ArtCenter at a Glance

Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. With a current enrollment of approximately 2,028 students (58% female and 42% male, representing more than 40 countries), the College has a student/faculty ratio of 8 to 1. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide array of industrial design, visual and applied arts disciplines, as well as minors for undergraduate students in Business, Creative Writing, and Social Innovation. The Industrial Design Program offers a joint MS/MBA in partnership with the Drucker School of Management.

In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves residents of the Greater Los Angeles region through its ArtCenter Extension programs - a highly regarded series of year-round educational programs for all ages and levels of experience.

ArtCenter is a private nonprofit fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). Renowned for both its ties to industry and social impact initiatives, the College is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status.

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Admissions Profile

Headcount (HC) unless noted (Fall 2021)

  • UG Acceptance Rate1: 62%
  • UG Percentage (New) Male/Female: 40% / 60%
  • Average SAT Verbal/Average SAT Math2 = 649 / 605
  • Average high school GPA3 = 3.42
  • Average prior college GPA3 = 3.39
  • Percentage of New Undergraduate Students from:
    • California: 44%
    • Out of State: 12%
    • International: 44%
  • UG Applications Received (CY3 2021) : 1,532
  • UG Acceptance Rate1 (CY 2021): 62%
  • GR applications received (CY 2021): 708
  • GR Acceptance Rate (CY 2019): 41%

Enrollment Profile

Headcount (HC) as of (Fall 2021)4

  • Undergraduate students: 2,028
  • Graduate students: 291
  • Total FTE5 (UG + GR6): 2171.5
  • Percentage New First-Time Freshman/New Transfers7: 70% / 30%
  • Average Age for New First-Time Freshmen: 18.5
  • Average Age for all New Degree-Seeking UG Students: 19.9
  • Average Age for Undergraduate Students: 22.2
  • Average Age for Graduate Students: 27
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1
  • # of Internships: 46
  • Average Class Size: 10.1 (UG)/9.1 (GR)

Faculty/Staff Profile

Fall 2021 HC

  • Full-Time Faculty: 142
  • Part-Time Faculty8: 390
  • Staff (FT + PT): 348

Retention/Graduation Rates

  • First-Year Retention of New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2020 Cohort): 85%
  • Six-Year Graduation Rates New First-Time Freshmen (Fall 2015 cohort): 76%

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Costs

  • Yearly Undergrad Tuition and Fees: $48,044 (2 semesters, 2021-2022)
  • Yearly Graduate Tuition and Fees: $49,652 (2 semesters, 2021-2022)
  • Annual Operating Budget: $114 million (FY 2021)
  • $31 million Board-designated endowment (as of 6/30/20, FY 2021)
  • $102 million Donor-restricted endowment (as of 6/30/20, FY 2021)

Financial Aid

Calendar Year (CY) 2021 unless noted9

  • Aid processed: $52.2 million
  • Students with Financial Need10: 59%
  • Students who Received Financial Aid11: 72%
  • Students who Received ACCD Scholarship12: 56%
  • Average Amount of Scholarship13: $6,453
  • Undergraduates who received a Pell Grant14: 30%
  • New full-time first-time degree/certificate seeking students who received a Pell Grant12: 18%

Undergraduate Enrollment by Major15

Fall 2021 HC

  • Advertising: 14
  • Entertainment Design: 395
  • Environmental Design: 65
  • Film: 86
  • Fine Art: 52
  • Graphic Design: 221
  • Illustration: 598
  • Interaction Design: 94
  • Photography: 78
  • Product Design: 249
  • Transportation: 174
  • Non-Degree: 2

    Graduate Enrollment by Major

    Fall 2021 HC

    • Art: 35
    • Broadcast Cinema/Grad Film: 45
    • Grad Environmental Design: 23
    • Grad Graphic Design: 84
    • Grad Transportation Design: 26
    • Industrial Design: 30
    • Media Design: 47
    • Non-Degree: 1

    Academic Programs and Distinctions

    2021-202216

    • Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science offered in 11 undergraduate programs. Master of Fine Arts or Master of Science offered in seven graduate programs
    • Minors offered in Business, Creative Writing, Material Science, Research, and Social Innovation
    • Joint MS/MBA degree offered in conjunction with Claremont Graduate University’s Drucker School of Management
    • Included in Graphic Design USA’s 2022 GDUSA Top Graphic Design Schools
    • Included in The Princeton Review’s 2022 list of the Top 50 Game Design programs
    • ArtCenter appears in Variety’s 2022 feature Top 50 Films Schools and Instructors From Around the World, The Hollywood Reporter’s list of 2021's Top 25 Film Schools in America, TheWrap’s Top 50 Film Schools of 2021, and MovieMaker’s Best Film Schools in the U.S. & Canada 2021
    • ArtCenter rounds out College Magazine’s 2020 list of Top 10 Colleges for the New Generation of Web Designers
    • Ranked #1 in GradDegree.com’s 2021 Best Design & Applied Arts Schools in California
    • Ranked #3 in Graphic Design and #15 in Best Fine Arts Program in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 list of Best Graduate School Rankings
    • Ranked #12 among private schools in California for the Best Colleges in America of 2022 in Money magazine
    • Ranked #13 in Animation Career Review’s 2022 Top 50 Animations Schools and Colleges in the U.S.
    • Ranked #14 in the QS World University Rankings 2022 according to TopUniversities.com
    • Ranked #18 in the Top 50 Graphic Design Degree Programs, #34 in the Top 50 Film Degree Programs, and Top 46 Game Design programs in Intelligent's 2022 Rankings
    • Ranked #20 in Best Colleges for Design, #40 in Best Colleges for Art and #41 in Best Colleges for Film and Photography in Niche.com’s 2022 national rankings
    • Ranked #129 in the 2019 World University Rankings by Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal out of more than 1,000 colleges of all types, including large universities, public state schools and other specialized and private colleges

    Employment

    Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 figures17

    • 79%: Job Placement Rate for Classes of 2020 Bachelor’s (One-Year Out Graduates, 44% survey response rate)
    • 81%: Job Placement Rate for the Classes of 2020 Masters (One-Year Out Graduates, 35% survey response rate)
    • 84%: Percent of Classes of 2020 Bachelor’s Graduates that indicated Post-Graduation Occupation was Somewhat or Very Related to their Program/Area of Study (One-Year Out Graduates, 44% survey response rate)
    • 87%: Percent of the Classes of 2020 Master’s Graduates that indicated Post-Graduation Occupation was Somewhat or Very Related to their Program/Area of Study (One-Year Out Graduates, 35% survey response rate)

    Post Graduate Studies 18

    • Less than 1% of Bachelor’s recipients who graduated between Jan 2020 and August 2020 indicated that they were subsequently enrolled fulltime in graduate level education within one year of graduation (43% survey response rate)

    ArtCenter Extension19

    Calendar Year (CY) 2021 figures

    • Year-round open enrollment programs for students of all ages. Courses offered at both campuses. ArtCenter Extension consists of four programs: ArtCenter Extension (ACX), ArtCenter Teens (ACT), ArtCenter Kids (ACK), and ArtCenter Teachers (ACD)
    • Course Enrollment in ArtCenter Extension: 1,902
    • Many of the same faculty members teach in the College’s degree programs
    • Staff: 7
    • Total ACX faculty: 101
    • ACX-only faculty: 28
    • Faculty Shared with Degree Program: 53
    • Course tuition is individually priced
    • Typical tuition for one course in ACX $830, ACT $300, ACK $300, ACD $760
    • Scholarship applications: 263
    • Scholarships awarded: 239

    ArtCenter Online17

    Calendar Year (CY) 2021 figures

    • Online year-round open enrollment program for teens and adults.
    • Course Enrollment in ArtCenter Extension: 294
    • Staff: 14
    • Total ACO faculty: 6
    • ACO-only faculty: 2
    • Faculty Shared with Degree Program: 4
    • Course tuition is individually priced
    • Typical tuition for one online course is: Synchronous $499; Asynchronous for full course: $189; Asynchronous Workshops: $69

    Public Galleries21

    • 3 Galleries: Williamson Gallery, Mullin Gallery, ArtCenter Downtown L.A Gallery
    • 7 – 10 exhibitions in Calendar Year (CY) 2021

    Facilities

    2021-2022

    • 2 campuses: Hillside and South
    • 162.66 acres
    • 277,126 net sq. feet of academic/instructional facilities

    Library

    Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 figures

    • Book volumes: 106,358
    • DVDs and other cinema: 12,650
    • Zines22: 1,058
    • Video Games: 275
    • Current periodical subscriptions: 466
    • Research, Image, Video, and Training Databases: 46
    • Gate count (i.e. Number of people who walk in the Library): 806
    • Research/Reference questions: 415
    • Instructional sessions: 77
    • Total attendance in instructional sessions: 924

    Undergraduates Students by Gender23

    Fall 2021

    • Male: 42%
    • Female: 58%

    Graduate Students by Gender23

    Fall 2021

    • Male: 43%
    • Female: 57%

    All Students by Gender23

    Fall 2021

    • Male: 42%
    • Female: 58%

    Undergraduate Students by Ethnicity23

    Fall 2021

    • International: 43%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 9%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 32%
    • Black/African American: 1%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 12%
    • Two or more races: 3%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    Graduate Students by Ethnicity23

    Fall 2021

    • International: 64%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 5%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 8%
    • Black/African American: 3%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 19%
    • Two or more races: 1%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    All Students by Ethnicity23

    Fall 2021

    • International: 45%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 9%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 32%
    • Black/African American: 1%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 12%
    • Two or more races: 3%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    Faculty by Gender23

    Fall 2021

    Full-Time

    • Male: 68%
    • Female: 32%

    Part-Time

    • Male: 69%
    • Female: 31%

    Faculty by Ethnicity23

    Fall 2021

    Full-Time

    • International: 3%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 12%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 13%
    • Black/African American: 3%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 65%
    • Two or more races: 4%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 1%

    Part-Time

    • International: 1%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 9%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 14%
    • Black/African American: 4%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
    • White: 65%
    • Two or more races: 1%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 4%

    All Staff by Gender23

    Fall 2021

    • Male: 51%
    • Female: 49%

    All Staff by Ethnicity23

    Fall 2021

    • International: 1%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 23%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 17%
    • Black/African American: 5%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 49%
    • Two or more races: 1%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 3%

    Executive Management24

    7 in 2021-2022

    • Male: 71%
    • Female: 29%

    Executive Management by Ethnicity19

    Fall 2021

    • International: 0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 0%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 0%
    • Black/African American: 14%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 86%
    • Two or more races: 0%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%

    Trustees

    26 in 2021-2022

    • Male: 72%
    • Female: 28%

    Trustees by Ethnicity

    Fall 2021

    • International: 0%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 4%
    • American Indian/Alaska Native: 0%
    • Asian: 4%
    • Black/African American: 16%
    • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
    • White: 76%
    • Two or more races: 0%
    • Unknown/Undeclared: 0%
    • 1 Acceptance Rate = Total Accepted Students/Total Applications (including incomplete applications) (note: this differs from IPEDS).
    • 2 Only includes students submitting scores.
    • 3 CY = Calendar Year
    • 4 Data as reported to IPEDS. Differs from internal institutional reports.
    • 5 FTE = Full-Time Headcount + (Total PT Credits/12)
    • 6 UG = Undergraduate, GR = Graduate
    • 7 First-Time Freshmen and New Transfers are coded according to IPEDS definitions.
    • 8 Part-time faculty who do not teach courses but who may serve as advisors in particular programs are included in count.
    • 9 Total aid processed by Financial Aid. This model historically uses Calendar Year 1/1-12/31.
    • 10 Percentage = number of students with need/number of students receiving financial aid in Calendar Year.
    • 11 Percentage = students receiving financial aid/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS in Calendar Year.
    • 12 Percentage = students receiving ArtCenter scholarship in Calendar Year/unduplicated enrollment count from IPEDS.
    • 13 Average Institutional scholarship received in Fall 2021 term. For CY21 average aid per term was used.
    • 14 Pell Grant reported to IPEDS uses Fall 2021 data. Category sourced from IPEDS reporting
    • 15 Advertising became Creative Direction and Undergraduate Environmental Design became Spatial Experience Design in Spring 2022
    • 16 Rankings include what is currently available to the public.
    • 17 Data from Annual Graduate Employment Survey distributed to One-Year Out Graduates (graduates from Spring 2020 and Summer 2020). Job Placement Rates are calculated by graduates indicating a primary status of “Working full-time”, “Working part-time”, or “Enrolled in additional education” one-year post-graduation.
    • 18 Data from Annual Graduate Employment Survey distributed to One-Year Out graduates (graduates from Spring 2020 and Summer 2020). Post-graduation studies rates are calculated by graduates indicating they were “Enrolling in additional education” one-year post-graduation (not necessarily their primary status).
    • 19 ArtCenter Extension was rebranded as ArtCenter Extension and Online in CY 2021.
    • 20 ArtCenter Teachers was inactive in CY 2021.
    • 21 Prior to 2021, data was reported for all ArtCenter Galleries and exhibition spaces.
    • 22 A zine is a small-edition, self-published work of original or appropriated texts, comics, collages, stories and/or images, usually reproduced via photocopier or risograph.
    • 23 All ethnicities and gender reflect IPEDS definitions.
    • 24 Executive Management is made up of President/CEO, Provost, Senior Vice President/CFAO, Senior Vice President of Development, Senior Vice President of Admissions and Enrollment Management, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, and Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.