The Art Institute of Houston moves to new location Summer classes start at new facility on July 11

By: The Art Institutes

July 6, 2011

Students at The Art Institute of Houston will have to map a new route to school for the start of summer quarter classes on July 11. The college has moved to its new location occupying more than 96,000 square feet of space at River Oaks Plaza 4140 Southwest Freeway in Houston. The college moved after two decades at 1900 Yorktown St.

The student population of The Art Institute of Houston has grown by roughly 50 percent in the last five years to approximately 2300. The college looked for a space that could handle a growing student body, as well as the technology needs that are specific to the course offerings. The Southwest Freeway site, built in 2008, meets the college’s requirements and is centrally located.

“We made this move because we wanted to ensure that our students continue to receive a high quality education,” said Larry Horn, president of The Art Institute of Houston. “This facility not only accommodates our growth but also meets the specific requirements of our degree programs.”

In addition to the classroom space, the new facility contains 11 computer labs with more than 300 workstations. The college also constructed a new audio studio, video production studio and library with more than 24,800 separately cataloged items, 2,850 multimedia titles and access to five electronic databases. The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Houston has five kitchens. Courses, the culinary school’s restaurant, will be open to the public late July.

The college was established in 1965 as the Houston School of Commercial Art and joined The Art Institutes system of schools in 1978. For more information, and to visit the new location, contact Natalia Derevyanny (312.735.0769, or Yasmin Hosseinzadeh (415.565.9948,

The Art Institute of Houston is one of The Art Institutes (, a system of more than 45 education institutions located throughout North America. The Art Institutes system is America’s Leader in Creative Education providing an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University.

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By: The Art Institutes

July 6, 2011