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Notifications, Tuition Deposit and Deferrals


Application Decisions

Applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision in writing as soon as possible after receipt of all application materials, usually within three weeks.

Notification for master's degree applicants will take longer, depending on the major.

A health certificate with the required tuberculosis negative test must be returned to the Admissions Office before orientation.

Upon receiving a letter of acceptance from the College, any person with a disability who might require special accommodation by the college should discuss their needs with the Center for Student Experience staff.

Students may request a copy of Art Center's student handbook, which contains additional policy information. A copy will be provided to all students at orientation.

Art Center reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission at its discretion and if any information contained in the application is found to be incomplete, inaccurate or misleading or if additional information leads to serious concerns.

Tuition Deposits

On acceptance, an enrollment agreement form and further instructions will be issued. The completed agreement, along with a nonrefundable and nontransferable tuition deposit, is required to hold your place in the class. The undergraduate deposit is $300 and the graduate deposit is $400.

Tuition deposits will be accepted until classes are full for each term; acceptance does not guarantee a place in the class. A student's place in the class cannot be assured until the College has sent the student a written confirmation of acceptance of the agreement and deposit. These are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the classes are filled.

The availability of space can change rapidly. Students will be offered a place in the next available term if they have been accepted but no space is currently available. Space may become available as late as registration day of the desired term.


Accepted applicants may defer their admission for one consecutive term following their acceptance (provided there is room) with the exception of Entertainment Design.

The tuition deposit will apply only to the term of original acceptance; only the acceptance, not the deposit, can be carried over. A new deposit is required for the subsequent term; each fee is nonrefundable.

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