The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University

The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University


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 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

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. 


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 marketable skills. 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

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