The Art Institute of Charlotte, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design

The Art Institute of Charlotte, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design


The city of Charlotte has boundaries. They're perfectly visible on any map. Those looking to push boundaries, however, will find an opportunity much closer to home than the city limits. At The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, students are invited to rock the boat, defy convention, and challenge the status quo each and every day. For those who are ready to claim their place here, the big red "Ai" atop the Art Institute's building will light the way to a challenging, collaborative, creative education.

At The Art Institute of Charlotte, students can choose from bachelor's and associate's degree programs--as well as non-degree programs--in one of eight competitive areas of study: Visual Design, Interior Design, Marketing, Animation & Effects, Film & Production, Gaming & Technology, Fashion, or Culinary. The experience is challenging, the lessons are hands-on, and the journey leads toward one specific destination: a career in the creative arts.

Along the way, talented instructors bring real world experience* to the classroom. And in those classrooms, students are greeted by tools, technology, and software not unlike the pros use. When it's all said and done, graduates can leave The Art Institute of Charlotte with more than a portfolio. They can also come away with the confidence it takes to turn their creative passion into a fulfilling career.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Accreditation and Licensing


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 Performing Arts Center. And the First Friday Gallery Crawls are popular in both historic, high-tech South End 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


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 Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Digital Image Management Certificate
Digital Photography Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Fine Arts
Web Design & Interactive Communications Certificate
Fashion Design Associate of Applied Science
Fashion Marketing & Management Bachelor of Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Fashion Retailing Certificate
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

Ask a student at The Art Institute of Charlotte what he or she learned in school today and there's no telling what the answer will be. In classrooms that feel more like studios, sound stages, kitchens, and laboratories, students aren't just taught from textbooks, but with tools—many of which are identical to what industry professionals use. It's all part of preparing students to hit the ground running once they graduate.


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.


The instructors at The Art Institute of Charlotte tend to have something in common. Curious what it is? Just look at their résumés—their job histories outside the classroom. That's right, many of the faculty members here bring real-world experience* to the classroom. And that's what makes these instructors so special: their lessons are grounded in reality. It's the type of teaching that can help prepare students for their career before they even land that first job interview.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

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, a campus of South University
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

The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, Three LakePointe Plaza, 2110 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28217-4536. © 2016 The Art Institutes. All rights reserved. Our email address is

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