Degree Types

One size doesn’t fit all.

No two students come at the same creative challenge the same way. Nor do they come to The Art Institutes with the same career goals and lifestyles. Whether you’re going straight from high school and planning to study full-time, or looking to change careers or grow in the one you have, you want a degree option that works for you. So we have a range of degree and non-degree programs designed to help you do anything from becoming more proficient in your job to taking your professional skills to a higher level.


Bachelor's Degree Programs

Critical Thinking.

Many careers require a bachelor's degree, with a curriculum featuring more advanced and specialized courses than an associate's degree. Typically 180 quarter credits in length, Bachelor’s degree programs provide a more extensive general education than an associate’s degree program, in order to promote critical thinking skills and lifelong learning. These programs typically explore more elective and advanced courses, and can culminate in a capstone project.

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Associate Degree Programs

Stepping Stone.

Associate Degree Programs can prepare students for careers in typically vocational or technical fields that require such a degree. Associate degree programs blend programmatic and general education courses; they are generally 90 quarter credits in length. Because those credits usually can be counted toward completion of a bachelor's degree, an associate degree can be a stepping stone to an advanced degree.

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Diploma Programs

Growth Opportunity.

Diploma programs are non-degree programs designed to help students gain knowledge in an area outside their existing professional experience. By introducing a new set of skills, these programs can prepare students to take on different roles and responsibilities in their careers. Most diploma programs don’t include general education courses and can be completed in less time than a degree program.

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Certificate Programs

Focused Learning.

Certificate programs are non-degree programs where students can learn a specific set of technical and creative skills, often by building on previous experience in a field. Certificate programs typically don’t feature theory or general education courses. Instead, students in these programs focus closely on one specialized area. Because of their narrow scope, certificate programs take less time to complete than most degree programs.

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