Miami International University of Art & Design is one of more than 40 Art Institutes in North America, and is a for-profit school focusing on design, media arts, fashion, and culinary arts. It is located in Miami, Fla., and offers degree programs from associate to masters. Founded in 1965 as the International Fine Arts College, it quickly expanded over the years and added degrees and programs, including Computer Animation, Web Design and Interactive Media, and Photography. In 2002, the school adopted it’s current name to reflect the diversity of programs offered, and opened two additional campuses — The Art Institute of Tampa in 2004 and The Art Institute of Jacksonville in 2007.
The university’s offerings include associate of arts degrees in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, and Accessory Design; bachelor of arts degrees in Advertising and Fashion Merchandising; bachelor of fine arts degrees in Computer Animation, Fashion Design, Film and Digital Production, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Photography, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, Visual and Entertainment Arts, and Web Design and Interactive Media; and a bachelor of science in Audio Production. The university also offers master of fine arts programs in Film, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Arts; as well as a master of arts program in Design and Media Management.
Current students also get a chance to display their work: More than 120 students participate in
the annual fashion show in the FashionMiami tent in the Miami Design District every spring. Students often win awards in the show, some of which can pay up to $25,000. University students have also won advertising industry competitions, web development competitions, and more.
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Proof of graduation from a high school whose accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education is required, or passing scores on a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) test. Also, each applicant to the institute is interviewed, either in person or by telephone, by an assistant director of admissions at the school. The purpose of the interview is to explore the prospective student’s background, assist the student in identifying areas of study, and provide information regarding academic support at the school. Applicants must also complete an essay of 150 words stating how attaining an education through the art institute will help them achieve career goals.
All enrolling students seeking financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. The institute does participate in several alternative loan programs if federal aid does not meet a student’s need. Interest rates, processing fees, eligibility requirements, and repayment terms differ for each program. Alternative loans are through private lenders and usually require a credit check and/or a co-signer.
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The university is a member of the International Association of College and University Housing Offices and offers housing in two arrangements. Supervised housing is located in Edgewater Hall, and is in close proximity to the university available to those who prefer a more traditional residential life environment.
The building is close to beaches, boating, parks, shopping, and part-time employment. The high rise apartment building accommodates up to 180 students in same-sex rooms on co-educational floors.
The residence hall has 24/7 front desk coverage, with four resident assistants and two live-in, full time professional staff members. The facility provides a community of students who have similar goals and share a variety of cultural and educational interests. For those who prefer unsupervised housing, independent-housing information and roommate referrals are available to those students who choose to live off campus.
Campus life gives students the opportunity to seek leadership experience, join a student club, attend performances, and utilize numerous academic resources. Clubs include Habitat for Humanity.
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Miami International University of Art & Design has a history of commitment to community involvement, holding a series of exhibitions for the community and involving local high school students in activities ranging from summer art workshops to design competitions. A program called Summer Studio invites high sophomores and juniors to campus for four days to expand and unlock creativity while acquiring new skills, meeting new friends and learning about some of the most exciting careers in media, design, or fashion. The four-day experience provides teenagers with a glimpse of life in a career oriented university learning the skills, techniques, and theories that are practiced by professionals in their fields of choice.
Miami International University of Art & Design is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award diplomas, associates, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. The Interior Design program leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts at Miami International University of Art & Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.