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About Tampa

About Tampa

Tampa's warm climate allows students to enjoy the outdoors year-round. A popular tourist destination, Tampa boasts attractions including Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium, and Lowry Park Zoo.

Sports fans enjoy following the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Rays, or Lightning. The area is also known for its nightlife. Popular spots for nightlife include Channelside, Bay Street at International Plaza, and Ybor City, the center of the city's music scene.

One of the city's most renowned museums is the Salvador Dali Museum, home to the world's most comprehensive collection of works by the late Spanish surrealist. Tampa's many theaters, symphony and dance performances, museums, and a diverse range of art galleries showcase some of the world's most talented artists, actors, and musicians. Students enjoy visiting the Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Science and Industry, St. Petersburg Museum of History, Florida International Museum, and Great Explorations: The Hands-On Museum.

When students are looking for a break, many choose to visit the region's beautiful and inviting natural beaches, lakes, and rivers.

Major regional employers include BayCare Health System, Verizon, Citi, Busch Gardens, Home Shopping Network, TECO Energy, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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

What Makes Tampa Special?

Forbes listed Tampa as the second best city in the country for young entrepreneurs.

History of Tampa

The Art Institute of Tampa, opened in 2004, is located on the sunny Gulf Coast. The school provides creative educations in the areas of design, media arts, culinary, and fashion.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of Tampa is home to industry-related equipment and software that provides students with real-world experience. These include:

  • Specialized labs for design, media arts, and fashion
  • Professional skills kitchens
  • Mac and PC computer labs
  • Library
  • Student Lounge
  • Bookstore

The school's library supports learning and encourages intellectual curiosity among students and faculty. Library staff work in cooperation with faculty to help students develop the ability to find, evaluate, and use information in order to become lifelong learners. The library maintains a quality collection of books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, and online databases—and provides access to remote resources through Internet access and cooperative agreements with other area libraries.

The school's Residence Life and Housing Department offers two options for student housing—either school-sponsored or independent. School-sponsored residence halls are supervised facilities located in close proximity to the school and are available to those who prefer a more traditional student housing environment. For those who choose to live in independent housing, the Residence Life and Housing Department can provide insight into local options.

To build relationships and gain experience in their areas of study, many students participate in special events and workshops, join student groups, and work in internships within the Tampa area. The school offers the following services to help students during their time at The Art Institute of Tampa:

  • Special events/workshops on health or wellness related areas
  • Information on human services in the local area
  • Assistance with study habits, time management, stress management, communication, problem solving, and the transition to school
  • Coordination of disability services for students who qualify in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Referral to short term counseling provided by the Student Assistance Program for students in need of emotional support or guidance
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