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2233 West Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021-2859   |    1.602.331.7500

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Our degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

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The Art Institute of Phoenix has provided creative educations for over 15 years. With strong old west, Native American, and Mexican influences, Phoenix offers sun-filled days and abundant nightlife.

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Gallery Café

Gallery Café is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Phoenix, Gallery Café serves as the dining lab for students in the culinary program, offering a unique combination of real-world experience and instructional content.

Under the direction of professional chef instructors, culinary students nourish and delight patrons while taking the final steps on their path to becoming culinary professionals. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Gallery Café is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact Gallery Café on Monday – Friday between 8 am and 4 pm at 602.331.7500. Email ncoughlin@aii.edu to be put on the menu mailing list.

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Alison King Named One of Top Ten Arizona Instagrammers Alison King Named One of Top Ten Arizona Instagrammers

(Phoenix, July 2015)  The Arizona Republic recently honored The Art Institute of Phoenix graphic design instructor Alison King (@modernphoenix) as one their ten favorite Instagram users in Arizona

Instructor King documents midcentury modern architecture, interiors, graphic design, and monumental signage arts across the state. This summer she let The Art Institute of Phoenix #AIPXcreature #Designosaur take over her Instagram account as she blitzed across Southern California on #sabbatication. The high point was visiting the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, where she pulled up 110-year old magazines from their archives to study and expand her Design History class presentation on the Vienna Secessionist period — because that’s #howprofessorsroll. Not surprisingly King also teaches the art of social media, sharing her practical experience with Instagram and Facebook in the Graphic Design and Advertising programs at The Art Institute of Phoenix.


The Art Institute of Phoenix is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Phoenix, 2233 West Dunlap Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021-2859 © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

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Military Advanced Education Honors Education Management Corporation Schools Military Advanced Education Honors Education Management Corporation Schools

Military Advanced Education (MAE) has selected schools throughout all four of Education Management Corporation’s (EDMC) education systems for inclusion and recognition in their 2012 Guide to America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. http://www.kmimediagroup.com/topmil2012

Honorees are Argosy University, Phoenix, The Art Institute of Houston, The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division, The Art Institute of Seattle, Brown Mackie Colleges and South University.

This is the second consecutive year MAE selected both Brown Mackie Colleges and The Art Institutes. Colleges and universities were selected to the list based on the various benefits they provide active-duty military members, veterans and their dependants.

“We are honored to once again be recognized by Military Advanced Education for providing curriculum and support programs that are devoted to serving military members,” Lt. General John (Jack) Bergman, EDMC Military Liaison, said. “EDMC institutions are uniquely suited to serve the needs of members of our nation’s military. The broad array of programs we offer provide active duty service members, reservists, veterans, military spouses and families the quality, flexibility, and convenience they seek through courses both on campus and online.”

According to MAE, the 2012 guide is more comprehensive than ever before. Selected schools have met rigorous criteria and have truly earned the designation of “military-friendly.” Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year’s schools for inclusion in the guide are: on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the sophistication and effectiveness of its distance learning programs, Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, and the number of American Council on Education (ACE) credits the school will accept.

More than 8 percent of EDMC students are active military or veterans. Of that group, 35 percent pursue their degrees through online programs. Depending on a student’s unique circumstances, online higher education can provide the flexibility of not having to be physically located on campus. Some programs even enable active military personnel to stay enrolled online while serving overseas and others may offer the opportunity to allow special start and stop accommodations that reflect the reality of soldiers and sailors finding themselves deployed in the middle of a course.

Military Advanced Education is the only magazine produced expressly for active duty/reserve servicemembers as well as members of the National Guard and veterans who are seeking to take advantage of the Department of Defense’s education benefits.

About Education Management

Education Management Corporation ( www.edmc.edu ) is among the largest providers of private post-secondary education in North America, based on student enrollment and revenue, with a total of 107 locations in 32 U.S. states and Canada. We offer academic programs to our students through campus-based and online instruction, or through a combination of both. We are committed to offering quality academic programs and continuously strive to improve the learning experience for our students. Our educational institutions offer students the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees and certain specialized non-degree diplomas in a broad range of disciplines, including design, media arts, health sciences, psychology and behavioral sciences, culinary, fashion, business, education, legal and information technology.

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Don’t wing it: tips to help prepare for your next interview Don’t wing it: tips to help prepare for your next interview

So you put together a stellar resume, wrote a winning cover letter and landed an interview for your dream job. The hard work’s done, right? Wrong. Don’t think you can just rely on your dazzling personality to win over your interviewer. There’s no substitute to being prepared, and two career service directors from The Art Institutes system of schools share their tips for helping you get ready and get the job.

“Research, research and research. The more you research the more prepared you are,” says Ricardo Estevez, Career Services Director at The Art Institute of Washington, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta (new.artinstitutes.edu/arlington). Having a firm understanding of the job description and job duties allows you to practice answers associating job duties with positions you’ve had in the past. “This helps make sure your answers are succinct and helps connects the dots for the employer,” says Kristin Frank, Career Services Director at The Art Institute of Phoenix (new.artinstitutes.edu/phoenix).

Estevez adds that research can help you take charge of an unstructured interview and bring it back to home state. It also enables you to have questions to ask at the end of the interview. He says, “without research, it’s hard to realign the interview and get out of uncomfortable spots.”

Along with getting a better understanding of the job, your preparation should also include getting a better grasp on your own skill set. “Be confident with your accomplishments, and be prepared to share them with multiple people who could be interviewing you,” says Frank. “I always say practice with your best friend. They are your biggest cheerleader. They will help you come up with some of your big statements about what you did.” Also having an outline of key points and clean, concise messages is going to benefit the entire process.

“Tell me a little it about yourself” is usually the first question asked in an interview and is often one that can easily trip up the interviewee. “Usually, at the beginning of an interview, you really should keep it about the job, about your past experiences in relation to the job you’re applying for,” says Estevez. “Keep it hyper-focused on the position you’re interviewing for.” He adds to listen to how the question is asked. If the interviewer says “tell me more about you,” he or she usually wants to know more about you personally. People shouldn’t shy away from this but also not get too personal.

Another question that can be tricky to navigate is why you are leaving your current position. Both Estevez and Frank agree that the key here is keeping it 100% positive. For most people, the answer should be about opportunity, challenge and growth. “Having this answer planned out ahead of time is really going to be key,” says Frank.

If you are changing careers, Estevez recommends talking about how you are passionate about the new field you are entering. He also cautions about mentioning how a current employer doesn’t offer a flexible schedule. Make sure to keep things positive and career or passion focused.

If there is a gap in your resume, it will most certainly come up during the interview, and the HR representative or recruiter will always be a bit sensitive to this. “Be genuine,” says Frank. “It is up to the candidate to articulate in a way that’s genuine and not implying that something negative happened. Be really positive, be sure you are focusing on what you can bring to the table.” The same goes for any unfinished education.

While you are doing your research on the company, your interviewer is also doing research on you. According to Frank, “many employers Google people before they come in for an interview or research them before they even become a candidate.” She stresses you need to protect your image on social media and be aware of what is on the internet and ensure the information reflects your goals and experience.

“If salary comes up and they really want an answer and really want to know your number, everyone should know what their bottom-line number is. Add a bit more and negotiate down,” says Estevez. Once this question is asked, it is ok to then ask what the budget is for that position. If there is a big disparity, ask if there is an opportunity for a higher salary later.

Depending on the job you are interviewing for, demonstrations of your skills or job shadowing could be required. Skype interviews are also becoming more common, says Frank. These help interviews see how well a candidate can work with technology.

The biggest mistake that Estevez sees is not being in the interview mindset as soon as you leave the house. Each person you see from the receptionist to the people you pass in the lobby or elevator, could potentially be part of your interview panel. Treat them all as such.

The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. Administrative office: 210 Sixth Avenue, 33rd Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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"News: From the Ashes" "News: From the Ashes"

Skyler Cordova, a current student at Argosy University, Phoenix studying toward a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology, turned his life around by joining the army after being a former drug addict.

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