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Vi Ly New Dean of The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles

Vi Ly has been appointed as the new Dean of AcademicAffairs for The Art Institute of California Los Angeles, where she had been serving as the assistant dean of Academic Affairs since 2004. Previously she was department chair of the Media Arts & Animation and Game Art & Design programs.

Ly has helped develop one of the largest animation programs in The Art Institute system, instructing students who have gone on to work for major studios such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Disney Features Animation, Electronic Arts, Warner Bros. Feature Animation and Activision.

"Vi's talent, enthusiasm and understanding of the mission of The Art Institute programs will provide strong continuity in our Academic Affairs Department," said Laura Soloff, president of The Art Institute/LA

Prior to joining The Art Institute/LA, Vi was a department chair at Learning Tree University, a computer graphics artist at Clarity Station Inc. and served on the drawing faculty of Monterey Peninsula College, Cabrillo College of Santa Cruz and San Jose City College.

Ly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing/Printmaking from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. Vis work as an artist has exhibited widely in the U.S. and her art is on display in many private and public collections including the Permanent Collection of the San Jose Museum of Art.

The Art Institute of California Los Angeles is one of The Art Institutes (, with 31 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. The parent company of The Art Institutes, Education Management Corp. ( is among the largest providers of private post-secondary education in North America, based on student enrollment and revenue. EDMC has 70 primary campus locations in 24 states and two Canadian provinces. EDMC has provided career-oriented education for more than 40 years.