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Welcome to The Art Institute of Virginia Beach

Greetings and Welcome to the Beach!

At The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, we offer a creative education to those who are passionate about the applied arts. In speaking with potential students and their parents, I like to talk about the “jazz” that can be felt when you arrive on campus. By “jazz” I mean the excitement that is palpable in the hallways and the classrooms. It comes from the energy and creativity of our students and our instructors as they work together to enhance the creative skills of our students. Our students come to us with a natural artistic ability, and our instructors help them strengthen those skills and guide their professional growth and maturity.

Faculty and students are involved in numerous local events, and our students realize that living in a community also means giving back to that community by supporting various charitable events. Students and faculty have participated in events at the Food Bank, the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, the Gosport Arts Festival, the Virginia Opera, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center—just to name a few.

We offer a culture that appreciates diversity; that diversity can be seen in the work hanging in the Art Gallery at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach. At various times during the year, that may be the work of students, faculty and staff, alumni, military, textile artists, and others.

Located in Town Center, The Art Institute of Virginia Beach offers students the opportunity to live, work, and attend school in a vibrant and growing area close to the beach and the boardwalk!


Dr. Deborah Harris-Sims
Campus Director