The Art Center College of Design has enjoyed a strong, forward thinking, 80-year history. Since its founding in 1930 in Los Angeles, the Art Center has maintained a focus on preparing artists and designers for the professional world. Along with this goal to prepare students for the workplace, the Art Center also emphasizes the global impact and importance of design and art. The school's educational mission continued to thrive after its move to Pasadena in 1976. A core of teachers who are working professionals in their respective fields, interdisciplinary programs and studio space, and an ability to grow with technological and cultural changes has allowed the Art Center of Design to produce illustrators, designers, and artists who are prepared to make an impact on the world.