Academic Resources

CalArts Course Advising Day
CalArts Course Advising Day

Academic Records and Class Sign Up

The Office of the Registrar

Office of the Registrar is your main resource for help signing up for classes, transcripts, enrollment verifications, transfer credit evaluation, and general help with many of the questions you may have about your enrollment at CalArts.

CalArts Hub

The CalArts Hub is a portal to the Institute. The Hub gives you access to essential information such as your class schedule, unofficial transcript, grades, mentor assignments, announcements and the course catalog. To log in, use the same username and password as your CalArts email.


HubHelper is a CalArts site that is mainly used for submitting digital forms to the institute for processing. Like the Hub, you’ll log in using your email username and password. You can also update your personal information on the HubHelper and view your Mentor Reports or Mid-Residency and Graduation Reviews.


Class Signup

Class signup at CalArts happens in three phases:

  1. Required courses are added to student schedules in advance of registration.

  2. Students sign up for other required and elective courses online.

  3. Students meet with mentors and faculty at Course Advising Day to make final schedule changes in person.  Course Advising Day will happen virtually for Fall 2020.  Please watch your CalArts email for more information about this important day.

Class Signup Overview

Academic Standing

At the end of each semester, we assess each student’s progress by looking at two factors: total units completed at CalArts during the semester, and cumulative Critical Studies units completed overall.  This review is part of our Academic Standing Policy, and is one way for us to make sure that you stay on track to graduate. 

If you fall below these benchmarks in any given semester, you will be placed on Academic Warning.  We require that all students on Academic Warning meet with an Academic Advisor and Mentor to create a plan to get back into good standing.

Academic Advising

Office of Academic Advising 

At CalArts, our Academic Advisors work collaboratively with students, mentors and schools to help students identify their academic, personal and career goals. Please feel free to contact our Academic Advising Office by email ( if you have general questions about your degree requirements.  

Academic advising appointments are available by zoom 10 am-4 pm, Monday-Friday. Although the office does offer online drop-in advising, we recommended that students schedule an appointment in advance. 

Academic Support (hub login required)

Transfer Credits

Undergraduate students can transfer in units to apply toward their overall Critical Studies requirements, either from  college-level examinations or from coursework completed at another regionally accredited college or university.  If you completed college-level examinations such as AP tests, IB tests, or A-Level exams, check with the  appropriate examining body to make sure your official score report was sent to CalArts. If you completed coursework at another college or university, please send official transcripts directly to the CalArts Office of the Registrar.

If you have not completed additional units, but would like to get ahead this summer by enrolling at a local college in your area, please contact our Academic Advising team at so they can help you select appropriate courses for transfer.

Library Resources

CalArts Library 

The CalArts Library offers a full range of academic reference and instruction services with a focus on supporting the creative exploration of our community of students, faculty, artists, and scholars.  The Library has a collection of over 200,000 physical items, 300,000 electronic resources, and an archival and rare book collection.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library has remained open virtually, with access to the extensive electronic resources available 24 hours per day from anywhere in the world.  With the reopening of campus this fall, Library staff will be available for reference services online both by appointment and on-call.  Although some spaces will continue to be closed, most physical Library resources and spaces will be open to students by appointment and in accordance with appropriate social distancing safety measures.

Writing Center 

Located in the Library and managed by the School of Critical Studies, the Writing Center offers one-on-one support for students seeking help with a range of writing-related tasks.  Writing Center tutors are trained to assist students as they develop the skills of self-editing, organization, idea development, clarity and concision and critical thinking. 

Tutors in the Writing Center will be available to meet with students by zoom throughout the fall semester. Details regarding additional in-person services will be shared on the Writing Center website prior to the start of the semester.

Resources for Learning Remotely

Learning online requires a different set of skills than learning in a face-to-face class. If you're learning online this fall, CalArts has prepared some tips and guidelines to make the most of your learning experience.