About ArtCenter

Learn to create. Influence Change.

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round continuing education programs for all ages and levels of experience.

Renowned for both its strong ties to industry and a commitment to socially responsible design, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

Spaces made—and reimagined—for learning.

From wooded acres in the San Rafael Hills to adaptive reuse in downtown Pasadena, ArtCenter’s two campuses provide future artists and designers with a wide array of creative learning opportunities enriched by the creative and academic resources within the surrounding communities and the greater Los Angeles area.

Located above the Rose Bowl, ArtCenter’s Hillside Campus has been home to ArtCenter since 1976. The main building, a modernist steel-and-glass bridge structure, has been designated a local historic monument by the City of Pasadena.

South Campus, conveniently located near the Metro Gold Line Fillmore station in Pasadena, encompasses three eclectic structures, including a historic supersonic wind tunnel, a former post office facility and a renovated office building.