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The Art Center College of Design, also known as the Art Center, is a private college located in Pasadena, California, offering undergraduate and graduate programs in art and design. Originally named the Art Center School, and located in downtown Los Angeles, the college was founded in 1930 by Edward A. Adams. Its goal was to teach “real world” skill to artists and to prepare them as working professionals in the fields of advertising, publishing and industrial design. The school began granting bachelor’s and master’s degrees in 1949 and was fully accredited in 1955 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The school’s name was changed to the Art Center College of Design in 1965. Moving from Los Angeles in 1976, the Art Center currently maintains two campuses in Pasadena.

The Art Center is consistently ranked as one of the best colleges of art and industrial design in the world. The school maintains a current faculty of nearly 300 and a student body population of over 1600. Undergraduate programs are offered in a wide variety of fields including Advertising, Entertainment Design, Film, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, and more.

The Art Center’s trademark Hillside Campus is situated on 175 wooded acres in the San Rafael Hills just above the world famous Rose Bowl. Its main building is a dramatic post-modern steel and glass bridge structure designed by Craig Ellwood Associates and has been designated a local historical landmark by the City of Pasadena. The main building houses the school’s undergraduate programs, as well as its Graduate Industrial Design and Graduate Film programs, administrative offices, faculty and staff. The school’s South Campus is housed in a former 100,000 square foot supersonic wind tunnel in downtown Pasadena and is home to the school’s Graduate Art and Graduate Media Design Practices programs.

Situated in the historical city of Pasadena, students are only minutes away from downtown Los Angeles and the innumerable entertainment, cultural and recreational offerings of Southern California.

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