Dear Grad ID Student,
We would like to welcome you to the Grad ID department at ArtCenter College of Design and provide you with some information about the school and surroundings that we hope will help you acclimate easily to Pasadena.
We have two campuses – one is called the Hillside Campus located above the Rose Bowl Stadium area, the other is called South Campus and consists of three buildings, known as “870” (S. Raymond Ave.), “950” (S. Raymond Ave.) and “1111” (S. Arroyo Blvd.). All Grad ID classes are held at Hillside Campus and are in our Studio (Rooms 135-136), Room 140, or a computer lab.
The following offices and amenities are available at the Hillside Campus:
CSE (Center for Student Experience)
Cafeteria & Coffee Cart
Student Gallery & Williamson Gallery
Parking at Hillside Campus is at the south end (far end) of the campus from where the front gate is, the Student Parking Lot. This is closest to the Grad ID Studio. When you enter the building from that end, the South end, go downstairs and turn right down the hall. You will find the Grad ID Studio on your left, Room 135. You will be instructed at orientation to pick up a parking sticker for your car from Security.
There are three buildings that comprise South Campus: 950 and 870 South Raymond Avenue, and 1111 South Arroyo Boulevard. 870 houses the Fine Arts, 950 has the Public Programs offices and classes, along with the Graduate Media and Design Practices Department, the Archetype Press and the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography. The 1111 building has the Illustration and Graphics departments as well as a number of departments like Development, Marketing and Communications, etc. There are satellite offices of the Library and the Student Store as well.
New Student, Family, and International Orientations
Please look for emails from ArtCenter and the Center for Student Experience (CSE) regarding orientations. CSE has established a Facebook groupas an extension of their orientation program. The CSE coordinates the Family program and encourages your family to stay connected with the CSE by joining the ArtCenter Family Facebook page. International Orientation, mandatory for all international students, is an opportunity for students to learn about American culture, as well as ArtCenter culture. More information may be found on the New Student Orientation page at InsideArtCenter.
Grad ID Orientation
Grad ID Orientation will be held Friday, September 7th, 2018 at 1:00pmin the Grad ID Studios (Room 140), bottom floor of Hillside Campus at the south end (near the computer labs). Lunch will be served. Please bring your Student ID with you to the Orientation; we will note your ID badge number and ask Security to give you access to the Grad ID rooms.
CAMPUS LIFE (AND HOUSING RESOURCES)
- ArtCenter Off-Campus Housing listing: https://www.facebook.com/ACCDHousing/
- ACCD All Majors: Got Work Get Work: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ACCDGETWORK/
- ArtCenter Lost and Found: https://www.facebook.com/groups/876315565757790/about/
- Cops on Lida: https://www.facebook.com/groups/376054835747181/
SUPPLIES (some stores offer ArtCenter student discounts – please ask the stores)
- Blicks: 44 S Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91105
- Swains: 537 N Glendale Ave, Glendale, CA 91206
- HobbyLobby: 641 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502
- -Kelly Paper: 56 Waverly Dr, Pasadena, CA 91105
MODEL MAKING SUPPLIES
- Finishmasters: 2591 E Foothill Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91107
- Silpak: 10611 Burbank Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Please note you are allowed to have supplies sent directly to the school is they are needed for your school work. Make address it to: ArtCenter, 1700 Lida Street, Pasadena, CA 91103, Attn: (your name), Grad ID, Room 135. The Support Services office at Hillside receives all mail and packages; their office is only open weekdays 9am-4pm. Please keep that in mind when ordering.
Information on the ArtCenter Shuttle
ArtCenter runs a shuttle between both campuses, with stops near each campus building as well as Metro stations located along the route. There is a mobile app called Shuttle Tracker: ArtCenter College of Designthat tracks the route and arrival times of the shuttles available on both android and apple. http://www.artcentershuttle.com/
- The shuttle schedule: http://cms.artcenter.edu/assets/8628/src/Shuttle_Schedule.pdf
- Shuttle route: http://cms.artcenter.edu/assets/8629/src/Shuttle_Route.pdf
Pasadena Transit: Pasadena has its own easy and affordable bus system. Route 51/52 provides weekday service throughout Old Pasadena, with stops at both campuses. https://ww5.cityofpasadena.net/pasadena-transit/
LA Metro: Metro Gold Line Fillmore Station is located one block north of South Campus connecting students to the Metro rail and bus system serving all of Los Angeles County. https://www.metro.net/
Metro Bikes: Pasadena also offers Metro’s bike sharing program, allowing registered riders to pick up a bike at more than two dozen stations located throughout Pasadena. https://bikeshare.metro.net/
Driving in LA:If you are unfamiliar with driving in Los Angeles, you may find this article useful: https://www.tripsavvy.com/driving-in-los-angeles-1586574.
PASADENA AND ENVIRONS
Pasadena, nestled against the San Gabriel Mountains, has great shopping, restaurants and outdoor activities. The City of Pasadena website is useful tool. Below are links to event and information pages.
Pasadena events: https://www.visitpasadena.com/events/
Hotels: https://tinyurl.com/y8qaowvxor visit the City of Pasadena directory at https://www.visitpasadena.com/discover/business/?type=accomodations
Shopping: https://www.visitpasadena.com/itinerary/shopping-excursions/Old Town Pasadena’s main area runs along Colorado Boulevard between Fair Oaks Avenue and Arroyo Parkway. Paseo Colorado with more shops, restaurants and movie theater is just east of that area as well.
Museums and Gardens: Pasadena is home to a number of museums and gardens, most notably the Norton Simon Museum, the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, The Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia, Descanso Gardens in La Canada. https://www.visitpasadena.com/memorable-museums/and
Information about Los Angeles: ArtCenter website information http://www.artcenter.edu/student-life/living-in-los-angeles/overview.htmlor the LA Convention and Visitors Bureau website https://www.discoverlosangeles.com/
It is approximately 45-60 minutes to get to the nearest beach, about 20 minutes to get into Hollywood or downtown LA.