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Alumni Relations

The Office of Alumni Relations at Art Center College of Design is dedicated to the lifelong success of the college’s alumni by creating opportunities, fostering connections, supporting continued education and facilitating collaborations across Art Center’s diverse communities around the world.

Stay in touch by emailing news, address changes and updates to alumni@artcenter.edu.

 

Benefits

Alumni Directory

  • Request a digital Art Center alumni directory with contact information accessible by major, class, year, region and company.
  • Please submit directory requests to alumni@artcenter.edu.

Lifetime Email Forwarding

  • Use your lifetime Art Center alumni email address to qualify for unique discounts and services, including Art Center at Night, lynda.com and Art Center’s Behance page.

Behance

  • Join Art Center’s Behance page where you can create and share your digital portfolio, access jobs and connect with fellow alumni.
  • Visit network.artcenter.edu and use your Art Center alumni email address to sign-up.

Crowdfunding

  • Highlight and promote crowdfunded projects on unique Art Center Kickstarter, Indiegogo and Hatchfund pages.
  • Email alumni@artcenter.edu with your project information.

lynda.com

  • Alumni receive a 20% discount on premium membership to lynda.com, an online training library with on-demand access to tutorial videos and online courses on a variety of subjects.

Art Center at Night (ACAN) Discount

  • Degree holding Art Center alumni receive a 50% discount* on classes offered through Art Center at Night.
  • Alumni who completed 45 credits in three consecutive terms and left in good standing but did not graduate qualify for a 25% discount *.
  • For more information, or to register for a class, visit Art Center At Night.
    * Discount does not apply to any lab fees for late fees.  These must be paid in full at the time of registration.

Apple and Student Store Discounts

  • When enrolled in an ACAN course, Alumni qualify for an academic discount on Apple products, as well as any merchandise sold at the Hillside Campus Student Store.

Alumni Library Card

  • Art Center’s Hillside campus library is accessible to all alumni. Cards are available at the Office of Alumni Relations, and must be updated annually.

CMTEL Access

  • With an appointment, alumni can explore Art Center’s Color, Materials and Trends Exploration Laboratory (CMTEL) at Art Center’s Hillside Campus.  CMTEL’s material sample collection represents more than 150 manufacturers.
  • To make an appointment, email marshal.hamachi@artcenter.edu or call 626. 396. 4307.

24 Hour Fitness Discount

  • Discounted memberships – with no initiation or processing fees – are available at any 24 Hour Fitness location for all alumni. 
  • Call 800. 204. 2400 or visit 24hourfitness.com.

Global Alumni Chapters

  • Alumni chapters actively represent Art Center’s alumni community around the world in more than five countries and ten cities.
  • Chapters host events, help alumni connect and offer diverse programming and events in their region.
  • See Alumni Chapters and Ambassadors Tab below

Global Alumni Ambassadors

  • Alumni Ambassadors located in 19 countries serve fellow alumni traveling to their region by providing support, advice and assistance.
  • See Alumni Chapters and Ambassadors Tab below

Career Planning and Counseling

  • Alumni are invited to contact the Office of Career and Professional Development for ongoing guidance for all career stages.
  • The Career Development staff is available to review portfolios and make introductions, when possible.
  • DOT Connect, Art Center’s online job board and recruitment tool, is available for finding job opportunities and hiring fellow Art Center alumni.
  • Career and Professional Development

Fulbright Scholarship Support

  • Alumni interested in pursuing a Fulbright Scholarship are invited to contact Hannag Huang for application guidance.
  • Email Hannah at hannah.huang@artcenter.edu.

Publications

Dot Magazine

  • Dot magazine, Art Center’s printed publication, is published quarterly and composed of a rich variety of stories and news from all aspects of Art Center and it’s community.
  • To receive Dot Magazine, please send your current mailing address to alumni@artcenter.edu.

Art Center Bulletin

  • The Art Center Bulletin is published monthly via email and covers specific news, events and alumni updates.
  • To receive the Bulletin, please enter your email address here.

Art Center Blog – The Dotted Line

  • The Dotted Line blog features daily news, updates and stories from the Art Center community.
  • We invite you to share news and stories with alumni@artcenter.edu to be featured in the Alumni News roundup.

Events

To receive event invitations, please ensure your contact information is up-to-date.  Send email and address updates to alumni@artcenter.edu.

Regional Alumni Events 

  • A variety of alumni events ranging from networking receptions, corporate meetings, design panels, exhibition previews and alumni workshops are held each year around the world.

Art Center Events and Lectures

  • Many events and lectures on-campus are open to Art Center alumni. Invitations are sent via email.

Alumni Career Workshops

  • Art Center hosts complimentary workshops on topics including entrepreneurship, business development, intellectual property, networking and debt management to provide career-building skills and support for alumni.

Volunteer and Contribute

Event Leadership

  • Alumni are invited to volunteer at events both at Art Center and around the world. Volunteers host alumni chapter events, help with their organization and promote them to the local alumni community.

Legacy Circle

  • Alumni help the next generation of students through Legacy Circle– an alumni-led group of volunteers committed to supporting students through financial contributions to scholarship funds.
  • Contact Becca Keating at becca.keating@artcenter.edu for more information.

Professional assistance and mentorship

  • Alumni provide a critical bridge for students and young alumni entering the professional world. Contact Art Center to hire students and alumni, provide internship opportunities, conduct portfolio reviews, speak on campus or serve as a mentor in the Dot Exchange Program.
  • For more information, email careers@artcenter.edu.

Corporate Relationships

  • Alumni are integral contributors toward securing sponsorships for educational partnerships, corporate funds and corporate connections.
  • For more information, email alumni@artcenter.edu.

Art Center Recruitment

  • In collaboration with the Office of Admissions, many alumni support the next generation of Art Center students by speaking at Admissions events and college fairs, or hosting Q&A sessions for prospective students. For more information, email admissions@artcenter.edu.

Other Ways to Contribute

  • Nominate fellow alumni for annual Art Center Alumni Awards
  • Offer feedback about programming and alumni communications.
  • Share your news, accomplishments and upcoming projects and exhibitions.
  • Assist in coordinating regional networking events
  • Serve as a panelist for local programs
  • To contribute, please contact alumni@artcenter.edu.

Alumni Chapters and Ambassadors

Alumni Chapters 

  • Alumni chapters are located in areas around the world where a large group of alumni live and work.
  • Most chapters consist of alumni volunteers who facilitate programing and activities.
  • The Alumni Relations staff works with volunteers to sustain, support and sponsor regular events. Alumni volunteers are instrumental in developing their own programs and networking opportunities with support in communication from Alumni Relations.
  • Current Alumni Chapter and Ambassador Map

Chapter Chairs 

  • The chapter chair is a volunteer who serves as the primary contact between regional alumni and Alumni Relations staff. The chair works with Alumni Relations staff and other volunteers to develop activities to benefit alumni in the region and serves to relay information, direction and feedback to Alumni Relations.

Current Chapter Chairs

  • Los Angeles: Ophelia Chong FINE 89 & John Deyto PHOT 96
  • San Francisco: Audrey Liu PROD 87, Morgan Wise FILM 04 & Penny Wolin PHOT 76
  • San Diego: June Rubin ILLU 84 & Chuck Pelly PROD 58
  • Seattle: Ian Sands PROD 95
  • Portland: Silas Beebe PROD 02 & Lynn Latta ADVT 88
  • New York:  Jeff Silva GRPH 02 & Greg Wong GRPH 05
  • Austin: Greg Greeson TRAN 77 & Lloyd Walker TRAN 84
  • Cologne, Germany: Stefan Pannebecker PROD 92 & Andreas Wilhelm PROD 92
  • Tokyo: John Sahs TRAN 92 & Fumi Sasada GRPH 78
  • Beijing: Rene Liu PROD
  • Shanghai, China: Dave Dieter GRPH 97
  • Taipei, Taiwan: Felicia Lee GRPH 99, Jenny Wang GRPH 99 & Andrew Liu ILLU 99
  • Seoul, South Korea: Kyoung Kwon Lim ADVT 97

Chapter Volunteers 

  • The chapter chair and Alumni Relations staff may enlist additional chapter volunteers depending on regional need and involvement opportunities.
  • These volunteers work with the chapter chair based on their availability to:
    • Provide feedback and direction for regional programming
    • Design event invitations
    • Take photos at regional events
    • Host events or encourage alumni attendance at events
    • Serve as contacts for students and recent graduates
    • Develop event sponsorship
    • Inform alumni relations about events and alumni news of local interest.

How do I start a Chapter? 

  • Contact alumni relations for a chapter or networking/communication plan customized to your region. An area is designated as a formal chapter when there is a sufficient amount of interested alumni in the region and when committed volunteers are in place to help sustain chapter activity.
  • Chapter regions typically contain a minimum of 40 alumni, with greater activity taking place in regions with 500 or more alumni, and the largest amount of activity in those areas with 1000 alumni (Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York).
  • If you live in an area where there are very few alumni, you may consider connecting with each other informally. The Office of Alumni Relations can create a communication plan or provide you with contact information to help assist with networking.

Alumni Ambassadors 

  • There are approximately 20,000 Art Center alumni around the world.
  • Art Center’s Alumni Ambassador program increases the visibility of the alumni network, and enables alumni to connect with each other.
  • When relocating, traveling, or working abroad, you may contact ambassadors for advice via email.
  • Current Alumni Chapter and Ambassador Map

Who is an Art Center Alumni Ambassador?

  • For alumni who want to be more involved and better connected to Art Center’s network, we encourage you to become an Art Center Alumni Ambassador.
  • Ambassadors communicate with alumni who have interest in their area of residence.
  • We would love to increase the presence of alumni ambassadors in additional cities and nations – if you are interested in serving in your area, please send an email to alumni@artcenter.edu.

How do I contact an Art Center Alumni Ambassador?

  • To contact any alumni ambassador, email alumni@artcenter.edu
  • Your email will be forwarded to the appropriate ambassador, who will respond directly to your inquiry. Inquiries can include a variety of questions, such as,
    • "We’re traveling to Berlin, what is the best area to stay in to get a sense of the art scene?"
    • "Who are the biggest employers of designers in Madrid?"
    • "Can you put me in touch with a freelance photographer in Philadelphia?"

Inappropriate questions such as, "I'm going to be in Stockholm in two weeks, can I stay at your house?" will not be forwarded, although we may recommend a better way to phrase the question, such as, "Can you recommend a cheap hostel in Stockholm?" Please restrict your inquiries to questions that cannot be generally answered by searching online.

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Alumni Awards

The Art Center Alumni Awards are an annual recognition bestowed by the college and the Office of Alumni Relations, with input from the internal Art Center community and global alumni community.

The Alumni Awards provide an opportunity for Art Center to publicly recognize the talent, service and influence of its alumni. The awards are presented at the Fall Term Graduation each December.

Please send your nominations to the Alumni Relations office at alumni@artcenter.edu by October 1.

Categories for consideration

  • Lifetime Achievement – Recognizing a lifetime of professional and/or creative achievement
  • Outstanding Service – Recognizing significant service to Art Center or realized humanitarian design impact
  • Young Alumni Innovator – Recognizing a notable professional or creative innovation, bestowed on a recent alum of the past 10 years

We appreciate and value your involvement in these awards and look forward to honoring a few members of our talented global alumni community each year.

Alumni Relations Contact Information


Kristine Bowne
Executive Director, Alumni Relations

Robbie Nock
Associate Director, Alumni Relations

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