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The Art Institutes

Think Visually. Act Quickly.

Think Visually.
Act Quickly.

DESIGN AT THE ART INSTITUTES

DESIGN AT THE ART INSTITUTES

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You can envision it. Our design school can help you unleash it.

There are many design fields — and one graphic design school with the wide variety of programs that can get you ready for what you’re passionate about.

When you study design at The Art Institutes system of schools, you’re pushed, challenged and supported by talented faculty* and a community of Creative Warriors. You can work hands-on with the hardware and software you’ll use as a design professional, helping you make a smooth transition from classroom to workplace. Whether you’re looking to pursue an advertising degree, or study web, industrial, or interior design, we can help you lay the groundwork for an exciting, extensive array of design careers.

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Capture attention. And hearts and minds will follow.

Whether as an eye-catching web page, a more efficient package, or a gracious interior space, design can have a dramatic impact on the world around us. Here, you can combine your inherent visual talents with the essential skills the creative economy needs, opening up a world of possibilities in seeing your vision come to life.

  • Advertising
  • Graphic & Web Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
  • Instructional Technology & Design
Advertising
Taking you from concept stage to market-ready professional.
With an advertising degree from The Art Institutes, you can turn your talent into a positive impact on our culture and economy. Unique among advertising schools, our comprehensive program covers both the creative and business sides of advertising, drawing on the experience of your instructors. You can learn to push the boundaries of how technology impacts the way we learn, think, choose and interact. And you can be prepared to enter this dynamic field in entry-level positions such as junior art director, production designer, assistant account executive, marketing coordinator, project coordinator and web producer.

What You Can Learn:

  • Copywriting
  • Digital Illustration
  • Storyboarding
  • Concept Development
  • Online Marketing
  • Account Planning
  • Marketing Research
  • Public Relations and Promotion
  • Media Buying
  • Brand Strategy
Graphic & Web Design
New world of visual communication.
The creativity and craft of graphic and web designers is virtually everywhere you look—from books, product packaging, and CDs to digital advertisements, websites and interactive installations. and innovative product packaging. But effective design is more than just appearances. It’s understanding how to communicate conceptually, how to make everything from typography, colors, illustration, and photography work together as a whole to grab attention and leave a lasting impression. In our graphic design school, you can elevate your talents and learn the skills that will prepare you to excel in such entry-level positions as graphic designer, motion graphics designer, production artist, or junior art director.
What You Can Learn:
SHARED COURSES:
  • Color & design fundamentals
  • Image manipulation
  • Traditional typography
  • Layout & Concept Design
  • Web Page Scripting
  • Digital Illustration
  • Interactive Motion Graphics
GRAPHIC DESIGN CONCENTRATION:
  • Advertising Concepts
  • Form and Space, including Advanced Layout Design
  • Package Design
  • Business of Graphic Design
  • Publication Design
  • Art Direction
WEB DESIGN CONCENTRATION:
  • Information Architecture
  • Interface Design
  • Audio & Video
  • Design for Mobile Devices & Emerging Technologies
  • Web Page Design
Industrial Design
A chance to shape your own future.
Focus your creativity on devising and designing new and better products. In our Industrial Design degree programs, you can learn to combine aesthetics with ergonomics, usability, and sustainability and build the skills that could lead to entry-level positions such as model maker, illustrator, or exhibit builder.

What You Can Learn:

  • Drawing and Perspective
  • Digital Modeling and Rendering
  • Design Thinking
  • Fabricating
  • Materials & Processes
  • Product Design
  • Model Building
  • Three dimensional design
  • Prototyping
  • Human Factors
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Science
Interior Design
Learning to create interior spaces that measure up.
You have a knack for knowing how to make a space work. Now you can have the opportunity to learn how to turn that creative know-how into a career in Interior Design—the art of marrying form and function, connecting people to the spaces where they live, work, learn, and play. Our degree programs can help get your foot in the door through entry-level positions such as architectural assistant, project designer, or facility and space planner.

What You Can Learn:

  • Traditional and Computerized Design
  • Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD)
  • Space Planning
  • Textiles
  • Lighting
  • Barrier-Free Designs
  • Interior Architectural Systems
  • Residential Design
  • Commercial Design
  • Institutional Design
  • Office Design
  • Materials and Specifications
  • Building and Safety Codes
  • Sustainable Building Principles and Practices
  • Environmental Design
  • Human Factors
Instructional Technology & Design
What you can learn.
Designed by experienced industry and education innovators, our program emphasizes the creative development of education resources through the integration of multi-media technologies and the application of creative and visual problem-solving skills.

Course topics include:

  • Media Business Practices
  • Design Fundamentals
  • Image Manipulation
  • Digital Color Theory
  • Mobile & Social Game Design
  • Applications & Industry
  • Introduction to Layout Design
  • Typography
  • Information Architecture
  • Fundamentals of Web Design
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Instructional Technology & Design Project Management
  • Interface Design
  • Introduction to Writing for Interactive Media
  • Object-Oriented Scripting
  • Intermediate Web Design
  • Interactive Motion Graphics
  • Server-Side Scripting
  • Instructional Technology Integration
  • Psychology of Learning
  • Learning Theories & Strategies
  • Foundations of Instructional Design
  • Curriculum Design
  • Developing Instructional Materials
  • Evaluation, Assessment & Analysis of Learning
  • Advanced Instructional Design
  • Interaction Management
  • User Experience Design
  • Digital Media Production
  • Foundations of Game-Based Learning
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Special Topics in Instructional Technology & Design

Featured Faculty 

Learn about some of our Design Department Directors from a variety of our schools and learn about their thoughts on their roles and our educational experience.
Chris Chen Mahoney, Design, The Art Institute of Colorado
Chris Chen Mahoney
Design
The Art Institute of
Colorado
"When I teach, I make sure my students understand the importance of team work and that deadlines are not negotiable"
Chen Mahoney has always worked in small design studios and companies, where versatility and flexibility are very important. Some of her experience includes art direction for a Denver apparel company, industrial design studies in Shanghai, China and active membership in the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society. When she teaches, she emphasizes presentation to clients, and classmates alike.
Doug Heinlein, Design, The Art Institute of Seattle
Doug Heinlein
Design
The Art Institute of
Seattle
"My background in the gaming, web, and design professions have direct correlations to shaping expectations of what it means to become a professional designer."
Along with a bachelor's and master's degree, Heinlein worked as creative director for Imagination Pilots Entertainment and Rolling Stone JAM TV, on campaigns for AT&T, Southwest Airlines, and McDonald's, and claimed awards such as E3 Best in Show.
Christine David, Design, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Christine David
Design
The Art Institute of
Fort Lauderdale
"Find your path in life and never stop looking at the world with the eyes of a child; through those eyes, all things are possible."
A former creative director at Artemis Advertising in Fort Lauderdale, and one-time owner of her own art gallery, David holds an MBA in Marketing, Advertising and Finance from Saint Bonaventure University in Olean, NY. She counts the American Advertising Federation National Silver Star Medal among her many industry awards.
Chris Chen Mahoney, Design, The Art Institute of Colorado
Chris Chen Mahoney
Design
The Art Institute of
Colorado
"When I teach, I make sure my students understand the importance of team work and that deadlines are not negotiable"
Chen Mahoney has always worked in small design studios and companies, where versatility and flexibility are very important. Some of her experience includes art direction for a Denver apparel company, industrial design studies in Shanghai, China and active membership in the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society. When she teaches, she emphasizes presentation to clients, and classmates alike.
Doug Heinlein, Design, The Art Institute of Seattle
Doug Heinlein
Design
The Art Institute of
Seattle
"My background in the gaming, web, and design professions have direct correlations to shaping expectations of what it means to become a professional designer."
Along with a bachelor's and master's degree, Heinlein worked as creative director for Imagination Pilots Entertainment and Rolling Stone JAM TV, on campaigns for AT&T, Southwest Airlines, and McDonald's, and claimed awards such as E3 Best in Show.
Christine David, Design, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
Christine David
Design
The Art Institute of
Fort Lauderdale
"Find your path in life and never stop looking at the world with the eyes of a child; through those eyes, all things are possible."
A former creative director at Artemis Advertising in Fort Lauderdale, and one-time owner of her own art gallery, David holds an MBA in Marketing, Advertising and Finance from Saint Bonaventure University in Olean, NY. She counts the American Advertising Federation National Silver Star Medal among her many industry awards.

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