Art Center College of Design

1700 Lida St, Pasadena, California

Hillside Campus

Art Center College of Design offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide variety of applied and visual arts, as well as public programs for all ages and skill levels. Renowned for its rigorous curriculum, ties to industry and social impact initiatives, Art Center is the first design school to receive the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organizations status.

Founded by a group of individuals who believed in the power of connecting "art to industry," project-based learning is a key element of Art Center's educational philosophy. Working in real-life settings tests and enhance student's proficiency in fundamental skills and exposes them to a wide range of disciplines.

Art Center's Transdisciplinary Studio (TDS) workshops combine upper-term students from different majors on projects requiring several areas of specialization. All of Art Center's TDS workshops have a Humanities and Design Sciences component and many are Sponsored Projects wherein students developed specific business ideas and strategies for corporate sponsors.

Beyond the corporate environment, Art Center partners with communities and organizations around the world to improve lives through art and design. This focus is the result of a significant College-wide initiatives, Designmatters and Artmatters, which address responsible business practices, social challenges and humanitarian needs.

Art Center's industrial design program is consistently ranked #1 by both Design-Intelligence and U.S. News & World Report and Business Week regularly features Art Center among the world's top design schools. U.S. News also ranks Art Center's art and media design programs in the top twenty Grad Schools.

Throughout the College's 80-year history, Art Center's alumni--a network of more than 18,000 artists and designers--have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live, and important issues in our society.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, BS, MFA, MS
ACCREDITATION: NASAD, WASC
MAJORS OFFERED:

Advertising*
Entertainment Design*
Environmental Design
Film
Fine Art
Graphic Design
Illustration*

 

Industrial Design**
Interaction Design*
Media Design Practices**
Photography and Imaging*
Product Design*
Transportation Design

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2015-2016
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 38,730
MANDATORY FEES 500
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 4,000
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD N/A
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 13,530
OTHER 6,492
FINANCIAL AID 2014-2015 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $11,598 64%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 5,369 32%
STATE & LOCAL GRANTS 6,997 23%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 5,453 58%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $20,844
72% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 83%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 45%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 1,732

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 1,613
PART-TIME 302

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: Required
ONLINE APPLICATION: Recommended
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Optional
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Required, if first-time freshman
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2015-2016

FACULTY FTE1 = 252

FULL-TIME 105
PART-TIME 406
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2015
7.59 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2013 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2014
88%
 
FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
88%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2008 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
67%
 
FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
68%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2015

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2015
50% FEMALE
50% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2015
OTHER PROGRAMS

Art Center for Kids
Saturday High (for high school students)
Art Center at Night (non-degree college level)
Pre-college

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Exchange Programs
Study Abroad Programs
Internships Facilitated and Encouraged
Designmatters Program
12 Diverse Student Organizations
Business Dialogue and Design Research Symposia
Over 200 Employers Visit Campus Annually to Interview Graduates for Positions

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).