University description (as per official university website)
Art Center's History
Like many ideas emerging from Art Center during our 80-year history, the very concept for such a school was visionary.
Edward A. “Tink” Adams was an advertising man with a radical idea in education: to teach real-world skills to artists and designers and prepare them for leadership roles in advertising, publishing and industrial design. To achieve that, he would create a faculty of working professionals from those fields. Art Center opened in 1930 with Adams serving as its director.
The viability of the idea he and a small group of colleagues launched was quickly proven. Even in the midst of the Great Depression, Art Center graduates quickly found employment.
In the years since, the caliber of our faculty and visiting artists has been extraordinary: Ansel Adams taught photography here; on a visit to campus, Keith Haring painted a mural. Our alumni include many of the world’s leading car designers, contemporary filmmakers (Armageddon, 300), ad makers (“Thatsa one spicy meatball,” “Got Milk?”), concept illustrators, (Star Wars’ Artoo Detoo), artists (The Blue Dog), product designers (Apple monitor, Oakley Zeros) and others who have shaped culture with their talents and vision.
Our original campus was in a courtyard of buildings on West Seventh Street in Los Angeles, a site sufficient for Art Center’s then 12 teachers and eight students. From the beginning, a simple filled-in circle—what has endured as the Dot—was chosen as a graphic element to add to Art Center’s printed materials. By 1940, enrollment had grown to nearly 500 students representing 37 states and several foreign countries.
After the war, returning veterans pushed enrollment numbers even higher, prompting a move in 1946 to a larger building on Third Street, as well as a commitment to a year-round schedule. In 1948, our renowned Automotive Design Department—now Transportation Design—was founded.
A year later, Art Center became an accredited four-year college, and offered its first bachelor degrees in Industrial Design, Photography, Illustration and Advertising. We played a seminal role in the founding of the first advanced-concept design studio for the automotive industry in the 1950s.
Adams was the first to encourage Art Center’s international relationships. One of the turning points came in 1956, when the Japanese External Trade Recovery Organization began sending students to Art Center. Adams and faculty members George Jergenson and John Coleman visited Japan and wrote a report, The Future of Japanese Industrial Design.
Adams oversaw Art Center for nearly 40 years. When he stepped down, leadership transferred to an alumnus, Don Kubly, who would lead the College for nearly 20 years, including our move to Pasadena.
Throughout our existence, we continued to grow with, and often anticipate, the many cultural and technological landmarks of the 20th century while refining our educational tools and methodologies to remain on the forefront of art and design education. In 1965, we became Art Center College of Design.
Congratulations on choosing a future in art and design.
We know you’re seeking the best possible education, and we understand the costs involved are always a consideration.
We realize that applying for aid can seem complicated. To help you receive maximum consideration, our Financial Aid Office will advise you on types of aid available and how to apply.
To help simplify and clarify the process, here you’ll find information and step-by-step instructions to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of aid available.
At Art Center, students are admitted on the basis of outstanding visual and academic ability and potential in their field. We are committed to providing opportunities for gifted students.
We encourage you to apply for the financial aid that can help make an Art Center education a reality for you.
To Be Eligible
To be eligible to receive federal or state financial aid, you must:
* Be a US citizen or permanent alien resident.
* Have a valid Social Security number.
* Be registered with the U.S. Selective Service, if required.
* Be enrolled at least half-time in a degree program.
* Not be in default on any federal funds or owe a refund on a federal grant.
* Make satisfactory academic progress.