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The Dulles region is small and friendly. Here, the past and present combine to create a community that values its heritage while embracing substantial growth. The region encompasses Civil War sites and numerous examples of authentic Colonial architecture. Unique shops, numerous parks, museums, and restaurants that range from neighborhood pubs to gourmet dining are also part of this Washington, DC suburb.
Claude Moore Park offers activities for people of all ages and includes a Sportplex, nature area, and hiking trail. Recreational opportunities include Algonkian Park on the Potomac River. The Dulles area is home to the National Weather Service for the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area.
The school's close proximity to Washington, D.C. means easy access to the nation's prestigious cultural institutions. Students at The Art Institute of Washington—Dulles can take advantage of the Smithsonian Institution, which includes numerous museums from the National Portrait Gallery to the National Museum of African Art, as well as performances at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The area's rich cultural mix has earned the DC metropolitan area the nickname "the melting pot"
Some of the most popular places to visit include the White House, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam and Korean War memorials, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Capitol Building. Bus, train, and walking tours are offered to guide you through the city, and when you get hungry, there's cuisine from every corner of the earth to choose from.
Alongside the many tourist attractions, you'll find a variety of other activities to enjoy in Washington. Professional sports, first-rate theatrical and musical entertainment, beautiful parks and cultural events abound in this unique city.
The Art Institute of Washington-Dulles provides creative educations for students interested in pursing careers in design, media arts, and fashion.
The school's creative space includes:
Many students enjoy apartment living in school-sponsored housing. To learn more about housing options, please contact the Student Affairs Department.
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 D.C. region. The Art Institute of Washington—Dulles offers the following services to help students during their time at the school:
Referral to short term counseling provided by the Student Assistance Programs for students in need of emotional support or guidance