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In 1997, The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles opened in the city of Santa Monica. Occupying approximately 107,000 square feet of classroom, computer lab, design lab, library, and student lounge space, the school provides students with industry-relevant resources that prepare them for a creative career in design, media arts, culinary, or fashion.
The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles houses an exhibition gallery and an art supply store for the convenience of students. The school's library collection holds books, DVDs, games, magazines, and other materials covering subject areas supporting all of the programs offered at The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles. Students have access to online databases, including electronic collections of journals and images. There are also two student lounge areas available.
School-sponsored housing is available through several local luxury apartment complexes, and features free shuttle service to and from the campus. Housing rental fees may be included in a student's financial plan and the apartments are conveniently located near shopping and major freeways. Professional Residential Life staff live on-site and are available to address student needs. Students build friendships by joining in on planned activities or by meeting up at the apartments' fitness centers, swimming pools, or TV/theater rooms.
Student clubs at The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles include American Institute of Graphic Arts, Ayecalla Audio, BAMF!, Brainstorm, Culinary Club, Gay Straight Alliance, International Interior Design Association, MTG Players Club, Resident Hall Association, Role Players' Guild, Stomp to my Beat, Student Activities Council, Value Creation Society, Versus, and Yoga.