The Art Institute of Philadelphia The Art Institute of Philadelphia

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The Art Institute of Philadelphia

The Art Institute of Philadelphia is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over fifty schools throughout North America dedicated to providing hands-on education in the creative and applied arts. The school offers bachelor's and associate degree programs as well as non-degree programs for students interested in pursuing career opportunities in creative fields like design, media arts, fashion, and culinary. Philadelphia is a big city with a small-town heart, and as one of the largest college and university towns in the nation, the city’s influx of young people is responsible for much of the vitality of the arts, culture, and design scene.

Design Degree Level
Advertising Bachelor of Science
Graphic Design Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Interior Design Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Media Arts Degree Level
Audio Production Bachelor of Science
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Science
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Science
Photography Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Bachelor of Science
Web Design & Development Diploma
Web Design & Interactive Media Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Fashion Degree Level
Fashion Design Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Fashion Marketing Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Fashion Retailing Diploma
Visual Merchandising Associate of Science
Culinary Degree Level
Baking & Pastry Diploma*
Baking & Pastry Arts Associate of Applied Science
Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science*/Diploma
Culinary Management Bachelor of Science
* denotes available in evening/weekend format

Apparel and Textile Marketing Managementxx 
Cinematography and Film/Video Productionxx 
Culinary Arts/Chef Training x 
Digital Communication and Media/Multimediax  
Fashion/Apparel Designxx 
Graphic Designxx 
Industrial and Product Designx  
Interior Designxx 
Merchandising and Buying Operations x 
Recording Arts Technology/Technicianx  
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Managerx  
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Designxx 

Academic Life

A focused education from an Art Institutes school can help students evolve from the creative thinkers they are into the creative professionals they want to be. Students are part of a collaborative, supportive community, where experienced instructors provide the guidance and skills to pursue a career in the creative economy.

In addition, Academic Advisors help students choose a field to study, schedule classes, and discuss academic progress. Our Career Services staff work with students to prepare for their future, including job searches, interviewing skills, resume writing, and networking, all designed to help them secure entry-level jobs in their chosen fields.

Facilities and Resources

The Art Institute of Philadelphia provides a learning environment with professional-grade technology applicable to each student’s course of study. Students have the opportunity to build a portfolio of work that shows potential employers they are trained to use the software, hardware, or equipment utilized within the industry. Depending upon the course of study, students are immersed in a creative environment—from classrooms to computer labs to studios—focused on relevant, hands-on education designed to prepare students for the real world.

Financial Aid / Tuition

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Students who require financial assistance should first complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at and meet with a financial aid officer. Students may also apply for a number of scholarships focusing on their specific areas of career interest.


Prospective students should refer to the current academic catalog for full details regarding admission requirements and process.

Accreditation & Licensing

The Art Institute of Philadelphia is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104; phone: 267-284-5000.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

The Associate of Science in Culinary Arts degree program is accredited by The Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.

The Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree program is accredited by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). NKBA can be contacted at 687 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840; phone: 800-THE-NKBA;

The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation; 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503;

The Art Institute of Philadelphia is authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to confer the Bachelor of Science degrees, Associate of Science degrees, and diplomas. The Department of Education can be reached by writing to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, department of Education Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education, 333 Market Street, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17126; phone: 717-783-6788.

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