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Art Institute of Portland:  The Art Institute of Portland is a popular school of choice for education in creative careers such as fashion design, interior design, photography, interactive and game design, and industrial design.  In past, the "Ai" schools were colleges that offered primarily Associate's degrees, but these days they have extended their program offerings to Bachelor's Degree programs, given that a four-year degree has become almost a pre-requisite for employment in many fields.  In addition to art and design courses, they are now also offering culinary arts courses.  

Students who desire a career in a creative field will find Portland Oregon is a vibrant and inspirational place to attend courses at the Art Institute of Portland.  We have a growing creative class, and Portland celebrates the Arts.  The Portland Art Institute School is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Portland's Pearl District--one of the more popular (and expensive) Portland neighborhoods.  While living right near the school in the Pearl District can be expensive for students, because it is centrally located, students will find an easy commute on Portland's Public transportation including the TriMet bus, light rail, and street car lines.

Career Outlook for Design Careers

Potential students may find the below links helpful in making decisions about whether a particular program of study and future career path makes sense.

Career Outlook for Fashion Designers

Career Outlook for Graphic Design

Career Outlook for Interior Design

Career Outlook for Cooks, Chefs, Food Preparation

Career Outlook for Industrial Designers

Here is some additional information about the Portland Art Institute:


Tuition and Fees

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Student Life at Art Institute of Portland

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Mission of Portland Art Institute (from

About Us: The mission of The Art Institute of Portland is undergraduate design education. Degree programs at the college include both liberal education and professional education. Instructional programs require course work in communications, the humanities, the social sciences, the natural sciences and mathematics; they also prepare students for entry-level positions in design fields by focusing on the demands of professional practice. The college is dedicated to personal service. It also seeks to be an innovative center for design, a lively supporter of the arts, and a positive community partner in the city of Portland, the state of Oregon, and the greater Pacific Northwest.

Art Institute of Portland Programs

Learn more about the various program offerings on their website at:


Portland Design Programs

Graphic Design-Associate of Arts

Advertising-Bachelor of Fine Arts

Design Management-Bachelor of Science

Design Research-Bachelor of Fine Arts Design Visualization

Bachelor of Science Graphic Design-Bachelor of Fine Arts

Industrial Design-Bachelor of Science

Interior Design-Bachelor of Fine Arts

 Portland Fashion Design Programs

Apparel Accessory Design-Associate of Arts

Apparel Design-Associate of Arts  

Apparel Accessory Design-Bachelor of Fine Arts  

Apparel Design-Bachelor of Fine Arts  

Fashion Marketing-Bachelor of Fine Arts


 Portland Media Arts Programs

Digital Film & Video-

Bachelor of Fine Arts  

Game Art & Design-Bachelor of Fine Arts  

Media Arts & Animation-Bachelor of Fine Arts  

Photography & Design-Bachelor of Fine Arts  

Visual & Game Programming-Bachelor of Science  

Visual Effects & Motion Graphics-Bachelor of Fine Arts  

Web Design & Interactive Media-Bachelor of Science


Portland Culinary Arts Programs

Culinary Arts-Associate of Arts  

Culinary Management-Bachelor of Science  

Art of Cooking-Diploma  

Baking & Pastry-Diploma

The following programs also offer a Sustainability Minor.  Given our region's focus on green living and sustainability, it is no surprise that sustainable design has become important.

  • Apparel Accessory Design
  • Apparel Design
  • Culinary Management BS
  • Culinary Arts AA
  • Design Management
  • Design Studies
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Design

The college also offers a series of General Education courses that are required foundational classes to obtain a degree.

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