I am very proud and excited to announce to you that in our continued effort to better serve our students and to expand our reach, we have earned accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
NASAD, founded in 1944, is an organization of approximately 323 accredited schools, colleges, and universities that establishes national standards for undergraduate, graduate degrees and other credentials for institutions like Art Center College of Design, CalArts, The American Film Institute, Otis College of Art and Design, Brigham Young University, and Texas A&M. Accreditation through NASAD allows us to preserve our curriculum as well as uphold our commitment to our core mission and philosophy as was established 12 years ago.
We started the journey to accreditation in 2008 and for the past 6 years have worked hard in strengthening our institution through a rigorous process. This achievement is especially significant since the approval applies not only to our certificate programs but also to our degree programs. Approval of degree programs require a much more stringent, lengthier process and is not readily granted by a well-respected organization such as NASAD.
The current degree programs offered at LAAFA are:
· Bachelor of Fine Arts
· Bachelor of Entertainment Arts
It is very important to add that we couldn’t have reached this monumental milestone in the history of LAAFA without the help of our amazing instructors and incredible staff. Their tireless work and support helped us all earn this accreditation together.
This approval is significant in many ways, one of which is the opportunity to now apply for our students’ access to federal grants and loan programs. Furthermore, we will be able to better serve our international students by offering them more options for studying in the US since many students from around the globe are interested in attending LAAFA.
Our vision for the future holds amazing promise for LAAFA as we now begin our search for enough land in Los Angeles and surrounding areas to start construction of a first-class campus. Our plans include:
· Generous space for instruction
· Senior work studios
· Faculty guest suites
· Faculty studio space
· A comprehensive library
· A gallery and screening room
· State of the art computer facility
· On-campus student housing
With this accomplishment, we now have an opportunity to continue to make great strides in improving art education as well as serve our local and international community.