Your completed registration form and full payment are required to hold your place in a course. Studio course tuition is $415 per credit unit, with the exception of select foundation studio courses denoted as “transferable.” Transferable studio courses range from $320 to $415 per credit unit and offer the potential to transfer to one of Art Center’s full-time degree programs. Humanities and Sciences courses are $240 per credit unit. The cost of non-credit workshops and special course offerings varies. Please see individual course descriptions for fee information.
Though we strive to keep course tuition as low as possible, ACN must occasionally increase its course tuition to adjust for increases in operational costs. We will notify enrolled ACN students of tuition increases as early as possible.
Federal and state financial aid programs are not applicable to ACN tuition.
Tuition and fees are due in full at the time of registration. Any unpaid tuition and fees as a result of returned checks, account holds, dismissal, etc., are due immediately.
Once the term begins, a non-refundable late registration fee of $50 per course will be charged. Note: This does not apply to shorter workshops or for courses that begin later in the term.
A $20 fee will be charged for any returned checks.
ACN is pleased to offer discounts to Art Center alumni, teachers and individuals age 62 and older. We also offer professional development discounts on a selection of courses for K-12 art teachers and art providers.
Prior to submitting online registrations: To qualify for a discount, please complete the Discount Verification Form and submit it to the ACN/Public Programs office along with the required documentation. Online registration forms submitted prior to this verification process will be processed at the non-discounted course tuition rate. Alumni and seniors only need to submit this form once; teachers and K-12 art teachers and art providers must submit this form every term.
Please note: Discounts do not apply to lab fees or late fees, which must be paid in full at the time of registration.
Indicate the discount you are applying for on the Discount Verification Form (select one):
Art Center College of Design Alumni Discount
Art Center offers its degree-earned alumni a 50% tuition discount on ACN courses. Please indicate your major and year of graduation on the form.
A 25% tuition discount is available to individuals age 62 and older, with identification (driver’s license or other official documentation) that indicates date of birth.
A 25% tuition discount is available to practicing full-time teachers. Teachers must provide proof of employment, such as a letter from your school district or principal verifying your current teaching status. We must receive proof of employment before we can process your registration or approve this discount.
K-12 Art Teachers and Arts Providers:
Professional Development Discount: Special 50% Discount. Expand your art teaching capabilities to include disciplines such as graphic design, product and transportation design, photography, Web design, and more. Challenge your students to think creatively and critically while introducing them to possible careers in the visual arts and design. ACN is pleased to support K-12 art teachers and arts providers by offering the following introductory courses at 50 percent off regular tuition. Please provide proof of employment such as a letter from your school district, principal or supervisor, verifying your current employment status as a K-12 art teacher or arts provider. We must receive proof of employment each term before we can process your registration or approve this discount.
ACN-007 Design 360 ACN-009 Introduction to Figure Drawing ACN-116W Basics of Painting: Still life ACN-115W Basics of Painting: Figure ACN-020 Introduction to Painting ACN-030 Introduction to Graphic Design ACN-040 Introduction to Advertising ACN-256 Introduction to Package Design ACN-142 Basics of Digital Photography ACN-151 Introduction to Filmmaking ACN-224 Illustration Techniques and Concepts ACN-101 Digital Design 1 ACN-194 Web Fundamentals ACN-196 Web Fundamentals: Online ACN-200 Introduction to Interaction Design ACN-199 Introduction to Processing ACN-046W Product Design: Process ACN-047W Product Design: Basics ACN-050 Introduction to Product and Transportation Design ACN-038 Introduction to Communication Sketching ACN-060 Introduction to Environmental Design ACN-045 Introduction to Entertainment Design
Note: This discount does not apply to lab fees or late fees, which must be paid in full at the time of registration.
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All discount requests are subject to verification. Sorry, but we cannot hold space in ACN courses until your discount has been verified and we receive your registration form and tuition payment.
Tuition refunds are based on the date your online or signed written program change request is received in the Public Programs office. Program changes may be submitted by fax, in person or online. You will need your Art Center student username and password in order to use the online drop process.
Please note: we cannot process faxed or in-person add/drop requests on Saturdays, Sundays or campus holidays when the Public Programs office is closed.
If you drop a course before the first day of the term, you will receive a full refund. Late fees are not refundable. Refunds are mailed to students usually within six weeks after the start of the semester or of the announcement of a canceled class.
The refund schedule is as follows:
Fall 2015 10–14-week courses Before September 4, 2015 100% September 7–September 18 80% September 21–September 25 60% September 28–October 2 40% October 5–October 9 20% October 12–October 23 0% October 23 Last day to drop a course Spring 2016 10–14-week courses Before January 15, 2016 100% January 18–January 29 80% February 1–February 5 60% February 8–February 12 40% February 15–February 19 20% February 22–March 4 0% March 4 Last day to drop a course Summer 2016 10–14-week courses Before May 13, 2016 100% May 16–May 27 80% May 30–June 3 60% June 6–June 10 40% June 13–June 17 20% June 20–July 1 0% July 1 Last day to drop a course
For shorter courses, if you drop a course before the first day of the course, you will receive a refund. The refund policy for shorter courses is as follows:
Four- to Seven-week courses Before class begins (one day) 100% One to seven days after class starts 80% Eight to 14 days after class starts 20% Fifteen to 21 days after class starts 0% One- to Seven-day courses Before class begins (one day) 100% After class begins 0%
If you are enrolled in a shorter workshop or a course that begins after the first week of classes, please consult the Public Programs office for the refund schedule.
Failure to drop a class officially can result in a grade of F for that course. Tuition and fees are due in full at the time or registration. Any unpaid tuition and fees as a result of returned checks, account holds, etc. are due immediately. If you decide to withdraw (or are dismissed from classes) your tuition will be refunded according to the refund schedule above.
If you have not paid all tuition and fees, you may owe a balance to Art Center regardless of when you withdraw during the term.
What is the 1098-T Tuition Payments Statement?
Colleges and universities are required to issue a 1098-T Tuition Payments Statement for the purpose of determining a student’s eligibility for the Hope and Lifetime Learning education tax credits. If you would like to receive a 1098-T tuition statement, you must provide your Social Security Number when you register for courses. Your statement will be provided to you online, via your Art Center Student Account.
Please consult an accountant to determine whether it is appropriate for you to file the 1098-T statement with your taxes. For more information, visit the IRS’ website.