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About Charlotte

About Charlotte

Charlotte is a city that offers a unique blend of bustling urban innovation and sleepy Southern tradition. The city's high quality of life, reasonable cost of living, friendly people, arts and sports, as well as educational and career opportunities, attract talented individuals from around the world.

With four distinct but mild seasons and a central Carolinas location between two large recreational lakes, Charlotte residents are only two hours from the Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours from the coast.

Our location allows students can enjoy everything a major metropolitan area offers—from dance clubs and concerts to galleries and amusement parks, from Panthers football to NASCAR. Students broaden their creativity through visits to The Mint Museum of Art, McColl Center for Visual Art, Discovery Place, ImaginOn, and the many art galleries located throughout the city.

Students also receive discounts throughout the city by using their ID cards in locations such as the Blumenthal Center for Performing Arts.

Charlotte is a major banking center. Its largest employers include Wells Fargo Company, Bank of America, Norvant Health, U.S. Airways, and Time Warner Cable.

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What makes Charlotte special?

In 2012, CNN Money listed Charlotte as one of the country’s 10 fastest growing cities.

History of Charlotte

Founded in 1973 as the American Business & Fashion Institute, the school was originally located in the Charlotte Merchandise Mart and offered students programs in Secretarial Science and Fashion Merchandising. Over 25 years later in 1999, American Business & Fashion Institute joined The Art Institutes system of schools and changed its name to The Art Institute of Charlotte. The school moved to its current location in September of 2001.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of Charlotte occupies 62,600 square feet of space in the LakePointe Office Park. Here, you'll find professional equipment and resources along with experienced, committed faculty. The school is conveniently located between Interstate Highways 85 and 77 near Charlotte's Douglas International Airport.

The school's hands-on education is supported by industry relevant computer labs, design labs, software, and equipment, including:

  • 14 computer labs (Mac and PC)
  • Three professional kitchens
  • Teaching restaurant
  • Lighting lab
  • Digital Filmmaking lab
  • Video Studios
  • Program-related labs for design and fashion
  • Gallery for showings of student, faculty, and alumni work
  • Student lounge
  • A library that contains program-related materials
  • A supply store

The library at The Art Institute of Charlotte contains more than 50,000 volumes consisting of books, CDs, and videos including over 25,000 electronic books, as well as print magazine subscriptions and 21electronic databases. The Library is open 6 days a week.

Student organizations at The Art Institute of Charlotte include:

  • American Culinary Federation Jr. Chapter
  • Culinary Club
  • Nouveau Fashion Club
  • ASID (Interior Design)
  • Command Design
  • Anime Club
  • Perpetual Vision (Interactive Media Design)
  • Click Club (Photography)
  • Ambassadors

The school provides assistance for students including:

  • Special events and workshops on health and wellness
  • Help with study habits, time management, problem solving, and the transition to college
  • Coordination of benefits for students who qualify in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Referral to short term counseling
  • Information on student medical insurance

Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing that is located close to campus. A shuttle service transports housing students to and from campus Monday through Saturday. The apartments are fully furnished with a washer/dryer, refrigerator, stove, utilities (electricity and water), basic cable, wifi, and ample storage. Additional amenities include a swimming pool, fitness center, and clubhouse.

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The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University

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