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About York

About York

York County has a small town feel with a population of approximately 43,000—yet it's close to big city amenities, culture, and sports. The region is home to several major shopping malls and many outlet shopping opportunities. York is known for its large manufacturing and industrial base. It has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Pennsylvania.

York was founded in the pre-Revolutionary times and it has a rich historical past and a strong commitment to preserving its traditions. York offers convenience, safety, and small town lifestyle. Major employers include York Barbell, Harley-Davidson, Stauffer Biscuit Company, and The Bon-Ton.

Baltimore is only 45 minutes away, and Lancaster and Harrisburg are only 30 minutes away.

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What Makes the York Region Special?

Because of its commitment to preserving historic places, the York region has been called an "architectural museum."

History of York

The Art Institute of York—Pennsylvania opened in 1952 as the York Academy of Arts. Thirty years later, the school joined the Antonelli Institute of Art & Photography group. In 1988, the school became Bradley Academy for the Visual Art, and in 1997 moved to its current location in east York. The school joined The Art Institutes system of schools in 2003. The school changed its name to The Art Institute of York—Pennsylvania in 2007.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of York — Pennsylvania is a 38,000 square foot creative space. The facility contains:

  • 20 classrooms and studios
  • A gallery
  • An art store
  • A library
  • Desktop computer labs containing over 120 Apple Macintosh and Windows computers. All labs are equipped with large (11x17) or small format color scanners and access to over one terabyte of network storage. The computer labs are supported by two Epson Stylus 7880 color printers, multiple HP LaserJet 5200 series printers, and an HP DesignJet color plotter.
  • Building-wide local area network and wifi
  • Specialized resource areas including an Interior Design resource room
  • Graphics lab
  • Display windows
  • Vignette space
  • Free parking

Many students enjoy apartment living in school-sponsored housing. To learn more about housing options, please contact the Student Affairs Department.

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 York region. The Art Institute of York—Pennsylvania 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 Programs for students in need of emotional support or guidance

Student groups include:

  • ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)
  • NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association)
  • Baltimore chapter of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts)
  • DECA/Detla Epsilon Chi
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