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Situated next to the heart of the business district of Orange County, the Art Institute of California-Orange County is a fashion, media, design, and culinary arts school. It is one of forty schools across the country comprising the system known as The Art Institutes, which provides education in fashion, design, media, and culinary arts. As one of the foremost art institutes on the west coast, The Art Institute of California-Orange County strives to offer a unique kind of postsecondary education of students seeking to pursue careers in various artistic disciplines. After graduating from The Art Institute of California-Orange County, students are prepared for positions in their chosen fields, from culinary arts to fashion design. The Art Institute of California-Orange County involves industry employers in the development of curricula, so that courses can be directed towards helping students to fully develop the skills necessary to thrive in future careers in their chosen field. The school also seeks to maintain a collaborative, teamwork oriented learning environment, so that students not only develop artistic and creative thinking skills, but also develop the skills necessary to become effective leaders in the real world.


The Art Institute of California-Orange County offers Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees in the areas of Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Management, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, and Visual and Game Programming. Among the numerous opportunities offered by the Art Institute of California-Orange County, the school maintains strong ties with industry leaders and experts in the community. And as a result, students are given the opportunity to not only learn from professors in class, but to gain from the knowledge of those who are currently affecting the future of fashion, design, and culinary production in the real world as well.

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Unique Programs

Among the numerous unique programs offered by The Art Institute of California-Orange County, the evening and weekend course option has become a great program for non-traditional students who may have other commitments on weekdays. The program is offered for students seeking to attain their Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts, their Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management, their Associate of Science or Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design, or their Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design. The school allows these students to attend courses only in the evening or on weekends in order to attain the credits necessary to acquire their chosen degree. The program generally allows students to enroll in three to four classes each semester, and it generally takes two to three years to complete an Associate’s degree, and three to four years to acquire a Bachelor’s degree.


For potential matriculates seeking admissions to The Art Institute of California-Orange County, the school’s official website offers an online application. Students must have completed their high school education, have a General Education Development certificate, or have a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a postsecondary education institution. For students who have General Education Development scores, but are unable to provide an official transcript of GED scores, the school allows for the submission of alternate documentation to satisfy the requirement. High school seniors who are still completing their education should submit a partial transcript, which must indicate their expected graduation date. In addition to these requirements, potential matriculates must submit two essays, of approximately one page in length. Essay topics are available at the school’s official website. Prospective students are interviewed either by phone or in person by an assistant director of admissions from the college. The interview seeks to help the admissions committee to determine the likelihood that the student will succeed in the art institute environment. Although not required, nationally recognized exams, such as the ACT or SAT, may be submitted and will be considered by the admissions committee as well.

Financial Aid

The Art Institute of California-Orange County has developed an extensive set of resources, available from the school’s official website, to help individuals to navigate through tube process of applying for financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. The school maintains a full-time financial aid staff, dedicated to helping students and potential matriculates find the best avenues through which they may seek to finance their individual educations. Students may download forms for state, federal, and school-specific financial aid from the school’s website directly, in addition to finding answers to commonly asked questions there as well. The school’s financial aid office also has information about opportunities through the EDMC Education Foundation, a non-profit corporation which raises scholarship funds to help prospective and enrolled students based on merit or financial need.

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Information Summary

Ranks 318th in California and 3473rd 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 647 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 13 0.00
Forcible Rape 62 0.02
Robbery 591 0.18
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,067 0.32
Larceny 4,222 1.29
Vehicle theft 1,286 0.39

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Santa Ana, CA 92704
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population91,176 (91,176 urban / N/A rural)
Households19,669 (4.61 people per house)
Median Household Income$49,923
Families16,058 (4.81 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 District646

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 926th 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 $35,326 $35,326 $35,326
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 $10,428(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 Capacity108
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$8,991
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1377th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $69,471 ($69,924 male / $57,011 female)
Number of FT Faculty 38 (28 male / 10 female)
Number of PT Faculty 120
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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