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About Jacksonville

About Jacksonville

Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida, with over 836,000 residents. Located in the first coast region of northeast Florida, the city enjoys warm weather year-round and has more than 500 unique neighborhoods.

Jacksonville is known for its strong performing arts venues, including The Florida Theatre, Sun-Ray Cinema, The Ritz Theatre, and The Times-Union Center for Performing Arts. Each year, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, the second largest jazz festival in the nation is held here, along with The World of Nations Celebration which focuses on cultural diversity.

Sports fans enjoy following the Jacksonville Jaguars, Suns, Sharks, Giants, Axemen, and Armada. Major employers in the region include Citibank, JP Morgan Chase, Mayo Clinic, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Jacksonville, FL

What makes Jacksonville special?

Forbes listed Jacksonville as one of the top 100 places in the United States for business and careers.

History of Jacksonville

The Art Institute of Jacksonville, a branch of Miami International University of Art and Design, opened in 2007. Its history reaches back to 1965 when the International Fine Arts College opened offering programs in fashion merchandising. The college evolved to offer programs in design and media arts, joining The Art Institutes system of schools in 2002 as Miami International University of Art & Design. The Art Institute of Jacksonville offers programs in design, media arts, culinary, and fashion.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of Jacksonville is located in approximately 48,000 square feet of the Liberty Plaza building. This building is home to classrooms, studios, laboratories, offices, a student lounge, a library, and an exhibition gallery.

The Liberty Plaza building connects to nearby buildings by a boardwalk that surrounds a small lake, providing a peaceful and creative environment for students, faculty, and staff.

The school is located close to Jacksonville and is near to public transit.

The school's hands-on education is supported by industry relevant computer labs, design labs, software, and equipment, including:

  • Mac Labs
  • PC Labs
  • Animation lab
  • Interior design labs
  • Steadi Cam flyer LE
  • Ez FX 14' crane with remote controlled head
  • Library with magazines, periodicals, and online electronic databases to support the academic programs offered.

Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing that is located near to The Art Institute of Jacksonville. The school's student affairs department can help students to locate housing.

To build relationships and gain experience in their areas of study, students participate in special events and workshops, join student groups, and work in internships within the Jacksonville area.

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