The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University

The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University


The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles , a campus of Argosy University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over fifty schools throughout North America dedicated to providing hands-on education in the creative and applied arts. The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles offers bachelor's and associate degree programs as well as non-degree programs for students interested in pursuing career opportunities from among tomorrow's 15 million jobs in creative fields like design, fashion, media arts and culinary (based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for job growth from 2012 to 2022).

A focused education from The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles can help students turn their creative energy into a powerful tool that can make a difference in the world. Students are part of a collaborative and supportive community, where experienced instructors provide the guidance and skills needed to pursue a career in the creative economy.

The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles is also an important resource for creative industry leaders who value the opportunity provided students to learn by using professional-grade technology to build a portfolio of work to show potential employers after graduation.

Accreditation and Licensing


Los Angeles, the arts and entertainment capital of the world, is the second largest city in the United States. Business, industry, culture, activity, and an enviable climate make this an excellent environment for students pursuing an education in the creative arts.

Immigrants have brought a rich diversity of food, fashion, architecture, entertainment, languages, religions, and world-views, and that are showcased in the largest number of community and ethnic festivals in the nation. L.A. is also home to a myriad of museums and galleries, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Norton Simon Museum. Students can enjoy music and theater under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theatre, or inside at the Music Center or Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

L.A. continues to be an economic powerhouse. The Port of Los Angeles has the highest volume in the country, contributing to the city's status as the largest trade center in the United States and the fifteenth largest economy in the world. The city continues to grow; the County of Los Angeles leads the nation in manufacturing.

Since L.A. is home to industry giants such as Disney/Capital Cities, ABC, CBS Television City, Paramount, Columbia and Universal Studios, it's not surprising that the majority of projected new jobs in the city are in the technological and creative areas of the entertainment field.

L.A. is full of iconic sights and attractions. Students can cruise Sunset Boulevard and the Sunset Strip; stop at the Comedy Store, the House of Blues, or Whisky A Go-Go; drive through Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, and Malibu; visit Grauman's Chinese Theater and walk the Hollywood Walk of Fame to see the names of their favorite stars; take a studio tour; stroll the paved paths of Venice Beach; or walk the Santa Monica Pier.

Opportunities to view professional sports abound. There's almost always a baseball game in town during the season--the L.A. Dodgers play at beautiful Chavez Ravine and the Angels play at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Likewise, there are two local NHL teams--the L.A. Kings play at Staples Center while the Anaheim Ducks call Honda Center home. And both the Clippers and Lakers of the NBA play at Staples Center.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles
2900 31st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405-3035
United States
PHONE: 1.310.752.4700 or 1.888.646.4610
FAX: 1.310.752.4708


Advertising Bachelor of Science
Design & Technical Graphics Bachelor of Science
Graphic Design Associate of Science
Graphic & Web Design Bachelor of Science
Interior Design Bachelor of Science*
Media Arts
Audio Production Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Digital Cinema & Video Production Bachelor of Science
Digital Image Management Diploma
Digital Photography Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Science
Game Programming Bachelor of Science
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Science
Video Production Associate of Science
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Bachelor of Science
Web Design & Development
Web Design & Interactive Communications Diploma
Web Design & Interactive Media Associate of Science
Fashion Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fashion Marketing & Management Bachelor of Science
Fashion Retailing Diploma
Art of Cooking Diploma
Baking & Pastry Associate of Science/Diploma
Culinary Arts Associate of Science*
Culinary Management Bachelor of Science*
Hospitality Food & Beverage Management Bachelor of Science

Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.
*Denotes available in evening/weekend format

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles provides a learning environment with professional-grade technology applicable to each student’s course of study. Students have the opportunity to build a portfolio of work that shows potential employers that they are trained to use the software, hardware, or equipment utilized within the industry. Depending upon the course of study, students are immersed in a creative environment—from classrooms to computer labs to studios—focused on relevant, hands-on education designed to prepare them for the real world. 


Actual tuition and housing costs will vary depending on program, number of credits enrolled, and living arrangements. Prospective students should contact a Student Financial Services professional at the school for details.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Students who require financial assistance should first complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at and meet with a financial aid officer. Students may also apply for a number of scholarships focusing on their specific areas of career interest.


Faculty members are hands-on creative professionals with proven experience as business leaders and innovators, hosting a learning environment similar to the career world students will face after graduation. Part instructor, part mentor, their mission is to help develop and transform creative potential into marketable skills. Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students should refer to the current academic catalog for full details regarding admission requirements and process.

Application and Information

To obtain an application, make arrangements for an interview, or tour the school, prospective students should contact:

The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University
2900 31st Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405-3035
PHONE:  1.310.752.4700 or 1.888.646.4610
FAX:  1.310.752.4708


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Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. 2900 31st Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405-3035 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is




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