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At ArtCenter for Teens (formerly Saturday High), we believe that all students should have the opportunity to pursue their creative interests, whatever their financial means. To this end, we offer scholarships to those demonstrating both financial need and creative potential.

Scholarships cover the full cost of one ArtCenter for Teens class or—during the summer—the full cost of one ArtCenter for Teens class, one workshop, or one four-week Summer Intensive. Please indicate which scholarship you are applying for on the registration form.

Scholarship Deadlines

Please visit our calendar for scholarship deadlines.

To Apply for a Scholarship

If you have never taken an ArtCenter for Teens class, submit the following to the ArtCenter for Teens office:

  • Completed registration form.
  • At least 6 to 10 original samples of your work enclosed in an envelope or portfolio case (preferred), or a letter of recommendation from an adult who knows you well.

If you have previously taken an ArtCenter for Teens class, submit the following to the ArtCenter for Teens office:

  • Completed registration form.
  • At least 6 to 10 original samples of your work enclosed in an envelope or a portfolio case.

How to Submit Original Samples of Your Work

  • Submit your original samples in a closed envelope or portfolio case directly to the ArtCenter for Teens office, located at South Campus.
  • Samples should demonstrate your creativity and potential, and be your best effort. If you have previously attended ArtCenter for Teens, submit work from your most recent ArtCenter for Teens class.
  • You are encouraged to submit a sketchbook, if you use one. We would like to see your creative process as well as finished pieces.
  • Submitted work should not exceed 20" x 26".
  • You may submit photos or slides of pieces that are three-dimensional or otherwise too large to include in a portfolio.
  • Be sure to write your name on the back of each piece you submit.
  • Special needs students may submit work, but it is not a requirement.

Drop off materials in person to the ArtCenter for Teens office located at South Campus.

Office hours for portfolio submission:
Monday – Thursday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mail materials to:
ArtCenter for Teens
Art Center College of Design
P.O. Box 7197
Pasadena, CA 91109-7197
ATTN: ArtCenter for Teens Scholarship

Scholarship Decisions

Each scholarship applicant is evaluated based on a combination of available scholarship funds, the applicant’s financial need, the student’s work and/or letter of recommendation.

Scholarship Notification

Students applying for scholarships will receive award notification by mail within two weeks after the scholarship deadline. Please do not call the ArtCenter for Teens office.

Applicants not awarded a scholarship may still enroll in a class, based on space availability, by submitting tuition payment before or on the first day of classes.

Please note: Students who do not receive a scholarship should be aware that classes fill quickly. We cannot guarantee a space in class for ArtCenter for Teens scholarship applicants, only those who receive a scholarship.

Portfolio Return

You may pick up your work from the ArtCenter for Teens office at South Campus after receiving your mailed notification.

ArtCenter for Teens Scholarship Donors

ArtCenter gratefully acknowledges the following endowed funds that support student scholarships, and donors who have contributed $1,000 or more to Public Programs between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Donors may choose to designate their gifts for general support or to specific programs including ArtCenter at Night, ArtCenter for Teens, ArtCenter for Kids or ArtCenter for Teachers.

  • Grace R. Anderson
  • Ramone C. Munoz (BFA 77, MFA 90) and Tom Jacobson
  • The Ahmanson Foundation
  • Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation
  • Rowe and Gayle Giesen Trust
  • The Rose Hills Foundation Scholarships
  • ArtCenter at Night Endowed Scholarship for Hispanic Students
  • ArtCenter for Teens Endowed Scholarship for Hispanic Students
  • David and Judith Brown Endowed Scholarship for ArtCenter for Teens
  • Mickey McGuire Endowed Scholarship
  • Ross Diamond Player and Madelyn Maberly Player Endowed Memorial Scholarship

* Art Center Partners provide scholarship support for public programs at Art Center College of Design, making art and design education possible for deserving students of all ages.

General support for ArtCenter for Teens has been generously provided by the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation.

ArtCenter for Teens Mentoring Program

Students who receive a fall term scholarship to ArtCenter for Teens have the opportunity to apply to the ArtCenter for Teens Mentoring Program. The program allows a select number of students to meet one-on-one with a faculty mentor for professional advice.

Students in the ArtCenter for Teens Mentoring Program are matched according to professional interests with ArtCenter for Teens faculty members, and meet regularly throughout the term. From this mentor, the student will receive specific advice related to classes, skill development, portfolios and career goals.

Students may apply to the Mentoring Program during fall term only. For details, contact Cecilia Ybarra at 626.396.4235 or