Degree Types

One size doesn't fit all.

No two students come at the same creative challenge the same way. Nor do they come to The Art Institutes with the same career goals and lifestyles. Whether you’re going straight from high school and planning to study full-time, or looking to change careers or grow in the one you have, you want a degree option that works for you. So we have a range of degree and non-degree programs designed to help you do anything from becoming more proficient in your job to taking your professional skills to a higher level.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Critical Thinking.

Many careers require a bachelor's degree, with a curriculum featuring more advanced and specialized courses than an associate's degree. Typically 180 quarter credits in length, Bachelor’s degree programs provide a more extensive general education than an associate’s degree program, in order to promote critical thinking skills and lifelong learning. These programs typically explore more elective and advanced courses, and can culminate in a capstone project.

Associate's Degree Programs

Stepping Stone.

Associate’s Degree Programs can prepare students for careers in typically vocational or technical fields that require such a degree. Associate’s degree programs blend programmatic and general education courses; they are generally 90 quarter credits in length. Because those credits usually can be counted toward completion of a bachelor's degree, an associate's degree can be a stepping stone to an advanced degree.

Diploma and Certificate Programs

Focused Learning.

Alternatives to bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs, Diploma and Certificate non-degree programs are designed for students who are looking to learn specific skills and technical knowledge. Because they typically don’t include theory and general education coursework, these programs take less time to complete than degree programs. Many are designed to supplement previous job or field knowledge with current, specific technical skills.