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Academic Advising

On this website, you will find many resources to help you be successful at CalArts. It is recommended that you seek advising at least twice a semester. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Advising Mission Statement

Academic advising is an educational process that facilitates students’ understanding of the meaning and purpose of higher education. It fosters intellectual and personal development toward academic success and lifelong learning (NACADA, 2006).

Academic advisors complement the guidance students receive from their mentor, in which a collaborative relationship between advisor and student is formed to help students’ identify their academic, personal, and career goals while working towards fulfilling the requirements of their degree. This process of advisement creates an atmosphere of guidance, advocacy, and positive encouragement.

While academic advisors are here to support one’s educational journey, it remains the student’s responsibility to know and to meet all academic requirements. Schedule an appointment by calling the Registrar’s Office at 661-291-3404, or by email at bgershey@calarts.edu.

Advising Syllabus

Academic Advisors complement the guidance that students will receive from their mentors. Academic advisement is a collaborative relationship between the student and an advisor. Advisors work with students to identify their academic goals and guide students through the requirements of their degree. Advising is a process that helps students approach their degree in a holistic and organized way. Students can expect an atmosphere of guidance, support, and encouragement from their advisor. Advisement services are provided by the Institute Academic Advisor, housed in the Office of the Registrar, and by Peer Academic Advisors located in Tatum.

Your Academic Advisor Expects you to: You can expect your Academic Advisor to:
Be an active participant in advising and your educational experience. Answer Questions about the BFA and Certificate Program requirements
Arrive on time for advising appointments or call (661) 255-1050, ext 2164 if you are unable to keep your appointment. Introduce new students, on a one-to-one basis, to Institute academic policies and procedures
Come to appointments prepared with questions of concern to you. Be an active participant during your advisement appointment. Respect individuality & give honest feedback that helps with solving academic problems
Meet with the Institute Academic Advisor on a regular basis. Assist in the preparation of class schedules and academic planning
Update changes in phone number, and home/school address, and make the appropriate changes using Hub Helper. Document recommendations and suggestions covered in e-mails, phone conversations, or appointments
Check your e-mail and CalArts mailbox on a regular basis concerning updates and pertinent information Respond promptly to questions by e-mail, phone, or appointments
Accept responsibility for your own academic and personal growth Believe if an issue is important to you, it is important to us

Contact Information

Erin Lockett
Associate Registrar
Office of the Registrar
email: elockett@calarts.edu

Brian Gershey
Academic Advisor
Office of the Registrar
email: bgershey@calarts.edu

Advising Hours for Institute Academic Advisor

Appointments available 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday during the school year. 

Last edited by vroveto on Jan 15, 2016
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