Art Center College of Design

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School Overview

The Art Center College of Design is a private, design college in Pasadena, California. The school offers 15 different types of art and design degree programs. The following are some of the offered programs: industrial design, illustration, photography and imaging, graphic design, advertising, fine art, and environmental design. Working professionals often enroll at Art Center College of Design to learn new skills and enhance their portfolios.

Admission to the Art Center College of Design is competitive. Admitted students typically have good grades and specialized portfolios. Most students at this school have some work experience, but qualified high school students are encouraged to apply.

Most courses last 14 weeks, and talented students can complete a degree program in 3 years or less. Class sizes are small and the school has a 12:1 student-to-instructor ratio. As a result, all students receive more personalized attention from instructors.

General Information

Admission Office

1700 Lida Street

Pasadena, CA 91103

(626) 396-2373

Fax: (626) 795-0578



Contact: Kit Baron

Vice President, Admissions
Main Address

1700 Lida Street

Pasadena, CA 91103

(626) 396-2200

www.artcenter.edu
Size

Total undergrads: 1,504

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,504

Setting

Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 60%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $28,962 $29,814 $31,576 $32,168 +1.87%
Books and Supplies $5,350 $5,510 $5,620 $4,000 -28.83%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state Off Campus $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
In-state with Family $34,312 $35,324 $37,196 $36,168 -2.76%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $33,474
In-state Student Fees $500
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $33,474
Out-of-state Fees $500

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 33 57%
Grant or scholarship aid 24 41% $321,344 $13,389
• Federal grants 19 33% $79,456 $4,182
• Pell grants 19 33% $61,956 $3,261
• Other federal grants 16 28% $17,500 $1,094
State/local government grant or scholarships 10 17% $88,922 $8,892
Institutional grants or scholarships 11 19% $152,966 $13,906
Student loan aid 29 50% $375,291 $12,941
• Federal student loans 28 48% $148,556 $5,306
• Other student loans 12 21% $226,735 $18,895

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 336 28
Architecture and Related Services 16
Environmental Design/Architecture 16
Communication and Journalism Programs 10
Advertising 10
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 5
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 5
Visual and Performing Arts 305 28
Cinematography and Film/Video Production 8 6
Design and Applied Arts, Other 17
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 134
Graphic Design 58
Industrial and Product Design 78 5
Photography 27

Above data represent first majors only.

(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.


Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Environmental Design B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Commercial Photography B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Illustration B
Industrial Design B
Interior Design B
Painting B
Photography B
Sculpture B

Communications & Journalism
Advertising B

Communications Technologies
Animation/Special Effects B
Graphic Communications B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Art Center College of Design Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (626) 396-2200
Website: www.artcenter.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://artcenter.hobsonsradius.com/ssc/zx670R0zx670x6700lB8.ssc
Address: 1700 Lida St, Pasadena, CA 91103
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: No

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,249
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 72%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 8 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,161 (96% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $43,416
Out-of-state Tuition: $43,416
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 61%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $20,572

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Art Center College of Design Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Art Center College of Design.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 11
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 22
Visual and Performing Arts 63
Grand total 117

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Art Center College of Design and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $43,416
Out-of-state $43,416
Books and supplies $4,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $45,850
Out-of-state $45,850

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 135 61%
Grant or scholarship aid 125 56% $20,572
Student loan aid 96 43% $5,880

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,236 62% $16,566
Federal student loans 971 48% $7,695

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Art Center College of Design. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Art Center College of Design students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2019

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 844 301 543
Percent admitted 100% 59% 72%
Percent admitted who enrolled 29% 28% 29%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Art Center College of Design Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 2,249
Undergraduate enrollment 2,008
Graduate enrollment 241

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Art Center College of Design Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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