The Art Institute of Seattle

2323 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA 98121-1622
Tel: (206)448-0900
1,378 students
Private for-profit
The mission of The Art Institute of Seattle is to provide higher education programs that prepare students for careers in design, technology, business, and hospitality related fields. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions and career/professional advancement in their chosen fields through curricula that emphasize technical and communication skills needed in the field, taught by faculty who are, or have been, working professionals, in an environment that encourages free expression, leadership and responsible decision making.
School Highlights
The Art Institute of Seattle serves 1,378 students (69% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is lower than the state community college average of 32:1.
Minority enrollment is 80% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 41%.
The Art Institute of Seattle is one of 13 community colleges within King County, WA.
The nearest community college is Seattle Central College (1.30 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 57 teachers has declined by 51% over five years.
College The Art Institute of Seattle (WA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution Control Private for-profit Public
Total Faculty 57 staff
138 staff

Student Body

The student population of 1,378 has declined by 41% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has increased from 18:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.94 is more than the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 30% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,378 students 3,682 students
Student : Teacher Ratio 24:1
# Full-Time Students 947 students
2,292 students
# Part-Time Students 431 students
1,890 students
Total Dormitory Capacity 240 140
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Unknown races
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.94 0.62

Finances and Admission

The private state tuition of $17,760 is more than the state average of $13,683. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees $17,760 $13,683
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 88%
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Founded in 1946 as the Burnley School for Professional Art, The Art Institute of Seattle has a proud history as a part of the Seattle community and a contributor to the creative industries in the Northwest. The Art Institute of Seattle achieved a major milestone in 1999 when it was granted regional accreditation by the Northwest Commis-sion on Colleges and Universities. In 2003, The Art Institute of Seattle was granted informal candidacy at the baccalaureate level to offer Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in Media Arts & Animation, Graphic Design, and Interior Design. The college offers progrms in Continuing Education. Associate of Applied Arts degree is awarded in Animation Art & Design, Audio Production, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, Industrial Design Technology, Interactive Media Design, Interior Design, Photography and Video Production. Associate of Applied Arts Diploma is awarded in the field of Baking & Pastry. Diploma is given for Digital Design, Residential Design and The Art of Cooking. Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is given in Graphic Design, Interior Design and Media Arts & Animation. The Art Institute of Seattle is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities ("NWCCU"), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education.

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