About Art Center

Learn to create. Influence Change.

A leader in art and design education for more than 80 years, Art Center College of Design offers a rigorous and transdisciplinary curriculum, an expert faculty of practicing artists and designers, strong ties to industry and a commitment to socially responsible design.

Our students challenge boundaries and take risks, preparing them to realize success and fulfillment in the world of art and design—and beyond.

Operating out of two campuses in Pasadena, Art Center offers 11 undergraduate degrees, six graduate degrees, as well as Public Programs that serve the larger Southern California community.

Hillside Campus

Located on 175 wooded acres in the foothills above the Rose Bowl, Art Center’s Hillside Campus has been home to Art Center since 1976. The main building, designated a local historic monument by the City of Pasadena, is a dramatic steel-and-glass bridge structure designed by Craig Ellwood Associates.

Hillside is home to the College’s undergraduate Advertising, Entertainment Design, Environmental Design, Film, Graphic Design, Interaction Design, Photography and Imaging, Product Design and Transportation Design programs, as well as its graduate Environmental Design, Film, Industrial Design and Transportation Systems and Design programs.

South Campus

South Campus is situated in downtown Pasadena’s “Innovation Corridor” and conveniently located next to the METRO Gold Line, which connects downtown Los Angeles to Pasadena and the greater San Gabriel Valley.

A 100,000-square-foot former supersonic wind tunnel, South Campus’ 950 building was redesigned by architect Kevin Daly and opened in 2004. It is home to the College’s Public Programs; Archetype Press, a unique letterpress printing facility; and its graduate Art and Media Design Practices programs.

A former U.S. Postal Service facility, South Campus’ 870 building was recently redesigned by Darin Johnstone Architecture into the College’s home for its undergraduate Fine Art and Illustration programs. The building opened in 2014 and includes classrooms, individual art studios, a print shop, exhibition spaces and a sculpture yard.