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The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design

Parkside at Tampa Bay Park - 4401 North Himes Avenue, Suite 150, Tampa, FL 33614-7086   |    1.813.873.2112

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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 Tutored Chef Restaurant

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

For reservations, please contact The Tutored Chef Restaurant at 813.393.5395

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Culinary Student Helped Create James Beard House New Year’s Eve Dinner Culinary Student Helped Create James Beard House New Year’s Eve Dinner

(TAMPA, FL January 2016) - Diners at New York City’s famous James Beard House rang in 2016 with a lavish meal created and prepared by four Chef instructors from The Art Institutes system of schools. For several years, The Art Institutes has partnered with The James Beard House to create a festive celebration of food for culinary enthusiasts, alternating annually between preparing dinners on New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving. This year’s menu featured regional American flavors paired with wines from around the world.

irsten Jo Mathers, a student in the Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts degree program at The Art Institute of Tampa, was chosen to travel to New York and help with the meal preparation. The Tampa Bay Times featured Kirsten and her role in the dinner in the article linked below.

http://www.tampabay.com/things-to-do/food/dining/art-institute-student-heads-to-new-york-to-cook-a-beard-dinner/2259508 

The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design 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 Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, Parkside at Tampa Bay Park – 4401 North Himes Avenue, Suite 150, Tampa, FL 33614. © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/100 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 3110.


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The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons

The Art Institute of Michigan is teaming up with the Rachael Ray Show to provide cooking lessons to the students enrolled at Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. During filming of the Rachael Ray Show’s Thanksgiving episode, on Monday, November 16, Ray unveiled a completely renovated kitchen for the students, complete with new appliances and a study space. To help Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program get the most out of this new kitchen, The Art Institute of Michigan is going to provide four lessons/demos on healthy eating and nutrition at the gym throughout the next year. 

Three culinary instructors from The Art Institute of Michigan appeared on the show to announce the gift of the cooking lessons, and the episode will air Wednesday, November 25. In the Detroit area, please tune into WDIV-TV at 2pm. For additional times and channels, visit http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show-info/showtimes/.

For more information on Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, visit http://downtownyouthboxing.org/

Read more about the filming on Detroit Free Press:  http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/11/16/rachel-ray-laila-ali-downtown-detroit-boxing-gym/75905200/

The Art Institute of Michigan 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 Michigan, 28175 Cabot Drive, Novi, MI 48377. © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

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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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Take Cooking Class at  The Art Institute of Tampa Tampa Bay Buccaneers Take Cooking Class at The Art Institute of Tampa

(Tampa, June 2015)  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookies took part in a 2-hour cooking class at The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, on Friday, June 5. The class is part of their Buccaneers Rookie Educational Series camp and included 24 players. Teams are required by the National Football League to provide life training in areas such as finance or cooking for their draft picks. The cooking class was organized with The Art Institute of Tampa’s instructors and some students. 

For photos from the cooking class, click on the link:    http://bit.ly/1JySjcG

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change.  The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, Parkside at Tampa Bay Park, 4401 North Himes Avenue, Suite 150, Tampa, FL  33614-7086 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

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

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DIY Halloween Costumes That Won't Spook Your Budget DIY Halloween Costumes That Won't Spook Your Budget

As the leaves turn, children of all ages begin their quest for this year’s “it” Halloween costume. If you’re like most parents, this typically requires thinking ahead and spending an average of $26.52 for each costume, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2011 Halloween Consumer Intentions and Actions Survey conducted by BIGresearch (NRF). In 2011, seven out of 10 Americans planned to celebrate Halloween, spending $1 billion on children’s costumes alone. With many families continuing to feel the economic pinch, an average of 18.9% of consumers will make costumes instead of purchasing them this year. What to do if you’re not an expert sewer or crafter? Here are some DIY ideas from the experts.

Milva Di Lorenzo, Fashion Design faculty for Miami International University of Art & Design, suggests, “Start by doing research online – if you’re even a little crafty, there are many unique, fun costumes you can create with little money and no sewing.” She recommends the following websites:

www.spoonful.com/halloween

www.marthastewart.com (click on Holidays link on left)

http://www.parenting.com/halloween-central

Kate Campbell, department chair of Fashion & Retail Management at The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, agrees. She also advises, “Get your child involved in creating the costume. Look at ideas and decide on a budget together. This ensures your child is excited about their costume, especially when their friends tout the ones from the store.”

For more inspiration, look at the quick costume ideas below from our experts.

Robot Costume
Needed: Gray sweat suit, one long aluminum dryer hose, 2 rectangular disposable foil pans, baseball cap, foil, colored markers, ribbon.

  1. The foundation is a long-sleeve sweatshirt or undershirt and grey sweatpants.
  2. Cut aluminum dryer hose in 4 parts. Place one on each leg over sweatpants for the legs. For arms, use ribbon attached to the hose with a stapler to connect the other 2 pieces across the child’s back. Put on like a coat, one arm at a time.
  3. Attach the two disposable foil pans with ribbons close to the corners, making sure there’s enough space so it can go over the child’s head like a sandwich sign.
  4. Have your child use markers to create “robot” buttons and knobs on the foil pans.
  5. Wrap a baseball cap with foil and use as the robot’s hat.

Butterfly Costume
Needed: long-sleeved T-shirt and leggings in pink or any favorite color, poster or foam board in matching color, ribbon, tissue paper in coordinating colors, assorted embellishments, such as beads, glitter pens, rhinestones, hair band, pipe cleaners, hot glue gun or other adhesive.

  1. The foundation is the T-shirt and leggings.
  2. Draw (find an easy stencil online or free-hand it) large wing shapes on poster or foam board and cut them out.
  3. Involve your child in decorating the wings. Make sure you plan the design before you start gluing.
  4. Use ribbon to tie the wings together and to create backpack-style straps to hold them on the child’s shoulders.
  5. Use additional poster board to create a belt to go around your child’s waist. Cut tissue paper in triangles and staple to the belt, overlapping at the top and with pointed ends down, to create a skirt. Decorate the head band and attach the pipe cleaners.

With a little imagination and patience, you can create unique Halloween costumes with your child and have fun, too! Finally, remember to take plenty of pictures!

To learn more about The Art Institutes schools, visit www.artinstitutes.edu.

The Art Institutes ( www.artinstitutes.edu ) is a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration # 04-01-1698B; AC0165, AC0080; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. The Art Institute of Tennessee — Nashville is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission . See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important information.

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Notable alumni

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Joshua Zeff

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Allison Grayce Nold

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Interactive Art Director, Roger West Creative and Code

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Katie Skiba

3D Modeler , Media Lab 3D Studio

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