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About Tucson

About Tucson

Tucson is a fast-growing, progressive metropolitan area of over ½ million people, boasting an incredibly rich cultural heritage. Arizona, also known as the Grand Canyon state, combines the cultures of the United States and Mexico with continued influence from past settlement by Native Americans, Spanish explorers, and Anglo frontiersmen. The result is a diverse mix of people, architecture, food, and communities that inspire creative thinking.

The city has many annual events, including the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, The Tucson Festival of Books, Tucson Folk Festival, Fourth Avenue Street Fair, The Tucson Rodeo, Tucson Meet Yourself, and All Souls Procession Weekend. There is also a Center for Creative Photography, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Titan Missile Museum, Jewish Heritage Center, and Tucson Chinese Cultural Center. Music lovers enjoy the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the region's many mariachi bands.

The region's largest employers include Raytheon Missile Systems, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and The United States Army Intelligence Center. Sports enthusiasts follow The University of Arizona Wildcats, Tucson Monsoon, and racing at Tucson Raceway Park.

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What Makes Tucson Special?

Forbes ranked Tucson as the #3 Best City for Jobs in Spring 2013

History of Tucson

The Art Institute of Tucson was established in 1996 as the Fleur de Lis Institute of Interior Design. Today it is a member of The Art Institutes system of schools and has expanded course offerings to include design, media arts, culinary, and fashion.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The school 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 kitchen
  • Mac and PC computer labs
  • Library
  • Student Lounge
  • Bookstore

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 Tucson area. The Art Institute of Tucson offers the following services to help students during their time at the school:

  • 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

Student groups include:

  • ADDY Club
  • Animation Club
  • Carving Club
  • Club F/22
  • Club ID
  • Digital Film & Video Production Club: 24 Frames Above the Line
  • Fashion Club
  • Urban Arts Club
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