MGx Entry Requirements

Statement Of Intent

Applications must include a personal statement of focus and intent. The essay should outline the applicant’s motivation for pursuing graduate study in Graphic Design at Art Center and identify a specific goal and focus of study. The statement of intent should be clear and concise, between 500-1500 words in length.

Personal Essay

Provide detailed information about your relevant personal, educational, and professional experience. Include your skill level with software, typography, and any media specific skills (coding, spatial design, etc.). The statement should also include goals beyond completion of the program and describe how a graduate degree from Art Center will relate to your career objectives. Personal statements can range in content: the goal is to discover your relevant life experience, goals, and personal passion. 750-1,000 words

Résumé / Curriculum Vitae

Include a resume that outlines your educational and professional background and relevant experiences and activities, including community work.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation (one to three) from academic and professional references are strongly encouraged. They can be emailed to or mailed to the Admissions Office. References should be from people who are familiar with the applicant’s work and experience, and should speak to an ability to conceptualize, execute and communicate design.


Applicants must submit a portfolio that reflects a range of graphic design work across media and a fluency in typography. Pieces that exhibit an individual point of view, or a unique approach to a problem are encouraged. The portfolio should be edited to highlight the applicant’s best and most relevant work. Include a minimum of 15-20 pieces or projects that show a range of skills. Where applicable, include a brief written description of the project. Collaborative or commercial pieces should clearly state the applicant’s contribution or role.


Our preferred method for portfolio submission is through Slideroom. Upload your portfolio images at Slideroom will charge a nominal fee for this service. Full instructions are listed on the site. Motion and interactive projects should provide a DVD; see below for details.

Please submit a minimum of fifteen and maximum of twenty images for your SlideRoom portfolio. These images should be jpeg. format (not to exceed 5mb each in file size) and approximately 1920 x 1080 pixels (at a resolution of 150 dpi). The committee will review portfolios on an HD projector.


Personal, skype, or telephone interviews may be requested.


We hope are inspired by what you’ve seen here and consider joining this remarkable creative community. We’d like to introduce you to this program and help you access an ArtCenter education.

Scheduling a visit to ArtCenter

The best way to experience our program is through a visit. Call us for a tour of the campus or to meet with an Admissions Counselor for an individualized counseling session. If you can’t visit, we offer phone and Skype counseling as well.

Call 626.396.2373

– For campus tours at 2:00pm, Monday through Friday;

– For individual counseling and Portfolio Advisement Sessions.

Visit the Admissions section of the main ArtCenter website for full information on the application process and financial aid to the College.

When you are ready to apply

Visit the Admissions section of the main ArtCenter Website for full information on the application process and financial aid.

– Applications are accepted for the Fall semester;

The deadline for application is January 15. We will continue to accept applications after that date until the department is full.

– Watch the video, “Begin Here”, with information and inspiration about preparing your Graphic Design portfolio;

– You can visit us anytime us for further advice on portfolio preparation;

– Submit the application for admission on the main website;

– Submit all high school and college transcripts along with any required test scores;

– Submit your Graphic Design portfolio. 

Affording the cost of education

Financial aid and scholarships are available, and are based on merit and need. 

U.S. students please complete the FAFSA and visit the Financial Aid section of the ArtCenter website for a link. 

International students are also eligible to apply for scholarships, but do not need to submit financial documents.