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 1,900 students (50% female and 50% male, representing more than 45 countries), the College has a student/faculty ratio of 9 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 a joint MS/MBA program 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 a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience. Throughout the College's long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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

Fall 2015 headcount and figures unless noted

  • Undergraduate acceptance rate1: 68%
  • New undergraduates by gender:
    • Female: 45%
    • Male: 55%
  • Average SAT verbal2: 549
  • Average SAT math2: 587
  • Average high school GPA2: 3.21
  • Average prior college GPA2: 3.12
  • New undergraduate students by residency:
    • California: 52%
    • Out of state: 18%
    • International: 28%
  • Undergraduate applications received: 1,698 (calendar year 2015)
  • Undergraduate acceptance rate: 69% (calendar year 2015)
  • Graduate applications received: 397 (calendar year 2015)

Enrollment Profile

Fall 2015 headcount and figures unless noted3

  • Undergraduate students: 1,915
  • Graduate students: 218
  • Total FTE (undergraduate and graduate)4: 1,958.7
  • New students:
    • First-time freshmen5: 48%
    • Transfers: 52%
  • Average age of new first-time freshmen: 18.2
  • Average age of all new degree-seeking students: 20.9
  • Average age of undergraduate students: 23.2
  • Average age of graduate students: 28.2
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Number of course sections: 880
  • Number of independent studies: 88
  • Number of guided studies: 3
  • Number of internships: 47
  • Average class size: 12

Faculty/Staff Profile

Fall 2015 figures

  • Full-time faculty: 105
  • Part-time faculty6: 334
  • Staff (full-time and part-time): 263

Retention and Graduation Rates7

  • First-year retention of new first-time freshmen: 76% (Fall 2014 cohort)
  • Six-year graduation rates new first-time freshmen: 68% (Fall 2009 cohort)

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Costs

  • Yearly undergraduate tuition and fees: $39,230 (two semesters, 2015–16)
  • Yearly graduate tuition and fees: $41,432 (two semesters, 2015–16)
  • Annual operating budget: $89.8 million (fiscal year 2016)
  • $22.4 million Board-designated endowment (as of June 30, 2015, fiscal year 2015)
  • $64.2 million donor-restricted endowment (as of June 30, 2015, fiscal year 2015)

Financial Aid

Calendar year 2015 figures8 unless noted

  • Aid processed: $49.2 million
  • Students with financial need9: 79%
  • Students who received financial aid10: 70%
  • Students who received an ArtCenter scholarship11: 55%
  • Average amount of scholarship12: $3,264 per semester
  • Undergraduates who received a Pell Grant13: 30% (Fall 2014)
  • New full-time first-time degree/certificate-seeking students who received a Pell Grant13: 32% (Fall 2014)

Undergraduate Enrollment by Major

Fall 2015 figures

  • Advertising: 63
  • Entertainment Design: 130
  • Environmental Design: 73
  • Film: 103
  • Fine Art: 70
  • Graphic Design: 283
  • Illustration: 605
  • Interaction Design: 32
  • Photography and Imaging: 108
  • Product Design: 195
  • Transportation: 228
  • Nondegree: 25

Graduate Enrollment by Major

Fall 2015 figures

  • Art: 32
  • Broadcast Cinema/Film: 50
  • Environmental Design: 20
  • Industrial Design: 43
  • Media Design Practices: 43
  • Transportation Systems and Design: 29
  • Nondegree: 1

Academic Programs and Distinctions

2015–16

  • 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
  • Joint MS/MBA degree offered in conjunction with Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management
  • Ranked number 1 in undergraduate industrial design nine times and ranked number 1 in graduate industrial design eight times over the last 11 years in the annual DesignIntelligence survey (2016)
  • Earned highest honors in Graphic Design USA’s top design schools (2016)
  • Ranked among the top 25 film schools in the United States by The Hollywood Reporter (2015)
  • Achieved top 20 rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s "Best Graduate Schools" (number 2 in Industrial Design, number 7 in Graphic (Media) Design, number 18 in Fine Arts) (2015)
  • Ranked number 4 among LinkedIn’s best undergraduate universities for designers (2014)
  • Ranked third among the 25 colleges that add the most value by Money magazine (2014)
  • Art Center alumni rank first among the top earners in Coroflot’s Creative Employment Snapshot (2014)

Employment After Graduation

Fiscal year 2016 figures14

  • 86.6%: Job Placement Rate for Classes of 2014 Bachelors (1-Year Out Graduates, 37.1% response rate)
  • 77.8%: Job Placement Rate for the Classes of 2014 Masters (1 Year Out Graduates, 29.7% response rate)
  • 90.0%: Percent of Classes of 2014 Bachelors that indicated that Post-Graduation Occupation was Somewhat or Very Related to their Program/Area of Study (of total respondents)
  • 66.7%: Percent of Classes of 2014 Masters that indicated that Post-Graduation Occupation was Somewhat or Very Related to their Program/Area of Study (of total respondents)

Postgraduate Studies15

  • Less than one percent of undergraduates who graduated between Jan. 2014 and Dec. 2014 indicated that they were subsequently enrolled fulltime in graduate level education within one year of graduation (data collected from the Graduate Employment Survey for the Classes of 2014 - 37.1% response rate). While most bachelors' degree recipients engage in professional practice post-graduation, those who enroll in graduate programs traditionally pursue MFA and MS degrees.

Public Programs

Calendar year 2015 figures

  • Year-round open enrollment programs for students of all ages. Courses offered at both campuses. Public Programs consists of four programs: ArtCenter at Night, ArtCenter for Teens, ArtCenter for Kids, and ArtCenter for Teachers
  • Enrollment in Public Programs: 3,959
  • Many of the same faculty members teach in the College’s degree programs
  • Staff: 8
  • Total ACN faculty: 84
  • ACN-only faculty: 56
  • Faculty Shared with Degree Program: 28
  • Course tuition is individually priced
  • Typical tuition for one course in ACN $830, SH $300, KIDS $275, DBL $760
  • Scholarship applications: 448
  • Scholarships awarded: 254

Galleries

Calendar year 2015 figures

  • 9 gallery and exhibition spaces
  • Mounted 61 exhibitions
  • Hosted 17,000–22,000 visitors

Facilities

2015–16

  • Two campuses: Hillside Campus and South Campus
  • 162.66 acres
  • 213,771.2 net square feet of academic/instructional facilities

Library

January 2015 figures

  • Book volumes: 93,839
  • Art slides: In the process of deaccessioning this collection
  • DVDs and other cinema: 11,407
  • Current periodical subscriptions: 420
  • Research, image, video and training databases: 38
  • Annual gate count (the number of people who enter the library) during the 2015 calendar year: 129,482
  • Research/Reference questions: 1444 (This number correlates to FY15 and it is an incomplete picture of the fiscal year)

 

Student/Faculty/Staff Diversity16

Undergraduate Students by Gender

Fall 2015

  • Female: 50%
  • Male: 50%

Graduate Students by Gender

Fall 2015

  • Female: 45%
  • Male: 55%

Undergraduate Students by Ethnicity

Fall 2015

  • International: 27%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 12%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 36%
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Caucasian: 18%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Unknown/undeclared: 1%

Graduate Students by Ethnicity

Fall 2015

  • International: 52%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 6%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 11%
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Caucasian: 22%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Unknown/undeclared: 3%

All Students by Ethnicity

Fall 2015

  • International: 30%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 11%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 34%
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Caucasian: 18%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Unknown/undeclared: 1%

Faculty by Gender

Fall 2015

Full-time

  • Female: 30%
  • Male: 70%

Part-time

  • Female: 22%
  • Male: 78%

Faculty by Ethnicity

Fall 2015

Full-time

  • International: 3%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 9%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Caucasian: 75%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • Other/unknown/undeclared: 1%

Part-time

  • International: 1%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 9%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Caucasian: 69%
  • Two or more races: 0%
  • Other/unknown/undeclared: 6%

All Staff by Gender

Fall 2015

  • Female: 52%
  • Male: 48%

All Staff by Ethnicity

Fall 2015

  • International: 0%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 20%
  • American Indian/Alaska Native: 1%
  • Asian: 14%
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Caucasian: 55%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Other/unknown/undeclared: 3%

 

1 Acceptance Rate = total accepted ÷ total applications (not just completed)
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 concurrently enrolled in college have been coded as new first-time freshmen, according to IPEDS standards.
6 Part-time faculty who do not teach courses but who may serve as advisors in particular programs are included in count.
7 Retention and graduation numbers may or may not include students who may have left for military reasons or exchange/special students, as these were not systematically captured in the system until Fall 2011.
8 This model historically uses calendar year 1/1–12/31
9 Student count with need/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS
10 Students receiving aid/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS
11 Students receiving ArtCenter scholarship/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS
12 Average amount of scholarship per term = total scholarships awarded in calendar year ÷ number of students receiving ArtCenter scholarships per term
13 Data as reported to IPEDS 2014–15 reporting year
14 Data from Annual Graduate Employment Survey distributed to 1-Year Out graduates (graduates from spring, summer, and fall 2014). Employment rates are calculated by graduates indicating a primary status of “Working full-time” or “Working part-time” one year post-graduation.
15 Data from Annual Graduate Employment Survey distributed to 1-Year Out graduates (graduates from Spring, Summer and Fall 2014). 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).
16 All ethnicities reflect IPEDS definitions.