The History of AIC College of Design
AIC College of Design was founded in 1976 with the intent of establishing a Graphic Design College recognized for its quality, ready-to-work graduates, and a focus on limited enrollment of qualified applicants.
AIC offers a Focused 3-Year Bachelor’s Degree. Each course is designed to provide you with the skills you need to succeed in your career. With a focus on print, interactive, photography and digital media. AIC provides you with a well-rounded education relevant to the graphic design field.
Life in AIC College of Design
Designed by modernist architect Craig Ellwood, the Hillside Campus broke ground in November 1974. The "bridge building" spanned an arroyo and roadway on 175 acres (71 ha) in the hills above Pasadena. Opening in 1976, the building was later expanded with the south wing, designed by former Ellwood associate James Tyler, and constructed between 1989-91. The Hillside Campus houses classrooms and studio space, multiple computer labs, the James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library, a model shop with traditional tools as well as rapid prototyping technologies (multi-axis CNC, laser-cutting, and multiple types of 3D printing), painting facilities, the Color, Material, and Trends Exploration Lab (CMTEL), an (Auto) Interior Simulation Lab, the Sinclaire Pavilion, photo and film stages with printing and editing facilities, and both a curated 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.
While art and design schools aren't regularly included in typical undergraduate rankings such as "U.S. News & World Report," ArtCenter has been recognized by a number of national and industry publications. The college's undergraduate and graduate industrial design programs are consistently ranked number one by DesignIntelligence.
Acceptance rate is 41%.