The Art Institute of Philadelphia

The Art Institute of Philadelphia


The city of Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia, 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 Philadelphia 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


Philadelphia is where the United States was born--everywhere in this bustling city are the unmistakable signs of rebirth and revolution. And a student's journey toward creative rebirth and revolution can start at The Art Institute of Philadelphia, conveniently located in the city's downtown.

One of the largest college and university towns in the nation, the Philadelphia area's influx of young people is responsible for much of the vitality of the arts, culture, and design scene. It's evident in everything from North Philadelphia factories that have been given new life as innovative art galleries, to fashion-forward independent boutiques that are opening in nineteenth-century storefronts.

Philadelphia is a big city with a small-town heart. There's an abundance of neighborhoods, ranging from charming to funky. There are iconic symbols of America's history: the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, and Independence Hall. The Italian Market is the oldest working outdoor food market in the country, and more than 200 new sidewalk cafes bring the city streets alive at night. And the area's art, design, and fashion businesses and galleries make "Old City" a vibrant and culturally diverse neighborhood with an Old World feel.

Funk, jazz, hip-hop, world music, punk and alternative rock are all available at local clubs, while classical musicians perform under the soaring dome of the new Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. There's Phillies baseball at Citizens Bank Park, Flyers hockey or 76ers basketball at the Wells Fargo Center, and Eagles football at Lincoln Financial Field.

Students seeking relief from the urban scene can hike, bike, run, picnic, or just relax in the over 9,000 acres of green space that make up the city's parks. For cycling enthusiasts, Philadelphia is consistently rated among the top five large cities for that activity, offering more bike lanes than any other city and a network of top-rated off-road trails.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of Philadelphia
1622 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-5119
United States
PHONE: 1.215.567.7080 or 1.800.275.2474
FAX: 1.215.405.6399


Graphic Design Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Interior Design Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Media Arts
Audio Production Bachelor of Science
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Science
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Science
Photography Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science 
Web Design & Development  Diploma
Web Design & Interactive Media Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Fashion Design Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Fashion Marketing Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Fashion Retailing Diploma
Visual Merchandising Associate of Science
Baking & Pastry Diploma*
Culinary Arts Associate of Science*/Diploma
Culinary Management Bachelor of Science
Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.
*Denotes available in evening/weekend format

Academic Facilities

Ask a student at The Art Institute of Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia
1622 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-5119
PHONE:  1.215.567.7080 or 1.800.275.2474
FAX:  1.215.405.6399

The Art Institute of Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia, 1622 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5119. © 2016 The Art Institutes. All rights reserved. Our email address is

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