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The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Your creative future begins in 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

Choose what you would like to study in Fort Lauderdale

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 nearly 45 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 Costumes for Varekai by Cirque du Soleil Students Design Costumes for Varekai by Cirque du Soleil

(Miami, August 2015) Ten fashion students from Miami International University of Art & Design and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale were asked to design costumes inspired by the show Varekai by Cirque du Soleil.  The competition was featured in the Miami Herald, Examiner.com and SouthFlorida.com 

Fashion students were required to adhere to strict guidelines by the wardrobe costume Director and Varekai executive team. The costumes had to fit the acrobatic and design elements of the show and be washable, flexible and easy to breathe in. The designs were reviewed and judged by the Cirque Du Soleil team and the winner announced at a special V.I.P day for the students on August 19, 2015.

Students got a behind-the-scenes tour and learned about what it takes to maintain Cirque du Soleil along with a Q&A with Vareka’s head of wardrobe, Collette Livingston. Their illustrations will be seen on stage during the performance. 


Finalists in the competition:

Miami International University of Art & Design - Bachelor of Fine Arts, Fashion Design Program

        Sebastian Cubides, Chelsea Vega, Dante Villalobos, Ivana Tarraza, Isleine Eme, Angela Caputo

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale – Bachelor of Science, Fashion Design Program

        Pam Reagan, Jezra Pierre, Rosa Angulo, Paulina Lozano


The Art Institutes is 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. Administrative office: The Art Institutes, 210 Sixth Avenue, 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 © 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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The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Grad Makes Cover of Las Olas Lifestyle Magazine The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Grad Makes Cover of Las Olas Lifestyle Magazine

(Fort Lauderdale, July 2015)  Alexandra Grief, a 2008 graduate of The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale with an Associate of Science in Fashion Design degree, recently had her work featured on the cover of Las Olas Lifestyle Magazine. Grief, the founder and designer of Montce Swimwear, was featured in a story entitled “Suit Up South Florida.” The article chronicles Grief’s career and looks at what makes her swimsuits so popular.

You can read the story at:  http://lmgfl.com/suit-south-florida

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. For gainful employment data please visit ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/460. 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.  


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The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Welcomes New President The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Welcomes New President

The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale welcomes new campus president Carolyn Pierce. As president, Pierce will oversee all aspects of school administration including academic quality, operational effectiveness, as well as student and graduate success.

Pierce brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education to her role at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She most recently served as Campus President of Heald College in Fresno, CA, where she was responsible for the largest student population in a 12 campus division. Under her guidance, the campus was voted Top Career College in Fresno for eight consecutive years and the student population grew by 400%.

Carolyn is passionate about higher education, which began with her first job as an Admissions Representative at Catherine College. From there, she advanced to Director of Admissions followed by College Director at Phillips Junior College, before beginning a 20 year career with Heald College. She was a member of the Fresno Rotary Club, a Board Member of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce and a member of Fresno County Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Pierce earned a Bachelor’s degree from University of California, Los Angeles and an MBA from University of Redlands.

For more information about Pierce and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, please contact Mandy Wilson at manwilson@aii.edu or 412.918.5544.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, 1799 S.E. 17th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316.  ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

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Faculty Author, Kerry Syzmanski: "Seduce your Customers" Faculty Author, Kerry Syzmanski: "Seduce your Customers"

On Tues., June 3, Kerry Szymanski, a faculty member in Fashion Merchandising at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, was featured at a signing and reception for her new book.

On Tues., June 3, Kerry Szymanski, a faculty member in Fashion Merchandising at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, was featured at a signing and reception for her new book, "Seduce Your Customers." The event took place in the Library on campus.

Kerry says, "Believe it or not, marketing is a lot like dating. In this witty and accessible book, aspiring entrepreneurs will find an innovative new model for marketing success… one that parallels the stages of romantic relationships. Fashioned around the idea of the Dating Lifecycle Curve, "Seduce Your Customers" shows you how to develop highly successful marketing strategies. You'll learn how to attract new customers during the “Love at First Sight” phase; how to avoid an “Affair” or a “One-Night Stand”; and how to live happily ever after in a blissful “Marriage” with your most loyal customers."

"Seduce Your Customers" is available on Amazon.


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 are subject to change. 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. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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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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