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The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta


The Art Institute of Washington (in Arlington, Virginia), a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington 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 Washington is a branch campus of The Art Institute of Atlanta. The Art Institute of Atlanta is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of The Art Institute of Atlanta can be directed to the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; phone: 404-679-4500.

The Associate in Arts 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 Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503;

The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is certified to operate in Virginia by The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, James Monroe Building, 101 North Fourteenth Street, Richmond, Virginia 23219; phone: 804-225-2600.


The Art Institute of Washington is located in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, Virginia, directly across the Potomac River from Georgetown and Washington, D.C., just a short drive or Metro ride away. Originally part of the area surveyed for the nation's capital, Arlington's history is as long as that of Washington itself.

The DC metropolitan area has been nicknamed the melting pot for the extent of ethnic diversity it boasts. With such a mixture of government, culture, history, and symbolism, this city is one of the premier places to visit, live in, and pursue an education.

Today, Arlington is perhaps best known as the home of the Pentagon and the Arlington National Cemetery. But northern Virginia is also home to corporations like Hilton Worldwide and Gannett/USA Today. Fortune 500 companies and other nationally known employers headquartered here include the AES Corporation and Alliant Techsystems. Arlington also boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population that offers great variety in cuisine, cultural events, and shopping. There's also an extensive county park system with over 80 miles of bicycle and jogging trails.

Arlington's proximity to Washington, D.C. means easy access to the nation's prestigious monuments and museums, including the White House and Capitol Hill, as well as myriad national monuments like the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and such world-class venues as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The Smithsonian Institution includes numerous museums from the National Portrait Gallery to the National Museum of African Art.

In addition to the many tourist attractions, Washington offers first-rate theatrical and musical entertainment, beautiful parks, and cultural events. Washington, D.C. is also one of the few cities that fields professional teams in each of the major sports: baseball's Nationals play at Nationals Park, the NFL's Redskins call FedEx Field home, and the Capitals of the NHL play hockey at Verizon Center--at least when the NBA Wizards aren't playing basketball there.

From world-class restaurants to national media firms, students at The Art Institute of Washington find many avenues to expand their learning and apply their skills in their chosen field. It's an atmosphere that exudes energy and fuels creativity.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of Washington
1820 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209-1802
United States
PHONE: 1.703.358.9550 or 1.877.303.3771
FAX: 1.703.358.9759


Advertising  Bachelor of Arts
Advertising Design Diploma
Graphic & Web Design Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Arts
Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Media Arts
Audio Production Bachelor of Arts
Commercial Photography Diploma
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Arts
Digital Image Management Diploma
Digital Photography Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Arts
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Fine Arts
Video Skills Diploma
Visual & Game Programming Bachelor of Arts
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Bachelor of Fine Arts 
Web Design & Interactive Communications Diploma
Fashion Marketing & Management Bachelor of Arts
Fashion Retailing Diploma
Baking & Pastry Associate of Arts/Diploma
Culinary Arts Associate of Arts*/Diploma
Culinary Arts Management Bachelor of Science
Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.
* denotes available in evening/weekend format

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of Washington 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 Washington
1820 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209-1802
PHONE:  1.703.358.9550 or 1.877.303.3771
FAX:  1.703.358.9759


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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