Policies and Plans


For spring 2020 the faculty waive the expectation that a final project be presented in a physical space, or before a committee of faculty. Instead, students will present documentation of current and past work, along with a written statement of intent. Students will work with their mentors and program faculty to discuss the best format for this documentation, given the nature of the work, and the student’s access to specific tools. A graduation review will be scheduled through Zoom, to include at least two faculty members, and a written report will be drawn up and circulated through Hub Helper, to be approved by mentor and dean. Scheduling of these reviews will begin the week of April 13, and continue through the end of the semester.

To ensure that we are able to complete all graduation reviews in time, the responsibility of conducting mid-res reviews will fall directly to program faculty, who will forward reports to the Review Coordinator so that they can be uploaded to the Hub Helper page for approvals.

The School is committed to finding some way to enable all graduating students affected by this to have an exhibition of their work, either on campus or at some other location, once it is safe to do so. Details on this will be planned and discussed, with the students, over the coming months.


Michael Ned Holte is leading a committee of faculty and students to discuss and plan various options for staging missed shows in the Fall. Finalizing these plans will depend on the larger situation in late summer/early Fall


Studios will remain off-limits as long as the state of California orders a stay at home policy. Once that is lifted we will consult with Administration to decide on access rules. While we hope that the stay might be lifted by early summer, there is no indication that this will in fact happen.


The production labs also remain in lock-down indefinitely. However we are exploring ways to get needed equipment into students’ hands.

Check out equipment

In very limited circumstances it may still be possible to borrow a camera, but there are stringent protocols in place controlling access to campus. Please contact Darrell Walters or Chis Peters directly to see if your request can be handled. 

Using off-campus facilities

Right now, no non-essential business in Los Angeles is open, but once the situation with the virus eases, some small production facilities may open sooner than the campus. In that case we will consider providing membership access to those with advanced projects who need access to a kiln, welding equipment, or table saw

Project support/materials grants

Deans grants for project support will continue to be available through April, in amounts ranging from $200 - $500. As before, all that is needed is a brief project description and budget, which should be emailed to tlawson@calarts.edu These grants are linked to Financial Aid, and if you are ineligible for support in this way, we can also offer support through receipt reimbursement, for similar amounts. In this case you must attach an electronic receipt to your application.