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About Dallas

About Dallas

Affectionately know as "Big D", Dallas is the ninth largest city in the United States. It's a city that enjoys sharing its personal warmth with all who visit, live, and work here.

The city of Dallas encompasses 384 square miles of rolling prairie, with native pecan, cottonwood and oak trees located along the Trinity River and the numerous creeks that feed it. The elevation ranges from 450 to 750 feet.

Large regional employers include AT&T, Dean Foods, Texas Instruments, Southwest Airlines, Affiliated Computer Services, Atmos Energy, and Holly Corporation. Dallas is also home to the Arts District, where the Dallas Museum of Art, Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center, The Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and The Dallas Children's Theater are located.

Sports fans enjoy following the Dallas Cowboys, Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Stars, and FC Dallas.

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What makes Dallas special?

Forbes listed Dallas as one of the country's best places for Business and Careers.

History of Dallas

Opened in 1964 as the Dallas Fashion Merchandising College, the school changed its name to the Fashion and Art Institute of Dallas in 1978, expanding its programs to include Fashion Merchandising, Interior Design, and Commercial Art. In October 1984, it became a member of The Design Schools, later changing its name to The Art Institute of Dallas. In September 1988, the school moved to its present facility at 8080 Park Lane in North Dallas.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of Dallas provides hands-on education that is supported by industry relevant computer labs, design labs, software, and equipment, including:

  • Mac computer labs
  • PC computer labs
  • Professional kitchens
  • Teaching restaurant
  • Program-related labs for design, media arts, and fashion
  • Gallery for showings of student, faculty, and alumni work
  • Student lounge
  • A library that contains program-related materials
  • A supply store

The school's library holds technical and general education materials, academic and professional periodicals, and audio-visual resources that are available to both students and faculty.

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

School organizations include:

  • Student Council (Open to all students)
  • Design Dallas (Fashion students)
  • ASID — American Society of Interior Designers (Interior Design students)
  • IMUG — Interactive Media Users Group (Design students)
  • Advertising Club (Advertising students)
  • CSI (Interior Design students)
  • Capture (Photography students)
  • Bible Study (Open to all students)
  • GLASS (Open to all students)
  • FLICK (Video students)
  • Drama Club (Open to all students)
  • Design Dallas (Fashion students)
  • Dallas GLAM (Fashion students)

Some students choose to live in school-sponsored housing at The BLVD. These Apartments are equipped with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, and dishwasher. The BLVD has many amenities including a swimming pool, tanning bed, barbeque & picnic areas, and a 24-hour fitness center. Each unit is equipped with a washer and dryer.

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