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Think Visually. Act Quickly.

Think Visually.
Act Quickly.

DESIGN AT THE ART INSTITUTES

DESIGN AT THE ART INSTITUTES

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Start with a focused education right here, and there’s no telling how far you’ll go in the field of design.

Your journey at The Art Institutes System of Schools starts with a talented faculty who will guide your learning and help you gain the skills to qualify for your first job.

Here in our collaborative community, you’ll work hands-on with the hardware and software you’ll use as a design professional. It’s about becoming a creative problem-solver and helping you make a smooth transition from classroom to workplace.

Our students are always telling us how much they get out of our Open House*. So plan to get to our next event and find out for yourself what we’re all about. After all, it's good to have a goal. But it's better to achieve that goal. Complete the form, and when we talk, be sure to ask about the next Open House event near you.

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Impact the world with your ideas.

You can devise the web ad that captures consumers’ attention. Create the user experience for tablets and smartphones. Design the living space that co-exists with the environment. Blend the skills of a graphic designer and a web developer. Make a new product that combines form and function to answer a need. Through one of our programs in the area of design, you could become one of the visual thinkers who drive the creative economy. And your future.

  • Advertising
  • Graphic & Web Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design
Advertising
Taking you from concept stage to market-ready professional.
There’s more to advertising than just creating ads. So there’s more to our advertising education, too.

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.
In our new program, you'll study the fundamentals of both disciplines, then focus on a print or web design path.
What You Can Learn:
  • Color & design fundamentals
  • Image manipulation
  • Traditional typography
  • Layout & concept design
  • Web page scripting
  • Digital illustration
  • Interface design
  • Interactive motion graphics
Industrial Design
A chance to shape your own future.
Critical thinking. Curiosity. Innovation. Those are just three aspects of creativity you’ll develop as you prepare to join the ranks of those who make a living by making form meet function.

What You Can Learn:

  • Drawing and perspective
  • Digital modeling and rendering
  • Design thinking
  • Intellectual property law
  • Fabricating
  • Materials & processes
  • Product design
  • Model building
  • Anatomy and ergonomics
  • Three dimensional design
  • Prototyping
  • Human factors
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental science
Interior Design
Learning to create interior spaces that measure up.
This is where you’ll develop the sophisticated technical and creative skills you’ll need to design interior environments that meet demanding requirements—not just aesthetically, but in terms of safety, accessibility and sustainability.

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

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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