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About Charleston

About Charleston

Charleston offers a fascinating mix of history, architecture, and culture with a modern sense of style and a youthful atmosphere. Named in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston was a strategic city in both the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The mansions along the Battery speak to the affluence of older generations—while today’s city has transformed itself into a center of creative pursuits.  

King Street is Charleston's main street; it is a shopping paradise featuring an antiques district, a high-end fashion district, several art galleries, and a wide variety of restaurants. Perpendicular to King Street is Market Street, where The Art Institute of Charleston resides. This street hosts an old fashioned market featuring the work of local artisans whose talents attract locals and tourists alike.

The laid back and eclectic Folly Beach is less than ten miles from Charleston's center to the south while the luxurious beach front community of Isle of Palms is just ten miles to the north. This lovely city on the sea, with its extended summer season, is ideal for water sports like sailing, surfing, fishing, and kayaking.

Businesses that call Charleston home include Boeing South Carolina, Alcoa, People Matter, Sparc, Blue Acorn and BoomTown.

About Charleston

What makes Charleston special?

Charleston was named the Top U.S. City in Condé Nast Traveler's 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.

History of Charleston

The Art Institute of Charleston was in founded in 2007 and occupies approximately 48,000 square feet of space that fosters creative learning. The school is home to a library, student lounge, bookstore, program specific labs, computer labs, and two state of the art culinary kitchens.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of Charleston provides students with a hands-on learning experience through the use of industry-related equipment and software:

  • The Interior Design Resource Room is stocked with a variety of materials including fabrics, trims, wallpapers, paints, and stone samples.
  • In 2013, the school opened a new Fashion Design sewing lab, home to 12 Juki sewing machines, 2 sergers and 1 button hole machine.
  • The Fashion Resource Room provides students with a numerous fabric selections to meet their design needs.
  • In 2014, a brand new Video Studio was built featuring a standard green screen with added space to improve the shooting area. Additional studio lighting was also added.
  • The four Macintosh labs are equipped with 27 inch screen layout iMacs with 8 GB RAM—allowing students to produce quality images without lag time.
  • The two PC labs are equipped with upgraded PCs with added memory and processors. The labs also feature updated Adobe CC suites.

Onsite and fully staffed printing services are offered through our Print Studio. In addition, students may check out the following equipment at The Cage:

  • HD SSLR cameras
  • Lighting equipment
  • Industry related audio and sound equipment

The school maintains an onsite Gallery that’s open to the public and features the work of students and distinguished local professionals.

Students may choose to live in school sponsored housing. All housing is apartment style with 4-5 students living in each apartment with student Resident Assistants and professional staff living on site as well. Students also have the opportunity to join or start student groups that build professional and creative experience in their area of study, as well as, get involved off campus in a variety of community groups and service opportunities. Additionally, students stay updated on campus information and issues through an on campus Visix monitor system, social media sites, email, and bulletin boards promoting events both on and off campus. My Campus Alert is our emergency notification system that allows for immediate cellular or electronic communication in the case of serious threat to the health or safety of the campus community.


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

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