Institutional Accreditation

The Art Institutue of Seattle is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Accreditation of an institution of higher education by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality evaluated through a peer review process. An accredited college or university is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation. Accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it is not a guarantee of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates. Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the institution. Inquiries regarding an institution’s accredited status by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
8060 165th Avenue N.E., Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities’ (NWCCU) institutional accreditation of The Art Institute of Seattle (AIS) is currently under review as part of the pending change of ownership and control of AIS from Education Management Corporation (EDMC) to the Dream Center Foundation.

Programmatic Accreditation

The Art Institute of Seattle Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts degree program, the Associate of Applied Sciences in Baking & Pastry degree program, the Diploma in Baking & Pastry, and the Diploma in The Art of Cooking are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation (ACF). ACF can be reached at 10 San Bartola Drive, St. Augustine, FL 32086. The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior DesignAccreditation,, 206 Grandville Ave., Ste. 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

State Licensing

The Art Institute of Seattle is licensed under Chapter 28c.10RCW; inquiries or complaints regarding this or any other private vocational school may be made to the Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board, Building 17, Airdustrial Park, Post Office Box 43105; Olympia, WA 98504-3105, 1.360.753.5673.

The Art Institute of Seattle is authorized by the Washington student achievement council (the council) and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes The Art Institute of Seattle to offer specific degree programs. The council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the council does not carry with it an endorsement by the council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at

Selected academic programs of study at The Art Institute of Seattle are approved by the Washington Student Achievement Council's State Approving Agency (WSAC/SAA) for enrollment of those eligible to receive benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code.

The Art Institute of Seattle is authorized to enroll non-immigrant alien students.