Statement of Accreditation Status
Art Center College of Design

1700 Lida St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
United States

The OPEID number is used by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) to identify schools that have Program Participation Agreements (PPA) for purposes of eligibility to participate in Federal Student Financial Assistance programs under Title IV.

Current Accreditation Status

Accredited- Indicates that the Commission has found that an institution has met or exceeded the expectations of the Standards and the Core Commitments to Institutional Capacity and Educational Effectiveness. Initial accreditation is for a period of five to seven years before the next comprehensive review. Reaffirmation is granted for a period of seven to ten years and may be accompanied by a request for interim reports and/or special visits, or a formal Notice of Concern.

Most Recent Commission Action: 
Friday, June 23, 2017
First Accredited

Date the institution was first accredited by WSCUC.

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Financial Structure Type

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Academic Calendar

The period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to 2 semesters or trimesters, 3 quarters, or the period covered by a 4-1-4 calendar system.

Distributes Federal Financial Aid: 
Rolesort descending Name Title E-mail
Accreditation Liaison Officer Leslie Johnson Executive Director, Academic Affairs leslie.johnson [at]
Board of Directors Chair Su Mathews Hale Chair, Board of Trustees ellen.fujimoto [at]
Chief Academic Officer Karen Hofmann Provost karen.hofmann [at]
Chief Executive Officer Lorne Buchman President lorne.buchman [at]
Chief Financial Officer Richard Haluschak Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Administrative Officer rich.haluschak [at]
Director Institutional Research Esmeralda Nava Director, Institutional Research esmeralda.nava [at]
OPEID Location Namesort descending City Location Type Status
00111600 1111 S. Arroyo Parkway Pasadena Additional Active
00111600 870 S. Raymond Ave. Pasadena Additional Active
00111600 950 S. Raymond Ave Pasadena Additional Active
00111600 Art Center College of Design Pasadena Main Campus Active
Degreesort descending Degree Level Year Implemented Modality
Advertising Bachelors 1930 On-Site
Entertainment Design Bachelors 2008 On-Site
Environmental Design Bachelors 1992 On-Site
Film Bachelors 1973 On-Site
Fine Art Bachelors 1930 On-Site
Graduate Art Masters 1986 On-Site
Graduate Environmental Design Masters 2012 On-Site
Graduate Film Masters 1975 On-Site
Graduate Graphic Design Masters 2017 On-Site
Graduate Industrial Design Masters 1996 On-Site
Graduate Media Design Practices Masters 2000 On-Site
Graduate Transportation Systems and Design Masters 2012 On-Site
Graphic Design Bachelors 1986 On-Site
Illustration Bachelors 1930 On-Site
Innovation Systems Design Masters 2013 On-Site
Interaction Design Bachelors 2012 On-Site
Photography & Imaging Bachelors 1931 On-Site
Product Design Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Transportation Design Bachelors 1991 On-Site
Season Year Review Type
Spring 2021 Interim Report

Interim Reports focus on specific issues of concern identified as part of the comprehensive review process, annual report submission, the complaint process, substantive change, or other interactions with the Commission. The purpose of Interim Reports is to ensure that institutions continue to meet the Core Commitments and Standards with respect to the identified areas of concern.

Spring 2021 Mid-Cycle Review

The Mid-Cycle Review (MCR) is a review of each institution near the midpoint of its period of accreditation, focusing particularly on student achievement. The Review is performed by WSCUC staff, and draws on evidence from an update of the institution’s Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators and retention and graduation data, as well as any trends emerging from Annual Reports to surface any potential issues across the Standards. The overall purpose of the Mid-Cycle Review is to "identify problems with an institution's or program's continued compliance with agency standards" while "tak[ing] into account institutional or program strengths and stability" (U.S. Department of Education, §602.19(b)).

Fall 2024 Offsite Review
Spring 2025 Accreditation Visit

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