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About Colorado

Denver, one of the fastest growing cities in the country, has abundant cultural, recreational and natural resources. Founded in 1858 as a gold mining camp, Denver is located at the base of the majestic Rocky Mountains, 5,280 feet above sea level—exactly one mile high. It is a clean, young, and green city with over 200 parks, 650 miles of bike and pedestrian trails, and dozens of tree-lined boulevards.

Denver boasts 300 days of annual sunshine and brilliant blue skies. It also has enviable mountain views. The city is home to three new sports stadiums and more than 300 restaurants. Visitors enjoy perusing the restored historic district, an large collection of museums, and a variety of galleries and shopping.

The city is home to the second largest performing arts center in the nation—it even has a unique downtown amusement park.

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What makes Denver special?

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

History of Colorado

Opened in 1952 at The Colorado Institute of Art, the school joined The Art Institutes System of Schools in 1975 and was renamed The Art Institute of Colorado. In 2000, the school relocated to a 100,000 square foot facility on Lincoln Street.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of Colorado 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:

  • AIGA, America Institute of Graphic Arts
  • ASID, American Society of Interior Designers
  • Audio Club
  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Gamers Guild
  • GLOW
  • IDSA, Industrial Designers Society of America
  • Haus @The Art Institute of Colorado
  • Sculpture
  • SIGGRAPH
  • TasteTastic
  • The Great Chefs
  • The Photography Club

Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing at The Towers, located 15 minutes from downtown Denver. Amenities include:

  • One- and two-bedroom partially furnished suites with living area and galley kitchen
  • Secure building access in a quiet, residential neighborhood
  • On-site professional staff who provide a support system, including a Residential Advisor on each floor
  • Convenient location on bus routes and only minutes to class locations
  • Monthly bus pass at no additional charge
  • Workout Room
  • Computer Lab
  • No charge for parking
  • Laundry facilities
  • Community Room with foosball, air hockey, Ping-Pong, light and pool tables
  • Community big screen TVs with cable access
  • Arcade Machine with over 2,000 games
  • Music studio with electronic drums, mixer, guitars and amplifiers
  • Free Wireless internet access throughout the building
  • Vending machines
  • Welcoming community filled with inquisitive minds and creative interests

Fun social events including movie nights, town hall meetings, themed parties, Battle of the Bands, and cookouts

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