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Ownership, Accreditation, and Approvals

Seattle Film Institute is wholly owned by Seattle Film Institute Inc., which is a Washington corporation with its principal offices located at 3210 16th Avenue West, Seattle WA 98119. 

Members of the Seattle Film Institute, Inc. Board of Directors:
• David Shulman, President
• Smadar Friedlander, Vice President
• Diane Panteleakos, Secretary

The Seattle campus of the Seattle Film Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificates, bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees. ACICS is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education (USED) and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). 
ACICS is located at 750 First Street, NE, Suite 980, Washington, D.C. 20002-4241, and can be contacted at 202-336-6780.
Seattle Film Institute is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Seattle Film Institute to offer specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs.
Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about requirements of the act or applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at:

Washington Student Achievement Council
P.O. Box 43430,
Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Seattle Film Institute is also licensed by the Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board (under Chapter 28C.10 RCW) for its non-degree certificate programs. Inquiries or complaints regarding this or any other private vocational school may be made to:

Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
P.O. Box 43105 Olympia, WA 98504-3105
Phone: (360) 709-4600

Seattle Film Institute is listed as an Eligible Training Provider enabling eligible students to apply for funding from a variety of State and Federal funding programs, including but not limited to Workforce Retraining and Trade Adjustment Act (TAA) funding.

Seattle Film Institute (main campus) is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

The Seattle Film Institute has been approved for the training of veterans and eligible persons under the provisions of the GI Bill (Title 38, United States Code).

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Notice to Students of Privacy Rights Release of Information Form:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal law that states:
(a) that a written institutional policy must be established; and
(b) that a statement of adopted procedures covering the privacy rights of students must be made available.
The law provides that the institution will maintain the confidentiality of student education records. Seattle Film Institute (SFI) accords all the rights under this law to students who are declared independent. No one outside of the institution shall be permitted access to—nor will the institution disclose any information from—a student’s educational records without his or her written consent.   Complete FERPA text is on pages 36 - 38 of the SFI Catalog.

Notice of Non Discrimination

In the recruitment and admission of students, Seattle Film Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military status, age, or the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability.

Student Recruiting and Admission Activities

Seattle Film Institute does not and will not provide any commission, bonus, or other incentive payment based directly or indirectly on success in securing enrollment or financial aid to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting or admissions activities or in making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.

2014 Retention and Placement Rates by Program


Retention rate: 87%
Placement rate: 67%


Retention rate: 100%
Placement rate: 50%


Retention rate: 100%
Placement rate: 100%


Retention rate: 86%
Placement rate: 100%


Retention rate: 100%
Placement rate: 88%