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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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Assignments Restaurant

Assignments Restaurant is the student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Colorado. 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 instructors, students create dishes in the kitchen and run all aspects of the dining room. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Assignments Restaurant is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience.

For reservations and additional information, call 303.778.6625.

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Culinary Student Competes in “Almost Famous” Competition Culinary Student Competes in “Almost Famous” Competition

(DENVER, CO January 2016) - Melyssa Krutsche, a student in the Associate of Applied Science in Baking & Pastry degree program at The Art Institute of Colorado, was one of two students from The Art Institutes system of schools to take part in the annual San Pellegrino Almost Famous regional competition. Held on January 11, 2016 in Chicago, Krutsche produced and presented her signature dish to a panel of judges. 

The San Pellegrino Almost Famous Chef competition consists of five regional events in the United States. On average, eight culinary students from each region and various culinary schools will meet at a host school. The regional winner of the two hour competition will then move on to the final competition. Each competitor must present ten consistent plates of their signature dish. The dish must be an original entrée incorporating style and imagination which could be presented and served at a fine dining restaurant. 

Krutsche’s creation included a roasted pork tenderloin with shiitake mushrooms atop polenta, sauced with a pork demi-glace and roasted garlic gastrique. This was paired with agnolotti pasta stuffed with fig, pancetta and pine nuts, along with a vegetable mix of mini cauliflower, pearled carrots and snap peas with roasted lemon. With the support of her coach, Chef Shannon Hayashi, she said the experience "was an amazing learning opportunity." 

The Art Institute of Colorado 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 Colorado, 1200 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203.  © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/910 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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Culinary Students Bake-up Some Tasty Treats for Denver Animal Shelter Culinary Students Bake-up Some Tasty Treats for Denver Animal Shelter

(DENVER, CO January 2016) – Culinary students at The Art Institute of Colorado recently put their skills to work to benefit some four-legged friends. The students donated homemade, baked from scratch, dog biscuits to the Denver Animal Shelter. Their donation was made in conjunction with the fashion department’s Rescue Runway fashion show, which was held on December 4, 2015. All proceeds from the event also went to Denver Animal Shelter.

The Art Institute of Colorado 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 Colorado, 1200 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80203© 2016 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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Students Create Designs for Local Library Students Create Designs for Local Library

(DENVER, CO December 2015) – Interior Design students at The Art Institute of Colorado recently had the opportunity to turn the skills they’ve learned in the classroom into designs for a local library. When Pat Martin, the Digital Teacher-Librarian at Stevens Elementary in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, needed some design assistance, she turned to friend who happened to be a graduate of The Art Institute of Colorado. This friend got her connected to the school and Patrick Soran’s Presentation Techniques class, which led to a team of nine students taking on the project. “They were eager to jump into a real, real-world design problem,” Soran said.

That problem was to bring some liveliness to a bland box library designed for pure efficiency. Soran broke the class into three teams: programming, measuring and photographing. The programming team interviewed Pat Martin and the school’s principal extensively to discover exactly what they needed and wanted. The measuring team documented the existing space, measuring it and developing floor plans and interior elevations. 

After the students shared their information, they prepared informal, desk presentations of their ideas. Since the class is focused on making presentations, they then took their design ideas and crafted hand-built design boards. The following week student presented individually to a group of 25 parents, teachers and administrators in the library at Stevens. “The designs are wonderful,” said one parent. 

Designs ran the gamut from simple colors and signage to elaborate forest fantasies complete with student-created “forest friends.” Two students used Dr. Seuss books to create environments rich with images and inspirational quotations. One student created a trip back in time with vignettes of historic moments which would house books about that period. Another envisioned a trip into Alice’s Wonderland. “We are so honored that the students listened to our needs so carefully,” said Martin. “And responded so creatively.”

Martin set the boards up and created a voting system. Faculty, staff, parents, the library volunteers and the PTA voted to work together with student Juli Krueger-Andes, a student in the Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design degree program. Her concept is titled Eagle’s Nest. Krueger-Andes used the school’s mascot, an eagle, as a graphic symbol to help students find particular areas of the library. Using aspen-inspired wallcovering she turned a corner of the library into a retreat where adults and students both can work and read together. She selected adjustable tables that can be set to an adult’s or a child’s height. “I thought it was important to respond to everyone who uses the library,” Krueger-Andes says, “not just the kids.”

Juli will discuss an implementation plan with the library in early 2016.

The Art Institute of Colorado 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 Colorado, 1200 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80203. © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/923 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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“Rescue Runway” Fashion Show Benefits Denver Animal Shelter “Rescue Runway” Fashion Show Benefits Denver Animal Shelter

(DENVER, CO December 2015) - The Art Institute of Colorado teamed up with Denver Animal Shelter and Furry Little World for the first annual “Rescue Runway” Fashion Show and Silent Auction, on Friday, December 4, at Pinehurst Country Club. Shelter dogs got the model treatment as they trotted down the catwalk in custom garments designed by fashion students at The Art Institute of Colorado. Twenty-eight students created 26 looks for the human models and 19 looks for the canine models, all inspired by fairy tales, most notably Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, Cinderella, and Pinocchio. All proceeds benefited Denver Animal Shelter, and all of the puppies in the show were adopted.

Along with creating all of the garments in the show, students also produced and managed all aspects of the fashion show. One of the models was local celebrity/radio personality and pet lover Emily Makinzie.

For more information on Furry Little World, visit: http://furrylittleworld.wix.com/event.

For additional information on “Rescue Runway,” visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/730983680347007/

The Art Institute of Colorado 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 Colorado, 1200 Lincoln St., Denver, CO 80203© 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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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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Kara E. Dunston

Kara E. Dunston

Graphic Designer, The Integer Group

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Bridget Trimble

Bridget Trimble

Lead Patternmaker , Princess Paradise

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William Grant

William Grant

Assistant Chef, Morrill Commons at Ohio State University

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Ryan Robert

Ryan Robert

Photographer, Beaugureau Studios

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Eric L. Lind

Eric L. Lind

Interior Designer, Gensler

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