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The Art Institute of Raleigh—Durham - a campus of South University
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The Art Institute of Raleigh–Durham, a campus of South University

410 Blackwell Street, Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701   |    1.919.317.3050

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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 Raleigh-Durham - a campus of South University

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a campus of South University, is located in Durham's historical and entertainment district. Here, you'll have the opportunity to learn in a region committed to innovation.

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The District at 410 Restaurant

The District at 410 Restaurant is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, The District at 410 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 Chef Leslie Eckert, 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, The District at 410 Restaurant is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact The District at 410 Restaurant at 919.317.3200 or e-mail thedistrict@aii.edu

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News and events

Raleigh-Durham Students Present “Bullchella Bazaar” Raleigh-Durham Students Present “Bullchella Bazaar”

Recently, students working toward an Associate of Applied Science or a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Marketing & Management at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a campus of South University, presented “Bullchella Bazaar.” The event was a festival celebrating the arts in Durham.

The students worked with local artists to bring attention to local boutiques, photographers, painters, and other artists. In addition to building a connection to the local arts community, the event served as an opportunity for the students to organize and produce an event.

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Raleigh-Durham’s Heidi Nolta on The Triangle’s News at 3 Raleigh-Durham’s Heidi Nolta on The Triangle’s News at 3

Heidi Nolta, director of career services at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a campus of South University, recently appeared on The Triangle's News at 3 with Brandon Dixon. Nolta recommended five “Countdown to Success” tips for parents of recent grads, which included:

5.) Breathe: At the very least, a diploma ought to earn its recipient a chance to take a deep breath and relax. Allow your graduate a chance to clear his/her head and prepare -- body, soul and mind -- for the next big adventure: employment. A little perspective may also help to make sure your grad is not focused on not just any job, but the right job.

4.) Research: All of the effort that went into term papers and final projects should now go into studying industries and organizations of interest. This is homework not just for recent graduates, but parents, too.

Dig into everything that seems pertinent to your grad’s career goals and, importantly, talk about all this with your grad. Part of the goal here is to improve fluency in relevant industry issues and trends.

3.) Network: Parents’ circles are probably more populated than their child’s. Use ‘social capital’ to create or uncover opportunities. At the same time, bring your budding professional into the virtuous circle of networking by encouraging them to tap the resources of the college’s career counselors and to make the most of alumni associations.

2.) Rehearse: While a diploma certifies a certain level of knowledge and skill, it does not guarantee poise, grace, or executive presence.  This comes only with practice.  

 Practice for job interviews and other make-or-break social opportunities, from being able to talk smoothly about industries of interest to how to tout personal strengths without sounding boastful (this includes maintaining an up-to-date portfolio). Also, school your grad in the fine art of business protocol, including sending an e-mail thank you within 24 hours from your meeting.  .

1.) Negotiate: You’ve put in the hard work of raising them from infancy, so don’t send your grads into job negotiations like babes in the woods. Their impulse may be to take whatever they’re offered.  Tactfully asking questions about items like parking and insurance can establish your grads as particularly sharp young people worth hiring. 

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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“The District at 410” Restaurant Featured in Raleigh-Durham News & Observer “The District at 410” Restaurant Featured in Raleigh-Durham News & Observer

“The District at 410,” the student-run restaurant at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a campus of South University, was recently featured in The News & Observer.

The article featured the news that the restaurant is now open for lunch from 12-2 pm on Thursdays and Fridays. It also highlighted a menu favorite, pan seared scallops served with creamy polenta and balsamic drizzle.

Read the article here: http://www.newsobserver.com/living/food-drink/mouthful-blog/article76936067.html#storylink=cpy

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any Web site linked to this Web site/newsletter. The links are provided for your information and convenience only. The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham does not endorse, support or sponsor the content of any linked Web sites. If you access or use any third party Web sites linked to The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham’s Web site, you do so at your own risk. The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham makes no representation or warranty that any other Web site is free from viruses, worms or other software that may have a destructive nature. 

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Raleigh-Durham Staff Member Featured on Policygenius.com Raleigh-Durham Staff Member Featured on Policygenius.com

In her role as director of career services at The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, a campus of South University, Heidi Nolta counsels students and grads to help them make the most out of internship opportunities. Her tips were recently featured on Policygenius.com

Nolta’s advice includes talking to instructors, friends, and fellow students for guidance. She states that instructors may have connections or insights into particular companies looking to hire creative individuals.

Read the full article here: https://www.policygenius.com/blog/what-to-look-for-in-an-internship/

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham is not responsible for the content or accuracy of any Web site linked to this Web site/newsletter. The links are provided for your information and convenience only. The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham does not endorse, support or sponsor the content of any linked Web sites. If you access or use any third party Web sites linked to The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham’s Web site, you do so at your own risk. The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham makes no representation or warranty that any other Web site is free from viruses, worms or other software that may have a destructive nature. 

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Notable alumni

Learn more from some of our grads who’ve made a name for themselves as they talk about their education, their careers, what Creativity for Life means to them, and their advice for aspiring creative professionals.

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Katrina Williams

Katrina Williams

Graphic Designer & Art Assistant , Chapel Hill Magazine

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Regina Rangel

Regina Rangel

Sous Chef , Print Works Bistro

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Matthew Stewart

Matthew Stewart

Junior Designer , NOA Living

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Joseph Gailes

Joseph Gailes

Chef,Panciuto/Mez/Whisk

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Lanna Ali-Hassan

Lanna Ali-Hassan

Design Assistant, RSI Kitchen & Bath

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