ArtCenter College of Design

Renowned Art School

ArtCenter College of Design is a prestigious art school with two stunning campuses in Pasadena, California. Ansel Adams and Paul Frank both served on the school's faculty, and its alumni is responsible for designing many of Apple's products, the Kikkoman soy sauce bottle, the Tesla Model S, and Jambox.

Prolific Alumni

In 1981, Steve Jobs hired ArtCenter alumnus Tom Suiter as Apple's Director of Creative Services, and a group of his fellow alum that became Apple's first in-house design team. ArtCenter's alumni also includes Matthew Rolston (photographer, music video director, and creative director), Mike Shinoda and Mr. Hahn (members of rock band, Linkin Park), Michael Bay (film director), Yves Behar (product designer), and a slew of others. More

Campus Tours

Docent-led tours of both the Hillside and South campuses are provided to the community. For more information about community tours, call ArtCenter's Marketing & Communications department at (626) 396-2338.

Hillside Campus

1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103
Located on 165 wooded acres in the hills above the Rose Bowl, this modernist steel-and-glass landmark has been home to ArtCenter since 1976. Craig Ellwood designed the Hillside Campus to span across an arroyo and a road that runs underneath the facility, for that reason it is called the "Bridge Building." The Williamson Gallery is housed one this campus, featuring world-class exhibitions that connect the college's curriculum to emerging and established artists. The Hillside Student Gallery is also housed here, it is a highly visible exhibition space that showcases a rotating selection of student projects, curated by department chairs at the end of each term. Details

Tip: A large Keith Haring mural lives across from the Fogg Library.

South Campus

870-950 South Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91105
Established in 2004, this evolving complex includes a historic supersonic wind tunnel, a former post office facility, and the former Jacob's Engineering Building located at the terminus of the historic Arroyo Parkway. South Campus houses California's largest letterpress facility, Archetype Press, and the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography, where workshops, lectures and exhibitions dedicated to typography are held. This campus also features a rooftop garden designed with drought-tolerant plants native to California, public art installations by illustrious street artists, and three large Texlon skylights that control the amount of natural light and heat that enters the building while providing dramatic illumination at night. Details

Special Events at ArtCenter

To speak with someone about special events at ArtCenter, call (626) 396-2356.

Event Specifications

Indoor Banquet Capacity 200
Outdoor Banquet Capacity 1,000
Indoor Reception Capacity 380
Outdoor Reception Capacity 1,500
Exclusive Caterer Yes

Hillside Campus: 2,000 max capacity
South Campus: 150 max capacity

  • Exclusive to Pasadena
  • Indoor Venue

ArtCenter College of Design

1700 Lida St.
Pasadena, CA 91103

  • Phone: 626-396-2200