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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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-- 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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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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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.

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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!

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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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Your Bedroom: The Key to a Restful Night’s Sleep Your Bedroom: The Key to a Restful Night’s Sleep

Whether snuggling in for the night or just trying to catch a quick few winks, your environment plays an important role in determining if you’re counting sheep or counting Zzzs. From noise reduction to lighting, get tips on turning your bedroom into a tranquil oasis.

“A third of the adult population suffers from insomnia from time to time, but only about 6% meet the criteria for an actual sleep disorder” said Dr. Christina Brown from the Florida School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Tampa. “In a good number of cases, getting to sleep and staying asleep is a matter of your surroundings.”

Kristina Held, assistant professor of Interior Design at The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, focuses on areas of the bedroom that you may want to re-evaluate in order to create the sleep haven you’ve been craving.

“Creating a bedroom that is conducive to your most restful sleep might require a bit of homework, but I think you’ll find it won’t take you long,” Held said. “As an interior designer, I like to focus on lighting, bedding, furniture, and décor.”

Lighting:

Humans were created to be in-synch with the sun cycle. For this reason, Held recommends positioning your bed to the east so that you will be able to wake up seeing the sun rays peeking in around your curtains. “Try several layers of curtains to block out light at night,” Held said. “Sheers and heavy protective curtains can help soften the room visually, help with sound absorption, help insulate the window, and is a great opportunity to bring in some color and pattern.” You can leave the sheers drawn during the day to diffuse daylight while protecting against views from the outside. Both Dr. Brown and Held warn about electronics that provide artificial light in the bedroom. “Get rid of your phones, TVs and iPads while in bed. The artificial light will interrupt your sleep cycle and keep your brain activated making it harder to get to sleep and keep you off the more natural sleep patterns,” Dr. Brown said.

Bedding:

“A comfortable mattress enclosed in a hypoallergenic cover protects from dust mites and allergens such as animal dandruff and pollen,” recommends Held. Try to use only natural fiber content for your bedding such as cotton, organic cotton, silk, helm, or linen blend. Also try using hypoallergenic pillows to prevent allergies. Held also recommends placing a humidifier in your room during the winter months, and changing your air filters at least once in 3 months.

Furniture & Decor:

“Don’t use reds, it makes you awake and some say aggressive. Neutral colors, along with blues and greens, evoke calming feelings that we get when we are surrounded by nature,” Held said.

Place a neutral area rug for noise reduction and decor. If you live in a busy area, Dr. Brown recommends a white noise machine or ceiling fan to drown out the background noise. Don’t forget to include some inspiring artwork that is meaningful and brings you feelings of calm or brings you back to your center.

Horizontal lines inspire calmness and are well-suited for a bedroom. Natural materials bring in a relaxing factor as well. Lastly, unclutter you bedroom as much as possible – it will clear your mind. Some horizontal book shelves may just be the trick to de-cluttering and adding the horizontal line accents.

Both Held and Dr. Brown agree that keeping your home cooler during the night will help you sleep better. Keep your thermostat at the most comfortable cool setting, as changes in your body’s thermal regulation will wake you.

“In the short-term, just one sleep-deprived night can interfere with your ability to concentrate, affect your mood, and even make you drowsy during the day,” Dr. Brown said. If getting healthier is part of your new year’s resolution this year, make getting adequate sleep part of your goal.

The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, is part of The Art Institutes ( www.artinstitutes.edu/), a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. Several institutions of The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

Argosy University (www.argosy.edu/), with 28 campus locations in 13 states and online, is a private academic institution dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students through its seven colleges: Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Undergraduate Studies, The Art Institute of California and Western State College of Law. With one of the largest communities of graduate students in the nation, Argosy University offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in Psychology, Business, Counseling and Education. The institution offers bachelor’s degree programs in Psychology, Business, Liberal Arts and Criminal Justice and, through The Art Institute of California, serves as an important source of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary students and professionals. Degree levels and programs offered vary by location. Full and part-time law programs are offered through Western State College of Law. Argosy University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, California, 94501, www.wascsenior.org/). Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2610. See auprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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Reinvent Yourself – How to start your own (creative) business Reinvent Yourself – How to start your own (creative) business

With recent figures showing only a slight reduction in the unemployment rate to 7.6% and job growth slowing to its lowest in six months, many recent graduates in creative fields like graphic design, interior design or web design are opting to start their own businesses instead of competing for the positions that are available. So, how can you make your business a success? We asked for some tips from the experts – Bruce McCain is director of career services for The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design, and Kathleen Holland is director of career services for The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta. Here are five essentials they identified as success factors.

  1. Self-assess and research . It is imperative that as individuals we are honest with ourselves and truly understand what we are good at and what we enjoy doing. Doing aSWOT analysis (a way to analyze Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) is a great way of assessing that.
  2. Know your niche. A business plan is highly recommended to help identify both those industries with a need for your services and your competition. This exercise will also help identify whether there might be a smaller, but important, niche market where your business can focus and be profitable. “For example, if you’re a graphic designer, will you be a generalist, offering services to all types of industries, or do you have specialized experience handling retailers that you can build on,” explains McCain. Knowing your niche will enable you to develop a consistent brand identity in every aspect of your business. The business plan also sets the goals and objectives that will guide many of your decisions.
  3. To incorporate or not to incorporate. Many students in creative fields are familiar with taking on freelance work while still in school. But after graduation, it is important to formalize the business. It’s a good idea to invest in some legal and accounting advice to help you make thedecision about incorporation. There are significant advantages and disadvantages to each type of business structure.
  4. Develop a stream of business. New business owners often envision being successful within a short period of time. Developing and building a business from the ground up takes time, energy and hard work, but it can be very rewarding. The industry research you did for your business plan will come in handy in determining what a realistic rate of growth means for your industry and area.
  5. Network, network, network. “ I can’t stress enough the importance of networking,” says Holland. Networking may be your only means of marketing for quite some time – it is important to get in front of as many people as possible and give them your “elevator pitch” (a quick story about your business that you can say in 90 seconds or less). When meeting each person, make sure you take their business card; this comes in handy when writing a “nice to meet you” note the next day. Holland adds, “Yes, you should write a quick note to each person you meet. In this note, you should mention where you met them, refer to your conversation, and remind them what your business does and how it can be helpful to them.”

It takes a lot of hard work to be a creative business owner and there are no shortcuts to success. So put in the time to reap the rewards.

The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of more than 50 schools 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. 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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