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International Students

LAIAD and WLAC/West Los Angeles College have formed a partnership to offer an architecture program for F-1 VISA international students. International students who wish to study architecture or design at LAIAD must have an F-1 VISA to study in the USA. Students must also simultaneously apply to WLAC for the issuing of an I-20 form to receive an F-1 student VISA to study in the USA.

Students who are accepted into this program and who require an F-1 Visa must take a MINIMUM of 12 Units per Semester as follows: • 6 units at WLAC (general education) per semester and • 6 units at LAIAD (architecture) per semester TOEFL and other language testing is per WLAC requirements. Complete information on International Student enrollment is available upon request, or at http://www.wlac.edu/International-F1-Visa/index.aspx


Academic Calendar

Spring Semester (15 weeks): begins the first week in February each year, ends first week in June

Summer Session (7 weeks): begins in the third week of June, ends second week of August

Fall Semester (15 weeks): begins the first week in September each year, ends 2nd week in December.

Exact dates for each semester are posted on the LAIAD website calendar >

One-Time Fees

$150 Enrollment Fee
State of CA STRF Fee: $0.0 per $1000 of tuition

Financial Aid

Federal Financial Aid is available through WLAC for Architecture Transfer Program and Interior Design Program. Students must be in good standing and be taking a minimum of 6 units. Based on financial need and student performance, some scholarships and work-study opportunities may will be available at LAIAD for second year students.

State of California: BPPE

Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design’s approval to operate in the State of California is based on provisions of the California Private Postsecondary Education act (CP-PEa) of 2009, which is effective January 1, 2010. The act is administered by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), under the Department of Consumer affairs. The Bureau can be reached at: P.O. Box 980818, West Sacramento, Ca 95798-0818, 888.370.7589, www.bppe.ca.gov

For LAIAD's most recent Annual Report submitted to the BPPE, please click here.

For LAIAD's most recent Student Performance Fact Sheet, please click here.

Non-Discrimination Policy

No applicant shall be rejected from admission to the school on the basis of age, race, color, sex, disability or national origin nor be subjected to discrimination of any kind based on the above. For information regarding Non-Discrimination or to resolve complaints contact the School Director.

Internships

Paid internships may be available for qualified second year students.

Transfer

The academic programs at LAIAD are specifically focused on helping our students transfer and excel at the leading architecture program of their choice. Aside from design studio, courses are offered in hand drawing, 2D and 3D computer aided design as well as 2D portfolio design. Transfer requirements vary widely based on LAIAD program, destination school requirements and individual level of achievement. Students are encour-aged to investigate their desired destination schools early making note of admission requirements, application deadlines, etc.

Admission Policies and Procedures

Admission into the Architecture and Interior Design Transfer Programs requires that all prospective students must be at minimum 18 years of age, and have a high school diploma or general Education Diploma (GED). There are no minimum requirements for grades or test scores. A portfolio is not required for admission.

Admission into the Graduate School Preparation Program requires that all prospective students have at a minimum a bachelor’s degree in any discipline. There are no minimum requirements for grades or test scores. A portfolio is not required for admission.

Admission into the advanced Studies in American Space program requires that the student already has significant design education or experience. A portfolio is required.

Visiting LAIAD

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the school and to discuss educational and occupational goals with school personnel. The best time to visit is Monday and Thursday evenings while classes are in session, and you will be welcome to “sit in” on a studio class. You may call us at any time to discuss our programs. To speak with someone or to schedule an appointment, please contact us at 213.251.4500 or by email: getinfo@laiad.com

Admissions Deadlines

LAIAD has “rolling admissions” meaning that we begin a new studio class sequence 3 times per year. Except for International Student applications (see below), applications are accepted year-round, and students may enter the program at the beginning of any semester, application and enrollment fees are listed below if applicable.

International Student Deadlines
Applying from outside the US:
Fall Semester: July 1
Spring Semester: December 1

USA Applicant Deadlines
Fall Semester: August 15
Spring Semester: January 15
Summer Semester: May 15
No International applications accepted for Summer Session.

Tuition Cost

Architecture Transfer Program / CA Resident

Tuition $3800 per semester (6 credits)*
  $1900 per summer session (3 credits)*

Architecture Transfer Program / Non CA Resident

Tuition $5150 per semester (6 credits)*
  $2575 per summer session

Interior Design Transfer Program / CA Resident

Tuition $3800 per semester (6 credits)*
  $1900 per summer session (3 credits)*

Interior Design Transfer Program / Non CA Resident

Tuition $5150 per semester (6 credits)*
  $2575 per summer session

Graduate Preparation Program / Resident and Non Resident

Tuition $3500 per semester**
  $1750 per summer session (3 credits)**
  $1750 per additional (optional) 3 credit course**

Advanced Studies Program / Resident and Non Resident

Tuition $3500 per semester (6 credits)**
  $1750 per summer session

International Students / All Programs

Tuition $5150 per semester (6 credits)*
  $2575 per summer session (3 credits)*
  Architecture / Design courses only
  General Education courses at WLAC are additional

*Includes WLAC co-enrollment fee
**WLAC co-enrollment fee not required Tuition may be increased without notice

Forms

REQUEST INFORMATION
DOWNLOAD CATALOG
DOWNLOAD .PDF BROCHURE

DOWNLOAD .PDF APPLICATION [U.S. Students]

Links for transferring students attending West LA College:
HOW TO APPLY VIA WLAC

Links for transferring students (all):
TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORM
RECOMMENDATION LETTER REQUEST FORM