History and Mission: The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a campus
of South University, is a branch campus of The Art Institute of Charlotte and is
one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu),
a system of over 45 schools located throughout North America, providing an important
source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.
The main campus has been in continuous operation conducting post-secondary activity
at the diploma level since 1973, when The American Business & Fashion Institute
was first licensed by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. In 2000,
it was acquired by The Art Institutes International, LLC and changed its name to
The Art Institute of Charlotte. The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham is committed
to the training and education of individuals for careers in the applied arts. Our
graduates are capable of contributing fully within a diverse workforce and a global
Academic Programs: Programs currently offered at The Art Institute
of Raleigh-Durham include a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree program in Fashion & Retail Management.
A Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program in Culinary
Management is offered, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production,
Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, and
Web Design & Interactive Media are offered.
Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S) degree programs are offered in Culinary Arts,
Fashion & Retail Management, Graphic Design, and Web Design & Interactive Media.
Certificate programs are offered in Art of Cooking, Baking & Pastry, Digital Image Management,
Fashion Retailing, and Web Design & Development.
The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham
Main Building: 410 Blackwell Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC, 27701 at
the American Tobacco Campus – 37,000 square feet.
Additional Site: 318 Blackwell Street, Suite 120M, Durham, NC 27701 at
the American Tobacco Campus – 7,200 square feet – Admissions Department
As of July 2010, 515 full and part-time students
Mr. Christopher Mesecar
42 full-time and part-time instructors
43 staff and administrators
Licensing: The Art institute of Raleigh-Durham, a campus of South University,
is licensed by The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to confer Associate
of Applied Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees.
Accreditation: The Art Institute of Raleigh Durham is accredited
by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award associate’s
degrees and bachelor’s degrees. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges
and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United
States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education
Accreditation. ACICS can be contacted at 750 First Street NE, Suite 980, Washington,
D.C. 20002. Telephone: 1.202.336.6780.
Facility highlights: The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham is located
in the heart of the downtown Durham historical and entertainment district at the
American Tobacco Campus. The institute occupies over 40,000 square feet of
space including classrooms, computer labs, studios, resource rooms, culinary kitchens,
a dining lab, and office space. Additionally, the institute has a student lounge,
library, bookstore, and exhibition gallery on site.