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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 Graduate on FOX 46 The Art Institute of Charlotte Graduate on FOX 46

(Charlotte, NC August 2015)  Chef Monica Smith, a graduate of The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, appeared on FOX 46 in Charlotte to do a demonstration of a pork with peach salsa recipe. Chef Smith is a 2012 graduate with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts.

Below is the link to the television segment: 

http://www.fox46charlotte.com/clip/11767198/chef-monica-smith-daily-special


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he 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/404 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 Career Services Director Featured on Monster.com The Art Institute of Charlotte Career Services Director Featured on Monster.com

(Charlotte, NC August 2015)  Jennifer Read, Career Services Director at The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, was featured in an article on Monster.com about how to answer the interview question “Why do you want to change jobs?”  Ms. Read explains how to respond during an interview without being negative and to focus on the skills and experiences and how they can transfer to the new employer. The article was also picked up by Philly.com. Below are links to both placements.

http://career-advice.monster.com/job-interview/interview-questions/how-to-answer-why-do-I-want-to-change-jobs/article.aspx

http://www.philly.com/philly/business/jobs/How_to_answer_the_question_Why_do_you_want_to_change_jobs.html


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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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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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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