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The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
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The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale

1799 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316-3013   |    1.954.463.3000

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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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For 47 years, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale has helped students to pursue creative careers.

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The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale's proximity to beaches provides endless creative inspiration for students. The city has a small town feel with all of the cultural amenities of a larger region—and Miami is just a short drive away.

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Chef’s Palette Café and Grill

Chef's Palette Café and Grill is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Chef's Palette Café and Grill serves as the dining lab for students in the culinary program, offering a unique combination of real-world experience and instructional content. In 2005, Chef's Palette Café and Grill won an American Culinary Federation Achievement of Excellence award.

Culinary students nourish and delight patrons while taking the final steps on their path to becoming culinary professionals. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Chef's Palette Café and Grill is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact Chef's Palette Café and Grill at 954.760.7957.

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Students Design Collateral for the Florida Turkish American Association Students Design Collateral for the Florida Turkish American Association

(FORT LAUDERDALE, FL January 2016) – During the winter quarter, students at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale will develop multiple collateral pieces for the Florida Turkish American Association (FTAA).  The FTAA has been around for more than 40 years and it is the largest and oldest Turkish American cultural organization in Florida.  The organization is one of the largest and most culturally active organizations within the United States.  The group features a very large dedicated group of volunteers who work in organizing a festival every year.  This year, the festival will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Young Circle in Hollywood, Florida.  

Students will design the event’s poster, along with a save the date card and a brochure.  The poster has been the best advertising tool for the event, and is hung in many Turkish American businesses and community centers. It is also e-mailed to sponsors, advertisers and friends, with a digital copy is uploaded to their website.

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale, 1799 S. E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.  © 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.

Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287.

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The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Splash Fashion Show The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Splash Fashion Show

(Fort Lauderdale, November 2015)  The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale partnered with the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts (WMODA) to create an exhibition inspired by the sea. The Fashion Design students at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale worked with the Graphic Design students.  The fashion students displayed fantasy costumes that reflected nature’s bounty and WMODA exhibited pottery, porcelain and glass – all paying homage to the ocean. The exhibition will run through February 12.


The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale, 1799 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL  33316-3013© 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.

Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287. 


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The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons

The Art Institute of Michigan is teaming up with the Rachael Ray Show to provide cooking lessons to the students enrolled at Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. During filming of the Rachael Ray Show’s Thanksgiving episode, on Monday, November 16, Ray unveiled a completely renovated kitchen for the students, complete with new appliances and a study space. To help Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program get the most out of this new kitchen, The Art Institute of Michigan is going to provide four lessons/demos on healthy eating and nutrition at the gym throughout the next year. 

Three culinary instructors from The Art Institute of Michigan appeared on the show to announce the gift of the cooking lessons, and the episode will air Wednesday, November 25. In the Detroit area, please tune into WDIV-TV at 2pm. For additional times and channels, visit http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show-info/showtimes/.

For more information on Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, visit http://downtownyouthboxing.org/

Read more about the filming on Detroit Free Press:  http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/11/16/rachel-ray-laila-ali-downtown-detroit-boxing-gym/75905200/

The Art Institute of Michigan 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 Michigan, 28175 Cabot Drive, Novi, MI 48377. © 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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Catherine Pliess, Interior Designer, selected To Serve on National Grading Panel Catherine Pliess, Interior Designer, selected To Serve on National Grading Panel

Catherine Pliess, Interior Design Program Coordinator of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, was recently selected to be a Grading Coordinator for the Council for Interior Design Qualification's (CIDQ) Fall 2015 administration. Pliess is one of 6 individuals selected for the vital role of NCIDQ Examination Grading Coordinator Fall 2015.

The NCIDQ Examination consists of three parts: two multiple-choice sections (which are machine­ graded) and a practicum section. The Practicum section of the exam is a three-part drawing practicum graded by interior design practitioners  using established criteria set by a group of "master grader" practitioners called Grading Coordinators.

Passing the examination and earning the respected NCIDQ Certificate signifies that an interior designer has met the rigorous standards for education, experience and examination for interior designers in North America. Graders help CIDQ maintain these standards to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public.

NCIDQ Examination graders are trained to use a well defined and uniformly accepted set of criteria when grading the practicum exams. Each exam exercise is graded by two different graders, who apply professional judgment within the parameters of the established criteria set by CIDQ. The graders evaluate the entire solution to see if a candidate has demonstrated his or her competence in the area being tested. Exercises that receive conflicting scores during the initial grading will be graded a third time by a Grading Coordinator, with that score replacing the divergent score.

"NCIDQ Certificate holders represent qualified interior designers-those who are deemed capable (through education, experience and examination) to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare," explains Kim Ciesynski, 2013 CIDQ President. "Our graders are responsible for upholding the standards and determining who those qualified individuals are. The role of a grader is extremely important in ensuring CIDQ's mission of public protection is upheld. We value Ms. Pliess’s participation. Our volunteers are the backbone of CIDQ."

All NCIDQ Examination Grading Coordinators are required to be active NCIDQ Certificate holders and former Exam Graders. Pliess earned her NCIDQ Certificate in April, 2005. Ms. Pliess graduated from Arizona State University with a Master of Science and has worked in the interior design field for 22 years. In her current position with The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Pliess is responsible for the academic management of the programs in the area of interior design and industrial design. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale offers a Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science in Interior Design and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design. 

CIDQ® is an organization of regulatory boards and provincial associations in the United States and Canada whose core purpose is to protect the health, life safety and welfare of the public by establishing standards of competence in the practice of interior design. More information about the organization may be found at www.ncidq.org.


The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale 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 Fort Lauderdale, 1799 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316. © 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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Steven Ruddy

Steven Ruddy

Lead Creative Director, MyLynko.com

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Dane Hosler

Dane Hosler

Lead 3D Developer, Resolve Maritime Academy

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Rich Achaia

Rich Achaia

Executive Chef , Sanctuary Cafe

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Lila Rivera

Lila Rivera

Head Designer , Lila Nikole Collection

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Candice Grace Masters

Candice Grace Masters

Owner and producer, Broken Peanut Media

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