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Art Center College of Design

Art Center College of Design

Art Center College of Design

Art Center College of Design (aka “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.  Its graduate program was also ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the 11th best Fine Arts graduate program in the United States.  The College logo is an orange circle, also known as the Art Center “Dot,” which has been a part of the College identity since its inception by 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 community. 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 GIs 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 “lite” terms, lengthening their stay to 3+ 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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Undergraduate degrees are offered in Advertising,Entertainment DesignEnvironmental DesignFilm,Fine ArtGraphic DesignIllustrationPhotography and ImagingProduct Design and Transportation Design.

Art Center offers graduate degrees through four distinct programs: Graduate ArtBroadcast CinemaGraduate Industrial Design and Graduate Media Design.

Art Center College of Design Tuition and Fees

Each term’s tuition covers a full-time program (12 units or more).

Tuition will be due and payable the Friday of the first week of classes. You may pay by check, credit card or cash.

If you choose not to pay the full amount of your tuition during that first week of school, you will be charged a $75 non-refundable finance charge but may take until the tenth week of the term to submit your balance due. Payments are made at the cashier’s window of the Accounting Office if you are paying by check or cash. If you are paying by credit card you may pay online atartcenter.edu/registration.

Tuition Deposit for New Students
Accepted new students are required to submit a $200 nonrefundable tuition deposit to hold their places in the entering class.

Places in the class are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis; a place is not assured until the Admissions Office has sent a written notice confirming acceptance of the enrollment-agreement form and tuition deposit.

The deposit amount is deducted from full tuition due for the first term.

Spring 2011 Undergraduate Students
$16,296 tuition, per term
$250 Universal Access Fee, per term

Spring 2011 Graduate Students
$17,220 tuition, per term
$250 Universal Access Fee, per term

Summer 2011 Undergraduate Students
$16,296 tuition, per term
$250 Universal Access Fee, per term

Summer 2011 Graduate Students
$17,220 tuition, per term
$250 Universal Access Fee, per term

Fall 2011 Undergraduate Students
$16,296 tuition, per term
$250 Universal Access Fee, per term

Fall 2011 Graduate Students
$17,220 tuition, per term
$250 Universal Access Fee, per term

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