The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale is a private applied-arts college located in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The institute is one of 42 art institutes established in North America and was founded in 1968 by the late Mark K. Wheeler. The institute offers Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science degrees, as well as “diploma” programs in selected areas of study, preparing students for entry level employment upon completion.
The institute offers programs in five areas: culinary, design, fashion, media arts, and general education. The culinary program features degree programs in Baking and Pastry, Culinary Arts, and Culinary Management, as well as diploma programs in the Art of Cooking, Baking and Pastry, and Culinary Arts. Graduates leave prepared to work in one of the dominant industries in the region, with the flexibility to pursue employment throughout the country and the world.
The institute’s design school features degree programs in Graphic Design, Interior Design, Advertising, Illustration, Industrial Design, and Interior Design, as well as a diploma program in Residential Design.
In the fashion school, students can seek degrees in Fashion Design and Fashion Merchandising, as well as a diploma in Fashion Retailing.
In the media arts school, degree programs include Photography, Video Production, Web Design and Interactive Media, Digital Filmmaking and Video Production, Game Art and Design, Media Arts and Animation, Photography, Visual Effects and Motion Graphics, and Web Design and Interactive Media, with diploma programs offered in Digital Image Management, Web Design and Development, and Web Design and Interactive Communications.
The Art Institute is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award diplomas, associate’s degrees and bachelor’s degrees. Accreditation for the Interior Design program comes from the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, while the Bachelor of Science degree program in Culinary Arts Management is accredited by the American Culinary Federation (ACF).