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Art Center College of Design

Art Center, as people in the know call it, is a highly specialized art school located near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena that offers training in a handful of fields including advertising, environmental design, and transportation design. There are no undeclared majors here; students must specify their majors at the time of application.

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Art Center, as people in the know call it, is a highly specialized art school located near the Rose Bowl in Pasadena that offers training in a handful of fields including advertising, environmental design, and transportation design. There are no undeclared majors here; students must specify their majors at the time of application.

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Learn to create. Influence change.

This is our mission at Art Center College of Design. For more than 80 years, we've achieved an international reputation for our rigorous, transdisciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strong ties to industry and a commitment to socially responsible design. At Art Center, we prepare artists and designers to be make a positive impact in their chosen fields--as well as the world at large.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 1,767
Gender 50% Male / 50% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 85% Full Time / 15% Part Time
Geography 22% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 31% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 24%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 3%
International 22%
Hispanic/Latino 10%
Ethnicity Unknown 3%
Black or African American 2%
Asian 35%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Literary Magazine
  • Radio Station
  • Student-Run Film Society
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: writing center study skills assistance reduced course load remedial instruction
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries wireless network available student web hosting available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling personal counseling placement services for graduates alcohol/substance abuse counseling
  • Facilities: 3 galleries; 3-d modeling and industrial design facilities
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired wheelchair accessibility partial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): cross-registration independent study internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other (32%), Industrial and Product Design (22%), Graphic Design (15%), Photography (9%), Advertising (7%), Environmental Design/Architecture (6%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the making and producing of films and videos. Includes instruction in theory of film, film technology and equipment operation, film production, film directing, film editing, cinematographic art, film audio, techniques for making specific types of films and/or videos, media technologies, computer image making, multi-media production, and the planning and management of film/video operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Producers and Directors
Produce or direct stage, television, radio, video, or motion picture productions for entertainment, information, or instruction. Responsible for creative decisions, such as interpretation of script, choice of actors or guests, set design, sound, special effects, and choreography.
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture
Operate television, video, or motion picture camera to record images or scenes for various purposes, such as TV broadcasts, advertising, video production, or motion pictures.
Film and Video Editors
Edit moving images on film, video, or other media. May edit or synchronize soundtracks with images.

A program that prepares individuals to design public and private spaces, indoor and outdoor, for leisure, recreational, commercial, and living purposes, and for professional practice as environmental designers and architects. Includes instruction in the design and planning of public and private open spaces and their relationship to buildings and other aspects of the built environment; facilities management; related aspects of interior design and architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning; and professional responsibilities and standards.

Job Opportunities:

Architectural and Engineering Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as architecture and engineering or research and development in these fields.
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval
Plan and design structures, such as private residences, office buildings, theaters, factories, and other structural property.
Landscape Architects
Plan and design land areas for projects such as parks and other recreational facilities, airports, highways, hospitals, schools, land subdivisions, and commercial, industrial, and residential sites.
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to business and consumer audiences via the creation of effective forms, shapes, and packaging for manufactured products. Includes instruction in designing in a wide variety of plastic and digital media, prototype construction, design development and refinement, principles of cost saving, and product structure and performance criteria relevant to aesthetic design parameters.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the software, hardware, and mathematical tools used to represent, display, and manipulate topological, two-, and three-dimensional objects on a computer screen and that prepares individuals to function as computer graphics specialists. Includes instruction in graphics software and systems; digital multimedia; graphic design; graphics devices, processors, and standards; attributes and transformations; projections; surface identification and rendering; color theory and application; and applicable geometry and algorithms.

Job Opportunities:

Computer Programmers
Create, modify, and test the code, forms, and script that allow computer applications to run. Work from specifications drawn up by software developers or other individuals. May assist software developers by analyzing user needs and designing software solutions. May develop and write computer programs to store, locate, and retrieve specific documents, data, and information.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to use computer applications and related visual and sound imaging techniques to manipulate images and information originating as film, video, still photographs, digital copy, soundtracks, and physical objects in order to communicate messages simulating real-world content. Includes instruction in specialized camerawork and equipment operation and maintenance, image capture, computer programming, dubbing, CAD applications, and applications to specific commercial, industrial, and entertainment needs.

Job Opportunities:

Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages in various media intended to promote and sell products, services, and brands; and that prepares individuals to function as advertising assistants, technicians, and managers. Includes instruction in advertising theory, marketing strategy, advertising design and production methods, campaign methods and techniques, media management, related principles of business management, and applicable technical and equipment skills.

Job Opportunities:

Advertising and Promotions Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate advertising policies and programs or produce collateral materials, such as posters, contests, coupons, or give-aways, to create extra interest in the purchase of a product or service for a department, an entire organization, or on an account basis.
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in communications, such as organizational communications, public relations, radio/television broadcasting, and journalism. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

President Lorne Buchman
Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities
Full-time Faculty 100
Student : Faculty Ratio 9 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 72 : 28
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100
International Faculty 3

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 81.7% accepted of 480 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Application Essay, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Talent Ability

Important: Academic GPA, Class Rank, Standardized Test Scores

Also Considered: Work Experience, Character Personal Qualities, Extracurricular Activities, Racial Ethnic Status, Recommendations, Volunteer Work

Other Application Information: SAT or ACT

Admissions Websites

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $43,055 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $40,082
$30K-$48K $42,031
$48K-$75K $38,611
$75K-$110K $47,198
$110K+ $49,625

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $35,980, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $35,980 Same as On-Campus
Fees $500 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $13,530
Books $4,000 $4,000
Total (before financial aid) $40,480 $54,010

Students Receiving Aid

56% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 42% $4,992
Federal Scholarships/Grants 31% $4,720
Institutional Grants 51% $10,396
Other Federal Grants 21% $550
Other Loans 5% $19,744
Pell Grants 31% $4,339
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 17% $6,072
Student Loans 42% $7,275

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/admissions/financial_aid.jsp.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.artcenter.edu/accd/admissions/financial_aid/net_price_calculator.jsp.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

30% of students graduated on time.

64% of students graduated in six years.

80% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Salaries

The typical (median) early career salary of Art Center College of Design graduates is $54,600, according to Payscale.

Rankings

LinkedIn

#4 Best Schools for Designers

PayScale

#326 Starting Median Salary Rankings

WalletHub

#65 The Best and Worst College Cities and Towns in America
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