The Art Institutes

Perhaps the first step toward understanding The Art Institutes would be to look at the long list of locations. There are institute campuses in Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C. That's just half the list!!

For students interested in media expression, The AI are a perfect place to study.

"Technology is driving creativity to new and amazing heights through all mediums: animation, game design, Hollywood special effects, interactive web design, digital photography and filmmaking,"

as the Web site states.

Professors at TAI are not only expert theorists but also experienced practicing artists and photographers. Students get real-world insight when they learn from and work with these professionals.

"Graduates of The Art Institute Schools have gone on to work on movies, computer games, music videos, Web sites and more."

The schools have some of the most up-to-date, well-equipped facilities in the world, with access to both film and digital media. Programs in photography include:

"Commercial Photography"

Learn the basics of digital and manual equipment, darkroom techniques, composition and editing. In addition, students are encouraged to be creative and use their imagination within the guidelines of the commercial field.

Career opportunities after graduation include photographer's assistant, photography technician, studio photographer and other positions.

Commercial photography is offered at the Atlanta, Charleston and Washington campuses.

"Digital Photography"

Digital technology is driving a growing industry, completely changing the way photographers produce images and the way viewers store images. This program focuses on the special methods of capturing, editing and storing digital images.

Instructors use the latest industry-related equipment and software so students are prepared for a career position. Areas of study include color, composition, perspective, digital design, lenses and more.

Graduates of this program may work as photojournalists, lab technicians and industrial photographers.

Digital Photography is offered at these campuses:

  • Hollywood
  • Orange County
  • Indianapolis
  • Jacksonville
  • Las Vegas
  • Michigan
  • Phoenix
  • Salt Lake City
  • Tamps
  • Tucson
  • Chicago
  • and Schaumburg

"Photographic Imaging"

Photographic Imaging is a course of study that uses image manipulation, storage and design as a basis for capturing "images of our interests and our world."

Emphasis is placed on applying specific skills in the most advantageous way. Entry-level positions are available in studios and in media-design companies.

Photographic Imaging is offered in Atlanta, Charleston, Nashville, Virginia Beach and two Washington D.C. locations.


While this may seem to be a very general title for a course of study, Photography at Art Institutes is designed to pass on the correct techniques of lighting, composition, equipment selection and darkroom skills.

Instructors help students understand color and design as it applies to photography. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities that prepare graduates to work in the industry. Film and digital formats are covered in this course of study, along with business skills necessary to succeed as a freelance photographer.

Photography is offered at campuses in:

  • Miami
  • Austin
  • Charlotte
  • Colorado
  • Dallas
  • Fort Lauderdale
  • Fort Worth
  • Houston
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • San Antonio
  • Seattle
  • Kansas City
  • Minnesota
  • and New England

"Photography & Design"

This area of study at Art Institutes is a bit more specific than general photography. But it still provides a solid foundation in color, detail and angle that prepares students for a career.

Then it moves on to the techniques for creating compositions using elements of photography and digital design concepts. This program also puts emphasis on business skills, including client relations and marketing.

Information and skills developed in Photography & Design prepare students for a number of different career positions. This course is currently offered at The Art Institute of Portland.

The Art Institutes offer a wide range of programs for those interested in creative arts. For example, the Culinary Arts program is perfect for those who want to take food preparation to a whole new level. Fashion studies are one of the strengths of the institutes as well.

Students may find they can combine interest in these fields with that of photography to create excellent career opportunities in commercial photography, advertising and marketing.

Contact Details

The Art Institutes
Tel: 1-888-624-0300