Class Signup Information

Class signup at CalArts happens in three phases. 

  1. First, required courses are added to student schedules in advance of registration. 
  2. Second, students sign up for other required and elective courses online. 
  3. Finally, students meet with mentors and faculty at Course Advising Day to make final schedule changes in person.


Course Advising Day is held the week before the start of the semester. Online registration for fall typically opens during the summer break, and online registration for spring opens at the end of the fall semester. Please see the Academic Calendar for specific dates.

Course Catalog and Academic Requirements

The Office of the Registrar maintains both the Academic Requirements and Course Catalog based on information submitted by the Schools and programs within the Institute.
The Course Catalog is a listing of all active courses at CalArts; as well as the class schedule, which lists detailed information about all of the classes/sections being offered in a given semester. For information about historical course records, or any course not displayed in the Archived Catalogs, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

CalArts Institute Policies

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for the consistent interpretation and application of academic policies approved by the faculty, as well as administrative policies and procedures that have been established to keep the Institute in compliance with state and federal regulations, and accreditation requirements. 

Academic policies include items such as minimum requirements for the degree and expectations for satisfactory academic progress. Administrative policies managed by the office include leaves of absence and withdrawals from the Institute, course registration and student privacy rights outlined in the Institute FERPA policy.


All academic and administrative policies are available to view at