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Portfolio Prep


Explore Your Creative Potential

Do you plan on applying to ArtCenter College of Design’s full-time degree program? You can experience ArtCenter’s diverse range of art and design possibilities by enrolling with ACX! 

Take an introductory course to sample a discipline or, if you have already chosen a major, take related courses to strengthen and expand your portfolio.

Reasons Prospective Students Should Consider ACX

Enrolling in ACX is the most compact, intensive and direct way to prepare your portfolio for admissions; 30–50 percent of students accepted into the degree program developed their portfolios through ACX.

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

The sequence of ACX courses listed here is a helpful guide for you to plan your educational progress and development.  Admissions and/or ACX staff can assist you with course selections. After evaluating your current work, they’ll recommend a path that’s right for you.

Please note that taking any or all of these classes does not guarantee admission to ArtCenter, but students who successfully complete ACX courses are well-prepared and gain a sense of the competitive spirit, expectations and rigors of the College degree program.

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. Not all classes are offered each term.

Course Sequences

The sequence of ACX courses listed here is a helpful guide for you to plan your educational progress and development.  Admissions and/or ACX staff can assist you with course selections. After evaluating your current work, they’ll recommend a path that’s right for you.
 
Advertising/Creative Direction

Intro to Creative Direction
Design 1 for Graphic Design/Illustration/Advertising*
Narrative Sketching
Intro to Graphic Design
Crashvertising
Bookcamp


Additional courses to supplement your development:
Digital Design 1
Intro to Figure Drawing
Sketching for Designers
Typography 1
Mastering Color for Artists and Designers
Mastering Composition and Design

* Eligible for transfer credit to select majors with grade of B or better. Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students. See Transferable Courses for additional details.
 

 
Graphic Design

Intro 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
Intro 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

* Eligible for transfer credit to select majors with grade of B or better. Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students. See Transferable Courses for additional details.
 

 
Photography and Imaging

Basics of Photography
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

* Eligible for transfer credit to select majors with grade of B or better. Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students. See Transferable Courses for additional details.
 

 
Film

Intro to Filmmaking
Storyboarding
Screenwriting 101


Additional courses to supplement your development:
Basics of Digital Photography
Sound Design Workshop
History of Cinema
Art of the Movie Trailer
 

 
Fine Art

Collage/Mixed Media
Making Objects
Printmaking Studio
Abstract Painting & Composition
Color and Light in Painting
Design 1 for Photo/Fine Art*

Additional courses to supplement your development:
Materials and Modeling
Intro to Figure Drawing
Composition and Drawing
Introduction to Modernism*

* Eligible for transfer credit to select majors with grade of B or better. Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students. See Transferable Courses for additional details.
 

 
Illustration

Intro to Figure Drawing
Intro to Illustration
Composition and Drawing*
Intro to Painting
Design 1 for Graphic Design/Illustration/ Advertising*
  OR Mastering Color for Artists and Designers 
  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
Materials and Modeling

* Eligible for transfer credit to select majors with grade of B or better. Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students. See Transferable Courses for additional details.
 

 
Interaction Design

Intro to Interaction Design*
Intro to Graphic Design
Intro to Communication Sketching
  OR Sketching for Designers
Product Design: Basics
Product Design: Process

Additional courses to supplement your development:
Storyboarding
UX/UI for Games

* Eligible for transfer credit to select majors with grade of B or better. Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students. See Transferable Courses for additional details.
 

 
Entertainment Design/Concept Design

Intro to Figure Drawing
Perspective
Introd to Concept Design
Intro to Product and Transportation Design
     OR Intro to Transportation Design

Character Design for Animation
Transpor-Tainment
Visual Communication and Form Development

Additional courses to supplement your development:
Costume and Fashion Design
Intro to Environmental Design
Basics of Interplanetary Flight
Courses in Photoshop and Illustrator
 

 
Environmental Design/Spatial Experience Design

Intro to Spatial Experience Design
Intermediate Spatial Experience Design
Branded Environments
Furniture Design
Lighting Design

Materials and Modeling

Additional courses to supplement your development:
Courses in Photoshop, Illustrator and Rhino 3D
 

 
Product Design

Intro to Product and Transportation Design
  OR Product Design: Basics 
  AND Product Design: Process
Sketching for Designers
Visual Communication and Form Development
Materials and Modeling

Additional courses to supplement your development:
Photoshop Rendering for Industrial Design
Perspective
Footwear Design 1

 

 
Transportation Design

Intro to Product and Transportation Design
Intro to Transportation Design
Intro to Communication Sketching

Visual Communication and Form Development
Transpor-Tainment
Intermediate Transportation Design
Electrical Vehicle Design Concepts
Materials + Modeling


Additional courses to supplement your development:
VisComm 1 (TRAN)*
Design Process 1 (TRAN)*

Photoshop Rendering for Industrial Design
Perspective

* Eligible for transfer credit to select majors with grade of B or better. Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students. See Transferable Courses for additional details.