Welcome to The Art Institute of Charlotte, a campus of South University, where creativity and individuality are respected and encouraged.

The Art Institute of Charlotte is a dynamic institution of higher education with a goal to give our students the knowledge and skills necessary to enter their chosen fields. Whether they choose the world of fashion merchandising, graphic arts, interior design, interactive media design or the culinary arts, our graduates are capable of contributing fully within a diverse workforce and a global environment.

The Art Institute of Charlotte is one of The Art Institutes, with more than 50 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

The City of Charlotte

Welcome to Charlotte, a city that offers a unique blend of bustling urban innovation and sleepy Southern tradition.

Our high quality of life, reasonable cost of living, friendly people, arts and sports, as well as educational and career opportunities, attract talented individuals from around the world. Students at The Art Institute of Charlotte become a part of this dynamic city while working to make their dreams a reality.

With four distinct but mild seasons and a central Carolinas location between two large recreational lakes, Charlotte residents are only two hours from the breath-taking Blue Ridge Mountains and three hours from the Atlantic shore.

Fun Things to Do

Beyond the college, students can enjoy everything a major metropolitan area offers — from dance clubs and concerts to galleries and amusement parks, from Panthers football to NASCAR. The Mint Museum of Art and the McColl Center for Visual Art are wonderful resources for students of the applied arts, as are the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Discovery Place, ImaginOn and the dozens of art galleries throughout the city.

Students will find music, movies and terrific places to eat. Student ID cards mean discounts at the Blumenthal Center for Performing Arts, and the First Friday Night Gallery Crawls are popular in historic, high-tech SouthEnd and in the funky NoDa area.

The City's Beginnings

Referred to as the Queen City, Charlotte was named for 18th century British Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg in Germany. British General George Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War referred to Charlotte as a “hornet’s nest” of patriots, and historic lore has it that the county wrote its own Mecklenburg Declaration before the U.S. Declaration of Independence was written and signed.

With a population of about 648,000, Charlotte sits in the center of the nation’s fifth largest urban region. Some 7.1 million people live within a 100-mile radius, and Charlotte ranks as one of the fastest growing areas in the nation.* The region enjoys a national reputation as a great place to live and conduct business.

Charlotte’s thriving business environment includes high-tech companies as well as corporate giants. More than 300 of the Fortune 500 companies have offices here, and Charlotte is second only to New York City as a banking center. As a leading provider of applied arts education, The Art Institute of Charlotte contributes to the growth of Charlotte’s high-technology business initiatives and healthy economy.



The Art Institute of Charlotte is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Charlotte Three LakePointe Plaza, 2110 Water Ridge Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28217-4536 © 2015 The Art Institutes. All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

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Accreditation and Licensing

Like most new students, you have questions about financing your education. There is financial aid information and staff who'll help you sort it all out. Find out how to get started and what's available for those who qualify.
The Art Institute of Charlotte has plenty of learning options that can work for you!