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About Art Center College Of DesignEdit

Art Center College of Design has been a leader in art and design education for nearly 75 years. The College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of disciplines, as well as Public Programs offering design education to all ages and levels of experience. Fundamental to Art Center's core curricula is a commitment to social and cultural engagement and giving students the tools and skills with which to effect change and address real-world issues. Art Center is located in Pasadena, California, with classes held at its Hillside Campus and new South Campus in downtown Pasadena.

Two CampusesEdit

  • Hillside Campus
1700 Lida Street
Pasadena, CA 91103
  • South Campus
950 South Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105


Undergraduate Portfolio RequirementsEdit

The undergraduate program at Art Center differs from many other schools of art and design in that students here choose a major when they apply and begin doing focused work in that area in their very first term. Courses in each major are complemented, however, by a sequence of integrated introductory courses that address traditional art and design skills. These classes are designed to meet the needs of each of the nine major departments in five categories: design fundamentals, drawing and painting, communications design, lettering and basic typography and rendering and technical drawing.

B.F.A. or B.S. in Advertising: A portfolio consisting of 10-12 original advertising concepts.

B.F.A. or B.S. in Environmental Design: Submission of a minimum of three spatially or three-dimensionally oriented projects.

B.F.A. or B.S. in Film: Submission of completed film or video projects of at least 3 minutes total running time.

B.F.A. or B.S. in Fine Art Media: A portfolio of a representative selection of work in any media.

B.F.A. or B.S. in Graphic Design: A portfolio of layouts or comprehensives for projects, such as posters, brochures, editorial design, package design, motion graphics, Web design and identity systems is required.

B.F.A. or B.S. in Illustration: A portfolio of life and figure drawings from live models, other observational drawings from life, and imaginative drawings and design concepts in color and black and white. Include pieces that convey a story or concept.

B.F.A. or B.S. in Photography + Imaging: A portfolio of a minimum of 25 black-and-white and/or color or digital prints. The prints should be at least 5" x 7" and no larger than 16" x 20" and should include related contact sheets.

B.F.A. or B.S. in Product Design: A portfolio of sketches and finished drawings of three or more original product designs (consumer products such as coffeemakers, toasters or personal stereos; furniture; lighting; or medical and computer equipment).

B.F.A. or B.S. in Transportation Design: A portfolio of drawings and sketches of original design concepts for transportation products. Inclusion of designs for non-vehicular products is encouraged.

Graduate Portfolio RequirementsEdit

M.F.A. in Film: A portfolio with a minimum of three minutes of original film work in 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch formats, DVD or CD.

M.F.A. in Art: Portfolios may take the form of slides, video, DVD or CD in Mac-compatible format.

M.F.A. in Industrial Design: A portfolio demonstrating multidisciplinary interests in design. Portfolio submission must include rough development documentation, as well as finished work.

M.F.A. in Media Design: A portfolio of work that demonstrates strong conceptual thinking and effective design. Formats may include print, CD-ROM, DVD, or VHS video. A printed list of portfolio items is required.

M.F.A. in Criticism + Theory: No portfolio is required.

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