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The Art Institutes

The Art Institutes system of schools is a leading educator of students in the creative and applied arts, including design, media, fashion, and culinary programs. Every program of study offered to you is regularly reviewed by industry leaders, advisors, and employers for relevance in the marketplace. Changes are made, if necessary, to integrate subject matter into the curriculum so that our degree programs reflect the way things are done in the real world of work. Programs listed are not offered at all locations.


You create the interesting visuals that make all the difference in the world.

But first things first. You'll need an education, taught by faculty, who act like clients. Then mentors. Then back again. And you'll need a portfolio, which will become your all-consuming passion as you're preparing to graduate. Potential employers will want to see what you can do. You'll be ready.


Design programs include (programs vary by location):

  • Advanced Graphic Design
  • Advertising
  • Design Management
  • Digital Design
  • Drafting Technology with AutoCAD
  • Graphic & Desktop Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Graphic Design & Foundation for Design
  • Graphic Design Production
  • Home Furnishings Merchandising
  • Illustration & Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Interior Design & Foundation for Design
  • Residental Interiors
  • Interior Planning & Dicor
  • Residental Interiors
  • Visual Communications

Fashion designers, marketers, and merchandisers are the creators of everyday art as we wrap ourselves in their vision. Remember that the fashion industry is more than creativity and passion — it's also extremely competitive. That's why our Fashion programs focus on the creative and business aspects of this fast-paced industry.

What will your impact be in fashion? Where will your designs, inspiration, and business acumen take you? Take your first steps with The Art Institutes.


Fashion programs include (programs vary by location):

  • Accessory Design
  • Fashion & Retail Management
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Design & Merchandising
  • Fashion Design & Merchandising & Foundation for Design
  • Fashion Marketing/Merchandising
  • Fashion Production
  • Visual Merchandising

Media Arts

Is technology ever as powerful as your imagination? It's up to you to think big about all of the amazing technology at your fingertips without losing sight of what makes a good story in the first place. Many of our programs in Media Arts have a strong design and drawing component in their curriculum.

In all of our programs, technology and media help you to realize your vision.

Media Arts programs include (programs vary by location):

  • Animation
  • Animation Art & Design & Foundation for Design
  • Audio Production
  • Broadcasting
  • Commercial Photography
  • Computer Animation
  • Digital Arts
  • Digital Film & Video Production
  • Digital Photography
  • Digital Media Production
  • Digital Photography
  • Electronic Music
  • Event Planning & Promotions Management
  • Film
  • Game Art & Design
  • Independent Short Film
  • Game Art & Design & Foundation for Design
  • Independent Recording Arts
  • Interactive Media Design
  • Interactive Media Design & Foundation for Design
  • Media Arts & Animation
  • Photography
  • Professional Recording Arts
  • Video Production
  • Visual & Game Programming
  • Visual Arts
  • Visual Effects
  • Visual Effects & Foundation for Design
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics
  • Web Design

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Do you have an eye for interiors and design? The online Residential Planning diploma program from The Art Institutes can help you gain the skills you need for drafting, drawing, and computer-aided design in the process of planning residential interiors. Areas of study include fabrics, interior styles, and planning kitchens and baths.

The program is designed for working adults who wish to learn more about the field of residential planning and residential sales consulting.

After completion of the Residential Planning diploma program, you will be able to apply for jobs as a residential planning consultant, retail sales associate, manufacturer's representative, and many other positions.

If you wish, courses taken for the Residential Planning diploma can be transferred to The Art Institutes' Bachelor of Science in Interior Design program.

For more than 85 years, the Art Institutes has offered creative education in many different fields. They aim to help you become successful in your particular field of creative design.

The Art Institutes emphasizes hands-on and collaborative learning, and applying the most relevant technology in the industry. With both online and on-campus offerings, The Art Institutes can train you for the creative career you've been seeking. In addition, they provide career services and career planning support to help you get the start you need.

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Get the education you need to bring your passion to life with support and mentoring from the Art Institute system of schools. Dedicated to your success are its faculty members, many professionals employed in their field. The faculty offers programs for associates, bachelors, and masters degrees.

With over 40 locations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as the Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division, The Art Institute provides a broad spectrum of courses in:

  • Design
  • Culinary arts
  • Media arts
  • Fashion

We have a program that is appropriate for your needs, providing complete teachings in:

  • Web Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Culinary Arts
  • Game Design & Art and Video & Film

In the media arts program, you learn the skills necessary to create a fictional environment limited only by your imagination.

Students working on the special effects, editing, video production of their favorite movies, music videos, web sites, and computer games are media arts degree graduates. Programs like Web Design & Interactive Media, Game Art and Design, and Visual Effects & Motion Graphics are skills you'll need to build the digital world you envisioned through the media arts program.

Computer Animation Program:

You will learn the skills needed to bring characters to life using computer software in the Computer Animation program. Partial storytelling, acting, and visual art comprise the program of computer animation. Create realistic movement in 3-D character environments, and collaborate within a team environment to gain practical experience are some methods you will study.

The following Art Institute locations offer Computer Animation programs:

  • Miami, FL — Miami International University of Art & Design
  • San Francisco, CA — The Art Institute of California — San Francisco

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Have you ever pictured yourself in a school where your creativity is promoted and enhanced?

Recognizing your passion and providing you with the education you'll need to bring you vision to life, is the vision of the Art Institutes system of schools. Many of its faculty members are working professionals in their field and are dedicated to your success. Available are various degree programs including associates, bachelors and masters.

The Art Institutes school system, with a vast array of programs in design, culinary, media arts, and fashion, with more than 40 locations in the United States and Canada combined, including The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division. The Art Institute has selections in Digital Film and Video Production or Game Art and Design, Industrial Design or Interior Design, Web Design or Graphic Design, The Culinary Arts or Fashion Design, all in all, you will find a program that you like and are most suited for.

If you are intuitive, then you realize that fashion is much more involved than simply producing clothes. AI defines a fashion student as one that has creativity, individual flair, new concepts, and a drive to tell others about fashion. So, if you are interested in a career in clothing design, or if you are gifted in fashion show production and managing shopping boutiques, The Art Institute system of schools provides fashion design programs in addition to courses in fashion marketing and management, designed to meet your specific interest in the field of fashion. Programs such as Apparel Design, Accessory Design, Fashion Production, Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Marketing at The Art Institutes system of schools offer fashion classes, which allow you to develop your stylish skills and pursue your fashion degree.

Students are taught turn their creative vision into wearable garments, accessories, and displays while in the Fashion Design and Merchandising program. From sewing and tailoring to flat pattern drafting, the students receive a solid education in the fundamentals of apparel creation. The elements of good design, centered of drawing and illustration techniques, are emphasized by the coursework.

Additional practical instruction takes students through the business of fashion, as well as the procedures for of imagining, creating, and developing a completed garment. Entry-level employment such as costume designer, assistant fashion buyer, fashion designer, fashion merchandiser, or seamstress are some of the positions in which graduates become.

Any individual that shows interest in taking part in the Fashion Design & Merchandising program at the Art Institute may attend The Art Institute of Vancouver in Vancouver, BC.

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We are aware that a number of our students are juggling full schedules. Between work, school, hobbies and your social life, you probably do not have a lot of extra time available to you. How do you further your education and career goals?

The Art Institutes system of schools might be the answer you are seeking if you’re interested in our creative arts programs and options suited to a specific need or group of needs. The flexible degree programs of the Art Institutes system of schools allow you to choose the program best suited to your learning style and schedule.

Bachelor of Science Game Art & Design program

Students in the Game Art & Design program are prepared for careers as designers and artists in the game and entertainment software industries through the program's focus on the artistic elements of game development.

Developing their manual and computer-based artistic skills as well as learning the basics of 3D modeling and animation is how students begin the program. Students grow in appreciation for the story-telling capacity and structure of games via development of games, writing scripts and classes in digital narratives. Students taking intermediate skill level courses focus on improving the design and animation of characters and other objects, as well as audio and lighting concepts. The more complex courses allow students to earn a more in depth comprehension of game production process, which includes examining project management, interface and level design, and then employ those new skills to create their own games and game levels. While participating in the program, students will document their accomplishments, and provide samples of their drawing and design abilities to include in a professional-quality portfolio of their work. Potential employers will see this as showcases were the student presents their abilities.

Upon completion of the Game Art & Design program, graduates will find themselves among the most highly qualified and trained entrants in this ever-growing international industry. The numerous entry-level jobs include: artists that work with 2D and storyboarding, 3D character creators and object modelers, designers of interactive games, background artists and testers of game play.

Bachelor of Science in Game Programming

The programmers who create the battle systems, destructible environments and virtual worlds where players from across the globe can interact with each other, are a vital part of gaming's future. At The Art Institute, students not only learn to code via textbooks and theory, they also receive real-time, practical hands on experience collaborating with existing Game Art & Design production courses. Coding students, under the supervision of talented technical artists and game designers, will find challenge and satisfaction in the creation and development of new ideas and techniques and have exciting opportunities to experiment with the more advanced concepts of game creation.

This thoroughly hands-on program involving immersion in the game design process takes you from the development of basic artistic concepts and strategies of game play to constructing characters and assets. This program supplies the engineering tools required for creatively solving problems and addressing challenges of interactive play, engineered intelligence and the evolution of virtual environments.

Bachelor of Science in Simulation & Virtual Environments

The Simulation & Virtual Environments program prepares students for jobs in today's simulation industry. Prior to delving into technical aspects of programming, students will be receiving intensive instruction on the foundations of art and design. The essential skills to create and support real-time software models and different simulated environments are just some of the skills students will learn. Graduates will have an opportunity unlike any other, because of the combination of skills they will be taught, both creative and technical. Visual simulations include a variety of things such as simulations, information visualization, and immersive environments. Visual simulations are used in a wide variety of fields, ranging from manufacturing and construction to financial analysis and medical research. Graduates are equipped to step out into these fields as artists, junior modelers, texture builders, and terrain builders.

The Simulation & Virtual Environments degree program is four academic years long (12 quarters) with 192 quarter credits, 56 of which are Liberal Studies.

Bachelor of Science degree in Visual & Game Programming

Get into the game by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual & Game Programming. Even though the video and online gaming industries are still at the top of the list of demands, film and animation industries also seek similar programming and artistic skills. For any person seeking to stand out in the Visual & Game Programming field, the program at The Art Institute of Portland will give you the skills needed to become an experienced designer.

Students participating in this program normally pay close attention to details, think logically, and consider themselves to be avid gamers. Although you may not be as focused as Game Art and Design students are on traditional arts such as drawing, painting, and sculpture, this program will incorporate an appreciate for the principles of traditional art. You are someone who grasps the significance of balancing between creative and technical. You have a desire to discover how to connect left-brain and right-brain concepts to orchestrate a total package for industries in gaming, film, or animation.

In addition to general studies and foundation art courses, students in Visual & Game Programming will experience a stronger exposure to mathematics and science than their Game Art & Design counterparts. Therefore, algebra & trigonometry, calculus, computer engineering as well as computer graphics are all required courses. After completing the courses mentioned above, you will need to choose a more specific track of study: technical directing or programming. Your last year will involve working side-by-side with students of Game Art & Design in order to make modified prototype games. Consequently every student acquires an understanding of the teamwork it takes to create a finished product.

The Art Institute's Visual & Game Programming curriculum provides educational opportunities and experience not available in traditional computer science courses. Our concentration is on the artistic aspects of game creation and you will enjoy the excitement and challenge of our always current course work. As a graduate, you will be capable of maintaining an entry-level position working as a digital artist, texture artist, character modular, or as a character animator.

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This is a school that nourishes and stimulates creativity.

Recognizing your passion, The Art Institutes system of schools provides you with the education you’ll need to bring your vision to life.

The institute's faculty includes many working professionals who are dedicated to their student's success. Associates, bachelor's, and master's degree programs are among those offered. The Art Institutes system of schools has more than 40 locations in the United States and Canada, as well as The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division, and offers a wide variety of programs in design, culinary, media arts and fashion. It has courses to fit your needs, including Graphic Design, Web Design, Interior Design, Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Culinary Arts, Game Art and Design, Digital Film and Video Production, and more.

Design professionals touch improve the appearance of so many things in our world from the interior of our home to the cover of our favorite CDs.

Furthermore, an industrial designer establishes designs and produces items we use everyday, from toothbrushes to automobiles. Our buying decisions are heavily influenced by the visuals that advertising designers deliver. Do you want to obtain a design degree - Here is the Art Institutes system of schools facilitating a design program that will help you make your mark in the world including Advertising Design, Design Studies, Industrial Design Technology, and Residential Design.

Graphic Design

You will be studying design, typography, and color theory in the Graphic Design program. You will develop the skills required to create logos, packaging, web sites, etc., with hands-on training with software used in the industry. Graduates are prepared to obtain employment in entry-level positions as an advertising designer, computer artist, freelance artist, graphic designer, or layout artist.

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What exactly does an industrial designer do?

Observe your surroundings. Everything around you at this moment was once designed by an industrial designer. Are you interested in gaining hands-on design experience? A student who enjoys working with tools and hands and is highly visual, a career in industrial design will be a right choice. Students who attend The Art Institute schools are educated via industrial design programs that help them design everyday items.

An education in an industrial design enables a student to prepare himself a variety of entry-level careers in fields such as product, furniture, and package designer. Does this sound like the career that is perfect for you? You could be on the way to success - start out the process by looking through the list of program offerings.

Industrial Design - Bachelor of Arts

For your entire life, you would consider yourself as an innovative, creative thinker. When you use a product you think of the different ways that it could be improved. Industrial designers work at making better products by deciding on the look, feel and function of the item. Concepts for a product, which might be anything ranging from a toy to a telephone to a piece of furniture or even a car are developed and transformed along a continuum from idea to finished product. There are 3 dimensions to working in industrial design - creative ideas, technical skills, and artistic application. In this career you'll find yourself creating prototypes for things from product designs to exhibitions and special effects. Creativity, skill, and talent are all combined within it. The final finished output is represented by full-scale environments or models.

The fundamental skills of drawing, designing, and constructing are the areas you should study first. Get training in technical drawing, rendering, design processes and model making. It is possible for a person to learn technical drawing, rendering, design processes and model making concepts that will enable him to convert the concept with a quick sketch and navigate into three-dimensional computer software programs with development in mechanical aptitude and an understanding of how things work. Fields of study available to you include robotics, ergonomics, and drafting and design skills involving the use of the computer. You will then be taught the basics of developing, producing, managing, and delivering design concepts effectively and efficiently. In order to develop your verbal and written communications skills, Classes in professional development is expected to assist and is also found essential in the preparation of résumé and interviewing for a job. Of utmost importance is that students develop a professional portfolio that they can present confidently to those they are hoping to get hired by,

After Graduation

Graduation enables you to prepare yourself for positions at entry level such as junior or staff designer, exhibit designer, set designer, package designer, studio assistant, and model maker. Designing is considered as a fast moving field that can lead you to automotive, product or environmental areas. Your employment options include corporate design departments or design consultant firms. It is possible for an individual to work as design consultants, or in corporate design departments or it is possible that the person’s talent can lead him to industries engaged in the production of consumer electronics, sporting goods, scientific and medical equipment, furniture design, or special effects available in the entertainment field.

Design the career you want, and then pursue it.

Program Competencies

  • Demonstrate technical skills in drafting, perspective and rendering
  • Comprehend fundamental creative processes and problem-solving in industrial design
  • Identify the historical evolution of industrial design and the prominent designers
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of Computer-Aided Drafting and Design (CADD)
  • Apply design processes and philosophy in industrial design projects
  • Understand basic business principles and career opportunities as they relate to the industrial design field
  • Explore computer rendering, graphics and animation
  • Demonstrate a working ability to read blueprints
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of materials and processes used in manufacturing
  • Demonstrate advanced proficiency in problem solving and visual communication presentation skills
  • Examine and apply the ergonomic factors necessary in industrial design
  • Demonstrate an advanced working ability in three dimensional computer-modeling, rendering and graphics
  • Utilize sophisticated creative processes for research, concept ideation and design development in industrial design
  • Comprehend the entrepreneurial nature of the design business and marketing principles
  • Comprehend patent and safety procedures
  • Comprehend principle manufacturing techniques used in industrial design
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in model making

Career Opportunities Entry-Level Positions

  • Exhibit Designer Fabricator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Model Maker
  • Set Designer
  • Stage/Lighting Technician

Advanced Positions (after gaining experience in the workplace)

  • Product Designer
  • Product Development Manager
  • Special Effects Designer

Company Types

  • Automobile Manufacturers
  • Corporate Design Staffs
  • Film/Video/Theatre Special Effects
  • Industrial Design Consultants
  • Manufacturers Museums – Galleries
  • Sign and Advertising Specialties

Industrial Design Technology - Bachelor of Science

Industrial Design Technology is a design career covering all three dimensions, combining creative ideation, refined technical skills, and innovative application of design. The course envisages fascinating knowledge and techniques leading to the design of consumer products and toys, packaging, theatrical sci-fi masks including a variety of environmental design applications like museum, tradeshow, stage and exhibit design. They teach sculpting skills for careers with automotive studios, toy, and product companies. This fast-growing industry is in need of an unlimited variety of industrial design services and products.

There are many different types of employment opportunities in industrial design. Exhibit design firms, industrial design studios, model-making companies, advertising agencies, television and movie production companies, manufacturing facilities, exhibit design agencies, and architectural and drafting firms are just a few of these job opportunities. With a background in industrial design, it's possible to get a job as a stage or set designer in the theatre or fashion business.

The industrial designers in their jobs do find solution to problems in dimensional design, design of prototypes, define and develop new products, building of models, and generate full-scale environments. Students in the Industrial Design Technology program must exhibit artistic interest and knowledge, craftsmanship, and a tendency toward dexterity and self-discipline.

The Industrial Design Technology program offered by The Art Institute of Philadelphia commences the program with the fundamentals of drawing, mechanical drawing, designing, and building. Design is emphasized by the science of ergonomics which enables people and objects to interact most effectively and in a safe manner. A full time evolution of projects is taken up by students commencing from conceptual design to rendering, fabrication and presentation. Students will also acquire other marketable skills in the area of computer science and technical application which will help them develop designs. As you build your skills in three-dimensional graphics and modeling, you will be generating an impressive computer portfolio.

Through the Bachelor of Science degree program the students gain an advanced knowledge in all areas of industrial design. While studying in the Bachelor of Science degree program, the students learn design and project planning skills, mainly in product and packaging design, environmental design, special effects and toy design.

The student after graduation is known for his/her knowledge and technical skills that are essential for an entry-level position in the three-dimensional design industry.

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Art Institutes actually nourishes your creativity to help you enhance your skills. Recognizing your passion and providing you with the education you'll need to bring your vision to life is the goal of the Art Institutes system of schools. Associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees are all on offer. The Art Institutes system of schools has a wide variety of programs in design, culinary, media arts, and fashion in more than 40 locations in the United States and Canada, as well as The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division.

From Web and Graphic Design, to Interior and Industrial Design, from Fashion Design and Culinary Arts, to Game Art and Design and Digital Film and Video Production, there is sure to be a program that is perfect for you!

A professional Interior Designer transforms our home into a beautiful place to live in.

A Graphic Designer creates the Cover design of our favorite CDs. These are only two of the nearly infinite examples of how our lives are made more enjoyable and illuminating by the work of design professionals. That's not the end of it; industrial designs create items we use everyday. This product designer designs everything from the cars we drive to the toothbrushes that clean our teeth. And it is the Advertising Designer, who delivers the messages, which helps us in our day-to-day buying decisions.

The Art Institute's system of schools offers a program in design which prepares a student to achieve excellence if he wants to obtain a degree in design in the global field of designing of Residential and Industrial Design Technology, Design Studies and Advertising.

Design, safety, and usability issues of creating spaces in which people live their lives, study in the Interior Design program. Space planning, traffic patterns, and the colors, surfaces and furnishings that make surroundings comfortable and livable are what the coursework focuses on.

Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment in positions such as:

  • Draftsperson
  • Facilities planner
  • Interior designer/decorator
  • Space planner

Interior Design programs are offered at the following Art Institute locations:

  • Arlington, VA — The Art Institute of Washington
  • Atlanta, GA — The Art Institute of Atlanta
  • Austin, TX — The Art Institute of Austin
  • Boston, MA — The New England Institute of Art
  • Charleston, SC — The Art Institute of Charleston
  • Charlotte, NC — The Art Institute of Charlotte
  • Chicago, IL — The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago
  • Cincinnati, OH — The Art Institute of Ohio — Cincinnati
  • Dallas, TX — The Art Institute of Dallas
  • Denver, CO — The Art Institute of Colorado
  • Detroit, MI — The Art Institute of Michigan
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL — The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
  • Houston, TX — The Art Institute of Houston
  • Indianapolis, IN — The Art Institute of Indianapolis
  • Jacksonville, FL — The Art Institute of Jacksonville
  • Las Vegas, NV — The Art Institute of Las Vegas
  • Los Angeles, CA — The Art Institute of California - Hollywood
  • Miami, FL — Miami International University of Art & Design
  • Minneapolis, MN — The Art Institutes International Minnesota
  • Nashville, TN — The Art Institute of Tennessee — Nashville
  • Online — The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
  • Philadelphia, PA — The Art Institute of Philadelphia
  • Phoenix, AZ — The Art Institute of Phoenix
  • Pittsburgh, PA — The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Portland, OR — The Art Institute of Portland
  • Sacramento, CA — The Art Institute of California — Sacramento
  • Salt Lake City, UT — The Art Institute of Salt Lake City
  • San Bernardino, CA — The Art Institute of California — Inland Empire
  • San Diego, CA — The Art Institute of California — San Diego
  • San Francisco, CA — The Art Institute of California — San Francisco
  • Santa Ana, CA — The Art Institute of California — Orange County
  • Santa Monica, CA — The Art Institute of California — Los Angeles
  • Schaumburg, IL — The Illinois Institute of Art — Schaumburg
  • Seattle, WA — The Art Institute of Seattle
  • Sunnyvale, CA — The Art Institute of California — Sunnyvale
  • Tampa, FL — The Art Institute of Tampa
  • Tucson, AZ — The Art Institute of Tucson
  • Vancouver, BC — The Art Institute of Vancouver
  • York, PA — The Art Institute of York — Pennsylvania

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Imagine yourself at a school that stimulates and nourishes your creativity and recognizing your zeal; the Art Institutes impart you instruction required to externalize your creative talents.

The faculty members, many of whom are active professionals in their respective fields, are dedicated to your success. The degree programs offered by them include associates, bachelors and masters. The Art Institute schooling system, with a plethora of programs in design, culinary, media arts, and fashion, has 40-plus locations in the U.S. and Canada, as well as The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division.

It has a program that is right for you from:

  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Interior Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Culinary Arts
  • Game Art & Design
  • Digital Film & Video Production

The media arts programs believe that the sky is the limit, and The art institutes capitalizes on your imagination to assist you in getting skills to form a digital media arts environment. The media arts degree graduates have spent time working on popular films, music videos, Web sites, and computer games, including the special effects, editing, and video production. Web Design & Interactive Media, Game Art & Design, and Visual Effects & Motion Graphics are among the programs The art institutes offers in media arts, teaching you skills to create the digital world you imagine.

You will focus on interface design, interactivity, visual design, database design, dynamic content design, technology, and information design, and employ creative solutions across all mediums by participating in the Interactive Media Design In the Interactive Media Design program. With the skills learned in the Media Design program you will be able to interact via the Web, CD-ROMs, any other creative outlets.

Graduates will be searching for entry-level career opportunities like special effects artist, computer artist, animator, and designer.

Interactive Media Design programs are offered at the following Art Institute locations:

  • Boston, MA — The New England Institute of Art
  • Denver, CO — The Art Institute of Colorado

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About the Art Institutes:

Can you imagine a school that would both nourish your creativity and challenge you academically? The education needed to attain your vision will be provided, as your passion is recognized by the Art Institutes school system. It's faculty are often working professionals in their field, and they are dedicated to the success of their students. There are a variety of programs offering associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees. The Art Institutes system of schools offers more than 40 locations across the United States and Canada, in addition to The Art Institute of Pittsburgh's Online Division, which provide training in a multitude of programs in culinary and media arts, design, and fashion. Whatever your interests, it has a program that's right for you. Whether it's Graphic Design or Web Design, Interior Design or Industrial Design, Game Art & Design or Digital Film & Video Production, Fashion Design, or Culinary Arts, you'll find a program that's perfect for you.

Available courses:

Digital Photography

Photography occupies a major place as a medium of communication. It impacts our perceptions of the world and has a significant impact on our lives. To succeed in the program, a student needs to possess critical judgment, a creative and imaginative mind, an eye for color, and the ability to pay close attention to detail. Graduates of the program will work with a plethora of subject matter as well as numerous types of people. Team work, superior communication skills, and business skills are all required. Program graduates must also know how to negotiate, sell, operate equipment, use tools, coordinate work with others, follow directions, make decisions, plan, and create spatial visualization.

Photographer, digital studio photographer, in-house digital photographer, Photoshop color operator, production photographer, online photo image editor, digital catalogue photographer, and photo editor are the entry-level positions for which students are prepared by the Digital Photography program. The creative and technical skills employers in the digital photography field require can be demonstrated by its graduate, including:

  • technical skills
  • professional knowledge
  • critical thinking and concept development
  • business, marketing, and entrepreneurship
  • creativity

Photographic imaging

In print and electronic media, nothing carries more punch than a compelling image or picture. Photographic imagery is most commonly utilized. Those students preparing to enter the photographic imaging program must be creative, imaginative, and attentive to detail. Students will develop values based on professional standards and practices, along with a sound technical and design foundation, in addition to an awareness of visual style.

What you will be studying:

  • Examine the principles of photographic design and the importance of visual style in the commercial area.
  • Learn about the professional cameras, lenses, and related processes—along with small, medium, and large formats—as they will be relevant for commercial uses like editorial or advertising photography.
  • Learn, in specially designed facilities, how to use a traditional wet lab, digital image capture and editing, and other alternative processes.
  • Utilize the necessary equipment and proper techniques required to conduct successful location and studio photography, while engaging in problem solving to resolve both natural and artificial lighting conflicts.
  • To discover and utilize your own talents and interests that will translate into a marketable individual specialization, as a direct result of the bachelor’s degree program.

Special Features

One special feature of our program is that students will apply every tool currently used in photography, from digital workflow to traditional analog processes. The product is a professional portfolio, inclusive of all production methods offered. Program specific hardware and software are featured in studios and darkrooms.

Career opportunities

Associate in arts degree graduates are well prepared for numerous entry-level positions, such as studio assistant, advertising photographer, or staff photographer with publishing companies, photography studios and labs, and production companies. Graduates of the Bachelor’s degree are prepared for entry-level positions such as commercial photographer, editorial photographer, or photographic editor. Some will even open their own studios or freelance.

Commercial Photography

Advertising, books, television, and magazines are several areas wherein a commercial photographer can contribute his skills in developing fundamental images, with the help of techniques based on solid digital photography skills. Students seeking entry-level positions, with advertising photographers or agencies, learn the essential skills they need in this certificate program.

What you'll learn:

  • You'll begin your study with the history and principles of photography.
  • Large format photography and digital photographic production are covered next.
  • Followed with studio skills, lighting, and digital photographic illustration.


Flourishing photographic professionals do not rely on talent alone. Required technical skills include a detailed understanding of light and its role in composition, selection of the appropriate equipment, and using the right techniques to capture visually compelling scenes.

You have a passion for capturing a moment, or conveying an idea through pictures. Etch an image into the minds of people. An image once preserved can be presented as is, or manipulated for a desired effect - so you can show the world as it could be.

The opportunities offered to students, by the photographic program, helps to enhance their skills through the extensive work with a camera. Students will learn to not only identify but also solve contemporary photographic problems and develop the capability to observe and make a critical analysis of the contemporary photographs. Also, students apply what they have learned to tackle market needs in their specific target. The class structure enables students to learn the conceptual theory and design skills, as well as the design and technical aspects which will be needed for the intense competitive photography industry.

Program Competencies

  • Learn the principles of photography
  • Use small, medium and large-format cameras
  • Apply principles of lighting
  • Use tungsten and electronic-flash equipment
  • Learn the basics of digital capture
  • Make digital prints and apply color management
  • Utilize a digital workflow
  • Utilize imaging software
  • Gain proficiency in location and studio lighting
  • Learn the basics of business
  • Create a web-site
  • Assemble a portfolio
  • Use acquired skills to define a personal photographic style
  • Develop a sense of business and personal ethics
  • Determine a career track

Upon Graduation

You'll find that with the skills and abilities you'll have when you graduate, the sky's the limit. Specialization can be in many different fields, including portrait, fashion, news, product, or sports. The program will prepare the you for various entry level positions within the field, including product or still life photography, digital-imaging artist, photographer's assistant, or even a photo retouch professional. You can choose to work in a studio, at an advertising agency, publishing houses, a photo lab, production companies, or even at a newspaper or magazine. Freedom can come with owning a business that focuses on your specialty, or even freelance work in journalism.

Career Opportunities

These are some entry-level positions:

  • Digital Retoucher
  • Production Assistant
  • Photographer’s Assistant

After gaining experience in the workplace:

  • Art Buyer
  • Digital Retoucher
  • Production Coordinator
  • Photo Editor
  • Photographer
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Photo Stylist
  • Studio Manager

You could find several opportunities in many different companies, like:

  • Advertising Firms
  • Commercial Studios
  • Digital Prepress
  • Magazines
  • Newspapers
  • Photographic Labs
  • Portrait Studios
  • Service Bureaus

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Would you like to attend a school that encourages your creative side?

The Art Institute school system sees your passion and gives you the education and skills you will need to enhance your vision and bring it to life.

Its faculty members are dedicated to your success, many of which are professionals working in the field. They offer master’s, bachelors, and associate degree programs. The Art Institutes system of schools has over 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada, along with The Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s Online Division, offering a broad spectrum of programs in areas such as:

  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Culinary
  • Media arts

Available Programs:

  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Interior Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Culinary Arts
  • Game Art & Design
  • Digital Film & Video Production

The media arts programs will help develop the skills needed to create a digital media arts environment where all students have virtually limitless opportunities. Working on special effects, editing, and video production of your favorite movies, music videos, Web sites, and computer games, are a few of the many assignments given to the media arts degree graduates.

The abilities you'll need to create the digital world you envision are provided with the media arts programs, making use of such programs as Web Design & Interactive Media, Game Art & Design, and Visual Effects & Motion Graphics.

You will study HTML scripting, designing graphics for the screen, Web site development, using current applications, operating systems, network technology, Web animation, and desktop editing skills, in the Web Design programs.

All of our graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment in positions as:

  • Web Site Designers
  • Web Artists
  • Web Producers
  • Web Site Developers

The following Art Institute facilities offer programs in Web Design:

  • Arlington, VA — The Art Institute of Washington
  • Atlanta, GA — The Art Institute of Atlanta
  • Charlotte, NC — The Art Institute of Charlotte
  • Decatur, GA — The Art Institute of Atlanta — Decatur
  • Denver, CO — The Art Institute of Colorado
  • Online — The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division
  • Pittsburgh, PA — The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
  • Schaumburg, IL — The Illinois Institute of Art — Schaumburg
  • York, PA — The Art Institute of York — Pennsylvania

The Art Institutes system of schools List of campuses:

  • The Art Institute of Atlanta
  • The Art Institute of Houston
  • The Art Institute of Las Vegas
  • The Art Institute of San Antonio
  • The Art Institute of Austin
  • The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

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