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There are problems to be solved. And futures to be formed.

The creative life isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for those who believe in themselves enough to trust their instincts, leave their comfort zones, and push their talents to the limit. If you’re up for it, keep going.

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Transfer students can earn a grant up to $7500 for bachelor’s degrees, $3500 for associate’s degrees.

We can help you navigate the steps to transferring to our creative community, where design, culinary, media arts, and fashion students prepare for their careers. You may be eligible to transfer your credits to The Art Institutes—and we offer important grants and scholarship opportunities for which you may qualify. Click below to read more about our transfer grant.

Any student who meets all admission requirements, and who earned at least 12 credits between the dates of 8/1/2015 and 8/31/2016 at another accredited institution that has ceased enrolling students, is eligible to receive this institutional grant. Other rules apply.

Go to Transfer Grant for full Information.

Upcoming Events

College Bound

March 25, 2017

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March 29, 2017

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Open House

April 22, 2017
9:30 AM

If you’re ready to break down walls,
start by opening one of our doors.

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Latest Happenings

James Beard Foundation
Culinary students taste life inside the James Beard House

Six culinary students from The Art Institutes system of schools will assist in the preparation of Thanksgiving Day dinner at New York City’s prestigious James Beard House. Learn more about how they earned this opportunity and what they believe they’ll take away from their five days of immersion in the Big Apple’s culinary scene.

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Charleston's Devin Simpson Competes on "Hell's Kitchen"

Devin Simpson, who in 2013 earned an Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, recently appeared as a contestant on Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” Simpson is one of 18 chefs competing on the Season 16. The aspiring chefs will compete within Chef Gordon Ramsay’s intense culinary academy.

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Meet Our Alumni

  • The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta alumni Ashley Canzater

    Ashley Canzater

    Graphic & Web Design , 2015

    "Working in this type of environment helps me to perform at my best."

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    Ashley Canzater

    Marketing Assistant at SC Thrive

    Ashley Cantazer is a marketing assistant at SC Thrive, an organization that helps South Carolinians achieve stability by providing access to quality of life resources. Ashley is based in Columbia, South Carolina, and works on everything from social media posts to creating marketing materials, managing outside vendors, and updating the internal video log with stories and content.

    Ashley says that her path to SC Thrive was bumpy—her previous job did not provide the tools she needed to be successful. Today, she is working for a company that encourages her growth. She describes her workplace as diverse and family-oriented. “Everyone speaks to me as if they’ve known me for years. Working in this type of environment helps me to perform at my best. Ashley adds that being in an entry-level position requires commitment. “Every day is a learning experience. Keeping an open mind and remaining optimistic has [helped me to be] successful in this field.”

    Ashley, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Charleston, says that the late nights of studying helped to get her where she is today. She states that she saw the benefits of her hard work during her first internship, where she was recognized for her efforts and commended by her supervisor. “Putting forth a full effort allows me to be successful.”

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Pre-College Sessions for High School Students

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A hands-on head start.

High school juniors and seniors who have completed and submitted an application to an Art Institutes school can begin building a foundation of success before first term begins—at no charge—in our innovative College Bound program.* To find out more, visit

* 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.

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