Founded in 1971 by local artist Philip Trachtman, the Art Institute of Philadelphia is a private, for-profit college that has since become part of the network of over 50 art institutes located across North America. Students attend classes in the heart of Center City Philadelphia in an Art Deco building from 1928 — now an official historical site — as well as four other facilities in the neighborhood. Focusing on (1) applied arts technology, (2) the design business, and (3) an advanced program in the culinary arts, the institute is geared to providing a basis for students to enter the different applied arts professions at the entry level.
The institute as a whole is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Specific academic programs are also accredited by their respective authorities, including the Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and the Associate of Science in Culinary Arts. The Art Institute offers more than a dozen Bachelor of Science degrees as well as nine Associate of Science Degree programs and two Diplomas.
In design, bachelor’s degrees are available in advertising, graphic design, interior design and industrial design. For media arts majors, Bachelor of Science degrees are available in audio production, digital filmmaking and video production, media arts and animation, photography, visual effects and motion graphics and web design and interactive media. Fashion majors can receive their B.S. in fashion design and fashion marketing, while a B.S. in culinary management rounds out the group of four-year degrees offered by the institute.
For busy adults, an evening and weekend program is available for students pursuing degrees in the Culinary Arts.