Access and Orientation

Step 1:  Get tested before accessing campus for the first time.  All students are required to take a PCR COVID-19 test within seven days prior to accessing campus for the first time. Read the university’s testing protocols carefully for more information on how to get tested and cleared for access, and view these infographics about how to activate your binx self-collection swab test kit and use the nasal swab.

Step 2: Take the General Making Center Orientation (online) All students are required to take the general Making Center orientation online before accessing equipment. Sign onto the Making Center Trainings and Authorizations course page using your New School login and complete the “General Orientation” module.

Step 3: Get oriented for specific labs/shops/studios or equipment as needed (see below) 

Making Center orientations cover health and safety protocols for spaces and safe use of equipment. They are focused on helping students understand and respect shop tools and machines before they use them, but are not meant to teach technique, process, or to take the place of curriculum-based making instruction.

Before each visit to campus, make sure to follow the steps below:

Step 4:  Make sure your ongoing PCR testing is up to date.  After the initial entry test, both vaccinated and unvaccinated students are required to complete ongoing testing using the binx self-collection nasal swab test kits.  Log onto the SHS portal to make sure your testing is up to date in the system before each visit to campus.

Step 5:  Come work! Bring a face mask, and your New School ID with you to campus. Shops are currently open* with adjusted availability (see hours).

*Given a minimum staffing requirement to keep Making Center spaces open and safe to use, there may be emergencies that could cause cancellation or rescheduling of student reservations. Making Center staff will do our best to honor reservations but must respond to changes in staffing availability due to Covid-19 and other factors with the goal of ensuring the safety of our community members to the greatest extent possible under the circumstances. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.


Specialized Orientations

Most specific Making Center spaces and equipment require specialized orientations with a hands on component. As we welcome students back to campus this fall — many for the first time — we know that Making Center capacity will need to be carefully planned and tested.  Orientations to spaces and equipment will be conducted online and in-person in the Fall, though it may be necessary to prioritize – and potentially limit – some activities to provide access to as many students as possible. 

There are two ways to get oriented to specific Making Center spaces and equipment: course-based orientations, and individual orientations: 

  • Course-based orientations (starting August 16, 2021):  Some courses for which access to spaces or equipment is essential to complete course objectives have been scheduled for orientations in advance of classes.   If you are enrolled in a course that has been identified for course-based orientations, the school will be in touch prior to the start of classes about the process and schedule.  Course-based orientations will begin the week of August 16th and will be offered for a few weeks.  Students will complete the general Making Center orientation online, followed by a hands-on component which will be scheduled in advance in consultation with the instructor. In some cases, students will attend these orientations with their entire class. In others, faculty and Making Center staff will direct students to sign up for pre-scheduled orientation slots in the various labs, shops and studios. Some classes will utilize mobile tool carts at the start of the semester, and will be oriented to Making Center shops later in the semester.  
  • Individual student orientations (starting October 2021): Students may sign up for open slots in individual orientations to gain access to the appropriate tools and facilities needed to complete coursework or projects. These will be available on a limited, pre-scheduled basis this fall, and priority will be given to those students completing capstone or thesis projects. Students in thesis sections will be invited to complete an online Making Center orientation at the start of the semester to initiate the process. Depending on the demand and availability, we expect that appointments for the hands-on components of the orientation process will be available to individual students starting in October.  

REMEMBER: All students are required to complete the general Making Center orientation online before getting oriented to a specific lab/shop/studio (see above). 

Hybrid Orientations 

Most labs, shops, and studios will offer hybrid orientations that will include an online component on Canvas and a hands-on portion that students will be required to complete before gaining access. Instruction for how to schedule the hands-on portion of these hybrid orientations can be found at the end of individual Canvas modules. 

If you are unable to access the online orientations via the links above, please contact  With all other questions about online orientations, please contact