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Application Requirements

Please note that this is the most current set of guidelines and replaces those in the printed or online catalog.

The following materials will be required to complete your application. All admissions materials should be sent to:
Admissions Office
Art Center College of Design
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103


A fully completed application for admission

An application can be downloaded from our Web site, or you can complete our application online.

A nonrefundable application fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $50 for U.S. citizens and permanent alien residents or $70 for non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. permanent alien residents is required.

To receive a fee waiver, students must submit a letter from a counselor, teacher, or financial aid officer requesting a fee waiver. We also accept Fee Waivers from College Board (for students who qualify for SAT/ACT fee waivers). Applications will not be processed until the Application Fee or Fee Waiver has been received. We cannot refund the fee once it has been paid through the online process.

Official high school and college transcripts

These should be sent directly to the Admissions Office from each issuing institution. Request your transcripts at the time of or prior to submitting your application. They will be held on file if they arrive before your application form.

Students must have completed or anticipate completing high school or a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) prior to their enrollment.

All students, except those who have completed a bachelor's degree at the time of application, must submit their high school transcripts or GED. Art Center is happy to consider applications from home-schooled students.  Home school transcripts should  include course titles, grades (with an explanatory scale if not letter grades), credits, and signature of the home school administrator (the parent or other person who organized, taught, and evaluated your home school coursework).  Include transcripts from any work completed at the college level while in the home school program. College transcripts should be submitted from each school attended; records of previous college work will not be accepted in a condensed form on one transcript.

Transcripts from international schools that are not provided in English directly from the issuing institution must be presented both in the original language form and translated into English by a translation agency or official translator.

If you have attended a non-degree school or program, be sure to list it on your application.

Please be aware that once submitted, all documents become the property of the College and cannot be returned to the applicant.

Official SAT or ACT scores for high school students

Official SAT or ACT scores for students currently enrolled in high school should be sent directly to the Admissions Office from the applicable testing agency.

English as a Foreign Language Proficiency

Undergraduate applicants who have not completed a high school or bachelor's degree in which the language of instruction was English must take the Internet-Based TOEFL (iBT) or I.E.L.T.S. A minimum score of 80 is required on the iBT and a minimum score of 6.5 on the I.E.L.T.S. We do not participate in electronic download of scores from I.E.L.T.S. and no school code is required.

The score must be sent to Admissions from the testing service and must have been taken within two years prior to the time of application. Institutional versions of the test are not accepted.

The Committee may request testing from any student whose command of English is in doubt, including students who took ESL classes in high school. In addition, the College may review the individual scores on each section of the test.

Visit www.TOEFL.org or www.ielts.org for information on testing times and procedures.

A portfolio of work

For specific information on portfolios:

  1. Refer to the portfolio requirements section.
  2. Refer to the section on how to submit your portfolio.
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