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

Conveniently located near the METRO Gold Line Fillmore station in Pasadena, ArtCenter's South Campus encompasses three eclectic structures: 950 building, a 100,000-square-foot former supersonic wind tunnel redesigned by architect Kevin Daly, is home to the College's Public Programs, Archetype Press letterpress printing facility, and its Graduate Art and Media Design Practices programs; 870 building, a former U.S. Postal Service facility redesigned by Darin Johnstone Architecture, is home to the College's Fine Art and Illustration programs; and 1111 building, a six-story building located at the gateway to Pasadena and featuring a wraparound mirrored curtain wall.