The Art Institutes (Ai) are a system of schools that offer several programs based in fashion, design, media arts, and the culinary/cooking sector. These schools offer undergraduate and non-degree programs in addition to master's degree programs in certain fields, although not all programs are available at each location. Classroom instruction often mimics real world situations and is typically hands-on. Course schedules tend to be friendly for working adults with most locations offering evening and weekend classes. Overall, more than 66,000 students are enrolled at one of the Art Institute's 50 locations across the U.S. and Canada.
The faculty and staff at The Art Institutes are professionals with a background of real world experience related to the areas in which they teach. Instructors seek to provide students with relevant knowledge and challenging experiences that can be applied to the current job market. In addition to course instructors, academic department directors help to craft the real world curriculum, while program coordinators support students through the educational process.
With over 50 locations across the U.S. and Canada, students at The Art Institutes have the option to live at home, rent their own apartment close to campus, or stay in the school sponsored housing that is available at many locations. Many students find that class schedules allow them to hold jobs, raise families, and lead normal lives while they complete their program. All campuses have diverse student populations and are located in small to large cities.