The Art Institute of Philadelphia

The Art Institute of Philadelphia


The Art Institute of Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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 Philadelphia 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


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


Advertising  Bachelor of Science
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 
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Bachelor 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

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

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