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 2,335 students (56% female and 44% 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 2019)

  • UG Acceptance Rate1: 57%
  • UG Percentage (New) Male/Female: 40% / 60%
  • Average SAT Verbal/Average SAT Math2 = 600 / 652
  • Average high school GPA2 = 3.39
  • Average prior college GPA2 = 3.27
  • Percentage of New Undergraduate Students from:
    • California: 49%
    • Out of State: 11%
    • International: 40%
  • UG Applications Received (CY2 2019) : 2,097
  • UG Acceptance Rate1 (CY 2019): 59%
  • GR applications received (CY 2019): 757
  • GR Acceptance Rate (CY 2019): 41%

Enrollment Profile

Headcount (HC) as of (Fall 2019)3

  • Undergraduate students: 2,062
  • Graduate students: 273
  • Total FTE (UG + GR): 2197.34
  • Percentage New First-Time Freshman/New Transfers5: 66% / 34%
  • Average Age for New First-Time Freshmen: 18.4
  • Average Age for all New Degree-Seeking UG Students: 19.9
  • Average Age for Undergraduate Students: 22.4
  • Average Age for Graduate Students: 26.9
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1
  • # of Internships (Fall 2019): 44
  • Average Class Size (Fall 2019): 11.5 (UG)/9.1 (GR)

Faculty/Staff Profile

Fall 2019 figures

  • Full-Time Faculty: 134
  • Part-Time Faculty6: 393
  • Staff ( FT + PT): 330

Retention/Graduation Rates

  • First-Year Retention of New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2018 Cohort): 81%
  • Six-Year Graduation Rates New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2013 cohort): 69%

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Costs

  • Yearly Undergrad Tuition and Fees: $44,932 (2 semesters, 2019-2020)
  • Yearly Graduate Tuition and Fees: $47,448 (2 semesters, 2019-2020)
  • Annual Operating Budget: $107.7 million (FY 2020)
  • $24.8 million Board-designated endowment (as of 6/30/19, FY 2019)
  • $75.1 million Donor-restricted endowment (as of 6/30/19, FY 2019)

Financial Aid

Calendar Year (CY) 2019 unless noted7

  • Aid processed: $51.7 million
  • Students with Financial Need8: 71%
  • Students who Received Financial Aid9: 65%
  • Students who Received ACCD Scholarship10: 56%
  • Average Amount of Scholarship11: $6,032
  • Undergraduates who received a Pell Grant12: 28%
  • New full-time first-time degree/certificate seeking students who received a Pell Grant12: 23%

Undergraduate Enrollment by Major

Fall 2019 figures

  • Advertising: 33
  • Entertainment Design: 275
  • Environmental Design: 67
  • Film: 98
  • Fine Art: 67
  • Graphic Design: 252
  • Illustration: 641
  • Interaction Design: 75
  • Photography: 84
  • Product Design: 242
  • Transportation: 200
  • Non-Degree: 28

    Graduate Enrollment by Major

    Fall 2019 figures

    • Art: 32
    • Broadcast Cinema/Grad Film: 32
    • Grad Environmental Design: 26
    • Grad Graphic Design: 73
    • Grad Transportation Design: 30
    • Industrial Design: 33
    • Media Design: 45
    • Non-Degree: 2

    Academic Programs and Distinctions

    2019-2020

    • 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 #129 by The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education in the US College Rankings 2019 among more than 800 colleges of all types, including large universities, public state schools and other specialized and private colleges
    • Money magazine’s Best Colleges for Your Money 2019 ranks ArtCenter #9 among 65 other California colleges and universities, and #56 among 744 colleges and universities nationwide, for early career earnings
    • Ranked #11 among The Wrap’s Top 50 Film Schools of 2019
    • Included in Variety’s “Entertainment Education Impact Report: The Top Film Schools and Educators From Around the Globe”
    • ArtCenter ranks #3 in Graphic Design and #15 in Best Fine Arts in U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Graduate Schools"
    • Included in Graphic Design USA’s 2020 GDUSA Top Graphic Design Schools
    • Ranked #10 for the “Best Master’s in Graphic Design Degree” and #15 in the “Best Film Degrees” by College Choice
    • ArtCenter ranks among the top schools in several of Animation Career Review rankings, including #1 in Top 10 Animation BS Program in the US, #1 in Top 10 on the West Coast and in California for Illustration, and #1 in Top 10 on the West Coast and in California for Graphic Design
    • College Factual’s 2020 rankings for ArtCenter include the College in the top 1% for two award categories—Top Ranked (Visual & Performing Arts) and HighestPaid Grads (Visual & Performing Arts)—and in the top 5% for 10 additional categories, including Top Ranked (Design & Applied Arts), Top Ranked (Film, Video & Photographic Arts), and Top Ranked Veterans (Visual & Performing Arts and Design & Applied Arts)
    • Niche.com ranks ArtCenter #12 in Best Colleges for Film and Photography in America, #14 in Best Colleges for Design in America, and #23 in Best Colleges for Art in America.

    Employment

    Fiscal year 2019 figures13

    • 83%: Job Placement Rate for Classes of 2018 Bachelors (1-Year Out Graduates, 50% response rate)
    • 63%: Job Placement Rate for the Classes of 2018 Masters (1 Year Out Graduates, 48% response rate)
    • 94%: Percent of Classes of 2018 Bachelors that indicated that Post-Graduation Occupation was Somewhat or Very Related to their Program/Area of Study (of total respondents)
    • 100%: Percent of Classes of 2018 Masters that indicated that Post-Graduation Occupation was Somewhat or Very Related to their Program/Area of Study (of total respondents)

    Post Graduate Studies 14

    • Less than one percent of undergraduates who graduated between Jan 2018 and Dec 2018 indicated that they were subsequently enrolled fulltime in graduate level education within one year of graduation (50% response rate).

    ArtCenter Extension15

    Calendar year 2019 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: 3,005
    • Many of the same faculty members teach in the College’s degree programs
    • Staff: 8
    • Total ACX faculty: 102
    • ACX-only faculty: 42
    • Faculty Shared with Degree Program: 60
    • Course tuition is individually priced
    • Typical tuition for one course in ACX $830, ACT $300, ACK $300, ACD $760
    • Scholarship applications: 293
    • Scholarships awarded: 190

    Galleries16

    Calendar year 2018 figures

    • 11 Gallery and Exhibition Spaces
    • In Calendar Year, mounted 93 exhibitions
    • In Calendar Year, hosted 24,000 – 30,000 visitors

    Facilities

    2019-2020

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

    Library

    January 2020 figures

    • Book volumes: 96,816
    • DVDs and other cinema: 13,324
    • Zines17: 987
    • Video Games: 267
    • Current periodical subscriptions: 504
    • Research, Image, Video, and Training Databases: 41
    • Gate count (i.e. Number of people who walk in the Library): 72,833
    • Research/Reference questions: 605
    • Instructional sessions: 36
    • Total attendance in instructional sessions: 423

    Undergraduates Students by Gender18

    Fall 2019

    • Male: 43%
    • Female: 57%

    Graduate Students by Gender18

    Fall 2019

    • Male: 45%
    • Female: 55%

    All Students by Gender18

    Fall 2019

    • Male: 44%
    • Female: 56%

    Undergraduate Students by Ethnicity18

    Fall 2019

    • International: 39%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 10%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 33%
    • Black/African American: 1%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 12%
    • Two or more races: 3%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    Graduate Students by Ethnicity18

    Fall 2019

    • International: 62%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 5%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 11%
    • Black/African American: 2%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 19%
    • Two or more races: 1%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    All Students by Ethnicity18

    Fall 2019

    • International: 42%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 9%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 30%
    • Black/African American: 1%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 13%
    • Two or more races: 3%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    Faculty by Gender18

    Fall 2019

    Full-Time

    • Male: 69%
    • Female: 31%

    Part-Time

    • Male: 72%
    • Female: 28%

    Faculty by Ethnicity18

    Fall 2019

    Full-Time

    • International: 2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 11%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 12%
    • Black/African American: 1%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 72%
    • Two or more races: 1%
    • Other/Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    Part-Time

    • International: 2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 8%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 1%
    • Asian: 13%
    • Black/African American: 3%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
    • Caucasian: 67%
    • Two or more races: 2%
    • Other/Unknown/Undeclared: 4%

    All Staff by Gender18

    Fall 2019

    • Male: 51%
    • Female: 49%

    All Staff by Ethnicity18

    Fall 2019

    • International: 2%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 23%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 15%
    • Black/African American: 7%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 51%
    • Two or more races: 1%
    • Other/Unknown/Undeclared: 2%

    Executive Management19

    7 in 2019-2020

    • Male: 57%
    • Female: 43%

    Executive Management by Ethnicity19

    Fall 2019

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

    Trustees

    27 in 2019-2020

    • Male: 78%
    • Female: 22%

    Trustees by Ethnicity

    Fall 2019

    • International: 0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 7%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 4%
    • Black/African American: 15%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • Caucasian: 74%
    • Two or more races: 0%
    • Other/Unknown/Undeclared: 0%
    • 1 Acceptance Rate = total accepted/total applications (not just completed, 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 Students receiving ArtCenter scholarship in Calendar Year/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS.
    • 11 Average scholarship received in Fall 2019 term.
    • 12 Pell Grant reported to IPEDS uses Fall 2018 data.
    • 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 fall2018). 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.