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Art Center College of Design

United States

6 Undergraduate programs
4 Postgraduate programs


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About Art Center College of Design

ArtCenter’s reputation is built on the intensity of its degree programs, all of which depend upon the rigor and focus necessary to prepare students for professional excellence and leadership. This approach has been and will continue to be a central defining characteristic of an ArtCenter education. “Conservatory” (a term typically reserved for training in the performing arts but wholly applicable to this College) means for us the offering of a dedicated place for talented students to grow and thrive, an intense and practical career preparation under the guidance of an expert and professional faculty, a curriculum of project-based learning, and a focus on social and environmental challenges that provide a depth of purpose to our educational offerings.



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Although ArtCenter does not offer on-campus housing, the CSE (Center for the Student Experience) coordinates information regarding local housing and roommate options. These resources are available for prospective, admitted and current students and includes a variety of living arrangements including rooms within homes, guest houses, apartments and houses for rent, as well as information about the utilities, amenities, rental costs and landlord contact information for each listing.


Hillside Campus
The main building is a dramatic modernist steel-and-glass bridge structure spanning an arroyo in the San Rafael Hills, just above the Rose Bowl. Designed by Craig Ellwood Associates, it has been designated a local historic landmark by the City of Pasadena. Hillside Campus houses many of the College’s undergraduate programs, as well as its Graduate Industrial Design and Graduate Film programs and administrative offices.

Our facilities and resources provide students with a limitless array of learning opportunities. Studios, workspaces, editing bays, photo and computer labs provide our students with a host of creative tools, including 3D rapid modeling, CNC machines, modeling facilities and rapid prototyping technologies.

South Campus
ArtCenter’s South Campus was established in 2004 to accommodate the College’s overall growth. Located in the heart of downtown Pasadena’s Innovation Corridor, South Campus’ three architecturally significant structures

Hillside Campus
Located on 165 wooded acres in Pasadena, Hillside Campus has been home to ArtCenter since 1976

South Campus
Art Center also maintains a private shuttle to ensure students can travel easily between our two campuses.

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