August 18 Fall Scholarship Deadline


Through the continuing support and generosity of numerous organizations and individuals, ACX is pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to deserving students based on financial need.

ACX General Scholarships

These scholarships are intended for students who live in California and have a strong desire to pursue a career in art or design and are preparing to submit portfolios for admission to ArtCenter’s full-time degree program. Awards are based on the applicant’s financial need, a written personal statement, samples of artwork and available scholarship funds. ACX scholarships cover tuition for one ACX course, plus a supply stipend of $75.

Download the scholarship application and guidelines (PDF). To have the materials mailed to you, email us or call 626 396-2319.

Deadline for ACX Scholarships

Fall 2022 scholarship deadline:
August 18, before 8:30 pm

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACX will offer its Fall 2022 courses online, with scholarships awarded to students with financial need. All students should have a digital device (laptop, tablet, phone) with built-in camera and an internet connection.

This Fall, scholarship materials cannot be mailed or dropped off. Instead, we will accept ACX scholarship applications via email at Please include your name in the Subject line (for example, Janet Smith – ACX Scholarship). The application and written statement should be submitted as one email if possible. The portfolio can be submitted by: Dropbox, Google Drive, Instagram links, or your personal website links. Note: If you use Google Drive, please grant permission to view to If none of these are possible for your portfolio, we can accept attached images over email.

Note: If your application is split between different emails, be sure to include your name and a description in each Subject line (e.g., Janet Smith- portfolio or Janet Smith - written statement).

Scholarship Decisions

Applicants will be notified by e-mail approximately two weeks after the scholarship deadline. Scholarship applicants are encouraged to pick up submitted work after receiving a scholarship decision letter.

Students who do not receive a scholarship and wish to subsequently enroll should be aware that courses fill quickly. We can only guarantee class spaces for scholarship recipients.

Although every precaution is taken, ArtCenter and ACX cannot be responsible for lost or stolen portfolios. 

ACX Scholarship Donors

ACX gratefully acknowledges the following endowed funds that support student scholarships, and donors who have contributed $1,000 or more to ACX between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. Donors may choose to designate their gifts for general support or to specific programs within ACX.

The Ahmanson Foundation 

Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation

Ford Motor Company Fund

Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust


Ooty Moorehead (BFA 07) and Robert Lemchen

Ramone C. Munoz (BFA 77, MFA 90) and Tom Jacobson

Pasadena Arts League

ACX Endowed Scholarship for Hispanic Students

ACX-Teens Endowed Scholarship for Hispanic Students

David and Judith Brown Endowed Scholarship for ACX-Teens

Mickey McGuire Endowed Scholarship

Ross Diamond Player and Madelyn Maberly Player Endowed Memorial Scholarship


Support ACX

ACX depends on the generosity of individuals and organizations to provide much-needed funding for scholarships awarded to deserving students.  Scholarship support often exceeds available funds; that’s why your gift to ACX makes an immediate impact on the lives of promising artists and designers.

Make an online donation today.

Thank you for your support of arts education!