Cage Policies

Studio Foundation Cage Equipment Checkout Policies

Before borrowing from the Cage, you should first be aware of our policies. Improperly following our policies and conditions may result in you losing your ability to use the Cage facilities and equipment!
  1. To check equipment in or out of the Cage, you must present a valid MassArt ID with a current semester sticker.
  2. If you do not have a class in Studio Foundation and/or are not a freshman, you cannot use the Cage facilities or equipment.
  3. Equipment is typically scheduled for return on the next business day at 1:30PM; an extension can be granted in most cases, but for no longer than an additional day (i.e., two business days, at 1:30PM). Compass students are allowed to borrow Compass-specific equipment for a maximum of three weeks; when borrowing Studio Foundation-wide equipment, this does not apply.
  4. The Cage maintains a two-strike system: the first late return is considered a warning; upon the second late, a hold is placed on your SF Cage account and you lose your ability to check out from the Cage entirely. These strikes and holds carry over to any following semesters.
  5. You will not be held responsible for any equipment failure or damage that was incurred before your checkout was processed; if you have damaged or lost the equipment, however, you will be liable for its repair or replacement.
  6. Students are allowed to checkout a maximum of three separate items simultaneously.
  7. A one-day checkout can be renewed just once, for an additional business day (1:30PM, at the latest). If it was initially borrowed over the weekend, or borrowed for longer than a day, it cannot be renewed at all.
  8. Do not call or e-mail the cage to renew equipment—you must physically bring the equipment in before it can be checked out again.
  9. Reserving equipment is highly encouraged; this is the best way to make sure that the equipment you are requesting will be available at the time that you need it! Reservation requests can be made via email or telephone, but they must be verified by the monitor in order for the reservation to be guaranteed–this request can only be granted once it has been verified.
  10. All reservations self-cancel after 30 minutes from the scheduled pickup time–no previous reservations can be guaranteed once they have been canceled.
  11. Students are permitted to borrow equipment over Thanksgiving and Spring Break, but all equipment borrowed over this time must be returned by the soonest business day at 1:30PM. To borrow equipment over any other break, special permission must be granted by the Media Arts Studio Manager.
  12. Animation Stands can be borrowed for a total of three hours at a time. A patron’s reservation is always prioritized; any student using the stand without a reservation may be bumped.
  13. Students are not allowed access to faculty-only equipment unless granted special permission by faculty or staff.


If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email us at, or call the Studio Foundation Cage Helpline at (617) 879 7021.

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