Class Signup

2020 Summer Semester

In light of the impact that COVID-19 may have had on students during the Spring 2020 semester. The Office of the Provost is opening up registration for two online Critical Studies classes, free of charge for the Summer 2020 term. The courses are being offered free of charge this summer to assist students with degree progress, but this will not necessarily be the case for future summer offerings. Registration for these two online classes will be prioritized as follows: Spring 2020 BFA Pending Graduates, continuing BFA 4 students, then by class level. All students will receive a signup time by email.

Online Summer classes will be held June 1 – July 30. Registration will open Tuesday, May 19 with staggered registration throughout the day. Online registration will be available to add or drop courses through Monday, June 8. Course withdrawals may be processed online through the withdrawal deadline on Monday, July 6.

2020 Fall Semester

Fall 2020 online class signup for all students opens on August 11, with start times staggered throughout the day. All students will receive a signup time by email. Once your signup time begins, log into the CalArts Course Catalog 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 August 3.

The Office of the Registrar also has many resources to help you plan your semester. We’re available by phone (new remote phone number 661-451-0140), by email (, and in person during regular business hours (once campus reopens). Our academic advisors will also hold several open advising events in May – keep an eye on your email for those times and dates.

Online registration will be available to add or drop courses through Friday, September 25. course withdrawals may be processed online through the withdrawal deadline on Friday, November 20, with the exception of students withdrawing from the Institution (to withdraw from all classes, contact the office of the registrar at 

Review Class Signup Checklist

Course Advising Day

For courses that are not available through online signup, and for general mentoring and discussion with faculty, students are invited to attend course advising day. This is where you will have the opportunity to sign up for any courses listed as permission of instructor. Course Advising Day will be held on Thursday, September 10. Students are assigned a morning or afternoon time by last name. 

  • A-K, 1:30 - 4:30 pm
  • L-Z, 9 am - noon

Important Dates for Class Signup 

  • May 11 – Summer schedule available on the Hub
  • May 19 – Summer online class signup begins for continuing students
  • June 1 – Summer courses begin
  • June 8 – Last day to add or drop Summer classes
  • July 6 – Last day to withdraw from Summer classes (W grade on transcript)
  • Aug. 3 - Fall schedule available on the Hub
  • Aug. 11 – Fall online class signup begins for all students
  • Sept. 10 – Course Advising Day
  • Sept. 14 – Fall courses begin
  • Sept. 25 – Last day to add or drop Fall classes
  • Nov. 20 – Last day to withdraw from Fall classes (W grade on transcript)
  • Dec. 20 – Last day of Fall semester

Online Class Signup Instructions

Build Your Preferred List of Sections

  1. Sign in to the CalArts Course Catalog using your CalArts credentials (your username is your email address without the If you don’t remember your password, go to and click on “How Do I: Reset my CalArts Credentials.”
  2. Once you are signed in, browse sections by clicking on the Browse Fall 2020 Sections menu. You can search for specific sections by typing in part of the course title or faculty name, or you can browse by subject, school, course type, and Critical Studies area.  Be sure to look at sections in the correct academic level!
  3. Add classes of interest to your Preferred List. You’ll come back to this list when you’re ready to finalize registration in your classes.

As you browse sections, remember that you may already have classes preloaded (pre-enrolled) onto your schedule. Be sure to check this before you get too far along in your planning – if it’s preloaded, it’s required for graduation and you should NOT drop it.

There will also be a number of sections marked as “Permission of Instructor.” These classes must be added in person at Course Advising Day and you will not be allowed to add them online.

Register for Sections from Your Preferred List

    1.     Sign in to the CalArts Course Catalog to view your Preferred List. 

    2.     Select “Register for Courses.” This will take you from the Course Catalog to the Hub for registration (you will be prompted to sign in again).

    3.    In “Register and Drop Sections” review the sections in your Preferred List. From the Action drop down options, select “Register” then click “Submit” (we recommend adding just one section at a time for smoother processing).

    4.     You will get confirmation of successful registration, or you will see an error message if you were not able to add the class. Common error messages include “section closed,” which means there are no more seats available, or “available by permission of instructor only,” which means you need to add the course at Course Advising Day.

    5.     After you have added all of the classes on your Preferred List, review your full schedule by clicking on My Schedule.

If you are using a public computer, please log off from both the Hub and Catalog for security reasons.

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:

  • For information about your Critical Studies requirements, check your degree audit through the Hub. If you don’t know how to run your degree audit, please review this guide to running your degree audit .
  • To see a list of all the courses you've taken at CalArts, view your unofficial transcript on the Hub.
  • For questions about BFA Critical Studies or transfer credit, please contact our Academic Advisors at


If you have trouble logging into the Hub, 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