The Art Institute of Washington
The Art Institute of Washington is a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta that provides bachelors, associates, certificates in creative arts. The school is part of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. The Art Institute of Washington was founded in 2000 and is located in the Rosslyn section of Arlington, Virginia, directly across the Potomac River from Washington, DC, which is just a short drive or Metro ride away. Originally part of the area surveyed for the nation’s capital, Arlington’s history is as long as that of Washington itself. In 1790, Congress directed selection of a new capital site along the Potomac River, which ultimately included some 30 square miles on the Virginia side of the river. The seat of government was transferred from Philadelphia to Washington on December 1, 1800. However, in 1846, Congress returned the area that became Arlington to the state of Virginia. Today, Arlington is perhaps best known as the home of the Pentagon and the Arlington National Cemetery. But northern Virginia is also home to corporations like America Online and Gannett/USA Today. Fortune 500 companies and other nationally known employers headquartered here include U.S. Airways and Verizon Communications. Arlington also boasts a culturally and ethnically diverse population that offers great variety in cuisine, cultural events, and shopping. And there’s also an extensive county park system with over 80 miles of bicycle and jogging trails. In addition, Arlington’s close proximity to Washington, DC, means easy access to the nation’s most important monuments and museums. Students at The Art Institute of Washington can take advantage of the Smithsonian Institution, which includes numerous museums from the National Portrait Gallery to the National Museum of African Art, as well as myriad national monuments like the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials, and world-class venues like The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Students at The Art Institute of Washington find a fascinating mix of the contemporary and traditional in an environment that offers experiences found nowhere else.