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Tuition

Your completed registration form and full payment are required to hold your place in a course. Studio course tuition is $415 per credit unit, with the exception of select foundation studio courses denoted as “transferable.” Transferable studio courses range from $320 to $415 per credit unit and offer the potential to transfer to one of Art Center’s full-time degree programs. Humanities and Sciences courses are $240 per credit unit. The cost of non-credit workshops and special course offerings varies. Please see individual course descriptions for fee information.

Though we strive to keep course tuition as low as possible, ACN must occasionally increase its course tuition to adjust for increases in operational costs. We will notify enrolled ACN students of tuition increases as early as possible.

Federal and state financial aid programs are not applicable to ACN tuition.

Tuition and fees are due in full at the time of registration. Any unpaid tuition and fees as a result of returned checks, account holds, dismissal, etc., are due immediately.

Once the term begins, a non-refundable late registration fee of $50 per course will be charged. Note: This does not apply to shorter workshops or for courses that begin later in the term.

A $10 fee will be charged for a first returned check. A $20 fee will be charged for any subsequent returned checks.

  • ACN is pleased to offer discounts to Art Center alumni, teachers and individuals age 62 and older. We also offer professional development discounts on a selection of courses for K-12 art teachers and art providers.

    Prior to submitting online registrations: To qualify for a discount, please complete the Discount Verification Form and submit it to the ACN/Public Programs office along with the required documentation. Online registration forms submitted prior to this verification process will be processed at the non-discounted course tuition rate. Alumni and seniors only need to submit this form once; teachers and K-12 art teachers and art providers must submit this form every term.

    Please note: Discounts do not apply to lab fees or late fees, which must be paid in full at the time of registration.

    Indicate the discount you are applying for on the Discount Verification Form (select one):

    Art Center College of Design Alumni Discount

    Art Center offers its degree-earned alumni a 50% tuition discount on ACN courses. Please indicate your major and year of graduation on the form.

    Senior Discounts

    A 25% tuition discount is available to individuals age 62 and older, with identification (driver’s license or other official documentation) that indicates date of birth.

    Teacher Discounts

    A 25% tuition discount is available to practicing full-time teachers. Teachers must provide proof of employment, such as a letter from your school district or principal verifying your current teaching status. We must receive proof of employment before we can process your registration or approve this discount.

    K-12 Art Teachers and Arts Providers:

    Professional Development Discount: Special 50% Discount. Expand your art teaching capabilities to include disciplines such as graphic design, product and transportation design, photography, Web design, and more. Challenge your students to think creatively and critically while introducing them to possible careers in the visual arts and design. ACN is pleased to support K-12 art teachers and arts providers by offering the following introductory courses at 50 percent off regular tuition. Please provide proof of employment such as a letter from your school district, principal or supervisor, verifying your current employment status as a K-12 art teacher or arts provider. We must receive proof of employment each term before we can process your registration or approve this discount.

    ACN-007  Design 360
    ACN-009  Introduction to Figure Drawing
    ACN-116W  Basics of Painting: Still life
    ACN-115W  Basics of Painting: Figure
    ACN-020  Introduction to Painting
    ACN-030  Introduction to Graphic Design
    ACN-040  Introduction to Advertising
    ACN-256  Introduction to Package Design
    ACN-142  Basics of Digital Photography
    ACN-151  Introduction to Filmmaking
    ACN-224  Illustration Techniques and Concepts
    ACN-101  Digital Design 1
    ACN-194  Web Fundamentals
    ACN-196  Web Fundamentals: Online
    ACN-200  Introduction to Interaction Design
    ACN-199  Introduction to Processing
    ACN-046W  Product Design: Process
    ACN-047W  Product Design: Basics
    ACN-050  Introduction to Product and Transportation Design
    ACN-038  Introduction to Communication Sketching
    ACN-060  Introduction to Environmental Design
    ACN-045  Introduction to Entertainment Design

    Note: This discount does not apply to lab fees or late fees, which must be paid in full at the time of registration.

  • Download the form.
    All discount requests are subject to verification. Sorry, but we cannot hold space in ACN courses until your discount has been verified and we receive your registration form and tuition payment.

  • Tuition refunds are based on the date your online or signed written program change request is received in the Public Programs office. Program changes may be submitted by fax, in person or online. You will need your Art Center student username and password in order to use the online drop process.

    Please note: we cannot process faxed or in-person add/drop requests on Saturdays, Sundays or campus holidays when the Public Programs office is closed.

    If you drop a course before the first day of the term, you will receive a full refund. Late fees are not refundable. Refunds are mailed to students usually within six weeks after the start of the semester or of the announcement of a canceled class.

    The refund schedule is as follows:

    Refund Calendar


    Fall 2014 10–14-week courses
    Before September 5, 2014  100%
    September 8–September 19  80%
    September 22–September 26  60%
    September 29–October 3  40%
    October 6–October 10  20%
    October 13–October 24  0%
    October 24  Last day to drop a course

    Spring 2015 10–14-week courses
    Before January 9, 2015  100%
    January 12–January 23  80%
    January 26–January 30  60%
    February 2–February 6  40%
    February 9–February 13  20%
    February 16–February 27  0%
    February 27  Last day to drop a course

    Summer 2015 10–14-week courses
    Before May 8, 2015    100%
    May 11–May 22  80%
    May 25–May 29  60%
    June 1–June 5  40%
    June 8–June 12  20%
    June 15–June 26  0%
    June 26  Last day to drop a course

    For shorter courses, if you drop a course before the first day of the course, you will receive a refund. The refund policy for shorter courses is as follows:

    Four- to Seven-week courses
    Before class begins (one day)  100%
    One to seven days after class starts  80%
    Eight to 14 days after class starts  20%
    Fifteen to 21 days after class starts  0%

    One- to Seven-day courses
    Before class begins (one day)     100%
    After class begins  0%

    If you are enrolled in a shorter workshop or a course that begins after the first week of classes, please consult the Public Programs office for the refund schedule.

    Failure to drop a class officially can result in a grade of F for that course. Tuition and fees are due in full at the time or registration. Any unpaid tuition and fees as a result of returned checks, account holds, etc. are due immediately. If you decide to withdraw (or are dismissed from classes) your tuition will be refunded according to the refund schedule above.

    If you have not paid all tuition and fees, you may owe a balance to Art Center regardless of when you withdraw during the term.

What is the 1098-T Tuition Payments Statement?

Colleges and universities are required to issue a 1098-T Tuition Payments Statement for the purpose of determining a student’s eligibility for the Hope and Lifetime Learning education tax credits. If you would like to receive a 1098-T tuition statement, you must provide your Social Security Number when you register for courses. Your statement will be provided to you online, via your Art Center Student Account.

Please consult an accountant to determine whether it is appropriate for you to file the 1098-T statement with your taxes. For more information, visit the IRS’ website.

1098 Electronic Consent form

Current 1098-T form