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The Art Institute of Colorado


The Art Institute of Colorado 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 Colorado offers bachelo'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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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.


The Art Institute of Colorado is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association (NCA); 30 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1413; phone: 800-621-7440; website:

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

The interior design program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503;

The Associate of Applied Science in kitchen & bath design degree program is accredited by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). NKBA can be contacted at 687 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840; phone: 800-843-6522;

The Art Institute of Colorado is authorized to award diplomas, Associate of Applied Science degrees, and Bachelor of Arts degrees by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Commission on Higher Education, 1380 Lawrence Street, Suite 1200, Denver, Colorado 80202.


Denver is located a mile above sea level, between the majestic Rocky Mountains to the west and the High Plains to the east. The Art Institute of Colorado sits in the city's artsy Golden Triangle Museum District that hosts Denver's most prominent cultural attractions in the Civic Center Cultural Complex: the Denver Art Museum, the Michael Graves-designed Central Denver Public Library, Colorado History Museum, Denver Mint, Byers-Evans House and Civic Center Park, and Acoma Street.

Denver, a former gold-rush town, is home to hundreds of restaurants, a restored historic district filled with boutiques and eateries, a collection of museums, a variety of galleries and shopping, the second-largest performing arts center in the nation, three college campuses, and even a unique downtown amusement park, Elitch Gardens. LoDo, the downtown's hip historic district, offers more than ninety brewpubs, sports bars, and music clubs. The 16th Street Mall is a mile-long pedestrian promenade lined with outdoor cafes, restaurants, and shops. Downtown also hosts three beautiful, fan-friendly sports venues: Coors Field for baseball's aptly-named Rockies; the Pepsi Center, where the NBA's Nuggets and the NHL's Avalanche play; and Sports Authority Field at Mile High, home to the NFL's Broncos.

This energetic, young "Mile High" city offers 300 days of sunshine a year, with brilliant blue skies, and stunning mountain scenery. Denver is a clean and green city with more than 200 parks and dozens of tree-lined boulevards. World-class skiing and water sports are just an hour away, amid the breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery. In the mountains and the city, there are numerous opportunities for biking, hiking, rollerblading, and other individual sports.

Denver has long been a hub of business for the western U.S., with thriving professional organizations, major corporations, high-tech companies, top-notch retail fashion stores, hotels, restaurants, design firms, and many other creative organizations.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of Colorado
1200 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203-2172
United States
PHONE: 1.303.837.0825 or 1.800.275.2420
FAX: 1.303.860.8520


Design & Technical Graphics Bachelor of Arts
Design Management Bachelor of Arts
Graphic & Web Design Bachelor of Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Interior Design Bachelor of Arts*
Media Arts
Audio Production Bachelor of Arts
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Arts
Digital Image Management Diploma
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Arts
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Arts
Photography Bachelor of Arts/Associate of Applied Science*
Video Production Associate of Applied Science
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Bachelor of Arts
Web Design & Development   Diploma
Web Design & Interactive Communications Diploma
Fashion Design Bachelor of Arts
Fashion Retail Management Bachelor of Arts*
Fashion Retailing Diploma
Baking & Pastry Associate of Applied Science/Diploma
Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science*/Diploma
Culinary Management Bachelor of Arts
Food & Beverage Management Bachelor of Arts
Hospitality Management Bachelor of Arts

Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.
*Denotes available in evening/weekend format

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of Colorado 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 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 Colorado
1200 Lincoln Street
Denver, CO 80203-2172
PHONE:  1.303.837.0825 or 1.800.275.2420
FAX:  1.303.860.8520


Since The Art Institutes system of schools is comprised of several institutions, see 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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