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About Philadelphia

About Philadelphia

Philadelphia, the second largest city on the east coast, is known as the birthplace of America—and it's enjoying a rebirth as a destination for young people who want access to cultural amenities in an established city. North Philadelphia's factories have been renovated into innovative art galleries and fashion-forward independent boutiques are opening in nineteenth-century storefronts—signaling a modern transformation for this historic city.

Philadelphia is a big city with a small-town heart. Its neighborhoods include the colonial Society Hill and the funky Northern Liberties. Students enjoy vising the Italian Market, the oldest working outdoor food market in the country, and the 200 sidewalk cafes that bring the streets of the city alive at night. Music lovers find funk, jazz, hip hop, world music, punk, and alternative rock local clubs or head to the Kimmel Center to hear classical music.

Just a short subway ride from The Art Institute of Philadelphia are sporting events featuring the Phillies, Flyers, 76ers, or Eagles.

The city offers over 9,000 acres of green spaces and is rated one of the top cities for cycling and off-road biking. Major employers include Jefferson Health System, Merck & Company, UPS, Comcast Corporation, Aramark Corporation, Vanguard Group, Verizon Communications Incorporated, and Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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What Makes Philadelphia Special?

In 2013, Forbes ranked Philadelphia as one of the nation's best cities for singles.

History of Philadelphia

Founded by artist Philip Trachtman, the school opened in 1971 and joined The Art Institutes system of schools in 1979. It was then renamed The Art Institute of Philadelphia. The school occupies 1622 Chestnut Street, a building originally designed in 1928 as the CBS flagship radio station affiliate. Designated as a historical site by the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Art Deco building became home to the college in 1982.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of Philadelphia is home to industry-related equipment and software that provides students with real-world experience. These include:

  • Post-production facility featuring digital technology, audio-for-video equipment, surround sound, an isolation booth, and equipment to create foley sound recordings.
  • A 1500 square-foot TV studio offering a fully-outfitted digital control room. Other features include a soundstage with a cyclorama wall and light grid.
  • Edit suites providing access to non-linear editing software for audio and video.
  • Special labs for design and fashion students that allow them to work in a hands-on learning environment
  • Library of over 30,000 volumes and online databases for images, business information, and journal articles
  • Photographic imaging facilities that include traditional and digital camera, a full photography studio, black and white lab, and a digital darkroom.
  • Professional kitchens, including an a la carte kitchen, two skills kitchens, a combined bake shop skills kitchen and a bake shop.
  • Petite Passion, the school's student-run restaurant
  • Mac and PC computer labs

Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing located close to The Art Institute of Philadelphia. Residence Life Coordinators are available onsite to help students with questions as they transition to college life. Students who live in school-sponsored housing are also invited to socials throughout the year.

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 Philadelphia area. The Art Institute of Philadelphia 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 Program for students in need of emotional support or guidance

Student groups include:

  • Animation Guild
  • Brashcreative
  • Interior Design Club
  • IDSA Student Chapter
  • Jam Out
  • Student AIGA

The school and its students are also involved in community groups including:

  • MANNA
  • American Red Cross
  • The United Way
  • The Salvation Army
  • Philadelphia Art Museum
  • Epilepsy Foundation
  • Girl Scouts of America
  • Philadelphia Flower Show
  • International Visitors Council of Philadelphia
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