The Art Institute of Houston

The Art Institute of Houston


The Art Institute of Houston is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America dedicated to providing hands-on education in the creative and applied arts. The Art Institute of Houston 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 Houston 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 Houston 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


From its abundance of world-class restaurants to its diverse blend of international cultures to its rich world of art exhibits and museums, Houston is a great place to find inspiration. The country's fourth-largest city is all about energy, entertainment, and endless possibilities.

Houston boasts a mild, semi-tropical climate with sunny beaches nearby. A fine arts mecca, Houston is home to several major art museums, a premiere opera, ballet and symphony, and live theater companies. Culturally diverse, there are several international ethnic communities.

A 17-block area in the middle of downtown composes the Theater District, with the Bayou Place entertainment complex, restaurants, movie theaters, live music venues, plazas, and parks. The Houston Verizon Wireless Theater offers live concerts, stage plays, and stand-up comedy.

Space Center Houston is the official visitors' center of NASA's Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, which offers interactive exhibits including moon rocks and a shuttle simulator. The Galleria is the biggest shopping mall in Texas and is located in the Uptown District.

Other popular venues include Old Market Square, the Downtown Aquarium, and Sam Houston Race Park. The city's cultural diversity is evident in Chinatown and the Mahatma Gandhi District.

Houston has over 300 parks; one of them, Hermann Park, includes the Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Of America's 10 biggest cities, Houston is number one in terms of space set aside for parks and green space. And a recent study of the 50 largest U.S. cities by Walk Score ranked Houston the twenty-third most walkable.

As for ballparks, the Houston Astros play baseball at Minute Maid Park, the NFL's Texans take on the competition at Reliant Stadium, and the Rockets of the NBA play basketball at Toyota Center.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of Houston
4140 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027
United States
PHONE: 1.713.623.2040 or 1.800.275.4244
FAX: 1.713.966.2797


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

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

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of Houston 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 can 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 Houston
4140 Southwest Freeway
Houston, TX 77027
PHONE:  1.713.623.2040 or 1.800.275.4244
FAX:  1.713.966.2797

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