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Tuition

 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 carry 3 units, range from $320-$415 per credit unit, and offer the potential to transfer to one of ArtCenter’s full-time degree programs. See information about course transferability.

Humanities and Sciences courses are $240 per credit unit. The cost of noncredit workshops and special course offerings varies. See individual course descriptions for fee information.

Though we strive to keep course tuition as low as possible, ACX must occasionally increase its course tuition to adjust for increases in operational costs. We will notify enrolled ACX students of tuition increases as early as possible.

Federal and state financial aid programs are not applicable to ACX tuition.

Limited scholarships are available.

Tuition and fees are due in full at the time of registration. Any unpaid tuition or fees, including those resulting from returned checks and account holds, are due immediately.

A $20 fee will be charged for any returned checks.

Tuition Discounts

ACX is pleased to offer discounts to ArtCenter alumni; members of the military and their families; teachers; and individuals age 62 and older. We also offer professional development discounts on a selection of courses for K-12 art teachers and arts providers.


Before you register

To qualify for a discount, please complete a Discount Verification Form (PDF) available through the ACX office. Send the completed form to us via email along with the required documentation. It is your responsibility to follow up with the ACX office to ensure that we received your email. 
Online registration forms submitted prior to this verification process will be processed at the non-discounted course tuition rate. All discount requests are subject to verification. Sorry, but we cannot hold space in ACX courses until your discount has been verified and we receive your registration form and tuition payment. 
Note: Discounts do not apply to lab fees or late fees, which must be paid in full at the time of registration. Discounts cannot be combined with scholarships, or any other discounts or offers.


ArtCenter College of Design Alumni Discount

ArtCenter offers its degree-earned alumni a tuition discount of 50 percent on courses offered through ACX. Please indicate your major and year of graduation on the registration form.


Senior Discount

A tuition discount of 25 percent is available to individuals age 62 and older, with identification (driver’s license or other official documentation) that indicates date of birth.


Military Discount

A tuition discount of 25 percent is now available to active-duty, veterans and retired military service members, their spouses, registered domestic partners, and children over the age of 18.

To qualify for this discount, please present your Military ID in person along with a completed registration form to the ACX office. The first time you request this discount, you will also be asked to fill out a Discount Verification Form (PDF), available in the office.


Teacher Discount

Full-time, practicing teachers can receive a tuition discount of 25 percent. 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 each term before we can process your registration or approve this discount.

K–12 Art Teachers and Arts Providers

Professional Development: Special 50 Percent 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.

ACX 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 with 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 this proof of employment each term before we can process your registration or approve this discount.

ACX-007 Design 360
ACX-009 Introduction to Figure Drawing
ACX-116W Basics of Painting: Still-Life
ACX-115W Basics of Painting: Figure
ACX-020 Introduction to Painting
ACX-030 Introduction to Graphic Design
ACX-040 Introduction to Advertising
ACX-256 Introduction to Package Design
ACX-142 Basics of Digital Photography
ACX-151 Introduction to Filmmaking
ACX-380 Introduction to Illustration
ACX-101 Digital Design 1
ACX-200 Introduction to Interaction Design
ACX-086 Product Design: Basics
ACX-087 Product Design: Process
ACX-050 Introduction to Product and Transportation Design
ACX-038 Introduction to Communication Sketching
ACX-060 Introduction to Environmental Design
ACX-463 Introduction to Concept Design


Note: This discount does not apply to lab fees or late fees, which must be paid in full at the time of registration.

1098-T Statement

College 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 you Social Security Number when you register for courses. Your statement will be provided to you online via your ArtCenter 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 irs.gov.