The Art Institute of Washington says
The Art Institute of Washington is a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, and prepares students for careers in the visual and practical arts. The programs of study are carefully defined with the support and contributions of leading members of the professional community. The curriculum is reviewed periodically to ensure it meets the needs of a changing marketplace. An impressive faculty of working professionals strives to strengthen students' skills and cultivate their talents.
The Art Institute of Washington 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 corporate giants like America Online and Gannett/USA Today. Fortune 500 companies and other nationally known employers headquartered here include USAirways 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 contemporary and traditional in an environment that offers experiences found nowhere else.