Art Institute of Austin Opens its Doors

Posted by Crystal Olenbush on Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 at 5:32pm.

If you are someone that is interested in pursuing a career in art, you will be happy to hear that the Art Institute of Austin has officially opened its doors.  Located near Toll 45 and IH 35, the institute opened on March 31 and has over 100 students enrolled in its programs.

The 38,000 square foot Art Institute of Austin used to house office space, but now contains an audio production booth, a computer lab, and several classrooms for burgeoning artists to learn more about their craft.  In fact, the new facility offers bachelor’s degrees in a number of different areas within the art field, including:

  • Animation
  • Audio Production
  • Fashion Retail Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Media
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
  • Web Design

The institute, which is a branch of The Art Institute of Houston, also offers two associate degrees, with one in web design and the other in graphic design.  Depending upon the program of study and the schedule the students set for themselves, they can complete a bachelor’s degree in just three years and an associates degree in two years.

By offering small class sizes, the Institute is able to really focus on the needs of each of its students.  It’s small space means there are no lecture halls.  Rather, the classrooms are kept smaller with smaller student to teacher ratios.

“We pride ourselves on providing some direct contact with faculty and students,” said Thomas Newsom, president of the Institute in an interview with Community Impact Newspaper.  “We focus on an applied arts education that really gives students a hands-on experience in the classroom and gives them the skills they need to prepare themselves for entry level jobs in their careers.”

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