CalArts Returns

Information for Summer and Fall 2021

Based on the latest trends in California and guidance from public health officials, we are planning to welcome all students back to campus this fall. While the majority of CalArts classes will be held in-person, on campus, there are some hybrid and remote courses. The first day of classes for the Fall 2021 semester is Sept. 13. 

  • Go to our Remote / Hybrid page for faculty and student resources for remote and hybrid instruction. 

Our knowledge and understanding of the COVID-19 virus continues to evolve, and our policies and plans will be updated as appropriate as more information becomes available. Check back here for our latest updates and announcements.

Welcome Session for Students and Families

On June 22, 2021, CalArts held a virtual welcome session for new and returning students and their families. During the session, CalArts leadership address topics like orientation, registration, housing, meal plans, and health and wellness, as well as specific guidance regarding COVID-19.

Updated 07/29/21

Summer 2021

  • Campus is open Monday-Friday from 9 am-7 pm with final entries at 4:30 pm.
  • There is no access to campus on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • All campus visitors need to download and use the LiveSafe app. Be prepared to show your “green checkmark” at the security gate and main entrance. Watch How to Access and Enter Campus for a step-by-step guide for Summer 2021.

*Please note: most offices are continuing remote operations.

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Vaccination Requirements

For the 2021-2022 academic year, CalArts requires that all faculty and staff be fully vaccinated by August 1, 2021, and all students by August 15, 2021 to be prepared for the start of the semester. 

This list will be updated as WHO approves additional vaccines.  As of June 15, 2021, WHO gave the green light to the COVID-19 vaccine made by: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Covishield and Comirnity.

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Fall 2021 Orientation

This year’s orientation will be held both online and in-person on campus.

  • First-year students
    First-year students will begin receiving virtual orientation modules in July and will complete in-person sessions in September. On-campus orientation dates are Sept. 5-11.

  • Second-year students
    We are also planning special orientation events for second-year students who have not yet had the opportunity to participate in on-campus classes and activities. Second-year students’ on-campus orientation events will also take place Sept. 5-11.

*For additional information about important Fall 2021 dates, please visit our CalArts Welcome and Orientation page.

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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 9. Students are assigned a morning or afternoon time by last name. 

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


Campus Access Fall 2021

  • In order to access campus you must verify that you are fully vaccinated and display your CalArts ID at all times.
  • New students will be provided information on how to obtain their ID at orientation.
  • If you have lost your ID, or have an outdated one (one that isn’t blue), then you can request a replacement ID. 

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Health and Safety Guidelines

  • Face Coverings
    Based on Center for Disease Control and Los Angeles County Public Health guidance, face coverings are no longer required for those who are fully vaccinated. However, face coverings are still required indoors on campus for everyone until further notice.
  • COVID-19 Testing
    If a student shows symptoms of COVID-19, the Student Health Center will provide a free test. 
  • Quarantine and Isolation
    Spaces have been reserved on campus in the event that a student needs to be quarantined or isolated.  If these spaces are full, the Institute will assist the student in finding an appropriate place to fulfill this requirement.

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Latest COVID-19 Announcements and Updates

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