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November 13th-15th, 2024

AICAD Symposium 2024

Join ArtCenter College of Design and the larger Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) community for the AICAD Symposium, the annual gathering on teaching and learning in art and design, held at ArtCenter College of Design’s campus in Pasadena, CA on November 13th-15th, 2024.

This year, 2024, presents great challenges for creative and professional practice in ways that echo the massive moments of change from the past. How can we, as educators, prepare students and our own communities for this new world of teaching, learning and working? What traditions remain intact in this emerging landscape and where do we look for guidance and inspiration as we make our way forward?

This year’s gathering will explore four major threads of the current educational landscape:

  • AI, Machine Learning and Emerging Technology
  • New Learners and New Pathways
  • Pedagogy and Practice
  • Graduate Education and Research

Please join us as we gather to explore how we will teach for tomorrow (and re-design the future!)

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Pasadena, CA 91103
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Travel Information

Hotel Information

AICAD has secured a block of rooms at the Westin Pasadena at a rate of $199 per night. Located centrally in Pasadena’s Old Town, The Westin Pasadena is the only hotel in Pasadena with a pool on the rooftop, overlooking views to Historic Old Town, Historic City Hall, and the San Gabriel mountains.

Flying to Pasadena

If you are coming to the AICAD Symposium from out of state, the planning committee recommends arriving via the Hollywood Burbank Airport. From the airport, both the Westin and ArtCenter campus are just 16 miles (20 mins on average) by car/taxi/ride share.


If you are arriving by car, there is parking available both at the hotel ($22 per night) and nearby campus.


AICAD – the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design – is a non-profit consortium of the leading specialized arts and design schools in the US and Canada. Founded in 1991, the mission is to help strengthen the member colleges individually and collectively, and to inform the public about these colleges and universities and the value of studying the arts and design.

AICAD institutions educate more than 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year, plus many thousands more in summer and continuing education programs. Our students are drawn from all 50 US states and more than 60 countries. Over 70% of these students receive financial aid to support their education.