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Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, CA
University Website: www.artcenter.edu
Apply Online: https://www.applyweb.com/apply/accd/
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Art Center College of Design (a.k.a. "Art Center") is a private college located in Pasadena, California, and was cited by BusinessWeek as one of the 60 best design schools in the world. The college’s industrial design program is consistently ranked number one by both DesignIntelligence and U.S. News & World Report, and BusinessWeek regularly features Art Center among the world’s top design schools. U.S. News also ranks Art Center’s Art and Media Design programs among the top 20 graduate schools in the U.S. The college logo is an orange circle, also known as the Art Center "Dot," which has been a part of the school's identity since its inception by founder Tink Adams. Art Center offers undergraduate and graduate programs in a variety of art and design fields, as well as public programs for children and high school students, and continuing studies for the Los Angeles metro area. Art Center is particularly known for its Transportation (Automobile) Design, Product Design and Entertainment Design programs. It also has notable Photography, Graphic Design, Advertising, Illustration, Fine Art, Film and Environmental Design programs. Art Center offers graduate degrees in Fine Art, Media Design, Broadcast Cinema and Industrial Design. The college maintains two campuses in Pasadena; both are considered architecturally notable.

Art Center built its reputation as a vocational school, preparing returning G.I.s for work in the commercial arts fields. It has traditionally maintained a strong "real world" focus, emphasizing craftsmanship, technique, and professionalism while somewhat de-emphasizing theory. Instructors are generally working professionals, and projects are intended to map to real-life clients or assignments, with some class projects being sponsored by industry or nonprofit organizations, including Nike, Disney, NASA, and BMW. During the past decade, Art Center has developed programs and projects that focus on design's potential to generate positive social change and improve people's lives through a college-wide initiative, Designmatters. In recognition of Art Center's commitment to addressing social and humanitarian issues through design, 2003 saw Art Center become the first design college to ever receive NGO (non-governmental organization) status by the United Nations.

Art Center offers programs year-round with three terms per year. While undergraduates can obtain a four-year Bachelor degree in about 2 years and 8 months (8 terms total), most students take a term off for independent study or to complete industry internships, or they enroll in part-time terms with light course loads, lengthening their stay to three or more years. The accelerated learning environment stems from the college's trade school roots. Administrators and faculty aim to create a "real world" working environment, where the summer vacation does not exist.

Art Center is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

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Fast Facts

  • Private not for profit, Four or more years
  • students
  • $33,544.00 avg tuition

1700 Lida St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 396-2200

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Financial Aid:

Areas of Study:

  • Architecture And Related Services
  • Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs
  • Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services
  • Visual And Performing Arts
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Art Center College of Design

Applied 443
Admitted 280 63%
Enrolled total 139
Full Time: 139
Part Time 0
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Math 0 0
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 0 0
ACT English 0 0
ACT Math 0 0
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 77%
4-year graduation rate 48%
6-year graduation rate 68%
Application Deadlines:
Regular Application Deadline
Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline
Student Response Deadline
Transfer Student Application Deadline
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Recommended
Secondary School Rank Recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Required
Admission Test Scores Recommended
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Art Center College of Design

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $33,544.00 $33,544.00 $33,544.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $500.00 $500.00 $500.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $1,198.00 $1,198.00 $1,198.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $35,448.00 $35,448.00 $35,448.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $500.00 $500.00 $500.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $1,266.00 $1,266.00 $1,266.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $0.00 $13,530.00 $6,492.00
Other Expenses $0.00 $6,492.00 $6,492.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $50.00
Graduate Application Fee $50.00
Books and Supplies $4,000.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 74%
Percent receiving grant aid 66%
Avg amount of grant aid $16,678.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 54%
Avg amount of student loan aid $8,110.00

Art Center College of Design

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Environmental Design/Architecture X
Advertising X
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects X
Cinematography and Film/Video Production X X
Design and Applied Arts, Other X
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other X X
Graphic Design X
Industrial and Product Design X X
Photography X

Scholarships for Students in California

Name Amount Deadline
Art Center College of Design Scholarship for Continuing Students Varies Varies

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