Art Center College of Design

Art Center College of Design

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Art Center College of Design (commonly referred to as Art Center) is a private college located in Pasadena, California. It is one of the leading graphic and industrial design colleges in the world. The school logo is an orange circle, also known as the Art Center "Dot", which has been a part of the school identity since its beginning. Art Center is particularly known for its Transportation (Automobile) Design and Product Design programs. It also has notable photography, graphic design, advertising design, illustration, fine art and film programs, and a successful Entertainment Design track for Industrial Design and Illustration students. The school maintains two campuses in Pasadena; both are considered architecturally notable.

Art Center built its reputation as a vocational school, essentially, preparing returning GIs for work in the commercial arts fields. It has traditionally maintained a strong "real world" focus, emphasizing craftsmanship, technique, and professionalism while somewhat de-emphasizing theory. Instructors are working professionals, for the most part, and projects are intended to map to real-life assignments.

The challenge for schools like Art Center is maintaining a balance between talent and revenues. Tuition in 2007 was over $14,000 per term (with three terms per year in a trimester system), with no offering of room and board, plus the considerable costs of books, supplies, and other learning incidentals. There are currently plans to build on-campus housing.

While undergraduates can obtain a four-year Bachelor degree in about 2 years and 8 months (8 terms total), most students take a term off for independent study, part-time "lite" terms, or to complete industry internships, lengthening their stay to 3+ years. The accelerated learning environment stems from the college's trade school roots. Administrators and faculty want to mimic "real world" work scenarios as much as possible, in which there are no summer vacations.

Art Center is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges [] and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design [] and is affiliated with the United Nations, being the first design institution designated by the UN as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).


Art Center was founded in 1930 in downtown Los Angeles as the Art Center School. During and after World War II, the Art Center ran a technical illustration program in conjunction with the California Institute of Technology. In 1947, the post-war boom in students caused the school to expand to a larger location in building of the former Cumnock School for Girls in the Hancock Park neighborhood, while still maintaining a presence at its original downtown location. The school began granting Bachelor's and Master's degrees in arts in 1949, and was fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 1955. In 1965, the school changed its name to the Art Center College of Design. The school expanded is programs, including a film program in 1973. The school moved to its trademark Hillside Campus in Pasadena in 1976. The school operated the Art Center Europe in Vevey, Switzerland for ten years starting in 1986. In 2003, the Art Center was granted Non-Governmental Organization status by the UN Department of Public Information. After mulling locations in Pasadena and downtown Los Angeles, Art Center opened the South Campus in Pasadena in 2004.


The Art Center College of Design maintains two campuses in Pasadena: Hillside Campus and South Campus.

Hillside Campus

Designed by noted modernist architect Craig Ellwood, the Hillside Campus broke ground in November 1974. The trademark "bridge building" dramatically spanned an arroyo and roadway on 175 wooded acres in the hills above Pasadena. Opening in 1976, the building was expanded with the south wing, designed by former Ellwood associate James Tyler, which was constructed between 1989-91. The Hillside Campus houses classrooms and studio space, multiple computer labs, a model shop with traditional tools as well as rapid prototyping technologies (2 axis CNC, laser-cutting, FDM, and plaster printing) and painting facilities, a Color, Material, and Trends Exploration Lab (CMTEL), an (Auto) Interior Simulation Lab, photo and film stages and printing/editing facilities, as well as a student gallery and an external exhibit gallery, both open to the public. The Hillside Campus has been designated as a historic monument by the City of Pasadena.

A $50 million design research center, designed by Frank Gehry, is planned to be built. The college has stated that the building will provide necessary space and will be built when sufficient funds have been raised. Opponents feel the money should go towards scholarships and instruction. [cite news | last =Boehm | first =Mike | coauthors = | title =Dissension at Art Center College of Design | work =Los Angeles Times | pages = | language = | publisher = | date =2008-06-11 | url =,0,7266639.story | accessdate =2008-08-19 ]

outh Campus

The South Campus opened in 2004 in a former aircraft-testing facility built during World War II. Renovated by the Santa Monica-based firm Daly Genik Architects, it houses the graduate art program and studios, a print shop, a letterpress studio, and a full range of public programs (Art Center at Night, Art Center for Kids, Design-Based Learning Lab), as well as a unique convert|16000|sqft|m2|sing=on exhibition space known as the Wind Tunnel. The award-winning building received the first LEED rating in the city of Pasadena and its sustainable features include a "green" roof and sculptural skylights made of Texlon ETFE. The Wind Tunnel has hosted major events including the biannual Art Center Design Conference, like 2006's "Stories From The Source: Radical Craft"; large exhibitions such as "Supersonic: 1 Wind Tunnel, 8 Schools, 120 Artists," "Gardenlab," and "Open House: Architecture and Technology for Intelligent Living" (with Vitra Design Museum); and various community meetings and events.

Notable alumni

*Yves Behar: Founder Fuseproject
*Andrew D. Bernstein: Official Photographer of the NBA
*Stefan G. Bucher
*Ryan Church: Concept artist
*Nik Daum: Advertising Art Director
*Betsy Davis
*Lindsay Dawson: American Painter
*Ed Fox: Photographer
*Joe Hahn: DJ for nu metal band, Linkin Park
*Nicolas Hunziker: Automotive Fine Artist
*Lee Han-lim: Creator of Bobby Jack Brand
*Teddy Lo: Hong Kong-based LED artist
*Tara McPherson: Illustrator Painter Designer
*Ralph McQuarrie: Conceptual Designer and Futurist
*Syd Mead: Concept artist and Industrial Designer
*Ed Mell: Fine Art Painter and Sculptor
*Craig Mullins: Concept Artist and Painter
*Joel Nakamura: Illustrator and Painter
*Frank Nuovo: Chief of Design at Nokia
*Ice Lee: Motion Graphic Designer
*Neville Page: Industrial designer
*Bob Peak: American Illustrator
*John Pomeroy Animator
*Ed Reep
*Scott Robertson: Concept artist and Industrial designer
*Matthew Rolston
*Lara Rossignol Photographer
*Mark Ryden: Fine Art Painter
*Stan Sakai
*Dan Santat: Author, Illustrator, creator of Disney's "The Replacements"
*Daniel Schubert: Head of Industrial Design Vodafone Global
*Chris Serafino: Head of Creative Services, Los Angeles Clippers
*Mike Shinoda: MC of nu metal band Linkin Park and mastermind of hip hop group Fort Minor
*Jeff Soto: Fine Art Painter
*Patrice Stellest
*David Stollery: actor and later industrial designer
*Barron Storey
*Drew Struzan
*Hiroshi Sugimoto
*David Townsend: Design Lead Motorola MobileME (Accessories)
*Richard Vander Wende
*Michael Whelan
*Charlie White
*Roland Young (art director):: Art director for Capitol Records
*Zhu Feng: Concept artist

Automobile/vehicle designers

*Chris Bangle: Chief of Design at BMW [cite web | title=Interview: Chris Bangle, BMW's Design Chief, page 1 | publisher=Motor Trend | url= | accessdate=2008-08-19]
*Harald Belker: Automobile designer, designed vehicles for Batman & Robin and Minority Report [ [ Biography from] ]
*Gordon Buehrig: Automobile Designer
*Dilip Chhabria: Notable Indian Automotive Designer
*Henrik Fisker: Automotive designer
*Chip Foose: Automotive designer
*Miguel Angel Galluzzi: Chief Designer Piaggio Group, Ducati Monster
*Kim Jin-won: Designer at CALTY [cite web |url= |title=Bringing the xB |accessdate=2008-08-18 |author= |date= |work=Automotive Design and Production |publisher=]
*Géza Lóczi [ [ Bio of Géza Lóczi] ] : Director of Design at Volvo Monitoring Concept Center
*J Mays: Automotive designer
*Jae Min: Audi chief designer in U.S. and Art Center faculty member [Citation | last =Heuer | first =Steffan | title =Designing Ahead of the Curve | journal =Audi Magazine | volume = | issue = 2| pages =8-13 | date = | year =2008 | url = | doi = | id = ]
*Frank Stephenson: automobile designer []
*Jeff Teague
*Richard A. Teague: Vice President of Design, American Motors Corporation (AMC)
*Freeman Thomas: Automobile Designer
*Franz von Holzhausen


*Roger Avary: Academy Award-winning co-writer of "Pulp Fiction" [cite web |url= |title=Roger Avary |accessdate=2008-08-18 |author= |date= |work=The New York Times |publisher=]
*Michael Bay: Film Director
*Kerry Bellessa: Music Video and Commercial Director
*Lee Ji-ah: Korean Actress
*Zack Snyder: Film Director
*Tarsem: Film director
*Mark Whiting: Writer/Director. Production designer of Warner Bros. "The Iron Giant". [cite web |url= |title=Interview with Mark Whiting |accessdate=2008-06-26 |author= |date=2000 |work=Animation Artist Magazine |publisher=]

Notable teachers past and present (if not listed above)

*Ansel Adams
*Sean Adams
*Adam Bluming
*Louis Danziger
*Craig Elliott
*Amy Gerstler
*Leah Hoffmitz
*Burne Hogarth
*Paul Jasmin
*Simon Johnston
*Mike Kelley
*Strother MacMinn [cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title=Strother MacMinn, Design Instructor, 79 |url= |work=The New York Times |publisher= |date=January 24, 1998 |accessdate=2008-05-15]
*Rebeca Mendez
*Lisa Nugent
*Ken Okuyama
*Mikio Osaki
*Park Sun-ok
*Diana Thater
*Mayo Thompson
*Lloyd Walker
*Wang Shouzhi
*Lynda Weinman
*Chris Williams
*Kent Williams
*Doyald Young
*Tony Zepeda


ee also

* List of colleges and universities in California

External links

* [ Art Center College of Design]

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