Mask Policy

Masking at CalArts is optional indoors. However, courses, spaces, events, etc., designate their own masking policies, which may be stricter.
All students are expected to follow CalArts policies regarding masking, vaccination, testing, and quarantine guidelines, as well as specific requirements for courses, events and activities.

Students who do not wear a mask when required, or wear one improperly, will be asked to leave the class session, event, or activity, in order to ensure the health and safety of the community.

Masking in Character Animation Courses

In line with CalArts guidelines, each Character Animation course will designate its own masking policy, which will be indicated on page 1 of each syllabus. Masking is either required, or recommended. Students must refer to their individual course syllabi for the masking policy for each of their courses.

Syllabi may also indicate any further specifics related to masking. For example, a syllabus might state: "masking is required, but life drawing models may be unmasked."

If CalArts puts in place masking requirements more strict than indicated in individual Character Animation syllabi, CalArts’ requirements supersede them.


Masking is required at all Character Animation events, including Friday Night Talks, Portfolio Day and other program events.

* Please note that guest speakers at Friday Night Talks may unmask, but all attendees must mask.

Food / eating

Eating is not permitted in Character Animation courses, at Character Animation events, and in Character Animation computer labs.

CalArts COVID-19 Policy

Anyone in the community who has symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home and not come to campus.

Anyone in the community who experiences close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must immediately report this to the COVID Compliance Team and be tested. Contact COVID Compliance via the LiveSafe app or email:

Reporting COVID-19 Positive Cases

Anyone in the community who tests positive for COVID-19 must report their status using the LiveSafe app, or email, and will need to isolate. After positive results are reported, the COVID Compliance Team will reach out to the individual with instructions and specific questions for the purpose of contact tracing.

Individuals may return to campus after the following:

  • they have isolated for a minimum of 5 days,
  • they no longer have COVID symptoms, and
  • they have tested negative using an antigen test.

Isolation for Residence Life

For students living in the dorms on campus, spaces have been reserved on campus in the event that a student needs to quarantine or isolate.