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The Art Institute of Charleston- a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
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The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

24 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401-2623   |    1.843.727.3500

"I found what makes me happy, what I love, what makes me want to wake up every single day."

-- Angelo Rosa, Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City, 2014

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"I found what makes me happy, what I love, what makes me want to wake up every single day."

-- Angelo Rosa, Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City, 2014

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Choose what you would like to study in Charleston

Our degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

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About Charleston

The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is located in one of the country's most historic cities. Here, you'll learn in a region known for exceptional cuisine, a growing number of design studios, and for being one of America's best places for young people to live.

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24 North Market Restaurant

24 North Market is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charleston, 24 North Market serves as the dining lab for students in the culinary program, offering a unique combination of real-world experience and instructional content.

At our full service restaurant, students prepare meals and serve patrons while taking the final steps on their path to becoming culinary professionals. 24 North Market is a complete instructional environment for students that offers an exciting dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact 24 North Market Restaurant at 843.727.3500.

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Announced in Nationwide Fur-Free Fashion Competition Announced in Nationwide Fur-Free Fashion Competition

(Dec. 14, 2012 Pittsburgh, PA) – The Humane Society of the United States and The Art Institutes announced Nicolle Bajgrowicz, a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program at The Art Institute of California – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, as the grand prize winner of the eighth annual Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition. As grand prize winner, Bajgrowicz will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and an expense-paid, week-long internship in New York City with celebrated fur-free designer Victoria Bartlett.

“The Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition encourages fashion students to make humane choices by educating them about problems in the fur trade, including mislabeling, environmental impacts and welfare concerns for the millions of raccoon dogs, foxes, and other animals killed every year for their fur,” said Michelle McDonald, fashion outreach manager of the fur-free campaign for The Humane Society of the United States.

In addition, four students from across the country in The Art Institutes’ Fashion programs received top honors. Evelyn Thompson, a student in the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion & Retail Management program at The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, placed second and Vu Nguyen a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program at The Art Institute of Seattle, placed third and will receive $750 and $500, respectively. Cheryl Vick, a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design at The Art Institute of Houston, and Brehon Williams, a student in the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion & Retail Management program at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, both received honorable mention.

Cool vs. Cruel challenges fashion students at The Art Institutes schools throughout North America to creatively reinterpret and replace animal fur on runway designs by Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

“We are proud to partner with The Humane Society of the United States in the Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition, which offers our students a fantastic opportunity to support an important cause and to show their creativity and skill in a national arena,” said John Pufahl, vice president of academic affairs, The Art Institutes.

The judging panel selecting the winners included designers John Bartlett, Victoria Bartlett, Anna Fortino, Leanne Hilgart, Nary Manivong, Elizabeth Olsen, PAPER magazine editor Mickey Boardman, founder and president of Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs Donna Salyers, writer and reporter Nell Alk and editor of TheDiscerningBrute.com Joshua Katcher.

“I have gone down many different paths to lead me to where I am today. I could not be happier with my decision to stop studying biology and follow my aspirations of being a fashion designer. This win means everything to me because I hope it gets the word out about cruelty-free clothing,” said Bajgrowicz. “As a designer I think this is the right and responsible way to design, and I hope many more young designers will make the decision to go cruelty-free.” Photos of the finalists and their designs are available upon request or can be viewed on The HSUS Fur-Free Campaign's Facebook page..

Learn more about the competition, view the original runway looks and find out about The Humane Society of the United States fur-free campaign at humanesociety.org/coolvscruel. To learn more about The Art Institutes, visit artinstitutes.edu.

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The Art Institutes: Devra Pransky, 412.995.7685, dpransky@edmc.edu

The Humane Society of the United States: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301.721.6463,ksanderson@humanesociety.org

The Art Institutes ( www.artinstitutes.edu ) is a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration # 04-01-1698B; AC0165, AC0080; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. Since The Art Institutes is comprised of several institutions, see aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important information.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty – on the Web at humanesociety.org .

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WCSC – TV featured a segment on student reactions to the Administration’s proposed “gainful employment” rule. The piece featured students from The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, who said the rule would negatively impact their ability to pursue the education of their choice. The piece also included statements from Todd Cunningham, president of The Art Institute of Charleston.

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Columbia H.S. & Orangeburg Wilkinson H.S. seniors Named Local Winner in The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, Passion for Fashion Competition 2014 Columbia H.S. & Orangeburg Wilkinson H.S. seniors Named Local Winner in The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, Passion for Fashion Competition 2014

Octavia Htoo was recently named the local first place winner in The Art Institute of Charleston’s Passion for Fashion Competition in the Fashion Design category. Kirsten Bennett was recently named the local first place winner in The Art Institute of Charleston’s Passion for Fashion Competition in the Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management category.  The Art Institute of Charleston is a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta.

The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition gives high school seniors the opportunity to use their flair for fashion and eye for style to earn tuition scholarships.

Htoo, a senior at Columbia High School, earned a $3,000 tuition scholarship to study in a fashion program at The Art Institute of Charleston. Bennett, a senior at Orangeburg Wilkinson High School, also earned a $3,000 tuition scholarship to study in a fashion program at The Art Institute of Charleston.

In addition to their tuition scholarships, Htoo and Bennett will progress to the national round of The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition where their entries will be judged against other local winners from throughout North America for the Competition’s grand prize: a half- tuition scholarship to an Art Institutes school, and a VIP trip to New York City to include a “meet and greet” at Seventeen’s New York City offices, lunch and a $500 shopping spree at DKNY with a Seventeen Style Pro, and a $500 gift card to shop anywhere in the Big Apple.

In the Fashion Design category, entrants were required to submit three images of original sketches of a summer wear garment. In the Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management category, entrants were required to submit images of a fashion trend board, predicting the next big trend in fashion.

For more information on this year’s Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/passionforfashion.

The Art Institute of Charleston

The Art Institute of Charleston is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, 24 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401-2623. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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Students Show Designs at Charleston Fashion Week Students Show Designs at Charleston Fashion Week

It’s a big year for fashion in Charleston and the Fashion department at The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of the Art Institute of Atlanta.  With the Bachelor in Fine Arts in Fashion Design program only a year old, Fashion Design students presented their original designs at Charleston Fashion Week for the first time this year. Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Marketing & Management program have assisted behind the scenes and The Art Institute of Charleston has been a major sponsor of Charleston Fashion Week since its founding in 2007. With the city of Charleston as their inspiration, the students partnered with a local sweetgrass basket sewer Lynette Youson to create their unique looks, which walked the runway on March 19.

View a gallery of featured fashion from Charleston Fashion Week 2014.

Read more about Charleston Fashion Week here.

The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of the Art Institute of Atlanta, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. 24 North Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401 ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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