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The Art Institute of Portland

1122 N.W. Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209-2911   |    1.503.228.6528

"I found what makes me happy, what I love, what makes me want to wake up every single day."

-- Angelo Rosa, Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City, 2014

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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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Earn a grant up to $17,316 (up to 20% of your tuition).

Pursue your education in a young community known for its growing technology sector

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More than 50 years, The Art Institute of Portland has inspired creative people to push their ideas in a region known for arts and innovation.

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Sharp Restaurant

Sharp Restaurant is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Portland, Sharp Restaurant 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, Sharp Restaurant is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact Sharp Restaurant at 503.228.6526 or email aipdsharprestaurant@aii.edu

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Ai Portland featured in The Oregonian Ai Portland featured in The Oregonian

OregonLive.com (The Oregonian's online edition) quotes Ethan Derner, faculty instructor at The Art Institute of Portland, and features students who filmed a pair of promotional videos to promote the Cirque du Soleil show "Varekai" which will be coming to Portland, May 6-10. Four of Varekai's cast members were filmed for the videos as a crew from the school's "Digital Short" class ran the three-hour production. Footage was shot at three different locations including Pittock Mansion, Crystal Ballroom, and an outdoor mural at the corner of SW 11th Ave. and SW Washington St. in Portland. 


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of Portland, 1122 N.W. Davis Street, Portland, OR  97209 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.


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Green Living Project: Revamp Your Kitchen Pantry to Avoid Waste & Encourage Cost Effectiveness Green Living Project: Revamp Your Kitchen Pantry to Avoid Waste & Encourage Cost Effectiveness

For a basic green living project with benefits to your wallet and the environment, consider revamping the kitchen pantry. The cupboard is the starting point for most kitchen activity and is more than just a storage space. Develop good buying habits and build a strong foundation and you can avoid the waste of food and money. Here’s how to tackle the task at once or little by little.

ASSESS
When you are not in a rush to whip up a family meal or put away loads of groceries, take some time to really look at the items in your pantry. What is in front? What is hidden in the back? What’s used most frequently? What is expired?

“Be more aware of your consumption habits,” suggests Cory Schreiber, a chef instructor at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Portland. This awareness is a simple step to greener living. “Avoid impulse purchases by being more mindful of the emotions that can be involved in food shopping,” he adds. “Not only do you avoid waste this way, but conscious consumption is more cost-effective too.”

UTILIZE
Another cost-effective method that the storeroom manager at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University recommends is a common inventory and accounting process used by schools, hotels and other food service providers. “Practicing a first-in, first-out method of consuming your pantry goods is a true way to save money and prevent food waste,” informs Joshua Joe, who purchases the schools food supplies. With approximately 500 culinary arts students regularly coming through the school’s dry storage area, Joe encourages the students to use the earliest bought, or oldest, goods first. “The tendency is to go for the freshest or A+ product when the A grade item will due,” he says. “You don’t want to let perfectly usable goods go to waste.”

STOCK UP
Once you have a handle on what you are buying and how you are consuming it, it is time to stock up.

Schreiber proposes buying high-quality essentials and purchasing goods in bulk. “Buy the highest quality staples you can afford,” recommends Schreiber. For example, six pounds of a good butter can last you a solid five months. Other items where quality counts and the products can endure include oils, vinegars, salts, dried herbs and spices. “When possible, buy dry goods in bulk too,” he adds. Grains, rice, legumes and pastas are all good products to shop for in a food store’s bulk department.

To hold the loose pasta or grains, look for containers with a lower environmental footprint. “Using glass, metal and ceramics is the easiest solution,” says Chris Stanley, an Industrial Design instructor at The Art Institute of Seattle. Stanley, who has taught course on the History of Industrial Design and in Materials & Manufacturing, adds “choose something classic in design so you won't be tempted to throw it out in two years. Or, you can re-use glass jars and that fruit cake tin your aunt sends you each year.”

Not only is buying in bulk less expensive, but less packaging means less energy used to create the materials and less garbage to throw away – all of which are more friendly to the environment.

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Oregon Business: "Light Moves" Oregon Business: "Light Moves"

Norton Young, academic director of design at The Art Institute of Portland was recently quoted in an article about the “possibilities for tech-driven, environmentally interactive art pieces” for public installments and landscaping use.

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The Art Institute of Portland Tackles Higher Education Affordability with Art Grant Program The Art Institute of Portland Tackles Higher Education Affordability with Art Grant Program

The Art Institute of Portland, offering programs in design, fashion, media arts and culinary, today announced a new and innovative program to help reduce students’ debt, encourage smart borrowing, and improve the affordability of higher education. The Art Grant gives students the opportunity to earn and apply grant money toward their tuition—rewarding them for successfully completing course credits and progressing toward graduation.

Through the program, which will launch beginning Oct. 1, students at The Art Institute of Portland are eligible to earn grant funding for every 12 course credits earned while maintaining continuous enrollment status, regardless of their program of study.  An eligible associate degree student may earn up to 15 percent (between $6,400 and $6,900) of their tuition in grant funding over the course of their studies and an eligible bachelor’s degree student may earn up to 20 percent (between $17,300 and $18,600) of their tuition in grant funding over the course of their studies at The Art Institute of Portland. Students must meet all conditions to qualify.

“The Art Institute of Portland is committed to helping students pursue a creative education. The Art Grant makes a creative education more affordable and rewards students who are committed to completing their education,” said Emily Hill, President, The Art Institute of Portland.

The Art Grant will be available to students enrolled in associate and bachelor’s degree programs at the following locations: The Art Institute of Portland; The Art Institute of Seattle; The Art Institute of Las Vegas; The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of  California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of  California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of  California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of  California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University; and The Art Institute of  California—Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University.

For more information about The Art Grant, please visit, new.artinstitutes.edu/portland or www.aiartgrant.com/.

The Art Institute of Portland is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Portland 1122 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209 ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

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