The Art Institute of Seattle

  • 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 31:1.
  • 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 to The Art Institute of Seattle is Seattle Central College (1.3 miles away).

Top Placements

The Art Institute of Seattle places among the top 20% of community colleges in Washington for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 57 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
The Art Institute of Seattle(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPublic
Total Faculty57 staff145 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of The Art Institute of Seattle has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The The Art Institute of Seattle diversity score of 0.62 is equal to the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has declined by 34% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,378 students4,463 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio24:131:1
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# Full-Time Students947 students2,353 students
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# Part-Time Students431 students2,110 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
-140
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% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
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% Asian
8%
7%
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% Hispanic
13%
10%
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% Black
2%
4%
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% White
20%
59%
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% Non Resident races
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6%
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% Unknown races
56%
7%
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Diversity Score0.620.62
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,700$36,200
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Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $17,560 is more than the state average of $14,830. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$17,560$14,830
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid88%71%
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Median Debt for Graduates$25,937$10,614
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Median Debt for Dropouts$7,715$5,830
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Acceptance Rate51%39%
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Source: 2016 (or 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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