2021 FALL TERM

Is the campus open for the 2021 Fall term?
Yes. For Fall Term, the entire Gnomon campus will be open and accessible, though some specific spaces may have staggered or limited schedules.
For the safety of the Gnomon community and our guests, please note that all students, staff, faculty, and campus visitors be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, wear a face covering on campus, and practice physical distancing.
Please note that those who do not submit proof of vaccination and/or comply with Gnomon’s published health and safety protocols will not be allowed entry into campus.
Is the campus open for tours?
Yes, with advance reservation and adherence to established health and safety guidelines listed above. All campus visitors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, wear a face covering on campus, and practice physical distancing. Tour guests must be 12 years of age or older. Tour groups will be limited to 10 people per time slot. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact our Office of Admissions.
Are administrative departments available remotely if I want to limit my time on campus?
For student convenience, many of Gnomon’s offices continue to have a presence online, while also being accessible on campus. All offices are available via email, as is standard. Please contact the specific office you wish to communicate for information.
Is the Student Store open?
Yes. The Gnomon Student Store is open for limited hours during the Fall term. Please reach out to the Store for details.
Where can I park?
Street parking is available but is metered and can be limited. Alternately, parking is available in the lot directly south of the Gnomon campus on Romaine and Cahuenga. To use this lot, students must obtain a keycard which can be purchased online through the Student Web Portal. See below.
How can I purchase a parking pass?
Please send your request to Student Accounts or you may purchase online through the Student Web Portal. Students must obtain a keycard which can be purchased online for $140.00 per term. Each keycard is active until after makeup week of the current term. There is a $15.00 replacement fee if the keycard is damaged, lost, or stolen. Keycards must be returned at the end of the term to Student Accounts.
Where can I eat if kitchens are not available?
The roof top garden, the lounge below Labs 4 & 5, the lower garden near lobby, and the indoor lounge near lobby. Some vending machines will be stocked, and these are located north of main lobby.

COVID HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Does Gnomon require students to get the COVID 19 vaccination?
Yes. All persons planning to be on Gnomon’s campus this Fall Term must submit proof of Full Vaccination in advance unless receiving an approved exemption for medical or religious/philosophical reasons. While our goal is a 100% vaccinated population, we legally must allow for exemptions for students, staff, and faculty. Any person who requires an exemption for these noted reasons, please contact Student Affairs for the Exemption Form. The Form, which contains requirements clarifying continuous Covid-19 testing, specific protocols and safety procedures for the unvaccinated, must be submitted and approved prior to entrance.
Campus guests who are not enrolled in or employed by the School are ineligible for an exemption and must submit proof of full vaccination prior to entrance or make alternative arrangements with the Office of Admissions for a virtual experience.
What does it mean to be fully immunized/vaccinated?
In general, people are considered fully vaccinated:
  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine.
Which vaccines will be accepted?
To meet the Gnomon’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, a vaccine must be approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or World Health Organization (WHO). As of June 3, 2021, WHO has evaluated the following vaccines against Covid-19 and determined they meet the necessary criteria for safety and efficacy: AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, Johnson and Johnson, Moderna, Pfizer/BionTech, Sinopharm, and Sinovac.
Is the vaccine safe?
According the the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Please see: Ensuring COVID-19 Vaccine Safety in the US.
How can I access the COVID-19 vaccine?
The COVID-19 vaccine is available to the public at no cost. For assistance finding a vaccine administration location, please visit:
  • LA County Department of Public Health
  • California State Vaccine Appointment site
  • Numerous pharmacies throughout Southern California are also offering the vaccine, including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Vons/Albertsons, Ralphs, and Costco (members only).
  • LA County COVID tracing call center can help schedule appointments: Call (833) 540-0473 daily between 8 am and 8:30 pm.
  • Vaccines.gov
  • In partnership with the Los Angeles Fire Department, LAX is now offering free one-dose Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccinations for those 18 and older. Vaccine availability is subject to change. The vaccine clinic is open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday (closed Sundays). For more information, see: Fly LAX Vax and Testing
How do I submit my COVID-19 immunization records?
Gnomon has created a password-protected website where students are able to upload their vaccination and exemption information. If you are a student, please email Student Affairs in order to gain access to the website.
What may occur if there are active COVID-19 cases on campus to the unvaccinated student who has an approved exemption?
In active infectious disease outbreak situations, students granted an exemption may be asked to vacate campus, and may not be allowed to return to campus, for their protection, until the outbreak is declared to be over. These situations will be determined on a case-by-case basis, and in consultation with state and local public health officials.
All students have the Right to Withdraw at any time, and unless a Withdrawal is activated by the student, the individual is responsible for any missed course work and all tuition or other charges regardless of campus presence. Students may also request a Leave of Absence, and in the case of an emergency, an Emergency Leave of Absence. Please view Gnomon’s Student Catalog for eligibility and information.
Are all on-campus employees during 2021 Fall Term required to be vaccinated for COVID-19?
Yes, all employees who are working on campus during the Fall Term have been required to receive and provide proof of the COVID 19 vaccination or have a completed and approved Exemption Form.
What are the safety protocols for the Fall Term? Is there be a mask mandate?
All students currently enrolled in the Fall Term have received health and safety protocols, rules, and regulations prior to the term start. Each student is required to provide necessary documentation and follow all steps before being allowed on campus.
County guidelines that determine Gnomon’s ability to operate in-person are changing rapidly, and very few protocols are at the School’s discretion. For this reason, many details including specific health and safety protocols such as requiring personal protective equipment, social distancing, and additional best-practices, are subject to change at the city, county and state level.
The School will continue to seek guidance from public health experts on what is legally permitted and medically advisable, and we will certainly keep our student population, and entire community, informed. We will keep our community regularly updated as more specific information is made available.
Gnomon has a designated COVID-19 Compliance Task Force that is responsible for establishing and enforcing all COVID-19 safety protocols and ensuring that staff, faculty and students receive education about COVID-19. Gnomon also has assigned a COVID-19 Compliance Officer to oversee the task force and who serves as a liaison in the event of an outbreak on campus. For questions or additional information, please contact Gnomon's COVID-19 Compliance Officer, Chris Strompolos.
Gnomon has purchased and provided in many classrooms, labs and the library Aerus Pure & Clean w/ ActivePure Technology air filtration units. Gnomon Operations is working closely with the property owners of the Hollywood Exchange property to upgrade HVAC system with advanced filtration, heightening MERV and HEPA standards for internal air filtration for all interior classroom and office spaces.
PPE Supplies and Cleaning Stations for proper hand hygiene and disinfection are available to all students, staff and faculty at strategic locations campus-wide.
Gnomon has:
  • A designated COVID-19 Compliance Task Force that is responsible for establishing and enforcing all policies and procedures to support the health of our community
  • A designated COVID-19 Compliance Officer who serves as a liaison to DPH in the event of an outbreak on campus.
  • Mandated that an appropriate face mask that covers the nose and mouth is required. Please see mask instructional webpage. The mask must be worn by all individuals at all times while on campus when in contact or likely to come into contact with others. Faculty members, teachers or lecturers may wear face shields with a cloth drape attached to the bottom of the shield and tucked into the shirt, instead of face masks when lecturing. Masks will be available, at no cost, to all individuals entering the campus. Any individual who does not comply with wearing a mask properly will be asked to leave the campus.
  • Mandated that masks are worn consistently and correctly during eating or drinking. All individuals on site are discouraged from eating or drinking in any interior space. When eating or drinking, it is preferred to do so outdoors and away from others.
  • Mandated that all individuals entering campus are instructed to wear their face masks properly and to properly wash, replace, or sanitize their face mask frequently.
  • Mandated that all employees, vendors and delivery personnel have been provided instructions regarding maintaining physical distancing and the use face masks when around others. Any individual who does not comply with wearing a mask properly will be asked to leave the campus.
  • Ensure break rooms, restrooms, classrooms, labs, offices and other common areas and commonly touched items will be disinfected throughout the day and evening. Enhanced cleaning of all campus buildings will be completed on a regular basis by a professional cleaning service and trained custodial staff.
  • Disallowed the use of drinking fountains and communally shared water refilling stations as this is prohibited. Students are encouraged to carry their own water.
  • Ensured and communicated that student kitchens will be tailored for partial use only. Refrigerators will be made available, however, the communal use, supply and availability of cooking and eating utensils, plates, dishes, napkins will not be available and student kitchens do not contain an area to dine. Students are encouraged to bring their own items to campus, eat off-campus, and/or dine in an exterior/outdoor space.
  • Communicated that the Gnomon Student Store will not sell food or beverages until further notice.
The most current guidelines from the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health and the CDC will be posted and made available to all individuals entering the Gnomon campus in both printed and digital formats.
Have there been known cases of COVID-19 at Gnomon?
Gnomon has been in campus closure since March 2020, with only a partial, and limited, open in Summer Term 2021. Pre-closure in 2020, and during Summer Term partial open, no active COVID-19 cases were disclosed or known on campus.
How will Gnomon handle known cases of COVID-19 among its community?
Gnomon has been certified in COVID-19 Safety Compliance by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health. We are prepared to fully implement all required COVID-19 protocols as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the LACDPH to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
Gnomon has a designated COVID-19 Compliance Task Force that is responsible for establishing and enforcing all COVID-19 safety protocols and ensuring that staff, faculty and students receive education about COVID-19. Gnomon also has a designated COVID-19 Compliance Officer who serves as a liaison in the event of an outbreak on campus.
A COVID-19 Prevention Program and Response Plan has been crafted and is available per request.
In the case of a positive COVID-19 case, the area in question would be evacuated and closed off as soon as possible. A request to our cleaning crew for a deep clean and sanitizing service (hospital grade) would be placed immediately. In some cases, it might be best to let the room “rest” 24 hours before sending a crew in to clean and sanitize.
Any individual on campus who had potential COVID-19 exposure will be contacted to notify them of their potential or presumed exposure and directed to quarantine and seek testing per CADPH guidelines. Unvaccinated persons may be asked to leave campus, for their safety, and must wait for approval to return.
Detailed due diligence and notifications will be provided and reported to the LA County Department of Public Health.
What are the capacity restrictions for in-person class attendance?
Gnomon’s classrooms will have no more than 18 students in a physical classroom, and an average class size of 12 students is likely, as possible. Any additional capacity restrictions mandated by the County will be adopted to fulfill our obligation to keep students, staff and faculty safe.
What if Delta or another COVID variant causes local case counts to go up? Will classes go back online?
Gnomon’s campus closure in 2020 was at the discretion of Los Angeles County. Gnomon is not aware of future mandates the County may announce, however if Gnomon is required to close again, for any reason, the College will have no choice but to comply, and likely move classes back to an online paradigm, as available. For complete information, please see: Reopening LA County.
What should I do if I am experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?
Please remain home, and if on campus, leave as soon as possible for your safety and all others in our community. Immediately contact your medical provider for testing and other health and wellness guidance.
Please review CDC recommendation:
What should I do if I’m not vaccinated and test positive with COVID-19?
If your test results for COVID-19 are positive, this means that COVID-19 (coronavirus) was found in your test sample, and you have been diagnosed with a COVID-19 infection. Contact your medical provider immediately and let them know that you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. This will help them ensure you get the best possible care and protect others.
If you have a medical emergency, call 911 and tell them you have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
You may not enter campus for any reason until you are approved to return. If you have not already done so, please isolate yourself at home right away. You must stay in isolation even if you do not have any symptoms.
Contact Student Affairs as soon as possible at so the College may begin procedures to keep our community safe and guide you through next steps.
View additional recommendations from the CDC: 10 Things You Can Do to Manage Your COVID-19 Symptoms at Home

STUDENT LIFE

Are events, clubs, and student activities being held on campus?
Yes - most events, activities and clubs will be on campus. Some student-centered activities may continue to be in an online format.
Is Gnomon continuing to support cloud-based rendering for program students?
Yes, Gnomon has decided to continue offering students the added value of rendering remotely. The College has partnered with RebusFarm, Chaos Cloud, and GridMarkets - online render services that support a variety of software – to support program enrolled students.
For individual course takers looking for rendering options, there are a number of render farm providers around the world, including the ones listed above.
A list of render farms that support V-Ray can be found here.
Most of these vendors provide a multitude of render options through a variety of renderers (not just V-Ray). Costs can range dramatically farm to farm. Cost is primarily driven by the renderer the client (you) choose, but can be managed by ensuring projects are optimized prior to job submission. It is also a good idea to perform spot or wedge render jobs (one render every 30 frames – or more) to ensure there are no errors. Please also note that custom plugins and scripts may not be supported – check with the provider prior to signing up if you are using custom plugins that may not be supported on their farm.
How can I connect with current students?
There are many ways to become part of Gnomon’s vibrant student community:
Student Council:
Whether you want to learn more about student organizations or participate in virtual events, the Student Council is a valuable resource.
For more information on how you can get involved, contact your Student Council or visit the Gnomon Student Council Facebook group.
Student Clubs:
There are various student-run Gnomon Clubs (Animation, Games, Life Drawing, VFX), which provide an energetic community forum for collaboration, learning, and experience within specific disciplines. Club activities include, but are not limited to, guest speakers, sketch events, career-specific lectures, and social/virtual gatherings. Students are welcome to join multiple clubs.
How can I best take care of my mental wellbeing during COVID-19 public health crisis?
As a Gnomon program student, you have access to wellness resources such as confidential virtual counseling and the Gnomon Student Services Program (GSAP) to support your needs as you pursue your academic goals.
Virtual Counseling
Program students can schedule a free, confidential appointment with Gnomon’s Student Counselor within their Student Portal or contact Office of Student Affairs.