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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

"I found what makes me happy, what I love, what makes me want to wake up every single day."

-- Angelo Rosa, Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City, 2014

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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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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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The Art Institute of Charlotte Hosts 2015 Congressional Art Competition Reception The Art Institute of Charlotte Hosts 2015 Congressional Art Competition Reception

WHO/WHAT: 

The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University will host a reception for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, sponsored by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09). The competition was open to high school students in Congressman Pittenger’s district, and the winner will be announced at the reception. The first place winner will have his/her artwork displayed in a corridor at the U. S. Capitol for one year.  The other five finalists will have their artwork displayed in Congressman Pittenger’s Charlotte and Mooresville offices. The second and third place finalists will receive complimentary admission to The Art Institute of Charlotte’s Summer Studio.

WHERE:

The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University

2110 Water Ridge Pkwy

Charlotte, NC 28217

WHEN:

Friday, April 24, 2015

4:00-6:30 pm

For more information about the 2015 Congressional Art Competition, go to Pittenger.House.gov/ArtCompetition

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

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, 2110 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28217. ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.


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How To Cultivate Your Own Personal Style: Developing Your Personal Brand How To Cultivate Your Own Personal Style: Developing Your Personal Brand

Look at Kate Middleton, Johnny Depp or Lady GaGa. Whether classic, wacky or sometimes just bizarre, their style says volumes about who they are, and your style can do the same for you.

Personal style is a brand that “communicates who you are without saying a word,” says Michael Watson, fashion instructor at The Art Institute of Charlotte. Fashion instructors from Art Institutes schools offer tips that will put you well on your way to cultivating a personal style that is uniquely you.

1. What is your lifestyle?

“Establishing and understanding your lifestyle is the biggest step to developing your own personal style,” says Watson. “The more people understand who they are and what they value, will dictate fit, fabrications and different looks in terms of cut.” In order to really understand your lifestyle and key values, Watson recommends asking yourself who you are and what you value; writing down the key points about who you are; and deciding what you want people to know about you: Are you an innovator? Are you creative?

Julie Crawley, fashion instructor at The New England Institute of Art says, “It extends beyond style. What are your hobbies and interests?” She says a good place to start is online. Sites like polyvore.com, olioboard.com or Pinterest allow people to pull images together on mood boards and see what appeals to them. She recommends taking an inventory of not only your closet, but also your home.

2. What is your body type and skin tone?

Determine your body type and skin tone. “Everybody’s different,” says Watson. “Everybody’s got different levels of red, blue and yellow undertones to their skin.” Understanding these will “make sure the personal style is reflected the best on that individual,” he says.

3. Create a signature piece or look

Think Jackie Kennedy’s iconic suits and sunglasses or Coco Chanel’s understated style with multi-strand pearls. These ladies created a signature look that is memorable. Whether you are more of a minimalist or carry a specific style of bag, “people will remember this aspect, and it shows who you are,” says Watson. When creating your own signature look, Crawley also recommends finding a designer you like. “When you find out what appeals to you, find out which retailers sell what you’re looking for and stick with that brand,” she says.

4. There’s no room for clutter

Cleaning out your closet and gathering together items to be donated to charity can be a daunting task. But, it can also be one that reaps rewards; including removing clutter and making space for items that better reflect your personal style. Both Watson and Crawley say this is an important step. “Go through your closet and purge – get rid of things that don’t fit,” says Watson. Crawley agrees saying, “if you don’t like it, haven’t worn it in a year, or aren’t excited to put it on, don’t keep it.”

5. Put your knowledge to work at the mall

Crawley says having a distinct personal style will help make you a more educated and astute shopper. In the current economy, retailers aren’t buying as much, and they know which brands are going to sell, says Crawley. Consumers are also scaling back, making better decisions and buying less. Watson says when shopping, ask yourself the following questions, “does it fit into my lifestyle?” and “is it appropriate for my body and skin type?” If the answers are yes, buy it. “Understanding who you are becomes a factor in your decision-making.”

6. Don’t fall victim to trends

Trends are one trap that can derail your style. According to Watson, consumers fear that they are missing out on something and there is a “misconception that if it is a trend, you have to adopt it.” He says at any time there are seven to 10 strong fashion trends happening, and you don’t have to participate all the time. “Understand that you can pick and choose from the trend,” he says. “You can just take a piece from the trend, instead of adopting the whole look.” A great example would be a bag that incorporates the trend.

The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration # 04-01-1698B; AC0165, AC0080; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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