ArtCenter occasionally admits students to its Special Status program. The program is intended for students who have had significant work and educational experience. These students are allowed to attend ArtCenter classes for up to three terms on a nondegree basis. The Special Status program is available at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and for students with or without a prior college degree. Special Status students pay the current full-time tuition rates.
To qualify, students must show an advanced-level portfolio for one major. They must meet the same admissions requirements as degree program candidates, complete the admissions procedure for undergraduate or graduate students, as applicable, and check off "Special Student Status" on the application form. Students cannot normally transfer to the degree program once enrolled as non-degree students. Special Status students are generally not eligible for financial aid or scholarships.