The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles

Santa Monica, CA
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The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, USA, (AICA-LA) is an accredited college for creative arts education in Los Angeles, California area. Its career-preparing programs are Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Interactive Media Design, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Media Arts & Animation, Audio Production and Digital Video Production/Motion Picture, amongst other programs. It is a member of The Art Institutes system of educational institutions.

In 1997, The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles opened its location on 31st Street in the city of Santa Monica, California, between the Activision corporate headquarters and Santa Monica Airport. The campus has two state-of-the-art recording studios, one high-definition television soundstage, two empty soundstages, and a student-run restaurant, Bistro 31, which is one of the kitchens used in the local television CBS 2/KCAL 9 News's "TV Diner" segments with TV personality Chef Mario Martinoli. The campus is in a location surrounded by much of the entertainment industry, with nearby companies such as Disney, ABC, CBS, Paramount, Columbia, and Universal Studios.

Graduates of the Art Institutes are employed by such companies as game developers Heavy Iron Studios, film makers EFILM, amongst many others. Many graduates of the culinary programs are employed as executive chefs at such prestigious restaurants as Valencia Country Club and Belamar Hotel. In 2004, four graduates worked as motion capture artists on the major CGI motion picture The Polar Express. More than 80% of graduates of the The Art Institutes network of schools find employment in a related field within 6 months of their graduation.

Since March 2012, the campus has been the home of Pensado's Place, which is a live web series hosted by renowned music mixing engineer Dave Pensado. The show is produced and run entirely by students in the Digital Video Production and Audio Production programs, who are assigned to the show through their curriculum or through internship.

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  • Private for profit, Four or more years
  • students
  • $18,648.00 avg tuition

2900 31st St
Santa Monica, CA 90405-3035
(310) 752-4700

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Areas of Study:

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Personal And Culinary Services
  • Visual And Performing Arts
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The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles

Applied 500
Admitted 202 40%
Enrolled total 199
Full Time: 110
Part Time 89
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Math 0 0
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 0 0
ACT English 0 0
ACT Math 0 0
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 66%
4-year graduation rate 22%
6-year graduation rate 31%
Application Deadlines:
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Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
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Student Response Deadline
Transfer Student Application Deadline
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Required
Secondary School Rank Recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Recommended
Admission Test Scores Recommended
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $18,648.00 $18,648.00 $18,648.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $300.00 $300.00 $300.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $518.00 $518.00 $518.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $8,301.00 $10,863.00 $8,532.00
Other Expenses $3,096.00 $4,059.00 $8,532.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $50.00
Graduate Application Fee $0.00
Books and Supplies $1,656.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 97%
Percent receiving grant aid 87%
Avg amount of grant aid $7,976.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 92%
Avg amount of student loan aid $7,657.00

The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects X
Recording Arts Technology/Technician X
Computer Graphics X
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design X X
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef X
Culinary Arts/Chef Training X
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager X
Cinematography and Film/Video Production X X
Game and Interactive Media Design X
Graphic Design X X
Interior Design X

Scholarships for Students in California

Name Amount Deadline
S.P.R.O.W.T Scholarship $5,000 May 31, 2017
Thomas M. Stetson Scholarship $2,000 June 01, 2017
Leon Bradley Scholarship Up to $2,500 May 31, 2017

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