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The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University

Three Lake Pointe Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28217-4536   |    1.704.357.8020

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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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The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University

The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, is located in a youthful, growing city. Here, you'll learn in a region named one of the best in the country for singles and young people—a banking and cultural center that provides opportunities for internships and creative growth.

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Artisan Restaurant

Artisan Restaurant is the student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Charlotte. The restaurant serves as the dining lab for the school's culinary students, offering a unique combination of real-world experience and instructional content.

Under the supervision of Chef Mark Martin 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, Artisan Restaurant is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience.

For reservations and additional information, call 704.357.5900.

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News and events

The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons

The Art Institute of Michigan is teaming up with the Rachael Ray Show to provide cooking lessons to the students enrolled at Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. During filming of the Rachael Ray Show’s Thanksgiving episode, on Monday, November 16, Ray unveiled a completely renovated kitchen for the students, complete with new appliances and a study space. To help Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program get the most out of this new kitchen, The Art Institute of Michigan is going to provide four lessons/demos on healthy eating and nutrition at the gym throughout the next year. 

Three culinary instructors from The Art Institute of Michigan appeared on the show to announce the gift of the cooking lessons, and the episode will air Wednesday, November 25. In the Detroit area, please tune into WDIV-TV at 2pm. For additional times and channels, visit http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show-info/showtimes/.

For more information on Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, visit http://downtownyouthboxing.org/

Read more about the filming on Detroit Free Press:  http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/11/16/rachel-ray-laila-ali-downtown-detroit-boxing-gym/75905200/

The Art Institute of Michigan is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Michigan, 28175 Cabot Drive, Novi, MI 48377. © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See 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 Charlotte Alumna Featured in "Too Many Chefs in the Kitchen" The Art Institute of Charlotte Alumna Featured in "Too Many Chefs in the Kitchen"

(Charlotte, NC, October 2015) The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, alumna Antron Cobb, a 2014 graduate with a Certificate in the Art of Cooking program is featured in the “Too Many Chefs in the Kitchen” fundraiser benefitting Above and Beyond Students. 

The event takes place November 10, 2015 and hosted by Sydney’s and features some of Charlotte’s chefs including Chris Coleman, Chef Cobb, Mary Guin, Rob Nixon and Shelton Blackwell.


The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, Three Lake Pointe Plaza, 2110 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28217© 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/403 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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State Senator Jeff Jackson Speaks at Graduation State Senator Jeff Jackson Speaks at Graduation

(Charlotte, NC, September 2015)  The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, had the distinct privilege and honor of hosting North Carolina State Senator Jeff Jackson as Commencement Keynote Speaker on September 25, 2015.

His message was motivational, inspirational, and laced with great humor.  He implored the graduates to stay driven and focused on jumping into their chosen careers right away.  He also gave them a goal of taking 365 days to focus on themselves; getting a job, establishing their career path, and pursuing the American Dream.  Then he asked them to put an appointment in the calendar on their phones for September 25, 2016, to remind them to start giving to others as they progress on their path of good citizenship.

In total, Senator Jackson addressed 151 graduates, 1437 of their guests, and 30 faculty and staff that evening.


The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, Three Lake Pointe Plaza, 2110 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28217© 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

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


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Fashion Instructors Quoted in Women's Wear Daily Fashion Instructors Quoted in Women's Wear Daily

(Charlotte, NC, September 2015)  Emilia Valle, fashion director at The Art Institute of Houston, and Mike Watson, fashion instructor at The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, were quoted in an article on apparel’s resurgence for Women’s Wear Daily. Women’s Wear Daily is THE media outlet for the fashion industry and has more than 2 million unique visitors per month.

Link to the article: Evidence Building for Apparel’s Resurgence


The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. Administrative office: The Art Institutes, 210 Sixth Avenue, 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

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


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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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Anthony Crump

Anthony Crump

Lead Graphic and Web Developer, EnergyUnited

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Kedena Thompson

Kedena Thompson

Sourcing Associate , BonWorth,Inc

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Leondrus Wright

Leondrus Wright

Owner & Executive Chef , The Wright Touch

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Mike Reda

Mike Reda

Digital Media Producer , Theory Communication + Design,

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Camila Pires

Camila Pires

District Merchandise Coordinator, Leon Max Inc./Maxstudio.com

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