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.
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.
Although ArtCenter does not offer on-campus housing, the CSE (Center for the Student Experience) coordinates information regarding local housing and roommate options.
Welcome to the online portal of the ArtCenter Library.Here you can search our database of more than 97,000 volumes of books; subscriptions for 430 magazines; 13,300 films; and more as we add to the collection. We also have online resources for digital libraries and archives, and research guides for book collections and resources related to your subject(s) of interest.
All enrolled ArtCenter students are automatically covered by a PPO student health insurance policy.This is a free benefit to students with no additional charge. It may not be waived but does become secondary to any other policy under which you are covered.
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.
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.
ArtCenter College of Design is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.
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