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The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

1820 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, VA 22209-1802   |    1.703.358.9550

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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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College Bound is an 11-week college experience for high school juniors and seniors to connect with others that share your interests while taking college level courses designed to help you grow, discover yourself, and create something awesome.

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The Art Institute of Washington - a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta

The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is located in a region known for cultural institutions, the arts, and ethnic diversity. Here, you'll learn in an area just a short trip from the United States' capital, with quick Metro access to D.C's amenities.

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Culinaire Restaurant

Culinaire Restaurant is the student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Washington. Located just across the river from Washington, DC, Culinaire Restaurant provides our culinary students with real-world experience and instructional content—and provides diners with a unique culinary experience.

Under the supervision of Chef Michael Roll and an experienced and credentialed faculty of chef instructors, students create bistro-style dishes in the kitchen and run all aspects of the dining room. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Culinaire Restaurant is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

Culinaire Restaurant is open to the public; hours and the menu change quarterly. Please call 703-247-3841 for our hours and to make a reservation.

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The Art Institute of Washington Showcases Student Films at “Visually Wired” The Art Institute of Washington Showcases Student Films at “Visually Wired”

“Visually Wired,” an annual student film festival featuring the work of students at The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, took place on June 1, 2016, at Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington, Virginia. The films shown were in development since the fall of 2015.

To bring their film projects to life, students first pitched their ideas to a panel of faculty members. Those students selected to move forward  then started working on their final products.

“Visually Wired” opened with afternoon preview screenings for the entire campus. In the evening, family and friends were also invited to attend. The screenings featured the creativity of student filmmakers working toward:
•    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production
•    Bachelor of Fine Arts or Associate of Arts in Digital Photography, and
•    Bachelor of Arts in Audio Production.

The students also took part in a panel discussion featuring industry professionals.

This year was the first time that “Visually Wired” invited Audio Production and Digital Photography students to submit projects into the show. The evening concluded with an awards presentation for the students who won “Best in Show” honors.

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The Art Institute of Washington Partners with United Way’s PAWS for Art The Art Institute of Washington Partners with United Way’s PAWS for Art

The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, recently partnered with the United Way - National Capital Area’s online giving event called, “Do More 24.”

The partnership allowed the school to participate in “PAWS for Art” on June 3, 2016. At “Paws for Art,” owners and their dogs were invited to a full day of fun in the sun mixed with art and education. The Washington Humane Society and the Washington Animal Rescue League were also on site to help participants learn about both pet adoption and arts organizations.

The Art Institute of Washington hosted the arts vendor table at the event. As the only higher education participant at “PAWS for Art,” the school was invited to attend the United Way’s “Do More 24” Emerging Leader Society reception, held at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.

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

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The Art Institute of Washington Hits the Runway with “Fashion 48” The Art Institute of Washington Hits the Runway with “Fashion 48”

The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, held its annual fashion show on June 1, 2016. The show, titled “Fashion 48,” was a designer’s showcase produced by the school’s Fashion Show Production class. Eight designers were featured, including students and local up-and-coming designers. 

“Fashion 48” was held at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theater in Arlington, Virginia. Doors opened a few hours before showtime, giving attendees time to pick-up giveaways including free movie tickets, nibble on brownies, and take photos in front of the step-and-repeat.

Showcased designs included everything from gowns to African-inspired wear. The popular Washington, D.C. based boutique “Plato’s Closet” was also featured at the show. 

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The Art Institute of Washington Design Portfolio Review Exhibit June 3 The Art Institute of Washington Design Portfolio Review Exhibit June 3

On June 3, 2016, The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, will host a Design Portfolio Review Exhibit from 8 am – noon. The exhibit will take place at The Art Institute of Washington, 1820 North Fort Myer Drive, Arlington, Virginia.

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department at (703) 358-9550.

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

The Art Institute of Washington, a campus of The Art Institute of Atlanta, is certified to operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia pursuant to Title 23, Chapter 21.1, §23-276.4 of the Code of Virginia by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (James Monroe Building, 101 North 14th St; Richmond, VA 23219; 804-225-2600;www.schev.edu).

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Notable alumni

Learn more from some of our grads who’ve made a name for themselves as they talk about their education, their careers, what Creativity for Life means to them, and their advice for aspiring creative professionals.

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Hermes Marticio

Hermes Marticio

Senior Graphic Designer, USA TODAY

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Thomas Davis

Thomas Davis

Digital Artist, Carney Inc

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Michael Thomas Santini, Jr.

Michael Thomas Santini, Jr.

Assistant General Manager, Mussel Bar & Grille

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Darrick W. C. Atwater

Darrick W. C. Atwater

Writer, Producer, Engineer & Musician for Sterling Musicians

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Jocelyn Colvin-Donald

Jocelyn Colvin-Donald

Owner, JC Design & Décor

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