How to Apply

1. Familiarize yourself with our Programs of Study

At ArtCenter, we offer a specialized education that places students in intensive studio classes specific to their major from their first term of study. We require that students choose a major when they apply and that they submit a portfolio and essays specific to that major (see Step 2 below). So it is important to understand our programs of study and how they align with your creative ambitions.

2. Review the application and portfolio requirements

Admissions to ArtCenter is major-specific. It is important to gain a strong understanding of the specific application requirements, portfolio requirements and essay requirements for the major in which you’re interested. For applicants who are not yet ready to commit to a major, the First Year Immersion program provides an alternate pathway into ArtCenter before transitioning into one of our majors in your 3rd term.

3. Connect with us

Schedule a time to deepen your knowledge of ArtCenter and our admissions process: Attend an in person or virtual tour, schedule an appointment with an Admissions counselor, come to one of our events, or just call, email or text the Admissions Office with your questions. We’ll work with you to define next steps toward applying. As a prospective student, you will be paired with an Admissions Counselor you can reach out to with specific questions. Find your counselor here.

4. Choose a term

Based on the program to which you are interested in applying, there could be as many as three opportunities each year for you to enroll—Fall, Spring and Summer. Construct a timeline to apply that allows enough time to build your portfolio and complete the application process.

5. Acquire your transcripts and request applicable test scores

Transcripts and test scores (if applicable) are important components of your application. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded as part of your online application if they list your full name and institution name on them. Once admitted, you will need to submit official transcripts to the Admissions Office prior to your matriculation. If an English proficiency test is required of you, order official test scores to be sent to us. If we receive them in advance of your application, we will hold them and match them to your application when you apply.

6. Submit your portfolio, essays and an online application

Once your portfolio and essays are ready, you can submit them through the online application. If you decide to submit your application before your portfolio and essays are finalized, you can upload them through the applicant portal.

7. Review your applicant portal

After you apply, you will receive an email directing you to log in to the Applicant Portal. From the portal, you can view your application checklist and can upload required application materials. The Applicant Portal is also where you will receive your admission decision.

8. Complete your FAFSA

If you are a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and you want to be considered for financial aid and scholarship, then you should complete your FAFSA and list ArtCenter (School code 001116) as a recipient school. International students cannot submit the FAFSA but will be considered for scholarship if they indicate they would like consideration on their application.

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