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History

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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