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The Art Institute of York-Pennsylvania (4 year)


The Art Institute of York-Pennsylvania 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 York-Pennsylvania 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 from 2012 to 2022).

A focused education from The Art Institute of York-Pennsylvania 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 York-Pennsylvania 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 York-Pennsylvania is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate and bachelor's degrees. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United Stated Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ACICS can be contacted at 750 First Street NE, Suite 980, Washington, D.C. 20002; phone: 202-336-6780.

The Art Institute of York-Pennsylvania is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to confer the Bachelor of Science degrees and Associate of Science degrees. The Department of Education can be reached by writing to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Education Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17126; phone: 717-783-6788.


The Art Institute of York-Pennsylvania is nestled in a community that's steeped in American history, is close to some of America's great cities, and offers a great blend of small-town charm, convenience, and laid-back lifestyle.

Depending on historic lore, York is either the nation's first capital...or the fourth, after Philadelphia; Baltimore, Maryland; and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was on the York County Colonial Court House where the words "The United States of America" were first formally proclaimed--and where the first Constitution was adopted.

A leisurely stroll through downtown York offers a taste of the lives of immigrant pioneers, Revolutionary War soldiers, 19th-century farmers, and the craftspeople of today. This is a town that blends the stories of military heroes, business tycoons, and factory workers.

The city has been referred to as an architectural museum, because the downtown features an assortment of well-preserved historic buildings, including the Golden Plough Tavern, which dates back to 1741; the General Horatio Gates House from 1751; the 1766 York Meetinghouse; the 1863 Billmeyer House; the 1888 York Central Market; and the 1907 Moorish Revival Temple Beth Israel. York boasts not just one, but four national historic districts: the Fairmount Historic District, the Northwest York Historic District, the Springdale Historic District, and the York Historic District.

The York County area features several major shopping malls and many outlet shopping centers. With its strong manufacturing and industrial base, the area consistently has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Students can enjoy a meal, from casual to elegant, at one of the many eateries and restaurants in the downtown area and surrounding the city. York also features two farmers markets, offering fresh fruits, vegetables, homemade baked goods, and more.

The beautiful seaport city of Baltimore is just 45 minutes away, and Harrisburg and Lancaster are just a half-hour drive from The Art Institute of York-Pennsylvania.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of York-Pennsylvania
1409 Williams Road
York, PA 17402-9012
United States
PHONE: 1.717.755.2300 or 1.800.864.7725
FAX: 1.717.840.1951


Graphic Design Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Interior Design Bachelor of Science
Media Arts
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Science
Web Design & Interactive Communications Diploma
Web Design & Interactive Media Bachelor of Science
Fashion & Retail Management Bachelor of Science
Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of York-Pennsylvania 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 York-Pennsylvania
1409 Williams Road
York, PA 17402-9012
PHONE:  1.717.755.2300 or 1.800.864.7725
FAX:  1.717.840.1951


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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