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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.

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March 11, 2017
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College Bound

March 25, 2017

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Latest Happenings

Charlotte Alum Stacee Cross Wins E! News Style Challenge

Stacee Cross, who in 2009 earned an Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Marketing from The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, was recently named the winner of the E! News Style Challenge.

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Top 5 Tips for Transfer Students
Top 5 Tips for Transfer Students

Transferring to a new school is an exciting time, but it can also be an overwhelming process. If you’re an Art Institutes transfer student, you have enough on your plate without having to stress over every last detail of the transfer process. That’s why we put together these Top 5 Tips for Transfer Students. Armed with the right information, all you have to do is get excited for the next phase of your student journey!

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make your own international cuisine in minutes
Make Your Own: International Cuisine in Minutes

This summer, you can enjoy the sunshine and minimize the amount of time you’re spending in the kitchen—all while preparing fun and tasty international cuisine.

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Meet Our Alumni

  • Adam

    Adam Clinard

    Fashion Marketing & Management , 2012

    "[My education gave] me confidence in myself, especially in a leadership role."

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    Adam Clinard

    Adam Clinard is working as the manager of new store openings for Soft Surroundings, a women’s clothing store. He is responsible for working with the company’s stores nationwide to ensure that deadlines are met, as well as providing support to new stores, from set up to grand opening. Along the way, he troubleshoots issues and maintains the company’s visual and brand standards. Adam adds that he is on the road 70% of the time.

    “One of the biggest challenges in my career was getting this job,” he says. “Transitioning from store level to corporate is not easy and takes a lot of passion, dedication, and an unwillingness to [give up]. I wanted the transition. I sought opportunities. I applied myself and made it happen.” Every day, he works to prove himself in his management role—and he encourages current students to also dedicate themselves to doing a great job. “Go above and beyond all the time. Never wait for someone to tell you to do it. Just do it and do it better than anyone could ever expect.”

    Adam, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Marketing & Management from The Art Institute of Charlotte, says that his education helped to build his management skills. He adds that being in a creative career means learning to ask questions and do the unexpected. “Being creative comes naturally for some people, for others it doesn't. Be adaptive, be open-minded, ask questions, and do the unexpected. Think outside the box and don't be afraid to ask the ‘dumb’ question, because I guarantee someone else is thinking it too, but just doesn't feel comfortable enough to ask.”

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  • Ashley Bradley

    Ashley Bradley

    Graphic & Web Design , 2015

    "[The Art Institute of Charlotte] helped me to become confident in my own abilities. [The instructors go over] everything from manners in an interview to knowing how to write a proper email."

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    Ashley Bradley

    As a graphic production artist for Badger Sportswear in Statesville, North Carolina, Ashley Bradley sees up to 100 orders a day come into the company. Badger Sportswear provides athletic uniforms, team uniforms, and athletic apparel to teams across the United States. “Some art is already created and I only have to resize it and make placements. Other times, I receive hand drawn ideas and I get to create art work for customers,” she says. Ashley enjoys the creative atmosphere of her workplace. “Being around creative people is very engaging. I get excited to do something that I love.”

    Ashley is proud to have earned her degree. “I worked the whole time I was in school and it helped me [create a strong résumé].” She adds that she’s always been inspired by famous artists. “From an early age I was impressed by artists like Andy Warhol and Frida Kahlo.”

    Ashley, who in 2015 earned an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Charlotte, says that her education provided the knowledge needed to succeed in her career. “[The school] helped me to become confident in my own abilities. [The instructors go over] everything from manners in an interview to knowing how to write a proper email.” She recommends that current students follow their ambition. “So many people told me that I was wasting my time and that I would never find a job, but after working hard and not giving up on my dream, I have succeeded in finding a great job that will be a great stepping stone in furthering my career.”

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  • Culinary Faculty Monica Smith

    Monica D. Smith

    Culinary Arts , 2012

    "The kitchen is the heart of the home and cooking is the vein for pumping out comfort foods. So circulate love with every dish and deliver your family and friends heart-warming meals."

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    Monica D. Smith

    Monica D. Smith is an accomplished TV and radio personality, competing on the first season of Food Network’s primetime series “Guy’s Grocery Games,” participating in the first live online Google+ Hangout MasterChef Cook-a-long, and serving as guest chef on Charlotte’s NBC and CBS local affiliates’ news programs. She’s also the top chef contributor for Charlotte Prowler Magazine and was chef contestant on Food Network’s hit show “Cutthroat Kitchen." This fall she will guest star on “Flip My Food” with Chef Jeff Henderson and Guest Chef in a feature “sizzle-reel” for national TV production show, “The Specialist.” Chef Monica is currently the executive chef at First United Methodist Church in Gastonia, North Carolina, where she’s responsible for planning and managing kitchen staff, procurement, production, and presentation for the church’s family and special events.

    In addition to these many accomplishments, she is a recurring chef presenter at Food Lion’s CIAA Basketball Conference, Food Lion’s ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament and Chef Challenge, and Food Lion’s ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament. Chef Monica is no stranger to Food Lion, a grocery company with over 1,100 locations in the southeast and mid-Atlantic region. In 2013, her Mexican stew recipe was chosen by Food Lion as a featured item at its 2013 ACC Fanfest Chef Challenge. Her combination of culinary arts and nutrition talents makes her a sought-after expert on fresh cooking techniques, modern-styled southern foods, and lightened-up classic dishes. In addition to her culinary pursuits, Monica is the co-founder of the American Association of Suicidology’s “U ok?” youth suicide prevention program. She also hosts cooking classes for the Junior League’s “Kids in the Kitchen” series.

    Chef Monica, who in 2012 earned an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Charlotte, also holds a degree in Foods and Nutrition from Appalachian State University. In addition to her culinary endeavors, Chef Monica has worked as a high school foods teacher and with Gaston County School Nutrition, ordering and distributing food and supplies for over 33,000 students. She has over 20 years of experience in upper management and leadership positions within the food service, hotel, event planning, and hospitality industries. She adds that she’d like to add the title of “culinary instructor” to her already impressive résumé.

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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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