Notification, Tuition Deposit and Deferrals

All you need to know about ArtCenter’s application notification process and what to do after you’re accepted.

Application Decisions

Applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision in by email and/or in writing as soon as possible after receipt of all application materials, usually within three weeks.

If you would like to apply again for a semester to which you were not admitted, you will need to contact Admissions via or by calling 626 396-2373 to let us know you want to apply again for the same semester. The application website will not allow you to do this, so staff will facilitate your request.

A Student Health form will be sent on acceptance and must be returned to the Admissions Office before Orientation. The College requires a negative tuberculosis test with the health form.

Upon receiving a letter of acceptance from the College, any person with a disability who might require special accommodation by the College should discuss their needs with the Center for the Student Experience staff.

Additional policy information can be found in ArtCenter’s Student Handbook.

ArtCenter, at its discretion, reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission if any information contained in the Admission Application is found to be incomplete, inaccurate, or misleading, if subsequent information leads to serious concerns, or if any submitted documents, materials, or test scores are inaccurate or are the result of wrongful or fraudulent activity. Violation of this Policy may result in rescinding an offer of admission, expulsion after enrollment, and retraction of degrees awarded.

Tuition Deposit

On acceptance, an enrollment agreement form and further instructions will be issued. The completed agreement, along with a nonrefundable and nontransferable tuition deposit, is required to hold your place in the class. The undergraduate deposit is $300 and the graduate deposit is $400. The tuition deposit can be paid by check or credit card.

Tuition deposits will be accepted until classes are full for each term; acceptance does not guarantee a place in the class. A student’s place in the class cannot be assured until the College has sent the student a written confirmation of acceptance of the agreement and deposit. These are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until the classes are filled.

The availability of space can change rapidly. With the exception of Entertainment Design, students will be offered a place in the next available term if they have been accepted but no space is currently available. Space may become available as late as registration day of the desired term.

International Students

International students will be required to show financial means for two semesters of tuition and fees and three semesters of living costs. This is required by the U.S. government in order to study on an F-1 visa. The current cost for Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 to be verified is $79,476 for undergraduate and $82,080 for graduate students, but will vary each year. The amount can be covered through bank statements and any scholarship support received.

In addition, international students should be aware that finding employment in the U.S. is highly unlikely after graduation. Opportunities for non-citizens are rare.


Accepted applicants may defer their admission for one consecutive term following their acceptance (provided there is room) with the exception of Entertainment Design.

The tuition deposit will apply only to the term of original acceptance; only the acceptance, not the deposit, can be carried over. A new deposit is required for the subsequent term; each fee is nonrefundable. Financial aid and scholarships are not deferred, but are reviewed for the new term of entry.

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