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Exchange & Study Away

Both inside the classroom and out, Art Center fosters a campus-wide appreciation for human diversity and its critical role in defining and maintaining educational excellence.

As the world’s ideas, languages and cultures become more interconnected, Art Center’s curriculum gives students the opportunity to address design challenges and explore artistic opportunities wherever and however they occur. At the same time, we place a steady emphasis on Humanities and Design Sciences, enabling students develop and refine their artistic voices or design sensibilities.

To enhance the learning opportunities we offer students, Art Center provides a number of unique exchange and study away experiences for students, both domestically and abroad.

 

Cross-Enrollment Program

Caltech

Art Center has an approved Humanities and Design Sciences exchange program with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), world-renowned for research and education in the sciences and engineering.

During the Fall and Spring terms, full-time Art Center students can enroll in a non-studio liberal arts and sciences course at Caltech for no additional tuition charges, as long as the course meets specific Humanities and Design Science requirements in their major. Certain restrictions apply, and Caltech may require additional fees beyond tuition. For more information about the Humanities exchange program, contact Art Center’s Registrar.

In return, full-time students at Caltech are able to take art and design classes at Art Center through the College’s Art Center at Night program. Caltech students interested in enrolling should contact the Public Programs office.

Beyond this formal exchange program, Art Center often offers joint classes co-taught by Art Center and Caltech faculty, with students from both colleges exploring the intersection of art, design and science.

Occidental College

Located less than 10 miles from Art Center’s campus, Art Center has an approved Humanities and Design Sciences exchange program with Occidental College (“Oxy”), an institution noted for its interdisciplinary, hands-on approach to the liberal arts.

During the Fall and Spring terms, full-time Art Center students can enroll in a non-studio liberal arts and sciences course at Oxy for no additional tuition charges, as long as the course meets specific Humanities and Design Science requirements in their major. Certain restrictions apply, and Oxy may require additional fees beyond tuition. For more information about the Humanities exchange program, contact Art Center’s Registrar.

In return, full-time Oxy students can take art and design classes at Art Center through the College’s Art Center at Night program. Oxy students interested in enrolling should contact the Public Programs office.

Oxy provides additional resources to Art Center students, faculty and staff. Individuals may register for borrowing privileges at the Occidental College Library, which has over 500,000 books, journals, magazines, newspapers, videos, audio recordings, CD-ROMs, microfiche collections and other materials designed to support and enhance student and faculty curricular needs.

Occidental supplements Art Center's health and wellness programs by opening its sports facilities to students, faculty and staff during Fall and Spring terms. Occidental facilities include a weight room, athletic field, swimming pool and tennis courts.

International Exchanges

ESADE

In 2007 Art Center formed an educational partnership with ESADE, a renowned international business school in Barcelona. The partnership has resulted in intensive workshops—part of ESADE’s executive education program—offered to corporate leaders and senior executives. These workshops strive to unite business and design education at the highest level, providing extraordinary opportunities to gain the skills necessary for cutting-edge, competitive entrepreneurship and industry.

INSEAD

Since 2005, select Art Center students have been studying alongside MBA students at INSEAD, one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools. The joint program teaches the role of creativity in business decisions, how innovation works, and the impact design strategy has on corporate management.

The term abroad takes place at either of INSEADs campuses in Fontainebleau, France, or Singapore, culminating in a weeklong series of workshops and presentations in Pasadena.

London Ancient/Modern

Art Center’s Illustration Department participates in an annual trip to London which strives to join the dots between art and design, both ancient and modern, in order to understand how ideas are formed. This weeklong study away opportunity includes a series of visits to artists’ and illustrators’ studios, curator-led tours at museums and galleries, and hands-on drawing workshops.

Tama Art University

Thirty years ago, Art Center and Japan’s Tama Art University conducted their first exchange program. The two institutions deepened their relationship in 2006 with the launch of the Pacific Rim project, a joint student research project that focuses on shared issues of global concern like environmental conservation and natural disasters.

TestLabs

TestLabs are a uniquely Art Center approach to exchange programs. In TestLabs, a select number of Art Center students are chosen from a variety of art and design disciplines. The students travel to a metropolitan locale and meet up with a corporate or nonprofit sponsor, who assigns a design challenge which becomes their focus for the term.

From there, students form a pop-up studio, becoming their home base for ideation and instant visualization. But most importantly, students step outside their studio and immerse themselves in their new cultural surroundings to draw inspiration, conduct research and test the limits of creativity.

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