Private 4 Year

Art Center College of Design

Pasadena, California

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Art Center College of Design overview
Location Pasadena, California
Online artcenter.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Art Center College of Design overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing No
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, is a private institution renowned for its programs in the visual and applied arts, including industrial design, graphic design, and illustration. Founded in 1930, the college espouses a practical approach to creative education, emphasizing a blend of theory and hands-on experience. Situated approximately 10 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, Art Center's hillside campus offers a modern aesthetic with facilities designed to foster innovation in art and design. The campus features notable contemporary architecture, including the Craig Ellwood-designed main building. Academically rigorous, the college maintains a selective admissions process and is known for its demanding curriculum geared towards cultivating industry-ready professionals. Art Center does not place an emphasis on intercollegiate athletics, instead focusing on its reputation as a leader in art and design education. Housing options are available for students, with options that include both on-campus living facilities and assistance in finding local accommodations.

In the most recent statistical year 1,285 prospective students applied, and 912 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 290 enrolled in the school.  2,112 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 308 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $48,942 plus fees of $1,000.












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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $50

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Art Center College of Design
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$4,000
Other Fees$1,000
Estimated Off Campus Cost of Living $14,338
Budget for Other Expenses$7,052
Total One Year Cost$75,332

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$58,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

54% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Art Center College of Design students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 87%
Communication 5%
Communications Technology 5%
Architecture 3%

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