The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta


The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America dedicated to providing hands-on education in the creative and applied arts. The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur 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, and media arts (based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for job growth between 2012 and 2022).

A focused education from The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur 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 Atlanta-Decatur 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


The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur is located on the eastern side of the Greater Atlanta area. A short drive or public transportation ride from downtown Decatur is where traditional small-town atmosphere meets the college-town sophistication and excitement--along with all the benefits of being right in the center of a major metropolis.

Decatur has many unique shops, fashion boutiques, theaters, galleries, and businesses focused on creative industries, and restaurants that range from casual to gourmet dining. Most are within walking distance of campus, as are the annual Decatur Arts Festival and AJC Decatur Book Festival.

Of course, nearby Atlanta has its own attractions. Known as the capital of the New South, it's the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., a major force in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, host city of a Summer Olympics, and a forward-looking city of industrious, innovative, and creative people. This is a vibrant, exciting city where tree-lined neighborhoods are just minutes away from high-rise condos and skyscrapers housing Fortune 500 companies.

Atlanta's thriving business environment includes high-tech companies, such as Earthlink, as well as corporate giants like Coca-Cola, CNN-Time Warner, Delta Air Lines, AT&T, and Georgia-Pacific.

Atlanta's performing arts district is located in the midtown area at the Woodruff Arts Center. The city is home to some of the country's most important art museums and institutions, including the renowned High Museum of Art, one of the most-visited of its kind anywhere in the world, and the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA), the only design museum in the Southeast. Students can explore contemporary art museums like the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.

Students also have access to a wide range of professional sports. Those who are into baseball can take in a Braves game at Turner Field. Football? The NFL's Falcons play at the Georgia Dome. For basketball fans, the Hawks of the NBA and the Dream of the WNBA both play hoops at Philips Arena.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur
One West Court Square, Suite 110
100 Embassy Row
Decatur, GA 30030
United States
PHONE: 1.404.942.1800 or 1.866.856.6203
FAX: 1.404.942.1818


Advertising Bachelor of Arts
Advertising Design Diploma
Graphic & Web Design Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Arts
Residential Interiors Diploma
Media Arts
Digital Image Management Diploma
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Fine Arts
Photographic Imaging Bachelor of Fine Arts
Web Design & Interactive Communications Diploma
Fashion Marketing & Management Bachelor of Arts
Fashion Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fashion Retailing Diploma

Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur 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

Please 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 Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
One West Court Square, Suite 110                  
Decatur, GA 30030       
PHONE:  1.404.942.1800 or 1.866.856.6203            
FAX:  1.404.942.1818            

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The Art Institute of Atlanta—Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. One West Court Square, Suite 110 , Decatur, GA 30030 ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC. Our email address is




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