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The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville

The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville
Established 2006
Type Private College
President Philip Sims
Academic staff <100
Students <1000 Undergraduate
Location Nashville, TN, USA

The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 42 For-Profit Colleges located in major cities throughout North America, all owned and operated by Education Management Corporation. As of 2008, these 42 Art Institutes have graduated over 180,000 students, educating students in the creative and applied arts, including design, media, fashion, and culinary arts.

Founded in 2006, The Art Institute of Tennessee's vision is to provide students with the skills they need to pursue creative careers. Courses are taught by industry professionals. Of all 2005 Art Institute graduates available for employment, 94.4% were employed in a field related to their program of study within six months of graduation.


  • Audio Production, Associate in Arts, Bachelor of Arts
  • Culinary Arts, Associate in Arts, Bachelor of Arts
  • Culinary Arts – Baking & Pastry, Diploma
  • Culinary Arts – Culinary Skills, Diploma
  • Culinary Arts Management, Bachelor of Science
  • Digital Filmmaking & Video Production, Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Fashion & Retail Management, Bachelor of Arts
  • Graphic Design, Associate in Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Interactive Media Design, Associate in Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Interior Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts


The primary mission of The Art Institute of Tennessee is to train and educate individuals for careers in the design, media arts, culinary arts, and business-related fields. The college encourages the professional development of its students through curricula that emphasize the creative, communicative, interpersonal, reasoning and technical skills necessary for their success.

Accreditation and licensure

According to the institution,[1] the Art Institute of Tennessee is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) as a branch of the Art Institute of Atlanta, but this is not confirmed by SACS.[1] The institution has authorization from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission[2] and is approved for the training of veterans and eligible veterans’ dependents and is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.

Additionally, the Bachelor of Science program in Interior Design is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation[2], and the Associate of Science Degree in Culinary Arts is accredited by The American Culinary Federation (ACF).

Admissions criteria

Applicants to The Art Institute of Tennessee must hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Each Individual who seeks admission is interviewed, either in person or by telephone, by an Associate Director of Admissions. As part of the application process, applicants must independently conceive and write an essay of approximately 150 words stating how their education will help them to attain their career goals.

Career services

The Art Institute of Tennessee maintains a Career Services office for students. Although the college does not guarantee employment, considerable effort is made to bring potential employers together with graduates who have the skills employers seek.

The Career Services Office continually seeks new employment opportunities for students. Research is conducted on a regular basis by the college career advisors to gain knowledge in all areas of business relating to the different majors.

The career advisors respond to employer needs, giving guidance to students on industry trends that relate to their course of study. A major function of the Career Services Office is to help students secure part-time employment while they attend The Art Institute of Tennessee.

During upper quarters, emphasis is placed on assisting students in gaining field-related part-time jobs, internships, and freelance work in their areas of study. Extensive support is offered to all students during the final quarters in resume preparation and development of interview skills.


The Art Institute of Tennessee offers housing for students who prefer to live on campus.who live outside of a 100 mile radius


  1. ^ SACS Member, Candidate and Applicant List, January 2008
  2. ^ List of Authorized Postsecondary Institutes in Tennessee

External links

  • The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville website
  • Online Catalog
  • Education Management Corporation
  • The American Culinary Federation
  • Council for Interior Design Accreditation

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