Monday, January 30, 2012

The Art Institutes

Background on America’s Leader in Creative Education
The Art Institutes is a system of more than 45 education institutions located throughout North America. We are America’s Leader in Creative Education. For students, we provide hands-on education in the creative and applied arts by offering master’s, bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs as well as nondegree programs. For employers, we provide an important source of culinary, design, fashion and media arts professionals.

At the Art Institutes schools, our curriculum is carefully scrutinized and developed by industry professionals and prominent employers who tell us what skills are needed in the workplace. This means that your education is relevant, practical and hands-on. In fact, the classroom often mimics what you'll find on the job. Many of our faculty members continue to also work professionally in the fields they are teaching, so you'll have an opportunity to learn what's currently happening in your chosen field. In all of our programs, technology and media help you to realize your vision.

Every Art Institutes school has a Career Services department with staff dedicated to helping students market themselves and providing support services for students to use in pursuing employment opportunities in their chosen field. From helping you pursue part-time job opportunities while you are attending school to actively supporting soon-to-be graduates' job search, faculty and staff are committed to providing students with the support they need.
Browse our areas of study and program offerings below to learn more about what The Art Institutes schools can offer.

Advertising

Advertising
Today’s technology gives us more opportunities to connect than ever before, from smartphones to social media sites to streaming video. Advertising professionals use these innovations—as well as traditional print and broadcast media—to impact our culture and economy, testing the boundaries of how technology can change the way we think and interact. They are creative problem solvers, combining language, images, and a strong concept to deliver their message and help power entire industries. In the advertising programs at the Art Institutes schools, you’ll study the core components of advertising, including conceptual and creative thinking, art direction, copywriting, brand strategy, and media buying. Here, you can work with the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; and software, including Adobe Master Collection, web editors, and more. Our advertising programs can prepare you for such entry-level positions as junior copywriter, junior graphic designer, marketing specialist, or associate creative director at places like advertising agencies, corporate marketing and branding departments, direct marketing companies, and more. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

Animation & Special Effects

Animation & Special Effects
In the world of animation and special effects, if you can imagine it, you can create it. Combining elements from business, entertainment, and communications, animation professionals are needed everywhere from advertising to architecture, from TV studios to multimedia firms. At an Art Institutes school, you’ll start with fundamentals like design and drawing which, along with studies in areas like color theory, digital video editing, and computer applications, will help you build a solid foundation of the skills you’ll need. From there, you’ll build an ability to express your ideas in pictures and words, gaining a strong working knowledge of storyboarding, scriptwriting, scenic layout, 2D and 3D animation, digital video editing, and more. Here you can work with the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; and software, including Adobe Flash Professional, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut, Motion, and Autodesk 3ds Max and Maya. So you can build a digital portfolio designed to impress potential employers. Our animation and special effects programs can prepare you for such entry-level positions as 2D/3D animator or modeler, 3D texture artist, assistant animator, compositor, production assistant, or concept artist at places like commercial post-production facilities, network and cable TV companies, interactive design firms, and more. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

Audio, Video, or Film Production

Audio, Video, or Film Production
Whether it’s movie screens, TVs, smartphones, or computer monitors, our technology now gives us more options to get the programming we want, in the way we want it. Writers, producers, directors, camera operators, lighting technicians, and others are modern storytellers with a knack for putting that technology to work, taking projects from concept to captured images. Video editors and digital video effects designers are among the specialists who then add their talents and imaginations to help bring the story to life. Our audio and digital filmmaking and video production programs can help you learn the same digital media, lighting, camera equipment, and editing software used in TV studios, movie sets, and editing suites. So you can tell your own stories and help meet the industry’s demands for new media professionals. Here, you can work with the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; digital and video cameras; and software, including Adobe Master Collection and Apple Final Cut Studio. Our audio production, digital filmmaking, and video production programs can prepare you for such entry-level positions as video editor, production assistant, camera operator, interactive video producer, lighting designer, or audio technician at places like local and network TV studios, advertising agencies, internet webcast firms, movie studios, and more. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

Culinary Arts

Culinary Arts
Earn a culinary arts degree from one of our cooking schools. Have you been searching for a cooking school where you can immerse yourself in a wide array of international influences? Do you want to learn innovative culinary techniques from a faculty of experienced chefs who share your passion for cooking? Well, your search for a culinary arts degree ends with The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, North America’s largest system of culinary programs offered at over 35 Art Institutes schools. The foodservice industry is growing at a rapid rate and consumers have developed more sophisticated palates. Our schools have responded to the growing demands for international cuisines, service, quality, and nutrition. While firmly rooted in culinary traditions, our Culinary Arts degree programs also emphasize progressive techniques and trends. As a student, you will have an opportunity to receive practical training in a modern kitchen to be adequately prepared for your future in culinary arts. But first things first. You’ll begin your cooking school education by sharpening your foundation cooking skills and techniques, from basic cuts to managing a menu. Remember, great chefs start by becoming proficient in the fundamentals. After learning the basics, you’ll be ready to combine these skills with your own creative flair. That’s when things really start to heat up. Our international culinary programs are designed to teach classical cuisines from the chefs who developed them – Escoffier, Carême, Verge, Bocuse, and others. From there, you’ll explore the world of international cuisines and use ingredients and techniques from around the globe. In our Culinary Arts degree programs, you will receive a culinary passport to the cuisine of South America, Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia, and other parts of the world. And you won’t have to travel far from our cooking schools to experience other fantastic cuisines. Courses in our Culinary Arts degree programs explore American Regional Cuisine and the use of indigenous ingredients in the preparation of traditional and contemporary American food. In addition to international and American cuisines, our culinary arts programs give you the opportunity to delve into specialty areas like baking and pastry, garde manger, and à la carte. Here you can prepare for such entry-level positions as assistant baker, grillardin, line cook, pantry cook, or prep cook at places like caterers, resorts, hotels, restaurants, and more. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

Culinary Management

Culinary Management
You have a taste for being in charge. Now get a culinary degree to learn restaurant management and how to start a restaurant. Do you have a passion for food and a head for business? Do you want to own a restaurant? If so, we have culinary degree programs that can teach you restaurant management skills and how to start a restaurant. Explore the Culinary Management programs at The International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes, North America’s largest system of culinary programs offered at more than 35 schools. The broad range of hospitality and restaurant management skills taught in the Culinary Management programs at Art Institutes schools can prepare you to run a food operation from front to back. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, you’ll also have the chance to learn how to start a restaurant. You will start your culinary education by developing your fundamental skills, from basic cuts to managing a menu to working as part of a team. From there, you’ll explore the exciting world of international cuisines. Next, you’ll get down to business and have an opportunity to develop your skills in restaurant management. The culinary degree programs provide an opportunity for you to become competent in the identified priorities for restaurant management and entrepreneurship: communication, training, leadership, motivation, management, human resources, technology, accounting, marketing, and customer relations. Our Culinary Management programs are designed to help you develop critical thinking and interpersonal skills while learning the business realities of restaurant management and owning a restaurant. From overseeing food quality, to dealing with customers, to making staffing decisions, a foodservice manager handles hundreds of varied yet critically important tasks every day. When you complete your culinary degree through our schools, you’ll be able to demonstrate professional leadership skills. Graduates will be prepared to seek entry-level positions in hospitality and restaurant management such as chef/kitchen manager, assistant purchasing director, restaurant manager, food production managers, airline-catering managers, assistant catering manager, and assistant food and beverage director. Discover the Culinary Management programs we offer. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

Fashion Design

Fashion Design
Today’s fashion industry is built on global influences, trends, and markets. And it adds up to a world of opportunities for creative people with the right blend of motivation and education. At The Art Institutes schools you can learn both traditional and computer-generated design, patternmaking, and product sketching as you begin to shape your unique sense of style. Our talented faculty will help develop your talents as you work with professional-grade technology, including industry-specific hardware and software. And you’ll gain the marketing and entrepreneurial skills to promote your designs—helping you compete in the job market. In our fashion design programs you can work with the same technology industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; industry-specific hardware such as AccuScan for Apparel large format scanner; and fashion software including Gerber, Lectra, Style Sight, Fashion Snoops, and NedGraphics. Our fashion design programs can prepare you for such entry-level positions as assistant designer or patternmaker, production assistant, fashion stylist, fashion illustrator, or wardrobe assistant at places like apparel manufacturers, department stores, boutiques, entertainment studios, and more. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

Fashion Management

Fashion Management
The business side of fashion has a world of opportunities for people with a knack for creating something that’s always in style: consumer demand. In our fashion management programs, you’ll learn about the business and history of fashion—from retailing, marketing, manufacturing, and visual merchandising to consumer behavior, fashion cycles, store planning, and event production. You’ll also learn the creative side, including color theory and design, to help make you a better merchandiser and to help you understand what makes a good fashion design. This is a focused education that will help you channel both your creative abilities and your business sense into a career in this exciting and challenging industry. Here you can work with the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; and industry-specific software. Our fashion management programs can prepare you for such entry-level positions as assistant buyer, visual merchandise manager, marketing assistant, or sales representative at places like wholesalers, importers, manufacturers, department stores, boutiques, and more. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

Game Design & Programming

Game Design & Programming
The video game industry invests millions of dollars competing for the attention of players looking for the next level of action and entertainment. All that competition means real opportunity for talented people who can create the games that capture imaginations. And it’s a field that’s as exciting as it is competitive—just one more reason to get the focused education to help your work stand out from the crowd. Here, our instructors will use their current gaming industry experience to create a learning environment that resembles the world you’ll be entering. Traditional and digital art fundamentals such as drawing, color, design, and computer applications will give you the background you need to start learning the techniques of animation, storyboarding, 2D and 3D modeling, lighting effects, and texture mapping. And you’ll also learn how to apply the principles of gaming, balance and usability to plan and devise game rules and mechanics; create the entire gaming experience; and develop games that can be used in industry-standard engines through every stage of the production pipeline. Here, you can work with the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; game engines, including CryENGINE, Valve, Unreal Engine 2, Unity, and Microsoft XNA; and other software, including Photoshop, Flash Professional, Zbrush, Source, Pro Tools, Autodesk 3ds Max, and Maya. So you can build a digital portfolio designed to impress potential employers. Our game art and design programs can prepare you for such entry-level positions as game designer, 2D/3D animator or artist, cinematic artist, game tester/analyst, level artist, or texture artist at places like game developers, software companies, education companies, and more. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design
The creativity of graphic designers can be seen almost anywhere you look, from books, magazines, and CDs to digital advertisements and innovative product packaging. But graphic design is more than just appearances—it’s understanding how to communicate conceptually, how to make everything from typography, colors, illustration, and photography work together as a whole. In our graphic design degree programs, you can learn the art and the business of design with an education focused on preparing you to rise to the challenges as a creative problem solver. In our graphic design programs, you can work with the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; design software, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, and Flash Professional; image manipulation software, including Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture, and desktop publishing software. Here, you can prepare for such entry-level positions as graphic designer, production artist, or junior art director at places like advertising agencies, design studios, TV studios, publishing houses, and more. Or you could even become your own boss as a freelancer. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

Industrial Design

Industrial Design
Everything we interact with—from furniture to appliances to computers—originated in the mind of an industrial designer. By combining aesthetics with ergonomics, usability, and sustainability, industrial designers improve products and create new ones to enhance our interaction with the world around us. Here, you can work with the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; and software, including Adobe Lightroom, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Apple Aperture. Our industrial design degree programs can prepare you for such entry-level positions as model maker, studio assistant, illustrator, and exhibit builder at places like architectural firms, industrial design studios, manufacturing companies, and more. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

Interior Design

Interior Design
Prepare to re-think your idea of interior design. It’s not just selecting colors and fabrics, but collaborating with clients, architects, and contractors. It’s balancing not only form and function, but safety and sustainability. But while you’re meeting deadlines, you also must meet standards for everything from accessibility, to the environment to fire codes. Taking on that challenge starts with a focused education in the Interior Design programs at The Art Institutes schools. Working with experienced, talented instructors and professional-grade hardware and software, you can gain the knowledge and skills to connect to a career as an interior designer. And create tomorrow. GET IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR
It is an exciting time to be a creative thinker. Because you’re about to enter a creative economy that runs on ideas—and produces opportunities. It’s your chance to make an impact. And you can make a living doing what you love. And we’ll work with you to assemble a professional quality portfolio to help you join the creative economy. You'll be ready for entry-level jobs like these:
  • Architectural assistant
  • Assistant designer
  • Facility & space planner
  • Junior designer
  • Project designer
Some of the places you could find them:
  • Architecture firms
  • Commercial furniture dealerships
  • Contract furnishings firms
  • Facility management departments
  • Hospitality design firms
  • Kitchen & bath showrooms
  • Product, accessory, and furniture retailers
  • Your own design firm

GROW AS A CREATIVE THINKER AND PROBLEM SOLVER
Because this profession benefits from a well-rounded education, studying things like perspective, drawing, proportion, color, drafting, and basic rendering is just the beginning. You’ll add some background in art history, and cultural studies, as well as how to use such elements as textiles, furnishings, and lighting. We’ll also guide you through critical areas on the business side of commercial and residential design, including building codes, health & safety standards, sustainable practices, architecture—even psychology. And you can apply what you’ve learned to 2D and 3D design, along with computer-aided drafting techniques.
KNOW THE TECHNOLOGY INSIDE AND OUT
You’ll work with some of the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including: Hardware:
  • Apple workstations
  • Hewlett-Packard workstations
Software:
  • Adobe Master Collection, including:
    • InDesign
    • Illustrator
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Office
  • SketchUp Pro

Photography

Photography
Photography professionals fill our world with the images that convey sheer beauty, raw emotion and fluid action as they inform, entertain, persuade, and sometimes shock us. They’re artists and journalists; they work in studios and on mountaintops; they constantly find innovative ways to tell stories, one frame at a time. And you can join them through one of the photography programs at an Art Institutes school. Here, you can work with the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; digital and video cameras; Wacom tablets; color printer labs and high-end scanners; and software, including Adobe Photoshop Extended, Lightroom, and Aperture. Our photography programs can prepare you for such entry-level positions as digital prepress operator, photographer’s assistant, studio manager, production assistant, or digital retoucher at places like advertising agencies, production companies, news and media outlets, photo labs, publishing houses, and more. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

Web Design & Interactive Media

Web Design & Interactive Media
Web design is more than just creating functional, eye-pleasing web pages. It’s using your technical and design skills to create complete digital experiences that drive so many industries. The internet isn’t just on our desktop computer, it’s always with us, in our smartphones, PDAs, MP3 players, and more. Understanding how to create media for the ever-changing internet means you can make your ideas reach more people, anywhere in the world—just what today’s companies need. Our talented faculty can teach you how to design rich, interactive content for both traditional and mobile web devices, as well as give you an understanding of design fundamentals like color theory, typography, illustration, digital image manipulation, and more. Here, you can work with the same hardware and software industry professionals use, including Intel Xeon Mac Pros; iMac computers; Intel-based PCs; digital and video cameras; and software, including Dreamweaver, Contribute, Flash, Fireworks, After Effects, Bare Bones BBedit, Microsoft Front Page, Adobe Master Collection, and Apple Final Cut Studio. Our web design and interactive media programs can prepare you for such entry-level positions as multimedia producer, web developer or designer, mobile applications developer, or streaming media producer at places like web design and development firms, ad agencies, interactive media companies, major corporations, and more. Learn more by choosing an Art Institutes school location below and the program that interests you, and see how our focused education can help you transform your creative energy into a fulfilling career. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school.

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