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Indianapolis is the 13th largest city in United States, with a growing downtown region that's been called one of the country's best by Forbes Magazine. The revitalized downtown area features retail shops, more than 35 hotels, hundreds of restaurants, theaters, sports venues, art galleries, and parks.
The city's largest business sectors are health care, manufacturing, social services, and retail. Companies including Eli Lilly and Company, Brightpoint, hhgregg, Republic Airways Holdings, Simon Property Group, Roche Diagnostics, and Conseco are some of the region's biggest employers. Local companies that hire graduates of The Art Institute of Indianapolis include Tribune Company/Fox 59, The Adidas Group, Hatworld/Lids, Gannett, Motionwear, Meridian Hills Country Club, and Bradley and Montgomery.
The growth in Indianapolis has led to an expansion of the city's cultural districts—all six of them—Broad Ripple Village, Massachusetts Avenue, Foundation Square, The Wholesale District, Canal and White River State Park, and Indiana Avenue. The rich diversity of these six districts allows students to experience theaters, performing arts, museums, and galleries.
Outdoors enthusiasts enjoy the city's warm summers by visiting the region's many parks, while winter sports fans stay warm cheering on the Indianapolis Colts during football season. The NBA's Indiana Pacers are a perennial favorite, as well. And motorsports fans flock to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to catch the Indianapolis 500.
The Art Institute of Indianapolis, located in the city's impressive and unique Pyramids, opened in 2006 as a branch of The Art Institute of Las Vegas.
Conveniently located next to Interstate 465, the school consists of 62,000 square feet of classrooms, 3 Mac computer labs, 4 PC computer labs, fashion labs, a supply store, library, professional kitchens, and the student-run restaurant, Eleven at the Pyramids. One PC lab has Cinqiq drawing pad monitors, while one of the Mac labs has Mbox2 Pro audio interfaces for recording.
The school also houses a student lounge with a large flatscreen TV and computers, two sewing labs with industry standard sewing machines, a large digitizer table for patterns, and two plotters—one for paper patterns and one for fabric. The photo studio contains industry standard strobes and continuous lights, complemented with various modifiers, filters, backgrounds, and computers.
The Art Institute of Indianapolis offers a student health plan and disability services. Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing that's close to classes and helps to build relationships with other creative students. The housing's amenities include an outdoor pool, computer lab, fitness center, and student lounge.
The school's multicultural student body encourages creativity and learning—in addition to the many clubs and extracurricular activities available to those who are enrolled in classes.