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The Art Institutes Announces “College Bound” Summer Express and Online Courses that Provide High Schoolers with College-Level Course Experience

By: Devra Pransky

May 30, 2017

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The Art Institutes system of schools is expanding its “College Bound” program for high school juniors and seniors. Now students can learn in a summer express  or traditional 11-week online format to gain college-level experience in design, media arts, fashion, or culinary. Twenty-four Art Institutes campuses will offer the College Bound summer express program from June 19-30, 2017. The classes are non-credit bearing and students can create a portfolio that can be used to request  course-specific proficiency credit upon enrollment at an Art Institutes school. These credits could potentially reduce the overall cost of higher education*.

Registration is open for students seeking acceptance into the College Bound summer express program. Students who successfully complete the class will have the opportunity to gain the same level of proficiency as students who participate in the traditional 11-week College Bound program. 

College Bound online begins in the fall of 2017 and provides convenient, flexible learning options that fit easily into busy schedules. The online program consists of three foundational courses: Design Fundamentals, Digital Color Theory, and Image Manipulation. 

Both the express and online programs’ hours match existing requirements of college-level foundation courses offered at The Art Institutes schools.

“The Art Institutes College Bound programs provide high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to experience a college setting, classroom, and coursework,” according to Dr. Nathan Brietling, provost, The Art Institutes. “The summer express program gives these students a chance to gain 11 week’s worth of traditional courses in a two-week period of creative, inspiring, and intensive learning. We’re excited to provide these courses for young students who are just starting their creative futures.”

“My personal experience with the College Bound high school students is that they are eager and enthusiastic about taking these classes, they show up early, they work hard and by the end of the class they do not want to leave,” said Eyda Jove, fashion design instructor and College Bound instructor, Miami International University of Art & Design.  

A tuition and materials fee is required for enrollment in College Bound. If a student has applied and submitted an essay to an  Art Institutes school, the course tuition will be waived.  

College Bound Express is offered at the following locations:
• The Art Institute of Atlanta
• The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston
• The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University
• The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University
• The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
• The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University
• The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University
• The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University 
• The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
• The Art Institute of Charlotte, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design
• The Art Institute of Colorado
• The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
• The Art Institute of Houston
• The Art Institute of Indianapolis
• The Art Institute of Michigan
• The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
• The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design
• The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston
• The Art Institute of Seattle
• The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design
• The Art Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta 
• The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta 
• The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago
• The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg

*Students who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate of completion. The College Bound courses are non-credit bearing and do not transfer into our academic program offerings or the offerings of any other institution. However as part of the course you will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio that you are able to request proficiency credit. Proficiency credit is awarded based on the proficiency credit policy defined in an institution’s academic catalog. The cost of the College Bound courses varies between $325 and $350. This cost is waived for any student that has an application and completed essay on file with the school. Check with the school you are interested in attending for exceptions and details, as not all programs are offered at all locations. Individual location participation is subject to change.

By: Devra Pransky

May 30, 2017

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