How to Apply

1. Familiarize yourself with our Programs of Study

ArtCenter offers ten distinct graduate degree programs. It is important to understand our programs of study and how they align with your creative ambitions.

2. Review the application and program requirements

Admission to each of ArtCenter’s graduate programs is department specific. It is important to gain a strong understanding of the application requirements and the program requirements for the program in which you’re interested.

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. Also, each prospective student is assigned an Admissions Counselor, whom you can reach out to with specific questions. Find your counselor’s contact info here.

4. Acquire 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.

5. 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. You will also be able to list contacts for any required or optional letters of recommendation in the online application.

6. 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.

7. 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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