Dear students,

As Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT), I want to let you know that we care deeply about your experience as an FCAT student, whether you are studying contemporary arts, communication, interactive arts and technology, publishing or digital media. We are aware that this is a time of extra uncertainty for all of you given the COVID-19 pandemic, and you no doubt have many questions and concerns about how your student experience will be impacted. At Simon Fraser University and in our Faculty, I have been amazed at the level of commitment of our students, staff and faculty to adapt under these trying circumstances.

A limited number of courses are being offered with an in-person component this fall. If you are enrolled in one of those courses, please complete the COVID-19 Safety Training for Students on Canvas and confirm with your instructor that you have completed it. Students who plan to visit campus for any reason should also complete this training module.

Please be assured that our commitment to provide you the best possible education has not wavered. I hope the resources below will help you to navigate some of the uncertainty. Should you need further assistance, our advisors are here for you. 

Take care and stay safe,

Owen Underhill

Dean pro tem, Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology


  • Visit the SFU FAQ page for the most up to date information about how SFU is responding to COVID-19.

Plans for the fall term

Advising support

  •  Undeclared students or those with fewer than 60 units can contact an SFU advisor for support. All advising is now online or by phone.
  •  Students with 60 units or more should consult their program advisor. FCAT advising is now being done remotely by phone, email and videoconference.

o School for the Contemporary Arts advising

o School of Communication advising

o School of Interactive Arts and Technology advising

Graduate students

International students

  • New and returning international students who are currently outside of Canada, and plan to travel to BC to return to studies, must self-quarantine under the Quarantine Act. Any student arriving from outside of Canada must self-isolate and monitor themselves for symptoms of Covid-19 for 14 days upon their arrival and complete/register a self-isolation plan. Visit SFU's Self-Isolation Guide for more details.
  • Visit the COVID-19 FAQ for International Students for information about immigration and travel, medical insurance, and additional resources and support.
  • International Student Advisors are working remotely. Connect with them via LiveChat, phone, email, or Zoom.


  •  See this IT Services page for many resources related to remote studying.
  •  Student Services has put together a list of helpful learning resources.
  •  Undergraduate students can find all the information they need about student fees, financial aid, u-pass, grading options, and academic policies from Student Services.
  • Library services: Fraser (Surrey), Belzberg (Vancouver), and Bennett (Burnaby) libraries are closed until further notice. See the library website for details.
  • The Student Learning Commons continues to provide consultation on writing and studying strategies.

Co-op and Career and Volunteer Services

Health & wellness

Student support and resources

Campus building access

  • All SFU campuses and buildings remain open with limited access: Limited access means the majority of perimeter doors for all buildings and all campuses will be locked, with specific doors unlocked between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday. For more details, visit the Campus Public Safety website.

On-campus services


Staying entertained

  •  Catch up on your favourite show or start a new series with Criterion on Demand! As an SFU student you have access to more than 3000 films at your fingertips!