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Welcome to The Art Institute of Seattle
Mission Statement and Goals
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.
Core Theme #1:
Career-driven Professional Education
The Art Institute of Seattle prepares students for entry-level positions in design, media and culinary disciplines by focusing on the demands of professional practice. Professional education fosters technical abilities, critical thinking, professional behavior, collaborative engagement, and prepares graduates to be lifelong learners who can adapt to a changing professional landscape. The academic goal of professional training is to prepare students to become dynamic, engaged, and conscientious designers, media creators and culinarians who conceive and execute functional and creative solutions in diverse areas of their industry.
Core Theme #2:
Liberal Arts Education
An education in the liberal arts is fundamental for success in the design, media and culinary industries. They provide a foundation of critical thinking and reasoning skills needed to generate, evaluate, and communicate ideas as both professionals and citizens. The academic aim of the liberal arts department is to foster in students the intellectual capacities needed to reflect rationally and analytically upon their academic and worldly experiences and to engender in students the skills needed for success in their fields and lifelong learning. The mission of the liberal arts department is accomplished through quality instruction in communications, quantitative and symbolic reasoning, the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, and by evidence of student learning in response to quality instruction.
Core Theme #3:
Holistic Student Development
To foster the holistic development of each student, the college provides personal service and creates a positive learning community through a focus on student well-being and nurturing a supportive environment in which students learn to work together and prepare themselves for creative endeavors. This is accomplished by providing a broad range of extra-curricular programming, student leadership opportunities and a plethora of student support services.
Core Theme #4:
Responsiveness to Constituencies
In order to ensure relevancy in its community, The Art Institute of Seattle listens and attends to the concerns of its stakeholders, including the design, media and culinary industries; academia; students; faculty and staff; the local arts and professional communities; the Belltown and greater-Seattle communities; and the accreditation community.