The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a campus of South University

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a campus of South University


The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham , 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 Raleigh-Durham 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 Raleigh-Durham 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 Raleigh-Durham 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


The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham is located in the heart of the downtown Durham historical and entertainment district. Events include jazz festivals, blues festivals, symphony concerts, art exhibitions, and all kinds of cultural happenings, such as the American Dance Festival and the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. The Carolina Theater offers live performances and independent films. The Nasher Museum of Art is nationally known for its traveling exhibitions of contemporary global art. The city's Ninth Street, Brightleaf Square, and University Drive areas are great places to find something delicious to eat.

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham is just two hours from the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean; four hours from the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains; and not far at all from Charlotte, North Carolina; Richmond, Virginia; and Washington, D.C.

It's also just a stone's throw from Raleigh, where there's a wide assortment of things to see and do. The North Carolina Museum of Art houses one of the finest collections of American, European, and ancient art in the region. There are also numerous art galleries. The city features over 8,000 acres of green space, more than 100 tennis courts, and five public lakes. Most public buses have bicycle racks, and some roads have dedicated bicycle-only lanes. Raleigh has been designated a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists, and Walk Score ranks Raleigh among the most walkable U.S. cities.

For the Carolina Hurricanes of the NHL, home ice is PNC Arena in Raleigh. Baseball fans enjoy watching the Durham Bulls, the minor-league baseball team made famous by the film "Bull Durham," play in Durham Bulls Athletic Park, where they draw major crowds.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham
410 Blackwell Street, Suite 200
Durham, NC 27701
United States
PHONE: 1.919.317.3050 or 1.888.245.9593
FAX: 1.919.317.3231 or 1.919.317.3230


Graphic Design Associate of Applied Science
Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Graphic & Web Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Web Design & Interactive Communications Certificate
Media Arts
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Fine Arts
Digital Image Management Certificate
Digital Photography Bachelor of Fine Arts
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fashion Marketing & Management Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fashion Retailing Certificate
Baking & Pastry Certificate
Culinary Arts  Associate of Applied Science/Certificate
Culinary Arts Management Bachelor of Science
Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham 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 Raleigh-Durham, a campus of South University
410 Blackwell Street, Suite 200
Durham, NC 27701
PHONE:  1.919.317.3050 or 1.888.245.9593
FAX:  1.919.317.3231 or 1.919.317.3230

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Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. 410 Blackwell Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is