjusted and dates to register for the next semester are listed.

Other Resources and Tools

There is a list of resources and tools that have been collected for you on the CUNY website. You will need to follow thru on the items that will be beneficial to you.

If you need Adobe Creative Cloud access on your computer, download the PDF with the instructions. If you find yourself having problems, contact the Student Helpdesk: 

Office Hours

Any student needing a one-on-one with me my do so during my office hours, which are Fridays 9:30am – 10:30am or by appointment for other times.

Student Technology Needs

Hello Students! I hope everyone is doing well. I noticed that a few of you didn’t log onto our ZOOM class lecture last Friday. Do you have technology limitations that will hinder your distance learning? Please complete the following survey ASAP. The college is trying to survey how they can assist you. PLEASE fill this out today so I can pass along the information today.


Our First Day of Distance Learning Follow Up

Thank you all for joining this morning. With time, it will get smoother.

Since we met this morning, here are a few updates:

  • Computer Labs
    V217 will be open starting Thursday, March 19, according to the following schedule:
    Tuesday and Friday 9:00-5:00
    Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11:00-7:00

    The Atrium Learning Center Computer Lab
    will be open starting Thursday, March 19, according to the following schedule:
    Monday through Friday, 9:00-5:00
  • The IT department is working to get approval for free Adobe Creative Cloud student access. Getting all the IDs ready will take a little time so be patient. In the meantime, an alternative to Adobe Creative Cloud, is Affinity Design. they are offering:
  • If you missed today’s session, or logged on late, you can view today’s ZOOM replay

I hope this is all helpful. I will keep you up to date with new information when I get it.

COMD1112 – Future Online

(Repost from Blackboard)
Hello Students,

I hope you and your families are doing well. I know things may be a bit confusing and maybe even scary, but we will get through this new way of life and learning, and hopefully things will begin to feel normal again real soon. In the meantime, we will press on.

As we transition to a distance learning style, I need a bit of information from you. Please fill out this Google Questionnaire ASAP so I have an ideal what your capabilities are.  We will be utilizing several different platforms which include, Blackboard, OpenLab. Google Drive and a video chat (probably ZOOM). As you can see all of these require Internet access. You can download the ZOOM app for free to use on your desktop computer or mobile device. It works on both Android and iOS.

Our next class will be this Friday, March 20, 2020, but it will be on line. I will probably do a video chat using ZOOM, so that we can get used to our new way of learning. Learning online takes a lot of discipline, so I recommend that you still set aside Fridays, 8am-11:20am for this course and not fall behind with the work. It will be up to you to do the assignments and participate in the discussion forums, etc.

Since we missed last Friday, I will making an adjustment in the syllabus and listing the assignment for our March 20th session.

In the meantime, please make sure your reading is up-to-date. If you don’t have a copy of the textbook yet, I encourage you to get a digital¬†(eBook). You can rent it from¬†Amazon¬†for $34.99. You can also rent the paperback version for $54.99. You were using the book that’s on reserve in the library, you may still be able to do that, but I’m not sure. We were originally told that the library and computer labs would be open for students to use, but that is not clear now with all the restrictions. I will keep you up to date.

Be sure to check your email each day so you can keep up with communications from me.

If you have any questions between now and Friday morning, you can reach me at COMD1112¬† should be in the subject line so I know it’s class related.

Be well, be safe.
Professor Brown

Coronavirus Update

Please be advised that the Communications Department is taking steps within the department to wipe down keyboards and monitors but will ultimately need your help to ensure we can keep the COMD space as safe as we can. Please remember to wash your hands frequently, and keep your hands from your face and eyes. If you are sneezing or coughing or exhibiting flu-like symptoms, please stay home and advise me or the COMD office.

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