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350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL 60654-1593   |    1.312.280.3500

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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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Nearly 100 years of educating students in one of the world’s most creative cities

Nearly 100 years of educating students in one of the world’s most creative cities

Founded in 1916 as The Commercial Arts School, The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago is located in a city known for advertising agencies, world-class restaurants, and high fashion. Here, students learn in a vibrant environment where creative opportunities await at every turn.

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Evolve Bistro

Introducing Evolve Bistro, the new student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago. Evolve Bistro captures the essence of our students' culinary evolution and is the pinnacle of their culinary education.  Evolve Bistro continually changes menu, through seasonality, ethnic cuisine, and student body.

Under the supervision of Chef Elizabeth Sweeney 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, Evolve Bistro is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

Our doors will reopen for next term in January 2015 in our new location at Merchandise Mart Campus.

For reservations and additional information, call 312.777.7800

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The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago Presents Its Annual Spring Fashion Show The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago Presents Its Annual Spring Fashion Show

WHO/WHAT:
Fashion students at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago will send more than 100 original designs down the runway for its annual Spring Fashion Show. The event will feature the work of 32 student designers, with garments including formal wear, casual summer looks, swim, contemporary ready to wear and theatrical costume designs.

WHERE:
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza
350 W. Mart Center Drive
Chicago, IL 60654
14th Floor Sauganash Ballroom

WHEN:
Thursday, May 7, 2015
VIP Reception: 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Cash bar beginning at 7:00 pm
Doors for the fashion show open at 7:45 pm
Fashion show at 8:00 pm

TICKETS:
Available on campus or at the door the evening of the event.
General Admission: $10.00
VIP: $50.00 and includes VIP seating at the fashion show and a reception at the Evolve Bistro, the student-operated restaurant of The International Culinary School at The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago.

The Spring Fashion Show is a truly collaborative effort within the fashion program. Students in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design degree program were required to design, select materials and create each look on the runway. Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Marketing & Management gained first hand experience of what it’s like to run a fashion show by promoting the event, selling tickets and managing the backstage responsibilities.

All proceeds from the event will benefit two Chicago-area charities: South Shore Drill Team and Snow City Arts. South Shore Drill Team uses the performing arts to engage inner-city youth throughout their critical teenage years, and Snow City Arts educates and inspires children and youth in hospitals through the arts.

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 312.280.3500.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, 350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL 60654. ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

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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The 14th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence The 14th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence

Five students from The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago were chosen to participate in the 14th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence, themed Fashion: Frame by Frame. Driehaus Design Initiative celebrates the extraordinary achievements of 25 emerging Chicago fashion design students at The 14th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence on Friday, April 24.


Students that participated in the event were:

Abigail Harshbarger, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design 

Liz Bahl, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design

Erica Danz, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design 

Lori Yang, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design 

Victor Romano,  Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design 


Hosted by Inese and Richard H. Driehaus, The 14th Annual Driehaus Awards for Fashion Excellence, was held at 700 S. Des Plaines Street.  Liz Bahl, was the main prize winner and received a cash honorarium, a garment display at the Saks Fifth Avenue Michigan Avenue store, and a design mentorship coordinated by Saks Fifth Avenue.  Second and third place award recipients also received a cash honoraria. Deidre Bormes, Director, Fifth Avenue Club named one designer the recipient of the Saks Fifth Avenue Achievement in Design Award.


 Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago 350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL60654-1593 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.


See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/231 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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Media Arts Instructor Partners with Sony for Video Game Media Arts Instructor Partners with Sony for Video Game

(CHICAGO, IL March 2015) - The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago faculty member Alex Damarjian's company, Little Genius Games, recently entered into a partnership agreement to bring "Leo vs. The Robot Uprising" to the Sony Vita handheld console and the PSN network. Little Genius Games is a digital interactive game developer dedicated to creating positive, challenging, educational, experiences. "We strongly believe in personal growth and accomplishment through the practice of entertaining game-play," said Damarjian.  Little Genius Games has worked with the creative minds at That Game Company, Team Ico, and Double Fine Productions. “Leo vs. The Robot Uprising” aims to be fun and engaging, but also provides a deeper interactive educational experience.

Game Premise

“Leo vs. The Robot Uprising” is a fantasy-adventure game about a boy named Leo and his quest to save his parents after their capture by the robots of Genius City. Loosely based on Founder Alex Damarjian's childhood, the game is an exciting and engaging experience that will captivate the player with its use of both familiar and novel brain training, board, and puzzle mechanics. Utilizing many cutting edge cognitive training techniques, the game is designed to enhance the player’s calculation, reflex, judgment, and memory. As the player develops and grows in his/her skills and progresses through the game, Leo dives deeper into a fantasy world of imaginary scenarios, unique characters, and remarkable stories to further captivate and attract the player in a series of levels designed around game-based learning.  

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago, 350 N. Orleans Street, Suite 136-L, Chicago, IL 60654. ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.


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About the Offer - Negotiating Your Way to a Better Salary About the Offer - Negotiating Your Way to a Better Salary

Your job search has finally paid off. After all the networking events, resume re-dos and mock and real interviews, you finally got an offer for the job you wanted. So now what? Do you just take it or do you dare negotiate?

“You should always negotiate a higher salary,” say Vanessa Jackson, assistant director of career services at The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago. Jackson adds, “Hiring managers expect this so they do not offer the highest salary in their range.”

Be polite. “Say ‘Thank you very much for this opportunity. I am so excited to join your company.’ Then move into the negotiation,” adds Shannon Delecki, assistant director of career services at The Art Institute of Michigan.

But before you ever get that offer, make sure you’ve done your research caution Jackson and Delecki. “Know the average salaries for the position and for the market,” says Delecki.

And this isn’t a time to be modest about your potential value to the company. “Tell the company why you are worth more than you are being offered. Show them how you will contribute to the company’s profits and help their bottom line,” advises Delecki.

How much should you ask for? Jackson recommends anywhere from $3,000 - $5,000 above the companies offer. After thanking your future employer, you should say something like: “but I’m hoping to negotiate a salary closer to $XX”

There are times that companies may not be able to budge on the dollar amount. This could be an opportunity to negotiate other benefits like vacation time. “Ask the company whether they can be more flexible about vacation or PTO days,” says Delecki.

And those extra benefits don’t end there. Companies sometimes pick up the tab for day care, can offer flex time and even allow employees to work from home on certain days to defray commuting costs. “I’ve known people who negotiated immediate vesting in the company’s 401K,” observes Jackson. She also stresses that the higher you are on the food chain the more perks you’ll likely be able to negotiate. If you’ve just scored your first job, your new employer may not accommodate as many requests.

And speaking of requests, make sure yours don’t sound like demands. If they do, you could negotiate your way right out of a job. The negotiation is a balancing act. You want a higher salary but you have to remember that you’re looking to work with the on the other end of the negotiation. So be gracious. “That’s why it’s important to say ‘thank you’ and ‘I was looking for a salary closer to’,” says Jackson.

Finally, make sure you can live with and on your salary. Jackson counsels job seekers, “Know what you need to make to sustain your lifestyle.”

EDITOR’S NOTE:
The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of more than 50 schools throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary 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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