Our plans for the fall 2021 semester

We are excited to share the good news that we are already beginning our return to use of our campuses.

We look forward to welcoming our incoming class to campus this fall, while offering flexibility for circumstances affecting travel or health considerations. As we begin to open access to campus spaces for our students, faculty, and staff, 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.

A return to creating on campus

At CCA, we uphold the value of hands-on learning, practicing by doing, and in-studio mentorship, so we have been thoughtful in ways to achieve this under the circumstances brought about by the COVID–19 pandemic. CCA staff have been hard at work imagining and building new spaces that allow for enhanced health and safety standards, including larger making spaces for more physical distancing and increased air circulation.

Using existing outdoor campus space in San Francisco and taking advantage of the temperate California climate, we are proud to announce the opening of a new outdoor maker space on CCA’s Backlot for instruction and “studio” work. Improving local public health conditions, have also allowed a limited reopening of indoor studio spaces.

Health and safety updates

Campus safety protocols

According to current health order requirements, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to CCA campuses are expected to wear a face covering that fully covers mouth and nose at all times when on campus. To better facilitate safety in our making spaces, CCA will be implementing additional policies such as:

  • Extending indoor/outdoor teaching space into our Backlot
  • Shop reservations to manage occupancy
  • Active studio management

As public health orders are revised, CCA may continue to update these requirements.

COVID–19 vaccine requirement

The college announced a requirement for all students who plan to have any presence on campus to be fully vaccinated for COVID–19 by September 1, 2021. Any student who plans to take courses on campus this Fall needs to be present in San Francisco at the start of the semester–September 1st–unless they have been granted an approved extension. This requirement extends to all college staff and faculty as well. CCA understands certain circumstances may qualify for exemptions to this policy (disability, medical, religious) and will discuss reasonable accommodations via an exemption request process. For questions about this policy, see our FAQ.

COVID–19 vaccines are available in California to anyone over the age of 16, irrespective of citizenship. We understand that access to vaccination appointments and supply may vary by location. If you are unable to receive the vaccination prior to traveling to the Bay Area, we will assist you when you arrive at CCA. We have extended the CCA Housing move-in period to accommodate students who will need to be vaccinated in San Francisco before the start of the semester.

Housing and dining are open and serving students

We are excited to welcome all students into CCA Housing, and glad to offer more student housing than ever while prioritizing student health and safety with the requirement that all students and staff be vaccinated against COVID–19 by the start of the semester.

All incoming first-year and transfer students who plan to have any presence on campus in fall 2021 for hybrid instruction will be required to live on campus, per CCA’s live-on residency policy.

Students may request a roommate of their choice at the time of filling out their housing application. The San Francisco Department of Public Health’s guidelines allow colleges to assign two students per sleeping room in dormitories. We will make fall 2021 assignments accordingly, so students assigned to a double-room type in the residence halls will be assigned a roommate.

CCA Housing and Residential Education has updated their move-in process to accommodate students who do not have access to COVID-19 vaccine appointments before coming to San Francisco. CCA Housing’s move-in schedule will be based on their status and appointments will still be required. Students who have indicated their vaccine status in their CCA Workday account will be contacted to schedule their move-in appointment. Please note, based on CCA’s new move-in schedule, by August 27 all residential students (except medical, disability, or religious exemptions) will either be fully vaccinated or have completed a seven-day quarantine and received their first or final dose of the vaccine.

Our new dining facility, Makers Cafe, located on the ground floor of Founders Hall, has been serving students healthy, varied, and made-from-scratch meals, conveniently and safely prepared for pre-order or grab-and-go since last fall.

Important CCA housing dates

  • Mid-July – Room and roommate assignments will be emailed to students who completed the registration and agreement by the deadline
  • July 10–August 20 – At this time, students have the opportunity to upgrade their meal plan if desired
  • August 19–28 – Residence hall move-in period

Visiting campus

In order to protect our staff and students currently on campus, we are not able to accommodate guests visiting our campus. We offer the ability to virtually walk through campus with one of our student ambassadors on a guided virtual tour.

Undergraduate enrollment action items

First-year students

All new incoming students should be completing their Enrollment Action Items in their CCA Workday account as they appear. Please reference our Undergraduate Enrollment Checklist for more information and instructions on how to complete these items.

Important enrollment dates

  • Early-July – Registered students will be able to view their bill in their CCA Workday account
  • August 1 – First tuition payment is due (set up a payment plan by this date)
  • August 19–28 – Fall 2021 CCA Housing move-in period
  • September 1 – First day of classes
  • September 9 – Deadline to have student health insurance waiver approved

Instruction of classes and class schedules

We are very much looking forward to welcoming as many students as possible back on campus with a new fall schedule that will rely on hybrid instruction to support making, as well as the most vibrant aspects of campus life, while still safeguarding the health of our community. Additionally, 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 this fall, so we will continue to offer the full breadth of First Year coursework via online instruction. While we will offer this for the upcoming semester, students should also expect that this is a temporary option with the plans to eventually return to on-campus learning for all.

We are offering courses instructed via two formats:

Hybrid – A class taught partially in-person and partially online with both meetings in real-time and content that is delivered in pre-recorded format for students to read or watch at their own time and pace.

  • Lectures and demonstrations are pre-recorded
  • Critique and feedback are given live via Zoom, shared voice recordings, or written
  • Classes also meet in-person for some discussions, field trips, and studio work

Online – A class taught fully online, with both virtual meetings in real-time and content that is delivered in pre-recorded format; students can read or watch this content at their own time and pace.

  • Lectures and demonstrations are pre-recorded
  • Critique and feedback are given live via Zoom, shared voice recordings, or written
  • Class discussions are hosted live via Zoom, weekly one to two hours

Students that join us on campus this fall should anticipate class schedules with a mix of instruction formats; not all classes in a student’s schedule will be delivered via hybrid instruction. Students should expect to complete humanities and sciences courses via online instruction in order to reduce student density on campus. Students who are coming to campus will have an integrated schedule, meaning that they will have some hybrid classes and some online classes. Incoming first-year students who are unable to travel to and live on campus this fall will still have the option for a full schedule of classes with online instruction.

Meet with us and stay informed!

CCA’s Enrollment Management leadership team will continue to host monthly virtual meetings on the first Thursday of each month, to share updates about the college’s return-to-campus plan and any related new health and safety information. Mark your calendar now; you’ll receive an email invite with the Zoom link to attend a week before each event.

  • June 3 – 4 pm and 7 pm PT
  • July 8 – 4 pm and 7 pm PT (note: hosted second Thursday due to holiday)
  • August 5 – 4 pm and 7 pm PT

For more information, email [email protected].