Art Center College Of Design

Art Center College Of Design

The Art Center College of Design is a private college located in Pasadena, California. It was established in 1930 as the Art Center School. Art Center is regarded as one of the leading colleges of art and design in the world. The college offers undergraduate and graduate programs in diverse areas of art and design.

Many students of Art Center College of Design have gone on to become famous. Some of the notable alumni of the college are Dustin E. Arnold, graphic designer and art director; Clement Mok, graphic designer; Roger Avary, Academy Award-winning co-writer of Pulp Fiction; and Frank Nuovo, Chief of Design at Nokia. The campus hosts more than 20 student clubs and organizations.

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Contacting Art Center

Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida St
Pasadena , CA 91103
General Phone: (626) 396-2200

Art Center Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Design437design and visual communication, industrial design, graphic design, illustration
Photography and Commercial Art90commercial art, film studies, photography
Fine Arts32fine arts studies
Architecture and Planning15environmental design

Number of programs and degrees for Art Center in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree5348
Master's degree404

Art Center Student Body

In 2007-2008, Art Center had a total enrollment of 1,832 students (2,053 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 55%
Women 45%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 92%
Graduate 8%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 32%
Black 2%
Hispanic 10%
Asian 36%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 18%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 10%
20-21 16%
22-24 30%
25-29 31%
30-34 10%
35-39 2%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%
65+ 0%

Art Center Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %

Art Center Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Pasadena, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Art Center Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Art Center Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 29,814
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 29,814
Books and supplies $ 5,510

Financial Aid:
Art Center participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 111600)

Art Center Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year17$80,5739$79,645
Associate professorcalendar year14$63,8936$59,217
Instructorcalendar year27$63,8910*
Lecturercalendar year0*12$58,062
All faculty totalcalendar year58$68,78127$65,513

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Art Center Degree Programs (2007)

Architecture And Planning
Environmental Design/Architecture

Design and Visual Communications, General
Graphic Design
Industrial Design

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art
Film/Cinema Studies

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What Sets Art Center Apart:

Number of students
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% of degrees in design
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% of degrees in photography and commercial art
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Top 7%Art Center % of degrees in photography and commercial art
% of degrees in fine arts
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Top 8%Art Center % of degrees in fine arts
Male % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Art Center Male % of student body
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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Top 13%Art Center Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
Minority % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Art Center Minority % of student body
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Art Center % of accepted students who choose to enroll
Salaries of full-time faculty
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Top 20%Art Center Salaries of full-time faculty

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