Class Signup

2021 Spring Semester

Spring 2021 online class signup for all students opens on December 22 (the Tuesday after the last day of the Fall semester), with start times staggered throughout the day. All students will receive a signup time by email during the first week of December. Once your signup time begins, log into the new Self Service to select the classes you want to add.

Classes fill up quickly during online signup, so you should know what to sign up for before your assigned time. The fall schedule will be available online on December 7, which is also the official start of the Mentoring Period (if you haven’t met with your mentor to talk about your plans for spring, that would be a good time to do so)

The Office of the Registrar also has many resources to help you plan your semester. We’re available by phone ( 661-253-7842 and 661-451-0140), by email (, and Zoom (contact us to schedule a virtual appointment). Our academic advisors will also hold several open advising events in December – keep an eye on your email for those times and dates.

Online registration will be available to add or drop courses through Friday, February 5 course withdrawals may be processed online through the withdrawal deadline on Friday, April 9, with the exception of students withdrawing from the Institution (to withdraw from all classes, contact the office of the registrar at 

Winter Session

Winter Session (aka: Interim, Practicum, Winter Lab) class signup will happen at the same time as Spring signup. Once your signup time begins, log into the new Self Service to select the classes you want to add. Students may add or drop Winter Session courses through January 15, and may withdraw from these courses through January 22.

Winter Session is a two-week required period that opens the spring semester with a wide array of course offerings from all Schools, Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater. Many of these courses are open to the institute to encourage cross-disciplinary exploration. Regular spring semester courses will begin on January 25 for all Schools.

Review Class Signup Checklist

Course Advising Day will be held on Thursday, January 7

Students are assigned a morning or afternoon time by last name:

  • A-K: 10:00am to 1:00pm (PDT)

  • L-Z: 3:00pm to 6:00 pm (PDT)

For more information, please visit the Course Advising Day page.

Important Dates for Class Signup 

  • Dec. 7 – Winter Session/Spring schedule available on Self-Service
  • Dec. 22 – Online class signup begins
  • Jan. 7 – Course Advising Day
  • Jan. 11– Winter Session courses begin
  • Jan. 15 – Last day to drop Winter Session classes
  • Jan. 22 – Last day to withdraw from Winter Session classes (W grade on transcript)
  • Jan. 25 – Spring courses begin
  • Feb. 5 – Last day to drop Spring classes
  • April 9 – Last day to withdraw from Spring classes (W grade on transcript)
  • May 9 – Last day of instruction for Spring classes
  • May 10-14 – Métier Review/Presentation Week for all Schools
  • May 14 – Graduation Ceremony

Online Class Signup Instructions 

Using Student Planning to Plan & Register for Your Courses

You will use the Student Planning tool to do the following:

  1. Advising: Before using this tool, meet with your Academic Advisor/Mentor to go over your plan for the upcoming term’s courses.
  2. Select/Plan Courses: Plan the courses you want to take (plus a few extras in case all sections fill up).
  3. Request Review: Inform your Mentor that you have planned the recommended courses.
  4. Your Mentor will review your request and approve/deny courses.
  5. Select Sections: After having your request reviewed and approved, build your course schedule by planning the course sections you want to register for.
  6. Register: On or after your registration date/time, register for your planned sections.
  7. Drop/Add: During the add/drop period, use Student Planning to drop and add course sections.
  8. Print Your Schedule: You can print your final course schedule using Student Planning.

Each of these steps is documented in this Student Planning Guide for Students.


Resources to Help Create Your Schedule

Find Program Requirements

For information about your métier ("program") requirements, start by reviewing the year-by-year requirements in the catalog:

If you have questions about métier requirements, please contact your mentor. If you don’t know who your mentor is, contact your school office, or check the My Profile page under your Academic Profile in the Hub.

Help and Assistance

If you’re not sure what classes you need to graduate, here are links that will help:

  • To view your progress toward your degree, click on Go to My Progress in Self-Service.
  • To see a list of all the courses you've taken at CalArts, view your unofficial transcript on the Self-Service.
  • For questions about BFA Critical Studies or transfer credit, please contact our Academic Advisors at


If you have trouble logging into Self-Service, Catalog, or Hub Helper, contact CalArts IT at

If you’re logged in, but are having trouble adding a class, contact the Registrar’s Office at 661-253-7842 or