The Art Institute of New York City


The Art Institute of New York City is located in the SoHo/TriBeCa district of Manhattan, and is part of the larger The Art Institutes system headquartered out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (which includes dozens of other art institutes across North America). Founded in 1980 as The New York Restaurant School, it changed its name to the present version in 2001 and actually discontinued its culinary arts program in 2008.

The Art Institute of New York City offers students a challenging venue to hone their skills in the creative and the applied arts in a very diverse, highly interactive urban setting, with excellent chances of entry-level jobs in the field of their choice.

Information Summary

Ranks 215th in New York and 3251st overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 47.4
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $42,955
Admission Success rate N/A
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 20 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 52% / 46%
Enrollment Total (all students) 1,158


The Art Institute of New York City is broken down into four main academic departments, which are: Design, Fashion, Media Arts, and General Education.

The Design Department is perhaps the most popular at the school, and students engaged in the design program will learn how to harness their creative side and create compelling products that meet and exceed market standards. A typical degree from this department may be either an Associate of Occupational Studies in Graphic Design or an Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design.

The Fashion Department is right up there with the Design Department in terms of popularity, and students in this program will be working towards an Associate of Applied Science in Fashion Design as their final degree. In the Media Arts Department, students will work towards an Associate of Occupational Studies in either Wed Design & Interactive Media or Art & Design Technology. Finally, in the General Education Department students participate in certificate courses in complementary fields that could potentially boost their skills in the career path of their choice.


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The Art Institute of New York City does not have very stringent admissions requirements, yet nonetheless due to the popularity of the school (due to the nature of the programs and the attractive downtown NYC setting) the school has a fairly selective admissions rate, stable at roughly 50% of total applicants per year. The admissions procedure at The Art Institute of New York City involves writing a 150-word entrance essay, paying the $50 admissions fee, and sitting for an in-person interview with an admissions counselor. (The school allows for phone interviews for students located more than 200 miles from the campus).

Of course, applicants need to present their high school diploma or GED along with official transcripts, or some sort of equivalent for international students. For those that have attended classes at the university level already, official transcripts from all schools attended are required for admissions.

Upon admission, students will be subjected to placement testing, and depending on the results thereof students may have to participate in what are known as “transitional study courses” that help bring less qualified individuals up to pace in a smooth manner.

The admissions calendar for The Art Institute of New York City is quite flexible, and admitted students may begin their studies at the beginning of the Fall, Winter, Spring or Summer quarters, or even mid-quarter of any of these terms.

Financial Aid

Financial aid at The Art Institute of New York City is more or less equal to that available at other institutions of higher education in the state and nationally. The primary recourse for financial aid is to be had through the FAFSA form, though there are a few particular financial aid options such as the EDMC Education Foundation and a limited list of local scholarship opportunities. The EDMC Education Foundation helps prospective or enrolled students at Education Management LLC schools (such as The Art Institute of New York City) meet their tuition needs, and all funds bequeathed in the name of a given Education Management LLC school are returned specifically to it as scholarship funds.

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The Art Institute of New York City is well known for its diverse (in terms of ethnicity as well as age) student body. The school has a limited amount of students housing available on a first come, first served basis in either the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood or in the 92nd Street Y neighborhood. These are highly modern student housing facilities with all the amenities students need to get ahead in their studies.

The art institute puts together regular “Study Trips” intended to expose students to the actuality of the creative arts, and these trips are a central part of the student’s learning process at the school; trips are usually aimed at destinations within the city, though occasionally take students farther afield.

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