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and get a creative (and competitive) edge.

Industry-scrutinized curriculum

A proven track record

Graduates of The Art Institutes make strides in the real world. During the course of their studies, our students are given the tools and guidance necessary for them to build a strong and comprehensive portfolio to present to potential employers.

The Art Institutes graduates are employed by companies and organizations of all types and sizes, including some of the most prominent companies in the United States, such as:

  • MTV
  • Time Warner
  • AT&T
  • Home Depot/EXPO Center
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Nordstrom
  • Nintendo of America
  • Walt Disney & Affiliates
  • Marriott
  • Yahoo Broadcast Services
  • Ernst & Young
  • Microsoft
  • Ford Motor Company
  • Fox Entertainment Group

Graduate success stories

Clint Young, Class of 1995, The Art Institute of Washington, Lead Artist at LucasArts
Clint manages a team of people who create characters, creatures, and worlds for digital game play. His list of credits includes modeler/animator, cut screen artist, and effects artist.

Jennifer Accomando, graduate of The Illinois Institute of Art- Schaumburg, Design, Office and Showroom Manager, CabinetWerks; an Orren Pickell Company
Jennifer started with CabinetWerks as a drafter, was then promoted to a designer, and now supervises four teams of designers, drafters, cabinet installers, and a showroom concierge. She credits The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg for providing the technical skills that she needed to start her design career.

John Jensen, graduate of The Illinois Institute of Art, Schaumburg Interactive Media Designer, Motorola
John currently develops media and animations for Motorola. John started his career at Motorola as an intern and helped develop his group's Intranet site, which in turn led to the launch of his full-time career.

Michael Wood, Class of 1997, The Art Institute of Colorado, Chef/Partner, Palettes (at the Denver Art Museum)
Wood creates menus four times a year for Palettes, a stylish Denver restaurant serving contemporary, "artful" cuisine. Michael ensures food quality and consistency, and hires and trains the staff. He also markets the restaurant to the general public, and is responsible for food and labor costs.

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