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1622 Chestnut Street Building

The Art Institute of Philadelphia is a private college with an enrollment of over 3,200 students in the fall of 2011.

Conveniently located in downtown Philadelphia, the college offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Advertising, Audio Production, Culinary Management, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, Industrial Design Technology, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, Photography, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, and Web Design & Interactive Media.

Students may also earn Associate of Science degrees in Culinary Arts, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Visual Merchandising, and Web Design & Interactive Media.

Diploma programs are offered in Baking & Pastry, Culinary Arts, Fashion Retailing, and Web Design & Development.

Founded by artist Philip Trachtman in 1971, the college was acquired by Education Management Corporation in 1979. The Art Institute of Philadelphia occupies 1622 Chestnut Street, a building originally designed in 1928 as the CBS flagship radio station affiliate. Designated as a historical site by the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Art Deco building became home to the college in 1982. Today, The Art Institute of Philadelphia has additional academic facilities at 1610 and 1530 Chestnut Street and 2300 Market Street.

Educational programs at The Art Institute of Philadelphia are designed to provide balanced, quality education in applied arts technology and techniques, related business practices, and general education.

From curriculum to equipment, programs are designed to provide students with the skills necessary to join their chosen career fields at the entry level.

Faculty members are dedicated professionals who strive to strengthen students’ skills and cultivate their talents.

Facilities and equipment at The Art Institute of Philadelphia support student learning and include computer labs, an on-site service bureau, post-production facility, video studios and editing suites, photography studio, black and white photography lab, digital darkroom, industrial design shop, sewing labs, teaching kitchens, chef-instructor/student run restaurant, art galleries, and supply store.

The Art Institute of Philadelphia offers a Skills Enhancement program designed to help students prepare for success in college-level English and math courses and confidential counseling is available when academic or personal problems create roadblocks to success.

Each year, The Art Institute of Philadelphia graduates designers, animators, photographers, and digital media artists. Fashion graduates are prepared to seek entry-level careers in design, retail, management, and display. The Art Institute of Philadelphia’s culinary and baking programs prepare graduates for entry-level employment as prep, line, first cook, assistant kitchen managers, and/or assistant pastry chef.

The Art Institute of Philadelphia

1622 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-5119
1.215.567.7080 • 1.800.275.2474
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