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The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles is a very well respected institution of higher learning that prepares its students for a career in the culinary & visual arts. This institution is ideal for students who want to attend a school that will successfully prepare them to take up an entry-level position in a creative and challenging career. This institution’s programs are offered year-round; thus, allowing the students to work continuously towards earning their degrees.

Students’ skills are sharpened and their talents are cultivated through a properly designed curricula and a really impressive faculty of competent professionals. The courses are well defined with contributions and support from the community of experts. The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles’ curricula are constantly reviewed in order to make sure that they meet the ever changing needs of the marketplace, this way, graduates can easily qualify to take up entry-level positions in their chosen careers.


The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles is located on 31st Street in Santa Monica, California. The school is a member of The Art Institutes’ system of educational schools.

Programs Offered

The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles offers diploma programs in Baking and Pastry and Art of Cooking. An Associate of Science degree can be earned in the following courses: Video production, Baking and Pastry, Web Design and Interactive Media, Culinary Arts and Graphic Design.

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in the following programs: Web Design and Interactive Media, Audio Production, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Game Art and Design, Interior Design, Media Arts and Animation, Culinary Management, Game Programming, Fashion Marketing & Management, Digital Filmmaking and Video Production, and Graphic Design. The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree course in Fashion Design.

School Facilities

Approximately 107,000 sq ft is the amount of space occupied by The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles. Adding to its well equipped library, studios, classrooms, labs, office, exhibition gallery and student lounge, the school also maintains a well stocked art supply shop for the students’ convenience. Twenty two (or even fewer) is the school’s year-round typical class size at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles. However, the class size will not be more than thirty five students in laboratory sessions or exceed 40 students for lecturing sessions. The equipment made available at the school is particular to the course of study, including but is not limited to PC’s and Mac computers, printers, projectors, well equipped training kitchens and editing desks.

Student Resources

The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles offers students an array of support service and resources, this includes educational and personal counseling, international student assistance, access to transport resources, insurance information and special needs support. Students are also offered various activities and opportunities to hone their leadership potential. All students are encouraged to take advantage of the institution’s services and resources.


The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles is an accredited institution. Accreditation of this institution to award students’ with a diploma, associate and bachelor’s degrees is done by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. This accreditation body is listed by the U.S. Dept. of Education as a nationwide recognized accrediting agency. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is also an accrediting agency that acknowledged by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

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The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles has a reputation for preparing its students for employment by simply offering a pretty challenging training environment that will respond proactively to the ever changing needs and of course, technologies of the marketplace. The Institute is very pleased and proud of its tradition of offering graduates the creative and technical expertise that is demanded by a large number of today’s employers.

Admissions Decisions

The decisions concerning admissions are made by The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles’ admissions committee, which is made up of part of the school’s staff & faculty. This committee will determine whether or not applicants have a good chance of getting in based on their educational records, essay and the suitability of their stated career objectives as it relates to the program that they have chosen to study. In order to make a final decision, the admissions committee may need further information or may simply require applicants to consult with an academic director. The decision of the admissions committee is usually communicated to applicants within 2 weeks.

Admission Requirements: The following is what prospective applicants need in order to apply to The Art Institute of Institute of California-Los Angeles:

  • An interview, which can either be done in person or over the telephone
  • Completed application form
  • An essay (150 words)
  • Applicant’s high school transcript or General Educational Development (GED) scores
  • A non refundable application fee
  • Enrollment fee
  • Important Note: Students who are applying to the Game Art and Design course are required to achieve a minimum CGPA of 2.5 from their high school or have at least a CGPA of 2.5 in a minimum of twenty four semester or thirty six quarter credits at a college or university that is accredited. In addition to this, students will also require a portfolio for the Game Art and Design course. Applicants can speak to the school’s Assistant Director of Admissions in order to get more details.

    Financial Aid

    Paying one’s way through school can be quite challenging, that is why The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles has put in place, resources and committed personnel to assist students identify the various financial aid opportunities that they may qualify for.

    With this school’s resources, financial aid applicants will be helped through the steps and the options for applying for financial aid, this includes specific types of grants, loans and scholarships.

    Types of financial aid available are: Federal Pell Grant, ACG (Academic Competitive Grant), National SMART (Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent) Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Stafford student Loan and Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (FPLUS).

    The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles also participates in a variety of alternative loan programs. Please know that interest rates, eligibility requirements, repayment terms and processing charges are different from each program. Alternative loan programs are accessed through private lenders and typically involve a co-signer and or credit check. The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles’ Student Financial Services Dept. staff can be contacted in order to get more details about the alternative loan programs.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 1198th for the average student loan amount.
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    The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles’ Office of Residential Life & Housing is dedicated to offering students a convenient, top notch and comfortable housing options. The students get to receive support to effectively pursue their educational, social and personal goals with help from student and professional workers all through their stay in these institution-sponsored housing areas.

    The school contracts with quite a few neighbouring luxury apartment buildings in order to offer housing to the students who desire to live in communities with fellow students from The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles.

    Here are just a couple of the advantages that the institution-sponsored housing has to offer:

  • Costs of housing can be added to the student’s financial plan
  • Opportunity to meet and make life long friendships with other students who attend The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles
  • The housing communities are conveniently located close to a variety of shopping complexes and numerous major freeways
  • The school’s Professional Residential Life personnel also live within the housing communities and are on hand to answer questions or address the needs of students’
  • Social and enlightening events are also planned for students
  • Students will find direct transportation services from institution-sponsored housing locations to The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles
  • Note: All apartments at The Art Institute housing facility is “same-sex” and is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    Institution-Sponsored Housing Features

    The basic features of institution-sponsored housing includes on-site parking, swimming pools, saunas & Jacuzzis , gated & courtesy patrolled communities, well furnished apartments, fitness centers, professional property management & maintenance personnel, television/theater room, conference room & meeting space (available in most apartment complexes) and computer room (available in most apartment complexes).

    Note: At this time the Office of Residential Life & Housing cannot provide family student housing. The Office of Residential Life & Housing also has limited capacity in assisting students find independent accommodations in the local area.

    Organizations and Activities

    The institution’s department of Student Affairs is totally committed to giving students a well rounded training outside the classroom. Students can get unique outlets where they can have fun and sharpen their leadership skills as well. Student-run clubs & organizations at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles are diverse, inspiring and exciting. Students can meet new people, build life long relationships and be involved in their community by simply getting involved in an organization or club. At the institute, new clubs & organizations are formed quarterly and hold their meeting weekly, host quarterly events; the clubs usually hold meetings outside the classrooms.

    The various clubs and organizations at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles are: American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), BAMF!, Stomp to My Beat, President’s Club, Ayecalla Audio, Culinary Club, Brainstorm, International Interior Design Association (IIDA), MTG Players Club, Resident Hall Association (RHA), Value Creation Society, RP Guild, Students Activities Council, Yoga and Versus.

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    • Campus Explorer, Inc. Who Will Create Tomorrow’s Designs? Media? Fashions? Cuisines? Web. 2011.
    • The Arts Institutes. Why Choose the Arts Institutes? Web. 2011.
    • The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles. About Us. Web. 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 312th in California and 3421st overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault N/A N/A
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape N/A N/A
    Robbery N/A N/A
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary N/A N/A
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft N/A N/A
    Arrest N/A N/A

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 215 0.24
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.00
    Forcible Rape 24 0.03
    Robbery 129 0.14
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 483 0.53
    Larceny 2,300 2.53
    Vehicle theft 188 0.21

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Santa Monica, CA 90405-3035
    Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
    Total Population26,089 (26,089 urban / N/A rural)
    Households14,285 (1.81 people per house)
    Median Household Income$50,540
    Families5,267 (2.77 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Special Focus Institutions — Schools of art, music, and design
    Undergraduate PopulationN/A
    EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
    Size & SettingN/A

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringBachelor's degree
    Calendar SystemQuarter
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District633

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 928th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $18,648 $18,648 $18,648
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $100 $100 $100
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $518 $518 $518
    FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
    FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $35,317 $35,317 $35,317
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $35,893 $35,893 $35,893
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $29,251 $29,251 $29,251

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $18,948(N/C) $18,948(N/C) $18,948(N/C)
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,800
    On-Campus – Room & Board $8,301(N/C)
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,096 $3,168
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $10,962
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,059 $4,158
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,532 $8,676

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
    College Prep. CompletionN/A
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scoresN/A
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity296
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room Fee$8,982
    Board FeeN/A

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 1848th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $64,079 ($63,316 male / $52,730 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 40 (33 male / 7 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 131
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
    Total Benefits N/A

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