The Art Institutes, also referred to as Ai, is a system of schools located throughout the country that provide art education courses and degrees. Over 50 colleges comprise the system, offering varying programs and levels of education. The system was founded in 1969 through the acquisition of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh by the Education Management Corporation (EDMC). Over the subsequent years the Ai model of education has been replicated in campuses across the United States, as well as through a distance learning program launched in 2000.
Ai offers a large variety of programs through the following areas of study:
- Media Arts
- Culinary Arts
The programs offered may result in a certificate, associate, bachelors or master’s degree. AI’s focus on art education separates it from traditional post-secondary education institutions, as the school specializes in the development of skills and abilities unique to art related fields and industries.
Some of the more notable programs offered include:
- Interior Design
- Graphic & Web Design
- Digital Film
- Fashion Design
The Chicago branch of Art Institute is located at 350 N Orleans St, Suite 136-L. Around two thousand students have graduated from this location over the last few years. This location provides services for students in the form of online distance learning for individuals outside the school's service area, remedial education classes for licensure preparation or admissions requirements, and career guidance to help students define their goals. You can learn more, including the school's consumer disclosures, by visiting aii.edu.
Below is a list of areas of study that may be available for students. Any linked program will direct you to the respective program's profile page which provides general educational requirements and possible career paths.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Communications and Journalism
Computer and Information Sciences
Personal and Culinary Services
Visual and Performing Arts
*The posted costs for tuition, fees and supplies are determined through historical data and may not represent current costs.
**Repayment rates, earnings, and loan payments are estimates and should be treated as informational tools only, contact the school for official information.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The net cost of this school is close to $30,100 annually, after the various types of aid, including scholarships and grants, are taken into consideration. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance visit the net price calculator. Students wishing to apply to this school must pay an application fee of $50. Student who wish to obtain more information regarding financial aid may contact the school's financial aid office at (312) 280-3509, which has information regarding types of aid, forms and more. Any tuition and financial aid figures listed provide an outline of costs at this school, however they may not accurately represent current costs, fees, or tuition. Please check with The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago for more information.
Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Tuition is estimated to be around $19,000 per year
- Per unit charges are around $530 for part time students
- Required fees: $110
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||94%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||77%||$7,133|
|Receiving Student Loans||90%||$8,591|
Other Fashion or Art Schools
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago.
- Harrington College of Design in Chicago, IL (0.4 miles away)
- American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL (1.0 miles away)
- The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg in Schaumburg, IL (24 miles away)
- The Art Institute of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, WI (80 miles away)
- Compass College of Cinematic Arts in Grand Rapids, MI (125 miles away)