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Portfolio Prep:
Explore Your Creative Potential

Planning on applying to one of ArtCenter College of Design’s full-time degree programs? Diving deeply into a specific field is integral to the intensive ArtCenter experience, which means you’ll need to commit to a major beforehand.

Before making that critical decision, experience ArtCenter’s wide range of art and design possibilities with ACN. Take an introductory course to sample a discipline or, if you’ve already chosen a major, take related courses to strengthen your portfolio.

ArtCenter’s Admissions staff strongly recommends ACN because:

It is the most compact, intensive and direct way to prepare your portfolio for admission; 30—50 % of students accepted to the degree program have developed their portfolios through ACN.

Courses are taught by ArtCenter faculty who consider the College’s admissions requirements when structuring assignments; they provide you with the skills and direction necessary to develop a great body of work.

Use these course sequences to the right as a guide to plan your ArtCenter education. If you have questions, Admissions or ACN staff can assist you with course selections. After evaluating your current work, they’ll recommend a path that is right for you.

Although taking any or all of these classes does not guarantee admission to ArtCenter, students who successfully complete ACN courses are well prepared and gain a sense of the competitive spirit, expectations and rigors of the College.

Courses with an asterisk (*) may be eligible for transfer credit to select majors with a grade of B or better. Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students. See Transferable Courses and individual course descriptions for more information.

  • Advertising
    • Introduction to Advertising

    • Design 1 for Graphic Design/Illustration/Advertising*

    • Relationship Goals

    • Narrative Sketching

    • Introduction to Graphic Design

    Additional courses to supplement your development:

    • Digital Design 1

    • Introduction to Figure Drawing

    • Sketching for Designers

    • Typography 1

    • Mastering Color for Artists and Designers

    • Mastering Composition and Design

  • Entertainment Design
    • Introduction to Figure Drawing

    • Perspective

    • Introduction to Entertainment Design

    • Introduction to Product and Transportation Design

    • Character Design for Animation

    • Transpor-Tainment

    • Visual Communication and Form Development

    Additional courses to supplement your development:

    • Costume and Fashion Design

    • Introduction to Environmental Design

    • Basics of Interplanetary Flight

    • Courses in Photoshop and Illustrator

  • Environmental Design
    • Introduction to Environmental Design

    • Intermediate Environmental Design

    • Branded Environments

    • Furniture Design

    • Lighting Design

    • Introduction to Industrial Design

    • Modeling

    Additional courses to supplement your development:

    • Courses in Photoshop, Illustrator or Rhino

  • Graphic Design
    • Introduction to Graphic Design

    • Mastering Color for Artists and Designers

    • Mastering Composition and Design OR
      Design 1 for Graphic Design/Illustration/Advertising*

    • Narrative Sketching*

    • Typography 1* OR Essential Typography

    • Graphic Design

    • Introduction to Package Design

    Additional courses to supplement your development:

    • Creative Sketchbook

    • Basics of Digital Photography

    • Letterpress courses

    • Digital Design 1

    • Courses in Photoshop and InDesign

  • Film
    • Introduction to Filmmaking

    • Storyboarding

    • Intro to Adobe Premiere

    Additional courses to supplement your development:

    • Basics of Digital Photography

    • Documentary Filmmaking

    • History of Cinema

  • Fine Art
    • Collage/ Mixed Media

    • Making Objects

    • Introduction to 3D Design

    • Printmaking Studio

    • Abstract Painting & Composition

    • Color and Light in Painting

    • Design 1 for Photo/Fine Art*

    Additional courses to supplement your development:

    • Materials of Art and Design

    • Introduction to Figure Drawing

    • Composition and Drawing

    • Introduction to Modernism*

  • Illustration
    • Introduction to Figure Drawing

    • Introduction to Illustration Composition and Drawing*

    • Introduction to Painting Design 1 for Graphic Design/Illustration/Advertising* OR
      Mastering Color for Artists AND
      Mastering Composition and Design

    • Head and Hands*

    • Contemporary Illustration Concepts

    Additional courses to supplement your development:

    • Perspective

    • Digital Design 1

    • Head Painting

    • Creative Sketchbook

    • Love for the Drawing Line

  • Interaction Design
    • Introduction to Interaction Design*

    • Introduction to Graphic Design

    • Introduction to Communication Sketching

    • Product Design: Basics

    • Product Design: Process

    Additional courses to supplement your development:

    • Storyboarding

    • Brand Experience Design

  • Photography and Imaging
    • Basics of Digital Photography

    • Exploring Light Fundamentals

    • Photographing People

    • Intermediate Photo methods

    • Design 1 for Photo/Fine Art*

    Additional courses to supplement your development:

    • Courses in Photoshop or Illustrator

  • Product Design
    • Introduction to Product and Transportation Design OR
      Product Design: Basics AND
      Product Design: Process Sketching for Designers

    • Intermediate Product Design 1 and 2

    • Visual Communication and Form Development

    • Product Design 1*

    • Introduction to Industrial Design Modeling

    • Introduction to Industrial Design Modeling

    • Rapid Problem Solving

    Additional courses to supplement your development:

    • Photoshop Rendering for Industrial Design Perspective

  • Transportation Design
    • Introduction to Product and Transportation Design OR
      Introduction to Transportation Design

    • Introduction to Communication Sketching

    • Perspective

    • Visual Communication and Form Development

    • Transpor-Tainment

    • Intermediate Transportation Design

    • Introduction to Industrial Design Modeling

    • Advanced Vehicle Design

    Additional courses to supplement your development:

    • Basics of Digital Photography

    • Photoshop Rendering for Industrial Design