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The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University

Three LakePointe 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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The Art Institute of Charlotte Design Director Named to ASID Board The Art Institute of Charlotte Design Director Named to ASID Board

(Charlotte, NC July 2015)  Deborah R. Dunlap, Design Director at The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, has been elected to serve on the 2015-2017 Carolinas Chapter Board for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) as the Financial Director.  Ms. Dunlap will serve on a board for both North Carolina and South Carolina and is the second appointment to the Carolinas Chapter Board, which she is currently serving as the 2013-2015 Professional Development Director.   

From the ASID website:  The American Society of Interior Designers was founded in 1975 and is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2015.  More than 24,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.  The society’s 13,500 practicing interior designers work in all areas of commercial and residential design. ASID Industry Partners include more than 2,000 Industry Partner member companies with 6,000 individual representatives, uniting the professional designer with manufacturers of design –related products and services.  The Society’s membership also includes nearly 5,000 students of interior design.  ASID has more than 280 student chapters at colleges, universities and design schools with 2-year and 4-year programs throughout the United States as well as several virtual chapters through online institutions.


The Art Institute of Charlotte 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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Student at The Art Institute of Charlotte makes final Jury in International Competition in Tokyo Student at The Art Institute of Charlotte makes final Jury in International Competition in Tokyo

(Charlotte, NC May 2015)   Bret Terry, a student in the Associate of Applied Science Graphic Design Program at The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, has made the final jury of Art Olympia 2015, in Tokyo, Japan.  Mr. Terry spent over 260 hours on an illustration of a Mercedes dashboard; complete with gleaming chrome and detailed burl wood veneer. 

 
“Art Olympia is an open art competition held as a biennial event with the goal of discovering talented artists around the world and supporting their activities. The judging will be conducted by a panel of judges from both in and outside of Japan using a fair point system. Also, Art Olympia aims to promote world’s cultural exchanges through art.”     (Art Olympia 2015)

 
Approximately 240 artists had entries submitted for review from 3 international groups, Tokyo, New York and Paris. Mr. Terry’s entry was selected from the New York group, where he made it to the final 80 selections of over 270 works of art. His work was shipped to Tokyo for the final Jury selections.  

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change.  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.  Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/410 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Bob Peters, Manager of The Punch Room Presentation Bob Peters, Manager of The Punch Room Presentation

(Charlotte, NC May 2015) Bob Peters, one of the top mixologists in Charlotte and manager of The Punch Room at the Ritz Carlton, will be on campus on Wednesday, May 20 at 2:30 PM in the Artisan Restaurant. He will do a one hour presentation and interactive lab on the evolution of cocktails, current trends, and the importance of using house made juices, tonics, etc., preferably with locally grown ingredients.  He will make a few mocktails for tasting. The event is open to the public.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change.  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.  Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 704.357.8020.


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The Art Institute of Charlotte Spring 2015 Portfolio Show The Art Institute of Charlotte Spring 2015 Portfolio Show

Spring 2015 Portfolio Show featuring pending graduates from Fashion and Culinary Arts 
June 16th 3:30-5:30  
Open to the Public at no cost.
At The Art Institute of Charlotte, A Campus of South University.
3:30 Doors open to Industry Professionals and Portfolio Judges.
4PM Doors open to the general public. (Light refreshments will be provided.)
*Students will be admitted as space and time permits.

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 704-357-8020.

Spring 2015 Portfolio Show featuring pending graduates from Media Arts and Design
June 18th 11:30-1:30 
Open to the Public at no cost.
At The Art Institute of Charlotte, A Campus of South University.
11:30 Doors open to Industry Professionals and Portfolio Judges.
12PM Doors open to the general public. (Light refreshments will be provided.)
*Students will be admitted as space and time permits.

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 704-357-8020.

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