The Art Institute of Philadelphia

1622 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-5198
Tel: (215)567-7080
  • The mission of The Art Institute of Philadelphia is to prepare its students for entry-level employment and for professional advancement within their chosen fields by providing a well-balanced education and by combining applied arts technology, related business practices and general education.
School Highlights
  • The Art Institute of Philadelphia serves 1,953 students (63% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 21:1 is lower than the state community college average of 24:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 63% of the student body (majority Black), which is more than the state average of 36%.
  • The Art Institute of Philadelphia is one of 13 community colleges within Philadelphia County, PA.
  • The nearest community college is Metropolitan Career Center Computer Technology Institute (0.20 miles away).

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 95 teachers has declined by 53% over five years.
The Art Institute of Philadelphia (PA) Community College Avg.
Institution Level Four or more years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Pivate, for profit Pivate, for profit
Total Faculty 95 staff 23 staff
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of 1,953 has declined by 40% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 21:1 has increased from 18:1 over five years.
  • The school's diversity score of 0.74 is more than the state average of 0.55. The school's diversity has grown by 15% over five years.
Total Enrollment 1,953 students 500 students
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio 21:1 24:1
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students 1,229 students 345 students
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students 724 students 155 students
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Enrollment Breakdown PA All Enrollment Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
565 300
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Dormitory Capacity (2014-2016)
% Asian
6%
2%
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
12%
6%
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
19%
14%
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Black (2007-2016)
% White
37%
64%
The Art Institute of Philadelphia White (2007-2016)
% Non Resident races
-
2%
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Non Resident (2012-2013)
% Unknown races
26%
11%
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Ethnicity Breakdown PA All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.74 0.55
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Diversity Score (2007-2016)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years) $34,400 -
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $17,920 is more than the state average of $16,014. The private state tuition has stayed relatively flat over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees $17,920 $16,014
The Art Institute of Philadelphia In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2015)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 95% 95%
The Art Institute of Philadelphia % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates $29,875 -
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts $9,177 -
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Acceptance Rate 47% 85%
The Art Institute of Philadelphia Percent Admitted (2007-2013)
Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Conveniently located in downtown Philadelphia, The Art Institute of Philadelphia prepares students for careers in the visual, practical, and culinary arts. The Art Institute was founded by artist Philip Trachtman in 1971. In 1979, The Art Institutes acquired the school, which had an enrollment of approximately 275. As of fall 2005, The Art Institute served approximately 3,370 students in 14 academic programs that lead to a Bachelor of Science degree, an Associate of Science degree or a Diploma. The Art Institute occupies over 80,000 square feet of space at 1622 Chestnut Street in a building originally designed in 1928 as CBS' flagship radio station affiliate. Designated as a historical site by the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Art Deco building became home to The Art Institute in 1982. In addition, The Art Institute occupies 33,000 square feet at 2300 Market Street and a 40,000 square foot facility for technology classrooms, the Library and the Academic Achievement Center at 1610 Chestnut Street with an additional building at 1510 Chestnut Street offering expanded student housing and classroom space. The Art Institute of Philadelphia offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Digital Media Production, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, Industrial Design Technology, Interactive Media Design, Interior Design, Media Arts and Animation, Photography, and Visual Effects & Motion Graphics and Associate of Science degrees in Culinary Arts, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Graphic Design, Interactive Media Design, Interior Design, Photography, Video Production, and Visual Merchandising. Each year, The Art Institute graduates hundreds of graphic designers, animators, 3-D designers, interactive media designers, photographers, interior designers, video production professionals and digital media artists. For those pursuing a career in fashion, The Art Institute prepares its fashion graduates each year for careers in retail, management, design, and display. The Art Institute of Philadelphia's culinary and baking programs prepare graduates for careers as prep, line, or first cook, and/or assistant pastry chef. The Art Institute of Philadelphia is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools ('ACICS') to award the Associate of Science and the Bachelor of Science degrees. The Associate of Science in Culinary Arts program is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation (ACF).

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