FAQ

As of March 18, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has required extraordinary measures and sacrifices to protect the lives of our students, faculty, and staff, along with the communities around the globe in which we live. CalArts believes these are the right steps to take to combat the spread of the virus, that we are doing our part to enable the best management of this pandemic, and we all hope that we can return to normal as soon as possible.

We recognize that these decisions and actions are creating significant challenges for our community and that we are asking a lot of each of you in terms of flexibility, creativity, and goodwill. We will continue to update you by email and by posting important information to this CalArts coronavirus website.


What are the dates of remote-distance learning at CalArts?

Online and remote instruction begins on March 23 and will now continue for the remainder of the semester in an effort to enable increased social distancing for students, faculty, and staff by dramatically lowering the number of people physically on campus.

When will current students be able to return to campus for classes this semester?

For the safety and health of our community, CalArts will exclusively have remote classes for the remainder of the 2020 spring semester. Students will be able to complete all their spring 2020 coursework remotely, without being required to return to the CalArts Campus.

Weren’t we supposed to return to campus on April 13?

CalArts made the decision to temporarily suspend in-person classes on March 10, 2020, and we had planned to continue remote learning through April 13. As of last night (March 17), the escalation of measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and the updates regarding the potential length of time required for these social distancing measures in our area have led to our decision to continue with remote teaching through the end of the semester, and likely into the summer.

I’m in xx program, how am I supposed to report to class?

Beginning on March 23, 2020, all forms of instruction inclusive of courses, independent studies, studios, lessons, reviews, and the like, will be conducted online or via other remote methods for the remainder of the semester. CalArts is working to actively implement virtual learning and remote curricular delivery to ensure academic continuity and degree progress for all students. Each school, and each program, is different, so it will be important for students to be in touch with their faculty mentors, course faculty, Program Directors, and Deans about these changes.

What is happening to students living on campus? 

CalArts has been advised to minimize the people on campus, and student housing residents—who can do so—are encouraged to explore off-campus living arrangements to further increase social distancing. For students who would like to vacate their room and move off-campus, they may choose to do so and be eligible to receive credit towards a future semester for both room and board.

What about food for on-campus residents?

We will continue to run food operations under these unusual circumstances so long as there is a need to do so.

What about student thesis shows, showcases, performances, openings?

All performances, recitals, gallery openings, etc. will not occur in-person this semester.  Student access to the physical buildings at CalArts – studios, labs, etc. – will remain restricted throughout the end of the 2020 spring semester. 

Will CalArts provide exhibition/performance space once restrictions are lifted?

Given the volume of activity that will be required when social distancing mandates are relaxed, CalArts faculty and staff are working to find additional spaces in the Santa Clarita and Los Angeles areas that could be used for student exhibitions, performances, screenings, etc. 

Will I still be able to graduate?

Students who participate in and successfully complete the online curriculum for the remainder of this semester will graduate and receive their diploma on schedule. They will not be required to return to campus for this to happen.

Is commencement still scheduled for May? 

Commencement will be postponed as an in-person experience until the COVID-19 restrictions end. CalArts will be contacting graduating students seeking feedback on how to best creatively celebrate online. CalArts also plans to have larger celebrations and showcases this fall to highlight student work and to create a focus on spring 2020 graduating students who can be in the area and participate. 

Will I be able to enter campus and get my xx? 

Faculty and staff will need their ID to enter the campus, and students will need to schedule an appointment before their visit to the campus. Details about services will be forthcoming on the website as they are determined.

I am feeling really anxious about this...where can I get support?

CalArts’ Counseling Services continue to support student well-being and have online options that students can utilize at this time. You can find more information by calling 661-253-7874. In addition, all students have access to our 24/7 counseling line at 855-364-7981.