The Art Institute of Charlotte

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The Art Institute of Charlotte is one of The Art Institutes, a system of more than 45 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing education in design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts. The Art Institutes system is a subsidiary of Education Management Corporation, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Founded in 1973 as the American Business & Fashion Institute, the college joined The Art Institutes system of schools in 1999 and changed its name to The Art Institute of Charlotte The Art Institute of Charlotte is located at 2110 Water Ridge Parkway in Charlotte, North Carolina and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham is a branch of The Art Institute of Charlotte. The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham is owned by The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, Inc. The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Art Institutes International, LLC.

Some of The Art Institute of Charlotte’s students, alumni and professors have been interviewed or profiled in media outlets such as The Charlotte Observer,The San Jose Mercury News, and NBC affiliate WCNC-TV.

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Fast Facts

  • Private for profit, Four or more years
  • students
  • $17,028.00 avg tuition

Three Lakepointe Plaze, 2110 Water Ridge Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28217-4536
(704) 357-8020

Apply online Admissions:
Financial Aid:

Areas of Study:

  • Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Personal And Culinary Services
  • Visual And Performing Arts
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The Art Institute of Charlotte

Applied 299
Admitted 294 98%
Enrolled total 141
Full Time: 86
Part Time 55
Test 25th % 75th %
SAT Math 0 0
SAT Written (2006-2015) Optional 0 0
ACT Composite 0 0
ACT English 0 0
ACT Math 0 0
ACT Writing 0 0
Retention / Graduation:
Retention rate 52%
4-year graduation rate
6-year graduation rate
Application Deadlines:
Regular Application Deadline
Early Admission Deadline
Early Decision Deadline
Financial Aid Deadline
Student Response Deadline
Transfer Student Application Deadline
Open Admissions Policy No
Secondary School GPA Recommended
Secondary School Rank Recommended
Secondary School Record Required
Formal Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Required
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
AP Credits Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

The Art Institute of Charlotte

Tuition In-District In-State Out-Of-State
Avg Full-Time Undergraduate Tuition $17,028.00 $17,028.00 $17,028.00
Full-Time Undergraduate Required Fees $300.00 $300.00 $300.00
Part-Time Undergraduate Cost Per Credit Hour $473.00 $473.00 $473.00
Avg Full Time Graduate Tuition $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Full Time Graduate Required Fees $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Part-Full Time Graduate Cost Per Credit Hour $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Expenses On-Campus Off-Campus
(without family)
(with family)
Room and Board $7,800.00 $5,613.00 $8,358.00
Other Expenses $5,064.00 $6,327.00 $8,358.00
Additional Fees
Undergraduate Application Fee $50.00
Graduate Application Fee $0.00
Books and Supplies $1,500.00
Financial Aid
Percent receiving aid 96%
Percent receiving grant aid 82%
Avg amount of grant aid $5,690.00
Percent receiving student loan aid 91%
Avg amount of student loan aid $7,089.00

The Art Institute of Charlotte

Programs and majors Associate's Bachelor's Master's Doctorate
Apparel and Accessories Marketing Operations X X
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design X X
Culinary Arts/Chef Training X X
Cinematography and Film/Video Production X
Commercial Photography X
Graphic Design X X
Interior Design X X

Scholarships for Students in North Carolina

Name Amount Deadline
Regions Riding Forward® Scholarship Essay Contest Up to $5,000 February 28, 2017
North Carolina Schweitzer Fellows Program $3,000 February 01, 2017
Marian A. Smith Scholarship Award $2,000 January 21, 2017
Polly Holliday Award $1,000 January 28, 2017
NABA Charlotte Chapter Scholarship Up to $1,000 March 03, 2017
Charlie R. and Charles J. Silver Family Scholarship $1,000 March 15, 2017
L. Phil and Alice J. Wicker Scholarship $500 January 31, 2017
Marion Maccarrell Scott Scholarship Varies January 31, 2017

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