Our plans for the fall 2021 semester

CCA faculty and staff feel especially hopeful about fall 2021. We look forward to welcoming you to CCA and starting you on your educational journey.

The creative community at California College of the Arts has kept us inspired and moving through uncertain times. We are so glad to welcome our newly admitted students into this community, and we look forward to eventually welcoming all of our students back to campus through careful planning and practical guidelines.

Our plans (and contingency plans)

We’ve learned a lot from the challenges of the past year, especially the importance of remaining agile. As we enact our plans to return to use of our campuses, the college will continue to act per the guidelines of state and local health officials and make decisions that prioritize student, staff, and faculty health and safety. In our planning, we’ve created a flexible framework that allows us to move forward thoughtfully and adjust as deemed necessary.

Returning to campus

At CCA, we uphold the value of hands-on learning, practicing by doing, and in-studio mentorship. We expect—and look forward to—all students returning to campus for in-person instruction and studio access, and resuming our live-on residency requirement, when it is deemed safe to do so.

We have been working diligently to provide a careful plan for reintroducing instruction on campus beginning this spring.

  • Select courses will be offered in a hybrid approach. Some instruction and practice with faculty in-person, combined with additional online instruction and assignments to be completed remotely.
  • Our geographic location and the temperate environment in California allow us to use outdoor spaces year-round, and our campuses offer open-air teaching spaces.
  • We adjusted our academic calendar to allow time for students to quarantine per campus housing move-in protocol, and we will not have a spring break in order to reduce risks introduced by travel during breaks.
  • CCA leadership appointed a Safety and Space Solutions Task Force to oversee our Return to Campus Plan and monitor implementation.

As we look toward fall 2021, CCA is working with the San Francisco Department of Public Health to ensure that we’re taking appropriate measures for staff and student health and safety as we plan to add managed campus access. Our COVID–19 prevention plan outlines requirements for:

  • Wearing masks that completely cover nose and mouth while on campus.
  • Social distancing in campus spaces by decreasing the number of students able to occupy a space; relocating classes to larger rooms; and scheduling student access to shops, studios, and labs.
  • Health assessments completed before accessing campus.
  • Limiting shared equipment and increasing sanitization practices.
  • Contact tracing as needed.
  • The college is also in the process of finalizing protocol for COVID–19 testing prior to a widespread return to campus. There’s currently a testing requirement for students living in campus housing.

We’re exploring additional options to support the safety of students while expanding in-person teaching for future semesters. These measures may include creating teaching cohorts and designated studio desk space, so students can receive instruction and complete assignments in one place instead of moving between classes.

Housing and dining are open and serving students

We’ll continue to offer on-campus housing with dining and meal plans.

  • We have kept campus housing open by following strict health and safety guidelines, including pre-move-in testing, as well as a quarantine period to ensure safety upon move-in.
  • Students living in CCA housing in fall 2020 were assigned to single-occupancy rooms with private bathrooms in our brand new residence, Founders Hall.
  • Our new dining facility, Makers Cafe, also opened fall 2020, and serves students healthy, varied, and made-from-scratch meals, conveniently and safely prepared for pre-order or grab-and-go.

We’ll continue to evaluate conditions and adjust housing policies as necessary to safely welcome our fall 2021 residents.

Remote instruction remains a flexible option

While we are planning and hope to be back on campus in fall 2021, we are also prepared with options to suit the needs of all students. We understand that individual circumstances may prevent a student from being able to travel to San Francisco or partake in in-person instruction as soon as next fall.

  • For the fall 2021 semester, we will continue to offer the full breadth of First Year coursework—including Core Studio, writing, and humanities and sciences courses—via online instruction.
  • We adapted our curriculum last summer to accommodate remote instruction while still effectively delivering our learning outcomes. We listened to feedback and made adjustments to our course schedules to accommodate students’ worldwide learning locations.

CCA is currently able to deliver online instruction while the COVID–19 pandemic continues, under authorization from the U.S. Department of Education. Remote instruction and distance learning will remain an option for all students for the duration of the emergency order, but students should also expect that this remains a temporary option with the plans to eventually return to on-campus learning.

Meet with us and stay informed!

Beginning in March 2021, CCA’s Enrollment Management leadership team will host monthly virtual meetings with open office hours to share updates about the college’s return-to campus plan and any related new health and safety information. On the first Thursday of each month, our vice president of enrollment and director of undergraduate admissions may be joined by deans or chairs from across the college to speak on topics such as housing, instruction, and campus access. Mark your calendar now; you’ll receive an email invite with the Zoom link to attend a week before each event.

  • March 4 – 4 pm and 7 pm PT
  • April 1 – 4 pm and 7 pm PT
  • May 6 – 4 pm and 7 pm PT
  • June 3 – 4 pm and 7 pm PT