ArtCenter at a Glance

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. With a current enrollment of approximately 2,022 students (57% female and 43% male, representing more than 40 countries), the College has a student/faculty ratio of 8 to 1. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide array of industrial design, visual and applied arts disciplines, as well as minors for undergraduate students in Business, Creative Writing, and Social Innovation. The Industrial Design Program offers a joint MS/MBA in partnership with the Drucker School of Management.

In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves residents of the Greater Los Angeles region through its ArtCenter Extension programs - a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience.

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). Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, the College is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status.

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Admissions Profile

Headcount (HC) unless noted (Fall 2020)

  • UG Acceptance Rate1: 60%
  • UG Percentage (New) Male/Female: 38% / 62%
  • Average SAT Verbal/Average SAT Math2 = 640 / 601
  • Average high school GPA2 = 3.38
  • Average prior college GPA2 = 3.34
  • Percentage of New Undergraduate Students from:
    • California: 50%
    • Out of State: 8%
    • International: 42%
  • UG Applications Received (CY2 2020) : 2,072
  • UG Acceptance Rate1 (CY 2019): 65%
  • GR applications received (CY 2020): 794
  • GR Acceptance Rate (CY 2019): 41%

Enrollment Profile

Headcount (HC) as of (Fall 2020)3

  • Undergraduate students: 1912
  • Graduate students: 270
  • Total FTE (UG + GR)4: 2022.8
  • Percentage New First-Time Freshman/New Transfers5: 63% / 37%
  • Average Age for New First-Time Freshmen: 18.4
  • Average Age for all New Degree-Seeking UG Students: 20.0
  • Average Age for Undergraduate Students: 22.4
  • Average Age for Graduate Students: 26.6
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1
  • # of Internships (Fall 2019): 36
  • Average Class Size (Fall 2019): 9.5 (UG)/7.1 (GR)

Faculty/Staff Profile

Fall 2020 figures

  • Full-Time Faculty: 128
  • Part-Time Faculty6: 353
  • Staff (FT + PT): 318

Retention/Graduation Rates

  • First-Year Retention of New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2019 Cohort): 78%
  • Six-Year Graduation Rates New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2014 cohort): 71%

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Costs

  • Yearly Undergrad Tuition and Fees: $46,484 (2 semesters, 2020-2021)
  • Yearly Graduate Tuition and Fees: $49,090 (2 semesters, 2020-2021)
  • Annual Operating Budget: $107.7 million (FY 2021)
  • $24.8 million Board-designated endowment (as of 6/30/20, FY 2020)
  • $75.1 million Donor-restricted endowment (as of 6/30/20, FY 2020)

Financial Aid

Calendar Year (CY) 2020 unless noted7

  • Aid processed: $54.7 million
  • Students with Financial Need8: 61%
  • Students who Received Financial Aid9: 79%
  • Students who Received ACCD Scholarship10: 56%
  • Average Amount of Scholarship11: $6,055
  • Undergraduates who received a Pell Grant12: 29%
  • New full-time first-time degree/certificate seeking students who received a Pell Grant12: 24%

Undergraduate Enrollment by Major

Fall 2020 figures

  • Advertising: 25
  • Entertainment Design: 296
  • Environmental Design: 65
  • Film: 83
  • Fine Art: 63
  • Graphic Design: 232
  • Illustration: 583
  • Interaction Design: 70
  • Photography: 70
  • Product Design: 245
  • Transportation: 175
  • Non-Degree: 5

    Graduate Enrollment by Major

    Fall 2020 figures

    • Art: 28
    • Broadcast Cinema/Grad Film: 39
    • Grad Environmental Design: 19
    • Grad Graphic Design: 84
    • Grad Transportation Design: 30
    • Industrial Design: 26
    • Media Design: 43
    • Non-Degree: 1

    Academic Programs and Distinctions

    2020-2021

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science offered in 11 undergraduate programs. Master of Fine Arts or Master of Science offered in seven graduate programs.
    • Minors offered in Business, Creative Writing and Social Innovation
    • Joint MS/MBA degree offered in conjunction with Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management
    • Ranked #10 in the QS World University Rankings 2021 according to TopUniversities.com
    • Ranked #3 in Graphic Design and #15 in Best Fine Arts Program in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 list of Best Graduate School Rankings
    • Ranked #1 in GradDegree.com’s 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in California
    • ArtCenter rounds out College Magazine’s 2020 list of Top 10 Colleges for the New Generation of Web Designers
    • Included in The Princeton Review’s 2021 list of the Top 50 Game Design programs
    • Intelligent's 2021 rankings include ArtCenter as #10 in the Top 50 Graphic Design Degree Programs and #25 in the Top 50 Film Degree Programs
    • Included in Graphic Design USA’s 2020 GDUSA Top Graphic Design Schools
    • Ranked #15 in Animation Career Review’s 2021 Top 50 Animations Schools and Colleges in the U.S.
    • Money magazine ranks ArtCenter #19 among private schools in California for the Best Colleges in America of 2020
    • ArtCenter appears in Variety’s 2021 feature Top 50 Films Schools and Instructors From Around the World, The Hollywood Reporter’s list of 2020's Top 25 Film Schools in America, TheWrap’s Top 50 Film Schools of 2020, and MovieMaker’s Best Film Schools in the U.S. & Canada 2020
    • In 2021, Niche ranks ArtCenter #22 in Best Colleges for Design, #33 in Best Colleges for Art and #35 in Best Colleges for Film and Photography in their national rankings
    • Ranked #129 in the 2019 World University Rankings by Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal out of more than 1,000 colleges of all types, including large universities, public state schools and other specialized and private colleges

    Employment

    Fiscal year 2020 figures13

    • 69%: Job Placement Rate for Classes of 2019 Bachelors (1-Year Out Graduates, 43% survey response rate)
    • 75%: Job Placement Rate for the Classes of 2019 Masters (1-Year Out Graduates, 38% survey response rate)
    • 94%: Percent of Classes of 2019 Bachelors that indicated that Post-Graduation Occupation was Somewhat or Very Related to their Program/Area of Study (1-Year Out Graduates, 43% survey response rate)
    • 93%: Percent of Classes of 2019 Masters that indicated that Post-Graduation Occupation was Somewhat or Very Related to their Program/Area of Study (1-Year Out Graduates, 38% survey response rate)

    Post Graduate Studies 14

    • 1% of undergraduates who graduated between Jan 2019 and Dec 2019 indicated that they were subsequently enrolled fulltime in graduate level education within one year of graduation (43% survey response rate).

    ArtCenter Extension15

    Calendar year 2020 figures

    • Year-round open enrollment programs for students of all ages. Courses offered at both campuses. ArtCenter Extension consists of four programs: ArtCenter Extension (ACX), ArtCenter Teens (ACT), ArtCenter Kids (ACK), and ArtCenter Teachers (ACD)
    • Course Enrollment in ArtCenter Extension: 2480
    • Many of the same faculty members teach in the College’s degree programs
    • Staff: 7
    • Total ACX faculty: 99
    • ACX-only faculty: 36
    • Faculty Shared with Degree Program: 63
    • Course tuition is individually priced
    • Typical tuition for one course in ACX $830, ACT $300, ACK $300, ACD $760
    • Scholarship applications: 316
    • Scholarships awarded: 276

    Galleries16

    Calendar year 2018 figures

    • 11 Gallery and Exhibition Spaces
    • Mounted 93 exhibitions
    • Hosted 24,000 – 30,000 visitors

    Facilities

    2020-2021

    • 2 campuses: Hillside and South
    • 162.66 acres
    • 242,502 net sq. feet of academic/instructional facilities

    Library

    Fiscal Year 2020 figures

    • Book volumes: 109,638
    • DVDs and other cinema: 12,626
    • Zines : 1057
    • Video Games: 274
    • Current periodical subscriptions: 501
    • Research, Image, Video, and Training Databases: 43
    • Gate count (i.e. Number of people who walk in the Library): 49,266 (closed as of March 13, 2020)
    • Research/Reference questions: 446
    • Instructional sessions: 51
    • Total attendance in instructional sessions: 685

    Undergraduates Students by Gender18

    Fall 2020

    • Male: 43%
    • Female: 57%

    Graduate Students by Gender18

    Fall 2020

    • Male: 43%
    • Female: 57%

    All Students by Gender18

    Fall 2020

    • Male: 43%
    • Female: 57%

    Undergraduate Students by Ethnicity18

    Fall 2020

    • International: 40%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 9%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 33%
    • Black/African American: 1%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 12%
    • Two or more races: 3%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    Graduate Students by Ethnicity18

    Fall 2020

    • International: 65%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 6%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 10%
    • Black/African American: 2%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 17%
    • Two or more races: 1%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    All Students by Ethnicity18

    Fall 2020

    • International: 43%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 9%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 30%
    • Black/African American: 1%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 12%
    • Two or more races: 3%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    Faculty by Gender18

    Fall 2020

    Full-Time

    • Male: 70%
    • Female: 30%

    Part-Time

    • Male: 71%
    • Female: 29%

    Faculty by Ethnicity18

    Fall 2020

    Full-Time

    • International: 2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 13%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 14%
    • Black/African American: 2%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 66%
    • Two or more races: 3%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    Part-Time

    • International: 2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 8%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 12%
    • Black/African American: 1%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
    • White: 63%
    • Two or more races: 1%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 9%

    All Staff by Gender18

    Fall 2020

    • Male: 53%
    • Female: 47%

    All Staff by Ethnicity18

    Fall 2020

    • International: 1%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 25%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 15%
    • Black/African American: 6%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 51%
    • Two or more races: 0%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 1%

    Executive Management19

    7 in 2020-2021

    • Male: 71%
    • Female: 29%

    Executive Management by Ethnicity19

    Fall 2020

    • International: 0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 0%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 0%
    • Black/African American: 14%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 86%
    • Two or more races: 0%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    Trustees

    28 in 2020-2021

    • Male: 71%
    • Female: 29%

    Trustees by Ethnicity

    Fall 2020

    • International: 0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 7%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 4%
    • Black/African American: 18%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 71%
    • Two or more races: 0%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%
    • 1 Acceptance Rate = Total Accepted/Total Applications (not just completed applications, this differs from IPEDS).
    • 2 CY = Calendar Year.
    • 3 Data as reported to IPEDS. Differs from internal institutional reports.
    • 4 FTE = FT Headcount + (Total PT Credits/12).
    • 5 First-time Freshmen + New Transfers are coded according to IPEDS definitions.
    • 6 Part-time faculty who do not teach courses but who may serve as advisors in particular programs are included in count.
    • 7 This model historically uses Calendar Year 1/1-12/31.
    • 8 Student count with need/students receiving financial aid in Calendar Year.
    • 9 Students receiving aid/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS.
    • 10 Student count with need/students receiving financial aid in Calendar Year. Significant change in the percent showing need in 2020 due to a greater number of recipients who received tuition reduction grants during the pandemic.
    • 11 Students receiving aid/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS in Calendar Year. Significant change in the percent of students receiving aid in 2020 due to the increased number of students who received a tuition reduction grant.
    • 12 Pell Grant reported to IPEDS uses Fall 2019 data. Category sourced from IPEDS reporting.
    • 13 Data from Annual Graduate Employment Survey distributed to 1-Year Out Graduates (graduates from spring, summer, and fall 2018). Employment rates are calculated by graduates indicating a primary status of “Working full-time” or “Working part-time” one year post-graduation.
    • 14 Data from Annual Graduate Employment Survey distributed to 1-Year Out graduates (graduates from spring, summer, and fall 2018). Post-graduation studies rates are calculated by graduates indicating they were Enrolling in additional education one year after completing degree (not necessarily their primary status).
    • 15 Public Programs was rebranded as ArtCenter Extension CY 2019
    • 16 Gallery information is updated every 2 years
    • 17 A zine is a small-edition, self-published work of original or appropriated texts, comics, collages, stories and/or images, usually reproduced via photocopier or risograph.
    • 18 All ethnicities and gender reflect IPEDS definitions.
    • 19 Executive Management is made up of President/CEO, Provost, Senior Vice President/CFO, Senior Vice President of Development, Senior Vice President of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.