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About Seattle

About Seattle

Located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Seattle is a metropolis surrounded by some of the country's most amazing natural landscapes. With the Olympic Mountains to the west, the Cascade Range to the east, and Mount Rainier to the south, the city offers endless opportunities to explore nature.

The Art Institute of Seattle is located on the Elliott Bay waterfront in downtown Seattle. Many of the classrooms offer views of the Olympic Mountains. The campus is just blocks away from Seattle's Belltown neighborhood, known for its restaurants and nightlife. The famous Pike Place Market and the Olympic Sculpture Park are other nearby attractions.

The Seattle area is home to many global companies including, Expedia, Microsoft, RealNetworks, Getty Images, Corbis, Nintendo of America, REI, Eddie Bauer, Nordstrom, Starbucks, Brooks Running, Fantagraphics Books, Costco, and Weyerhauser. Adobe, Facebook, and Google also have offices in Seattle.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Art Institute of Seattle is to provide career-driven, professional education programs. Degree programs prepare students to begin careers in design, media, fashion, and culinary fields by focusing on the demands of professional practice. They incorporate curriculum in both core technical disciplines and liberal arts. The college is dedicated to holistic student development and providing a positive and supportive learning community.

The college fosters a campus culture of involvement and service with its constituencies including its faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as the local arts, business and academic communities.


What makes Seattle special?

In 2012, Seattle was named the 2nd best city to live in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek.

History of Seattle

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 as a contributor to the creative industries in the Northwest.

In 1982, the Burnley School joined The Art Institutes system of schools and became The Art Institute of Seattle. In 1985, the school moved to its present location on Seattle's waterfront.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing, located just five blocks from campus. The fully-furnished housing includes utilities, laundry, wifi, and student lounges. There are also onsite activities for students.

The Art Institute of Seattle provides hands-on learning for students, preparing them for creative careers. Industry-related equipment and software for our design, fashion, culinary, and media arts programs includes:

  • Audio and video studios
  • Photography studios and labs
  • Fabric and interior design sample room
  • Airbrush studio
  • Student store
  • Student lounge
  • Student copy center
  • Gallery
  • Woodshop
  • Sculpture room
  • Finishing room
  • Sewing rooms
  • Fashion display windows
  • Library
  • The International Culinary School, equipped with professional kitchens
  • Career Services Department
  • Student Affairs Department
  • Portfolio Restaurant
  • Student lounge
  • Technology Center

Student clubs and organizations include:

  • Anime & Manga
  • The Art Institute of Seattle Soccer Team
  • Audio Club
  • Club Culinary
  • Concept Art Club
  • Fashion Network
  • Fervent Features
  • FUEL (student publication)
  • Graphic Design Club
  • International Networking Club (INC!)
  • Industrial Design Society
  • Interior Design Networking Group
  • Student Council
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