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About Decatur

About Atlanta Decatur

Decatur is a suburb of Atlanta. With a population of approximately 19,000, Decatur provides a smaller town feel while providing students with quick access to Atlanta, just a short drive or MARTA ride away.

Decatur is known for its historical buildings, many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Decatur's proximity to the city allows sports fans easy access to games featuring the Braves, Hawks, and Falcons. And cultural outings include visits to the Atlanta Opera, Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and Alliance Theatre. The city's High Museum of Art is one of the most visited museums in the world according to The Art Newspaper.

Atlanta is a prominent business center with major employers including The Coca-Cola Company, CNN-Time Warner, Home Depot, Delta Air Lines, AT&T, and Georgia Pacific. Many students at The Art Institute of Atlanta—Decatur take advantage of internship opportunities with these companies to build experience in their field of study.

About Decatur

What makes Atlanta and Decatur special?

In 2014, the Atlanta area claimed the top place in Penske’s list of Top 10 Cities that people are moving to. It's the 4th year in a row that the region has been named #1.

History of Atlanta Decatur

Established in 2007, The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, offers programs in design, media arts, and fashion. The school is home to industry-related equipment that provides hands-on learning, and students are taught by professional instructors with real world industry experience.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of Atlanta—Decatur prepares students for creative careers by providing opportunities to learn and grow while still in school.

The school's hands-on education is supported by industry relevant computer labs, design labs, software, and equipment, including:

  • Mac computer labs
  • PC computer labs
  • Program-related labs for design, fashion, and media arts
  • Gallery for showings of student, faculty, and alumni work
  • Student lounge
  • A library that contains program-related materials
  • A supply store

To build relationships and gain experience in their areas of study, students participate in special events and workshops, join student groups, and work in internships within the Decatur area. The school’s Student Affairs Department helps students with housing, organized activities, or referrals to Career Services to find a part-time job.

Many students choose to live in fully-furnished, school-sponsored housing that includes a kitchen, laundry facilities, and a swimming pool. Located close to the MARTA public transportation system, the housing allows students to live alongside other creative individuals.

The school provides assistance for students including:

  • Special events and workshops on health and wellness
  • Help with study habits, time management, problem solving, and the transition to college
  • Coordination of benefits for students who qualify in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Referral to short term counseling
  • Information on student medical insurance
The Art Institute of Atlanta — Decatur - History

Academic Calendar

The Art Institute of Atlanta–Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta