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About Atlanta

About Atlanta

Atlanta is a vibrant city that's an eclectic mix of tree-lined neighborhoods and high-rise condos and skyscrapers. The largest city in Georgia, Atlanta is the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr. and welcomed people from across the world in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games.

Atlanta had its beginnings in the 1830s and has kept growing. Built by pioneering entrepreneurs of transportation and business, Atlanta has always been a city of vision. After General Sherman's army burned and pillaged the city during the Civil War, Atlantans adopted the mythical phoenix as their symbol—rising from the ashes to build what renowned nineteenth-century Atlanta journalist Henry Grady called "a brave and beautiful city."

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 take advantage of internship opportunities with these companies to build experience in their field of study.

Sports fans follow Atlanta teams including 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.


About Atlanta

What makes Atlanta special?

In 2014, Atlanta 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 Atlanta has been named #1.

History of Atlanta

The Art Institute of Atlanta was established in 1949. Fifty years later, the current location was completed—a five-story facility located approximately 15 minutes north of the city center. Each of the five floors offers industry-related technology that allows students to learn in a career-focused environment

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

At The Art Institute of Atlanta, you'll find professional equipment and resources along with experienced, committed faculty. Industry-related equipment, labs, and software include:

  • Multi-camera video studio with digital video editing suites featuring AVID Xpress Pro, AVID Media Composer Adrenaline, and Final Cut Pro
  • Digital audio lab suites with a Solid State Logic (SSL) G+ console with automation, ProTools, DIGI002 hardware, 12 and 16-channel mixers, sound recording booth, studio monitors, and a surround sound editing suite
  • Computer labs with both MAC and PC platforms and software including: Adobe CS3 Suite (Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, SoundBooth, and Premiere), Dreamweaver, Flash, Character Studio, ToonBoom, Director, DVD Studio Pro, Eye-One Match, Final Cut Pro, Corel Painter, Maya, ProTools, and Autocad
  • Professional photography studios and darkroom facilities, including G5 Mac computer stations with color-calibrated monitors, and Epson 320, 380, 200, 4800, 4000 and 4000 Piezography printers as well as Imacon film scanners and Epson V700 and 1641 photo scanners
  • Five professional teaching kitchens and a dining lab open to the public
  • Library with more than 40,000 items, including books, DVDs, video tapes, and CD-ROMs, as well as access to other college and university libraries through Galileo
  • CAD computer lab
  • Interior design resource room
  • Fashion & Retail Management display window
  • Student lounge

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

Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing that is located close to campus via MARTA public transportation. The fully furnished apartments feature dishwasher, washers, dryers, a fitness center, and pool. There are on-site resident assistants and professional staff to provide advice and guidance for students.

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 Atlanta area. They also volunteer their time to help organizations including:

Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Make-A-Wish Foundation of Georgia and Alabama
Georgia Department of Education
Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc.
PAWS Atlanta (formerly DeKalb Humane Society)
March of Dimes Northwest Region
Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund
Heritage Sandy Springs
K9 Angels


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Message from the President

Welcome to The Art Institute of Atlanta!

I encourage you to use our Website to learn how you can become part of The Art Institute of Atlanta’s rich tradition and history.

It has been said that tomorrow’s challenges shape today’s education. Never has this statement been more relevant then now. Our responsibility to prepare our students for these challenges is what drives The Art Institute of Atlanta’s mission.

What The Art Institute of Atlanta has and can promise is unique. We are a family. Working together, our faculty, staff and administration understand how important their roles are in producing employable, dependable and creative graduates.

We are committed to a career-oriented, hands-on education equipped to address the multifaceted changes and needs of an emerging global market.

Whether you are working toward a college degree, developing a marketable skill, or taking a class for pure personal enrichment the learning opportunities are within reach.

Without question, the human mind is an incredible tool. One that often remains locked when we don’t follow our passion; this is a challenge we all face as we decide to trust in ourselves and in our abilities.

So I encourage you to take full advantage of all that The Art Institute of Atlanta has to offer. The possibilities are exciting. Reach out and unlock your potential.

Newton Myvett

President – The Art Institute of Atlanta

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