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An Introduction to The Art Institutes

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The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools across North America. 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 non-degree 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. Our faculty members also continue to 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.

In 2012, the eight Art Institutes schools in California (San Diego, Los Angeles, Hollywood, Inland Empire, Orange County, San Francisco, Sacramento, and Silicon Valley) combined to create a single college of art and design within Argosy University, known as The Art Institute of California—a college of Argosy University. Additionally, the Western State University College of Law in Fullerton became a college of Argosy University and will be known as Western State College of Law at Argosy University. The new colleges join the existing five colleges of Argosy University, which include the College of Business, College of Education, College of Health Sciences, College of Undergraduate Studies and College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences.

As part of the transition, The Art Institute of California campuses relinquished their national accreditation and are now governed by the regional accreditation held by Argosy University. Argosy University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Colleges and Schools (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501,

The Art Institute of California will continue its relationship with The Art Institutes system and will now merge its enthusiasm for education in the creative and applied arts with the history, tradition and passion of Argosy University's undergraduate and graduate-level programs.

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The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America.
Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change.
Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University.
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