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The Art Institute of Atlanta

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Imagine attending an institution where everybody will totally respect and encourage your individuality. The Art Institute of Atlanta (or simply, “Art Institute” or “AiAtlanta”) is an exciting, lively learning community where you will be encouraged and adequately supported to put in your utmost best. This is a school where diversity is not stared at, but celebrated! The Art Institute of Atlanta is where you will get to attend classes with other talented and committed students. You will definitely find other students who share your interests and ideas.

All the classes at the Art Institute of Atlanta are by faculty. You are sure of getting individual attention in your classes, because the student/faculty ratio in this school is 15 to 1! You can also have access to the faculty outside classes too. The curriculum in each program at the Art Institute of Atlanta is specifically designed to train you in your major area, starting from the first quarter. You will be glad to know that the general education classes are designed to appeal to you and are spread all through your program.

The Art Institute’s faculty does not only bring you strong educational credentials but will also bring into the classroom, laboratory and studio; helpful industry experience as well. The program specific faculty at the Art Institute are highly experienced in their fields. You will have the pleasure of learning from teachers who own design companies and animation instructors who still do freelance work at companies whose name will definitely ring a bell. A lot of the chef teachers are actually practicing chefs at catering outfits or restaurants. The photographic imaging faculty at the Art Institute of Atlanta are even having their work published in both nationwide and international publications. Regardless of how active these instructors may be in their careers, the Art Institute faculty’s topmost concern is teaching – in order to help you learn, develop and also make the necessary connections that will help you succeed in your chosen career path.


The Art Institute of Atlanta is part of a system of more than forty (40) for-profit institutions situated in major cities all over North America, known as The Art Institutes. These institutions are all owned and run by the Education Management Corporation. These Art Institutes have successfully graduated more than 150,000 students as of the year 2005, training students in the field of creative & applied arts, fashion, culinary arts, design and media.


In 1949, The Art Institute of Atlanta was established and was known as Massey Business College, a school that offered diploma courses in standard business and secretarial skills. During the next 20 years, the institution added fashion, interior design and liberal arts to the list of programs it offered.

In 1975, the Massey Business College became known as The Art Institute of Atlanta and focused on a creative & applied arts curriculum. The school soon became accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges.

The Art Institute moved to its present location in 1999, a five storey building in Sandy Springs, the college has also expanded to a second building that is located just across the street. Audio Production was added to school’s list of programs in 2004. In Jan 2007, the school added Fashion and Retail Management to its list of programs.

Certificates Awarded

AiAtlanta awards associate’s and bachelor’s degrees, this includes BFA degrees (Bachelor of Fine Arts), BA degrees (Bachelor of Arts) and BS degrees (Bachelor of Science), you can also enroll for diploma and non degree courses at AiAtlanta.


You will be glad to know that the school has provided equipment & facilities that you will need in order to achieve your academic goals. A few of the facilities that you will find at The Art Institute of Atlanta are:

A well equipped library – the library has over 40,000 resources such as books, CD-ROM’s, video tapes and DVD’s, you can find resource for any program of study at the library.

Computer labs – the college offers almost 24 PC and Mac computer labs. At the computer labs, you will get to attend a couple of your classes and also have access to the technology required to successfully complete your class homework.

Specialty Labs & Studios – these particular labs and studios are specially designed to be used for specific programs. Labs such as audio lab, video studio, digital editing lab, digital imaging lab and so on

Art, drafting and figure drawing labs – because AiAtlanta is all about hands-on training, you will find that there are lots of classrooms with easels and drawing tables.

World-class Classrooms – all the classroom at AiAtlanta are wired for internet connectivity. A lot of the classrooms also have audio visual equipment. Many of the classrooms seat up to 25 students.

Training kitchens & dining lab – 5 training kitchens are where you can train to become the world’s greatest chef through the school’s culinary arts program. The student-run restaurant known as “Creations Dinning Lab” offers the public modern classical French delicacies.

AiAtlanta also offers top quality student cafes and a whole lot more!

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If you are attending college for the very first time and you wish to earn your first associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or you simply want to earn one of the Art Institute of Atlanta’s diploma certificates, you will be required to complete the following application process:

  • Personal interview – you should meet with the AiAtlanta’s assistant director of admissions. Under certain situations, this requirement can be easily fulfilled by a simple phone interview. The aim of the interview process is to explore your background and interests in order to check out how they relate to school’s courses and to also assist you in indentifying the ideal program that is consistent with your background and interests and to give you helpful information regarding the school’s curriculum and support services.
  • You will need to submit application for admission, and this will include an admissions essay and enrollment agreement.
  • Your high school transcript or GED test scores is also a requirement to get in. Your transcripts MUST clearly show all the grades you made while you attended high school and your date of graduation. If you are still in high school, you may be considered for early admittance contingent– that is, until you can provide proof of your high school graduation. You must mail or fax your transcripts directly to the Art Institute of Atlanta. Before you can start your education at AiAtlanta, you must have earned a certificate from a high school that is regionally accredited or from a home schooling program that is state approved, or you must have earned a GED. AiAtlanta will not accept a certificate of attendance or certificate of completion.
  • You will also need to submit an official report of your COMPASS test scores. You can also use ASSET, SAT or ACT test scores in place of COMPASS test scores. If you have not taken any of these tests prior to applying for admission, you can take the COMPASS test at AiAtlanta – free off charge. When you take the ACT or SAT test, you should use the code number 5429, this way, the test scores will be reported directly to AiAtlanta.
  • You will have to pay a non-refundable application fee and a refundable tuition deposit.
  • Important Note A portfolio of your work will not be needed in order to gain admission, but you will need it if you are a high school senior planning to enter the scholarship competition held annually. You will also not need any experience in the hospitality or foodservice industry if you are applying to enter The Art Institute of Atlanta International Culinary School.

    Financial Aid

    The Art Institute of Atlanta totally recognizes the huge financial commitment that is made when acquiring a college education. The school’s financial services personnel will work with you in order to come up with a personal financial plan that is based on your specific financial needs so that you can reach your academic and career goals. AiAtlanta’s financial aid staff will guide you through the whole process of calculating your learning costs, developing an ideal payment plan, applying for financial aid programs and finishing your financial aid paperwork – this includes the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

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    Ranks 1361st for the average student loan amount.
    Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Georgia.


    The Art Institute of Atlanta offers student housing conveniently located in gated communities. You can get assistance from either the professional personnel or the student resident assistant who also live among students in the housing units and are there to assist you 24 hours a day.

    At AiAtlanta, it is not all studying and attending classes and labs. You can grab a quick lunch or tasty snack between classes at the deli, check out the latest exhibit at the gallery or buy something at the supply store. If you are the party type, you will be thrilled to know that there are lots of social activities at AiAtlanta. You can even join one of the many clubs and various organizations that will meet your professional or personal interest.

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    Beyond life on campus, you can also get to enjoy what the beautiful city has to offer. There are fun clubs, art galleries and museums you can visit with friends. You can even attend music concerts or go watch the Braves baseball games. If you love rollerblading, Piedmont Park is just the place where you can enjoy rollerblading.


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    • Where Creativity Goes to School ”The Art Institute of Atlanta”. 2008.<http://www.wherecreativitygoestoschool.com/atlanta/>
    • All Culinary Schools ”Who Will Create Tomorrow’s Cuisines?”. 2002-2011.<http://www.allculinaryschools.com/school/the-international-culinary-school-at-the-art-institutes/georgia-atlanta>

    Information Summary

    Ranks 134th in Georgia and 3829th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 2 0.05
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape N/A N/A
    Robbery N/A N/A
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 25 0.68
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft N/A N/A
    Arrest 13 0.35

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 3,518 0.83
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 88 0.02
    Forcible Rape 148 0.03
    Robbery 2,343 0.55
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 7,499 1.76
    Larceny 17,274 4.06
    Vehicle theft 5,371 1.26

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Atlanta, GA 30328-1635
    Surrounding communitySmall city (inside urban area, pop. under 100,000)
    Total Population28,701 (28,701 urban / N/A rural)
    Households13,322 (2.14 people per house)
    Median Household Income$66,493
    Families7,129 (2.78 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Special Focus Institutions — Schools of art, music, and design
    Undergraduate PopulationN/A
    EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
    Size & SettingN/A

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringBachelor's degree
    Calendar SystemQuarter
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District1306

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 930th for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $17,496 $17,496 $17,496
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $100 $100 $100
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $486 $486 $486
    FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
    FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $35,296 $35,296 $35,296
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $30,784 $30,784 $30,784
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $27,280 $27,280 $27,280

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $17,796(N/C) $17,796(N/C) $17,796(N/C)
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,500 $1,800
    On-Campus – Room & Board $10,968 $11,000
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $5,064 $4,998
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $5,613 $5,541
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,327 $6,249
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $8,358 $9,063

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
    College Prep. CompletionN/A
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scoresN/A
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity472
    Meals per WeekN/A
    Room FeeN/A
    Board FeeN/A

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 2614th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $57,177 ($57,403 male / $45,183 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 67 (37 male / 30 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 212
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
    Total Benefits N/A

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