How to Apply

1. Familiarize yourself with our Programs of Study

At ArtCenter, we offer a specialized education that places students in intensive studio classes specific to their major from their first term of study. We require that students choose a major when they apply and that they submit a portfolio specific to that major (see Step 2 below). So it is important to understand our programs of study and how they align with your creative ambitions.

2. Review the application and portfolio requirements

Admissions to ArtCenter is major-specific. It is important to gain a strong understanding of the specific application requirements and portfolio requirements for the major in which you’re interested.

3. Connect with us

Schedule a time to deepen your knowledge of ArtCenter and our admissions process: Come to campus for a tour, schedule an appointment (in-person or phone) with an Admissions counselor, come to one of our monthly on-campus or live online events, or just call the Admissions Office with your questions. We’ll work with you to define next steps toward applying.

4. Choose a term

Based on the program to which you are interested in applying, there could be as many as three opportunities each year for you to enroll—Fall, Spring and Summer. Construct a timeline to apply that allows enough time to build your portfolio.

5. Order official transcripts and applicable test scores

Transcripts and test scores (if applicable) are important components of your application, but they can take some time to get to us once ordered. We recommend ordering these official documents as soon as you know you are going to apply. If we receive them in advance of your application, we will hold them.

6. Submit your portfolio and an online application

Once your portfolio is ready, you can submit it through SlideRoom and complete an online application. Film applicants cannot use Slideroom, please refer to the Portfolio Requirements for details.

7. Complete your FAFSA

If you are a domestic student and you want to be considered for financial aid and scholarship, then you should complete your FAFSA. International students will be considered without the FAFSA.

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