Getting in to ArtCenter is just the beginning.

We understand navigating your journey through college can prove challenging. Things change term to term. You’re carrying a heavy workload. You’re balancing your personal, educational and career goals.

That’s where the Center for Advising and Academic Success comes in. Whether you’re registering for classes, tracking your academic progress, reviewing student policies, exploring campus resources or simply looking for advice, our advisors are available to help answer any questions you may have.

As an ArtCenter student, you’re responsible for your own educational and personal success. But the Academic Success team actively works with the Center for the Student Experience, Enrollment Services, individual department advisors, Faculty Affairs and others to help you succeed in obtaining your degree.

Together, some of the programs and services we provide include:

Academic Advising

In partnership with educational departments, we provide guidance to students through quality interactions that result in the development of informed educational plans, leading to the fulfillment of your educational and personal goals. We also schedule planning workshops and fun, hands-on activities to make charting your path at ArtCenter enjoyable.


Through early interventions, the CARE program promotes wellbeing and safety by connecting students of concern with support services and advisement. More than a 24/7 help line, CARE addresses long-term issues that may impact our students, campus and community.

Center for the Student Experience (CSE)

CSE provides students with array of resources to enhance their wellbeing and foster personal and creative development. Their many offerings include campus organizations, student leadership programs, social outings and activities, housing information, advocacy, personal counseling, insurance programs, and disability support and accommodations.

Creativity and Time Management

With responsibilities and obligations to juggle and relationships to build, time management skills are important to your success both at ArtCenter and in the field. Part of your success will be learning how to quickly tap into your creative impulses for any type of assignment.

Design Culture Immersion

Design Culture Immersion is a six-week program offered prior to the Fall term that gives incoming international students an exclusive opportunity to explore L.A.’s cultural landscape while getting a head start on their academic career.

Economic Response Team (ERT)

Designed to help assist students who are experiencing severe economic hardship on an individualized basis, ERT membership includes leadership from Financial Aid; the Center for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and the Center for the Student Experience.

Peer Coaching

While peer-to-peer engagement happens naturally both in and out of the classroom, ArtCenter also has a formal peer coaching network for students who need to developing a specific project, honing their skills, preparing oral presentations or learning new software programs.

Professional Development Resources

The Career and Professional Development office offers a number of professional development resources to prepare students for creative and wide-ranging job opportunities, including career counseling; workshops that focus on resume writing, networking and soft skills; and studio tours that provide a glimpse into the professional world.

Working It

Organized by various departments across the College, CSE brands the Working It series to help students identify activities designed to assist them in the development of skills, knowledge and attitudes helpful to college success in and out of the classroom.

The Writing Center

Coaches in the Writing Center provide individualized support and guidance not only in writing, but also in generating and organizing ideas, improving language and presentation skills, and reviewing employment and scholarship applications.

As an ArtCenter student—whether you’re an international student, a Los Angeles native, a recent high school graduate, or an experienced professional—support is available to you as soon as you set foot on campus.

The path is yours, but we’re here to point you in the right direction. We look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Center for Advising and Academic Success
ArtCenter College of Design
1700 Lida St.
Pasadena, CA 91103


626 396-4372

Academic Success Staff

Patty Hernandez
Director, Academic Advising

Sophia Hain
Senior Academic Advisor

Laura Campbell
Academic Advisor

Jaine Park
Academic Advisor

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