The Art Institute of Raleigh—Durham

The Art Institute of Raleigh—Durham, 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 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. Raleigh—Durham is located in the heart of the downtown Durham historical and entertainment district. Here you can find a diverse array of music festivals, film festivals,  heater, and The Nasher Museum of Art.

Design Degree Level
Graphic Design Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Media Arts Degree Level
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Fine Arts
Digital Image Management Certificate
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Photography Bachelor of Fine Arts
Web Design & Development Certificate
Web Design & Interactive Communications Certificate
Web Design & Interactive Media Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Fashion Degree Level
Fashion & Retail Management Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Applied Science
Fashion Retailing Certificate
Culinary Degree Level
Baking & Pastry Certificate
Culinary Arts Associate of Applied Science/Certificate

Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effectsx  
Culinary Arts/Chef Training x 
Fashion Merchandisingxx 
Graphic Designxx 
Interior Designx  
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 Raleigh—Durham 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 Raleigh—Durham is a campus of South University. South University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, associate degrees, and baccalaureate 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 Art Institute of Raleigh—Durham is licensed by The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina to confer Associate of Applied Science and Bachelor of Art degrees.

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