The Art Institute of Dallas The Art Institute of Dallas

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The Art Institute of Dallas

The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University, 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 master's 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. Dallas has grown into a global center of business and culture. The city's unique blend of southern hospitality and worldly sophistication offers a wonderful environment for students pursing a creative education, especially with its museums, symphonies, shopping, and restaurants.

Design Degree Level
Advertising Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Design & Media Management Master of Arts
Graphic Design Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Applied Arts
Graphic & Web Design Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Applied Arts
Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts*
Media Arts Degree Level
Audio Production Bachelor of Science
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Fine Arts
Digital Image Management Certificate
Game & Art Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Fine Arts
Photography Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Video Production Associate of Applied Science
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Bachelor of Fine Arts
Web Design & Development Certificate
Web Design & Development I Certificate
Web Design & Development II Certificate
Web Design & Interactive Communications Certificate
Web Design & Interactive Media Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fashion Degree Level
Fashion & Retail Management Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fashion Design Bachelor of Fine Arts*/Associated of Applied Arts
Fashion Retailing Certificate
Culinary Degree Level
Baking & Pastry Associate of Applied Science/Certificate
Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science*/Diploma
Culinary Management Bachelor of Science
Restaurant & Catering Management Associate of Applied Science
* denotes available in evening/weekend format.

Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operationsx  
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef x 
Cinematography and Film/Video Productionxx 
Commercial and Advertising Artx  
Culinary Arts/Chef Training x 
Digital Communication and Media/Multimediax  
Fashion/Apparel Designxx 
Graphic Designxx 
Interior Designxx 
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Managerxx 
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Designx  

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 Dallas 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 Dallas is a campus of South University. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of South University.

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

The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation,, 206 Grandville Ave., Ste. 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

State Licensing
The Art Institute of Dallas, a campus of South University, holds a Certificate of Authorization from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

The Art Institute of Dallas is licensed by the Arkansas State Board of Private Career Education.

The Art Institute of Dallas is licensed by the Oklahoma Board of Private Vocational Schools, 3700 North Classen Boulevard, Suite 250, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118; phone: 405-528-3370.

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