Accessibility Requirements

CalArts is committed to supporting a teaching and learning environment that is accessible to all and in particular to individuals with disabilities. To this end, CalArts will strive to ensure all educational offerings that have an online/remote component (including hybrid courses) are, to the extent practicable, designed, developed, and implemented to be accessible to all users.

Under this Policy, all CalArts educational offerings designated as online, remote, or hybrid must:

  • Adhere to the CalArts Accessibility Requirements described below
  • Develop, purchase and/or acquire, to the extent feasible, hardware and software products that are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Promote awareness of this Policy to all members of the CalArts’ community, particularly those in roles that are responsible for creating, selecting, or maintaining electronic content and applications.

Recordings of synchronous meetings

All synchronous meetings (such as Zoom meetings for class instruction) should be recorded and shared with students so students can review them later. Note: recording and posting meetings only applies to class instruction; private meetings, such as meetings with mentees, should not be recorded unless requested by the student. 


Video captioning is required only when there is an accommodation request for captioning made to the Disability Services Office, or if the video is public-facing. However, in the spirit of accessibility and to mitigate workload if an accommodation request is made for captions, faculty are encouraged to caption all video content they share with their students in advance. Audio-only content should have a transcript of the recording. 

Image/Photo Descriptions

Images and photos embedded in course pages, web pages, or slideshow presentations should have alt text applied to them, or a caption that describes the image. Images or photos that appear in videos or recorded slideshow presentations should be verbally described so the description is included in the caption file. 

Readings and Documents

All readings and documents should be OCR-compatible. In other words, a reading from a book cannot be a photocopied scan—it must be scanned or converted using OCR so it is editable and searchable.

Slideshows (PowerPoint, Keynote)

Fonts on slideshow videos should be large enough for readability. A good guideline is to imagine how your slides will look on a typical mobile device and scale text accordingly. 

  • Note: The higher the screen resolution, the larger the font size needed. For instance, a suggested minimum font size for a high resolution (1080p) presentation slide is 30 points, while a standard resolution (4:3 presentation slide) is 24 points. When in doubt, bigger is better!