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About New York City

About New York City

The Art Institute of New York City's Midtown location places it near most of New York City's iconic skyscrapers, including the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building. This neighborhood is known for its architecture and popular destinations including Bryant Park, Broadway, Rockefeller Center, Herald Square, MoMA, Madison Square Garden, and the New York Public Library. Times Square and Fifth Avenue are home to retail stores and Midtown Manhattan offers a huge array of dining options.

The city's Garment District has been a center for fashion manufacturing and fashion designing since the early 20th century. This neighborhood is home to the majority of New York's showrooms, major fashion labels, well-known designers, their production facilities, warehouses, showrooms, and fabric/materials suppliers. This is the place where design happens—design that's shipped worldwide. No other city has as many fashion businesses and talent in one location.

Major companies in the region provide students with the opportunity to gain real-world experience through internships. The region's largest employers include American Airlines, Bank of America, BNY Mellon, Citigroup Inc., Macy's, and Morgan Stanley. Advertising agencies include Burson-Marsteller, Initiative Worldwide, Ketchum, Mcgarrybowen, Ogilvy & Mather, and Young & Rubicam.

Our students also take advantage of all that New York City sports has to offer, including the Mets, Yankees Nets, Knicks, Giants, Jets, Devils, Islanders, and Rangers.

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What makes New York City special?

Forbes Magazine listed New York City as one of the top 50 places in the United States for Business and Careers.

History of New York City

The Art Institute of New York City opened in 1980 as the New York Restaurant School. In 1996, the school joined The Art Institutes system of schools and updated its course offerings to include programs in design, fashion, and media arts. It moved to its current location in the Spring of 2014.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of New York City is located in bustling Midtown Manhattan in the heart of the Fashion District. Surrounded by Times Square, the Theatre District, Chelsea, and Korea Town, the area is a hub of culture and a focal point for individuals who appreciate and possess creative talent of all kinds. The brand new facility is 45,000 sq. feet in space and houses:

  • Seven Mac computer labs
  • Four art labs
  • Four sewing labs
  • Fashion resource room
  • Technology office/cage where students can sign out technical and digital equipment
  • Bookstore
  • Art gallery
  • Student library, with over 2,500 hardcopy volumes, more than 1,100 DVDs, approximately 150,000 digitized books, and 9,700 digitized journal titles in addition to nearly 50 print journals.

Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing in Brooklyn Heights. Located close to lower Manhattan, the residence hall units at 67 Livingston are close to restaurants, shops, and New York City attractions. Our fully-furnished student housing includes a fitness center, lounge with patio, computer center, wifi, and 24-hour security. 67 Livingston is just a short, convenient half hour commute on the 2 or 3 train to the Midtown Manhattan campus.

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 New York City area. The school also offers the following volunteer opportunities:

  • Participation in local charity events
  • Holiday fundraising events to provide food to the needy
  • Off-campus social events
  • Gallery art and design exhibitions
  • Fashion shows
  • Study trips to local cultural and commercial sites
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Message from the President

Welcome to The Art Institute of New York City! The administration, faculty and staff of The Art Institute of New York City are here to support our students in achieving their educational and career goals. As a team we work together toward one common goal-dedication to our students’ academic success. We understand our roles in producing employable, dependable, forward-thinking graduates. It is this responsibility to prepare our students that drives us every day.

At The Art Institute of New York City, students have the opportunity to be a part of a rich tradition of excellence. As a student here in one of the most creatively vibrant cities in the world, you can take full advantage of all the resources that we and New York City have to offer. New York holds the distinction of being a worldwide cultural and creative leader and is proud to have the top museums, design, fashion and technology - all things that you can explore as you hone your skills and build your creative future.

The Art Institute of New York City, you will have the opportunity to engage with tomorrow’s challenges and find the creative solutions needed in today’s world. We ask that our students challenge themselves every day to grow personally and professionally, to develop and achieve and to be fully engaged in their course of study. As our students remain focused on their individual success we too remain focused on them and work every step of the way to ensure that they are receiving a hands-on, quality, focused education that leads to career opportunities in the creative workforce.

If you have any questions, I encourage you to contact us. If you have never visited our college take a moment to reach out to admissions so that you can schedule a tour to see our students, faculty and staff firsthand and see how The Art Institute of New York City can support your goal of creativity for life!


Jennifer Ramey


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