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Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, California, United States
ArtCenter College of Design offers a new model for art and design education in the 21st century. Our visionary approach is based on the College’s conservatory-like approach to teaching and learning; a desire for rich, intercultural and transdisciplinary dialogue; and a mandate to provide students innovative learning and making spaces.

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Edward A. “Tink” Adams was an advertising man with a radical idea in education: to teach real-world skills to artists and designers and prepare them for leadership roles in advertising, publishing and industrial design. To achieve that, he would create a faculty of working professionals from those fields. ArtCenter opened in 1930 with Adams serving as its director. 


ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide array of industrial design, visual and applied arts disciplines, as well as a joint MS/MBA program with the Drucker School of Management and a minor in Social Innovation through the Designmatters program.


We are dedicated to providing resources and programming that empower ArtCenter students and alumni to navigate their own creative careers and establish meaningful connections with industry professionals.


Student services

Through the delivery of professional development workshops, career counseling, alumni mentorship and experiential education, we strive to provide a campus environment that nurtures the individual curiosity and creativity of our students.

Housing services

Although ArtCenter does not offer on-campus housing, the CSE (Center for the Student Experience) coordinates information regarding local housing and roommate options.

Library services

The College Library actively supports the teaching and research mission of ArtCenter.

Medical services

ArtCenter provides health insurance for all students enrolled in degree programs, whether full-time or an ArtCenter Lite term.

Student Life

Campus life

Life at ArtCenter is active and engaging both in and out of the classroom. Even before you arrive on campus, our programs and services are designed to help you get the most from your time here. As a student, you’ll discover numerous ways to get involved with the College community, whether by developing your leadership skills, participating in student clubs and organizations or volunteering with local groups. 

Sports facilities

CSE sponsors health, wellness and safety workshops throughout the year and provides educational literature on a variety of health-related topics. In partnership with 24 Hour Fitness, we also provide students with discounted fitness center memberships with no contracts or start-up fees.

Student clubs

Studying in a foreign country can be challenging, but the CSE is here to help you with your transition to ArtCenter and American life. Please refer to the International Student Handbook as your primary resource, which contains critical information that international students must be familiar with, including maintaining F-1 student visa nonimmigrant status, understanding enrollment and academic requirements, and options for on-campus and off-campus employment. This handbook also explains other campus resources and provides off-campus information that international students have found to be very useful.


ArtCenter is a private nonprofit fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). 

Pasadena, California, United States

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