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Mission Statement

Learn to create. Influence Change.

For more than 93 years, Art Center College of Design has achieved an international reputation for its rigorous, transdisciplinary curriculum, faculty of professionals, strong ties to industry and a commitment to socially responsible design. Art Center strives to prepare artists and designers to make a positive impact in their chosen fields—as well as the world at large.

Bachelor Level Programs

Four-year programs

Creative Direction (BFA), Entertainment Design (BS), Spatial Experience Design (BS), Film (BA), Fine Art (BFA), Graphic Design (BFA), Illustration (BFA), Interaction Design (BS), Photography and Imaging (BFA), Product Design (BS), Transportation Design (BS)


Master Level Programs

Two-year programs

Art (MFA), Brand Design and Strategy (MDes), Furniture, Lighting and Fixtures (MS), Film (MFA), Graphic Design (MFA), Industrial Design (MS), Innovative Systems Design (Dual MS/MBA), Interactive Design (MDes) Media Design Practices (MFA), Spatial Experience Design (MS), Transportation Systems and Design (MS)


one year fully online Masters programs in Interaction Design and Strategic Branding

Research Activity and Main Areas

The Designmatters Department is ArtCenter’s educational platform for design for social innovation.  Designmatters is a DESIS Lab and oversees a variety of research initiatives. More information at http://designmattersatartcenter.org and http://www.desis-network.org/content/desis-labs


The Humanities and Sciences Department at the college (HDS) encourages a culture of research discourse and partners on a regular basis with members of its faculty to organize research symposia and events open to the full college’s community.


The Media Design Practices Department focuses on interdisciplinary design in a world of cultural and technological change; the department hosts international researchers in-residence who tackle a wide range of topics every summer semester.  More information at http://mediadesignpractices.net/#mdp

Doctorate Level Programs


Subject Areas for Exchange Students

Undergraduate: Spatial Experience Design, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interaction Design, Photography & Imaging, Product Design, and Transportation Design

Graduate: Art, Spatial Experience Design, Furniture, Lighting and Fixtures, Film, Graphic Design, Media Design Practices, Transportation Systems and Design


Application Deadlines

Fall: May 1

Spring: Sept 1

Summer: Feb 1

Teaching Languages


Semester Dates

Summer: May-August (14-week term)

Fall: September-December (14-week term)

Spring: January-April(14-week term)

Cost of Living Per Month (Studying and Living)

Living and other expense per term:



Bachelor: 2200
Master: 300
Doctorate: N/A

Exchange Students

Incoming: 21
Outgoing: 8

Teaching Staff

Professors: 112
Part-time Teachers: 500

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