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The Art Institute of Seattle is one of 40 Art Institutes located throughout the United States and North America. It provides education in design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts.

Founded in 1946, the Art Institute of Seattle was originally called the Burnley School for Professional Art. It became a part of the Art Institutes in 1982, subsequently changing its name. Today, the school is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is located in several buildings in the Belltown district of Downtown Seattle.

The Art Institute of Seattle prides itself upon its sound preparation of its students in the areas of design, technology, business and hospitality. It promises to develop employable skills while fostering professional attitudes with individually focused educational programs.

Both Bachelor and Associate Degree programs are offered by the Art Institute of Seattle, ranging from an Associate Degree in Animation, Art & Design to a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts Management. Of all programs offered at the Art Institute of Seattle, the five most popular are: Music, Culinary Arts, Interior Design, Graphic Design and Film and Photographic Arts.

Staff and faculty at the school work closely with students to choose and work within their fields of study. The relatively small student body of the school (with an enrollment of roughly 2,500 students) allows for personalized attention, with a student to faculty ratio of 24:1. With industry professionals utilizing hands-on teaching methods, the Art Institute of Seattle aims to prepare its students for the working world.

Most Popular Fields of Study


The admissions process at the Art Institute of Seattle is quite similar to that of other like institutions. Students are required to possess a high school degree or General Education Development diploma as a perquisite for admission, providing copies of high school transcripts, GED scores or college transcripts. Prospective students are also asked to fill out an application form, pay an application fee of $50 and submit official test scores of the SAT, ACT, Compass or Asset.

What is perhaps unique about the admissions process of the Art Institute of Seattle, however, is the rather personalized note it has – especially considering that many of the students applying are interested in two-year programs. Prospective students are asked to submit a 150-word essay explaining their career goals and the role they feel the Art Institute of Seattle will play in helping them to achieve those goals. Prospectives are also asked to take part in an admissions interview in person or over the phone. The purpose of these interviews is to explore students’ backgrounds and interests as related to programs offered by the Art Institute. Interviewers help to guide students in identifying the appropriate areas of study, providing information about curriculum, support services and more.

Those interested in attending the Art Institute of Seattle are encouraged to visit the school’s website and make a stop by the campus if possible.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to all Art Institute of Seattle students who qualify. Staff works individually with students and families to develop personal financial plans, dealing with tasks such as applications for financial aid programs and completion of paperwork such as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Students at the Art Institute of Seattle are encouraged to apply to a number of programs and services, including loans, grants, scholarships and work-study. The school also encourages students to find out about multi-year loans to manage expenses.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2633rd for the average student loan amount.
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The Art Institute of Seattle is primarily a commuter college, located in an urban setting. Surprisingly, however, nearly half of the students come from out-of-state.

The school does offer housing services to all enrolled students, the aim of this being introducing Art Institute students to others like themselves. Interested students are provided furnished apartments with full-sized kitchens and security entrances. Moreover, programs and activities are held within student residences to foster a community.

Regardless of whether students live on campus or not, they are all provided with the possibility to get involved at the Art Institute of Seattle. Students are encouraged to visit the Student Life center and get involved in clubs and organizations on campus such as the Concept Art Club, Student Council and the Untitled Animation Club. Special events are also held throughout the year, ranging from Chinese New Year to Casino Night.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Soccer
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Softball


The Art Institute of Seattle provides alumni with an Online Alumni Network community. There, past students can post resumes, set up e-mail accounts, check out job leads and share success stories. The Art Institute of Seattle makes an effort to sustain an ongoing relationship with its alumni throughout the years.

Information Summary

Ranks 53rd in Washington and 3192nd 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 4 0.20
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 2 0.10
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,126 0.34
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 20 0.00
Forcible Rape 100 0.02
Robbery 1,418 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 6,807 1.10
Larceny 21,585 3.49
Vehicle theft 3,400 0.55

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Seattle, WA 98121-1622
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population8,558 (8,558 urban / N/A rural)
Households5,908 (1.31 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,271
Families923 (2.21 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 District5307

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 894th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $17,460 $17,460 $17,460
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $100 $100 $100
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $485 $485 $485
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 $35,650 $35,650 $35,650
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $31,168 $31,168 $31,168
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $29,482 $29,482 $29,482

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $17,760(N/C) $17,760(N/C) $17,760(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $972 $1,210
On-Campus – Room & Board $11,232 $12,267
On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,064 $4,998
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,000 $9,240
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,928 $3,009
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $10,332 $10,611

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 Capacity240
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$9,432
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1466th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $68,364 ($68,989 male / $52,780 female)
Number of FT Faculty 38 (26 male / 12 female)
Number of PT Faculty 108
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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