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ArtCenter College of Design Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

Art Center College of Design offers 11 undergraduate, 7 graduate and a dual degree in a wide array of industrial design, visual and applied arts disciplines. As of Fall 2018, the total number of students is 2,222 and the student-faculty ratio is 8:1.

  • The application for admission can either be submitted online or directly mailed to the college’s Admissions Office.
  • Admission decision of graduates takes place throughout the spring, usually by early April.
  • Undergraduates will be notified about the admission decision as early as possible, usually within 3 weeks
  • SAT and ACT scores are optional to submit.
  • Most of the admission review process is based on applicants' portfolio.
  • Financial aid, although limited, is provided for international students.
  • Health certificate will be mailed on acceptance and must be returned to the Admissions office before orientation.


Application PortalCollege Official Portal (Both Graduate and Undergraduate)
Application feeInternational- 70 USD
Domestic- 50 USD
Mode of PaymentCash/Card
SAT/ACT scoreRecommended
Admission DeadlinesRolling
Academic CalendarSemester Based
Intake Session UndergraduateFall/Spring/Summer
Intake Session GraduateFall

Art Center College of Design Admission Deadline

ArtCenter College of Design has rolling deadlines but they have provided some priority deadlines for potential applicants.

FallFebruary 15
SummerJanuary 15
SpringOctober 1
FallJanuary 15

Art Center College of Design International Admissions

The student body consists of international students representing over 40 countries. The university offers admissions on rolling basis, but they do provide some priority deadlines.

The general requirements for the undergraduate and graduate students are the same, the additional requirements are given below-

  • Filling and submission of the application, with the application fee of 70 USD.
  • Official transcripts from previous institutions attended. If they are not in English, they should be presented both in the original language form and translated into English.
  • English proficiency test scores.
  • Undergraduate international students are required to show financial means.
  • The application portal differs for undergraduate and graduate students.
Application PortalUndergraduateGraduate
Fall semesterFall 2019Fall 2019
Spring SemesterSpring 2020-
Paper applicationUndergraduate ApplicationVaries from course to course

English Proficiency Test Scores

TOEFL (IBT)80100

University may request testing from any students whose English is in doubt.

Visa Process

  • I-20 form to be issued by the institution attended.
  • Valid passport.
  • Pay for I-901 SEVIS form.
  • Apply for an F1 Visa.

Art Center College of Design Undergraduate Admissions

SAT and ACT scores are not mandatory, students can send copies of their scores to the college.

  • Application fee- 50 USD for domestic applicants.
  • The application portal differs for applicants applying in different semesters.
    • Fall 2019
    • Spring 2020
    • Paper format- Undergraduate Application
  • High school transcripts or GED must be in a sealed official envelope from institution attended which has to be sent directly to the Admissions Office.
  • Average SAT Verbal/Average SAT Math = 598 / 618
  • Average high school GPA = 3.31

Transfer students- There is no separate admission process for transfer applicants in undergraduate, they only need a maximum of 60 units of studio and academic credit which may be transferred from the previous university attended.

Portfolio Requirements Undergraduate Students

The applicant's portfolio is the single most important aspect of the admission, it really determines the admission review process.

  • There are specific requirements which differ from major to major.
  • All applicants are required to submit a video essay, which should not be longer than 2 minutes.
  • All portfolios should be submitted through SlideRoom.
  • A nominal fee ranging from 10-12 USD will be charged by SlideRoom.
  • Film applicants should provide a link to their work on Vimeo via email to

Art Center College of Design Graduate Admissions

They offer graduate programs leading to Master of Fine Art, Master of Science and a dual-degree program with the Drucker School of Management results in an MS in Industrial Design from ArtCenter and the MBA from Drucker.

  • A fully completed application from their site – for ‘Fall 2019’.
  • Non-refundable fee of 50 USD for domestic applicants.
  • Official transcripts to be sent directly to the Admissions Office of the university
  • Average prior college GPA = 3.25
  • Portfolio, according to each major.
  • Portfolios are required to be submitted through SlideRoom. A nominal fee, ranging from 10-12 USD will be charged by SlideRoom.
  • Film applicants should provide a link to their work on Vimeo via email to

Transfer students- Transfer credit is limited for graduate courses and is offered on the discretion of the individual graduate program. Only graduate-level classes with grade ‘B’ or better are eligible and a maximum of 15 credits may be transferred.

The additional requirements of some of the popular course are given below in the table-

RequirementsIndustrial DesignGraduate Graphic DesignGraduate FilmGraduate Environmental DesignMedia Design Practices
Written EssaysRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Letter of recommendationNot required3 Letter of RecommendationsNot RequiredNot Required3 Letter of Recommendations

Applicant’s portfolio is the single most important aspect in the application which must be tailored according to the specific choice of program. It is recommended for the students to submit their application by priority deadlines. For queries regarding the admission process students can contact the Admissions Office on 626 396-2373 or

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