The Art Institute of Seattle

2323 Elliott Ave
Seattle, WA 98121-1622
Tel: (206)448-0900
  • 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 is Seattle Central College (1.30 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 57 teachers has declined by 53% over five years.
The Art Institute of Seattle(WA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 yrs but < 4 yrs
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPublic
Total Faculty57 staff145 staff
The Art Institute of Seattle Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,378 has declined by 32% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 has increased from 18:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.62 is equal to the state average of 0.62. The school's diversity has grown by 16% over five years.
Total Enrollment1,378 students4,463 students
The Art Institute of Seattle Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio24:131:1
The Art Institute of Seattle Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students947 students2,353 students
The Art Institute of Seattle Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students431 students2,110 students
The Art Institute of Seattle Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
The Art Institute of Seattle Enrollment Breakdown WA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
-140
The Art Institute of Seattle Dormitory Capacity (2014-2015)
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
1%
The Art Institute of Seattle American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
8%
7%
The Art Institute of Seattle Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
13%
10%
The Art Institute of Seattle Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
2%
4%
The Art Institute of Seattle Black (2007-2016)
% White
20%
59%
The Art Institute of Seattle White (2007-2016)
% Non Resident races
-
6%
The Art Institute of Seattle Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
56%
7%
The Art Institute of Seattle Ethnicity Breakdown WA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
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.0.620.62
The Art Institute of Seattle Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$37,700$36,300
The Art Institute of Seattle Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

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%
The Art Institute of Seattle % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Graduates$25,938$11,000
The Art Institute of Seattle Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$7,716$5,833
The Art Institute of Seattle Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate51%74%
The Art Institute of Seattle Percent Admitted (2007-2013)
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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