Class Signup

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 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 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 select 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

Fall 2020 Course Modalities

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in profound ways, including the ways in which we are able to gather as a learning community. CalArts considers the safety of its students, faculty, and staff an absolute priority; we are committed to following approaches based on sound science and guidelines from national and local health authorities.

As a result, classes for Fall 2020 will be offered in multiple modalities, with both on campus and fully remote offerings. By limited on-campus instruction to curriculum that can only be provided effectively in-person, we can manage schedules and space for our students, faculty, and staff to access studios, shops, labs, and equipment while maintaining safe physical distancing. On-campus classes offered may adopt innovative approaches to ensure that we follow guidelines for physical distancing. Different remote modalities will combine asynchronous and synchronous opportunities for engaging with course content, your faculty, and your fellow students. As you are building your schedule for the fall, please learn about the spectrum of available modalities. Not every class will be available in more than one modality, but be aware of the options and of how to identify them at registration time.

CalArts’ Fall 2020 Course Modalities

Please click here for more detailed information on Course Modalities.

Virtual 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. 

More details about the structure of our first ever Virtual Course Advising Day will posted here as soon as possible.

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 

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