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About Minnesota

Minneapolis, the "city of water," and St. Paul are the two famous Twin Cities of Minnesota. Minneapolis harbors the natural beauty of parks and lakes and is a modern metropolis that supports both a vibrant artistic community and bustling business center.

The Twin Cities is an exciting place to experience and create the arts. Four major art museums, two orchestras, and regional theater offer plenty of creative inspiration. Students visit the Sculpture Garden at the Walker Art Center, Aquatennial, Winter Carnival, Renaissance Festival, and Minneapolis Museum of Arts. Broadway Productions are performed at the Hennepin Avenue Theatre District. And for music lovers, there are pop, jazz, and a rock concerts that help the Twin Cities earn the nickname "The Land of 10,000 Bands."

In nearby Bloomington is the Mall of America, the country's largest shopping complex. The mall's centerpiece, Nickelodeon Universe, is a $70 million, 7 acre indoor family theme park.

Minnesota is known for its lakes, and Minnesota has both a river and 20 lakes. More than 150 city parks are accessible for hiking, biking, and skating. In warmer months, students visit the beaches of Lake Calhoun, while in winter they enjoy ice skating, ice fishing, snowmobiling, and skiing.

Sports fans cheer on the Twins, Vikings, Timberwolves, and Lynx. And getting to the games is easy via mass transit, shuttles, and a skyway that connects more than 50 city blocks.

Companies including 3M, General Mills, Land O' Lakes, and Pillsbury call this region home.


The Art Institutes International Minnesota prepares individuals to thrive in a diverse and evolving world by integrating liberal studies and relevant, career-focused instruction in the fields of Design, Fashion, Media Arts, and Culinary Arts.


The Art Institutes International Minnesota will be the college of choice for students who are interested in pursuing an academic program of study in the applied arts or culinary fields. Our graduates will be the choice of employers who are seeking highly qualified employees.


  • Highly-qualified graduates
  • Quality academic and co-curricular programs
  • Innovative, learning-centered instruction
  • Student-focused, career-oriented support
  • Collaborative, inter-connected community
  • Inclusive, inspiring environment


  • Integrity
  • Academic excellence
  • Creative thinking and innovation
  • Personal and professional development
  • Responsible stewardship of resources
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What Makes Minneapolis Special?

Forbes ranked Minneapolis the nation's healthiest city.

History of Minnesota

The Art Institutes International Minnesota was founded in 1964 as Lowthian College. In 1997, the school joined The Art Institutes system of schools and was renamed The Art Institutes International Minnesota. The school is 92,000 square feet in size, designed with creative students in mind.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institutes International Minnesota contains industry-related equipment and software that provides students with real-world experience, and a comfortable experience on campus. These include:

  • Labs for design, fashion, and media arts students
  • Student lounge
  • Library/Learning Resource Center
  • Professional kitchens
  • Exhibition gallery
  • Mac labs
  • PC labs
  • Equipment check out center

Many students enjoy apartment living in school-sponsored housing at Stadium View. These partially furnished apartments offer private bedrooms and bathrooms in suite-style units. Amenities include a fitness center, tanning beds, movie theater, game rec room, computer center, study lounges, vending and snack area, and an on-site DVD rental machine. Additionally, each suite has a full kitchen, bed, desk, dinette table, sofa and loveseat, coffee table, washer, and dryer.

The Art Institutes International Minnesota offers the following student clubs:

  • Film Club
  • The Art Institutes' Graphic Design Group (AiGD)
  • Animation Club
  • Anime Club
  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • C2: School Magazine
  • Delta Epsilon Chi Association (DEX)
  • Hospitality Management Club
  • National Technical Honor Society
  • PACE Leaders: Peers Assisting in the College Experience
  • Photo Club
  • Sketch Jam
  • Student Advisory Council

To build relationships and gain experience in their areas of study, many students participate in special events and workshops, join student groups, and work in internships within the Minnesota area. The school offers the following services to help students during their time at the school:

  • Special events/workshops on health or wellness related areas
  • Information on human services in the local area
  • Assistance with study habits, time management, stress management, communication, problem solving, and the transition to school
  • Coordination of disability services for students who qualify in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Referral to short term counseling provided by the Student Assistance
  • Programs for students in need of emotional support or guidance
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