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The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University

Overview

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

A focused education from The Art Institute of Charlotte 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 Charlotte 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

The Art Institute of Charlotte is a campus of South University. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate degrees, and baccalaureate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of South University can be directed to the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; phone: 404-679-4500.

The Associate of Science degree in culinary arts is accredited by The Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.

The Art Institute of Charlotte is licensed to award certificates by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges and licensed to award associate and bachelor degrees by the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina.

Location

If there's one word that best describes Charlotte, it might be "opportunity." Especially for students who want to get started in a creative field. Just being in the middle of a young, dynamic, fresh, and energetic city is a great opportunity to explore exciting new things and grow personally, academically, and professionally.

Students here enjoy everything a major metropolitan area can offer, from dance clubs and concerts to galleries and amusement parks, from the NFL's Carolina Panthers to the high-powered excitement of NASCAR. The Mint Museum of Art and the McColl Center for Visual Art are great resources for anyone studying the applied arts, as are the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Discovery Place, ImaginOn, and the city's dozens of art galleries.

Charlotte offers music, movies, and a world of places to eat. Students get discounts at the Blumenthal Center for Performing Arts. And the First Friday Night Gallery Crawls are popular in both historic, high-tech SouthEnd and in the funky NoDa area.

Charlotte's thriving business environment includes high-tech companies as well as corporate giants. More than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies have offices here, and Charlotte is second only to New York City as a banking center. The Queen City's high quality of life, reasonable cost of living, friendly people, arts and sports, as well as career opportunities, attract talented people from all over the world.


Location & Contact

The Art Institute of Charlotte
Three LakePointe Plaza
2110 Water Ridge Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28217-4536
United States
PHONE: 1.704.357.8020 or 1.800.872.4417
FAX: 1.704.357.1133
URL: http://www.artinstitutes.edu/charlotte


Programs

Design
Graphic Design Associate of Applied Science
Graphic & Web Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Media Arts
Digital Image Management Certificate
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Fine Arts
Photography Bachelor of Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Video Production Associate of Applied Science
Web Design & Interactive Communications Certificate
Fashion
Fashion & Retail Management Bachelor of Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Fashion Design Associate of Applied Science
Fashion Retailing Certificate
Culinary
Baking & Pastry Certificate
Culinary Arts Certificate/Associate of Applied Science
Culinary Management Bachelor of Science
Restaurant & Catering Management Associate of Applied Science

Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.


Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of Charlotte 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. 


Costs

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 www.fafsa.ed.gov 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

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 high-demand marketable skills.


Admission Requirements

Prospective students should 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 Charlotte
Three LakePointe Plaza
2110 Water Ridge Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28217-4536
PHONE:  1.704.357.8020 or 1.800.872.4417
FAX:  1.704.357.1133
URL:  http://www.artinstitutes.edu/charlotte               

Disclaimer

Since The Art Institutes system of schools is comprised of several institutions, see aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info. The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school, and employment opportunities are not guaranteed. Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration #04-01-1698B, AC0165, AC0080, Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. Certified by SCHEV to operate in Virginia. Administrative office: 210 Sixth Avenue, 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. ©2013 The Art Institutes International LLC.  



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