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Art Institutes International Minnesota

The Art Institutes International Minnesota
MottoThe College for Creative Minds
TypeFor-profit school
PresidentJennifer Sorenson
DeanDr. Susan Tarnowski
Location, ,
ColorsBlack and Red
NicknameAi Minnesota
AffiliationsThe Art Institutes


About the CollegeEdit

The Art Institutes International Minnesota is part of The Art Institutes, a system of proprietary colleges focusing on creative industries. The Art Institutes International Minnesota offered certificate, associates, and bachelor's degrees and at one time had an enrollment of over 2,000 students. The school is located in two facilities in Minneapolis, MN, the LaSalle Building, located at 15 South 9th Street in downtown Minneapolis, and the historic Pence Building, located on the corner of 8th and Hennepin. The Art Institutes International Minnesota houses a variety of classrooms, labs, kitchens, library, student lounges, photography studios, and a student-run restaurant called the “Gourmet Gallery.”

On June 10, 2016 it was announced that the school would stop enrolling students into its programs effective immediately. It will close its doors in three years when the final class graduates.[1][2]


Located in downtown Minneapolis, The Art Institutes International Minnesota prepares students for careers in the visual and practical arts. The Art Institutes International Minnesota was founded in 1964 by Petrena Lowthian establishing what was to become Lowthien College.

In 1981, Lowthian College was authorized to award the Associate in Applied Science degree. The Art Institutes acquired the College in early 1997. In 2000, The Art Institutes International Minnesota was granted approval to award the Bachelor of Science degree and in 2004, was granted approval to award the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 2008, The Art Institutes International Minnesota expanded to a second campus, located in the historical Pence Building at 800 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403.

Art Institutes' parent company, Education Management Corporation, has been the target of investigations and lawsuits alleging overzealous and inappropriate recruitment practices.[3][4][5]

Former presidents include:

  • 1997 – 2001: Glenn Johannesen
  • 2002-2004: Dr. Alan Stutts
  • 2004-2006: Larry Horn
  • 2006-2008: Joseph Marzano
  • 2008-2010: William A. Johnson
  • 2010 – 2012: Dr. Jeffrey Allen

Licensing and AccreditationEdit

The Art Institutes International Minnesota is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) and is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education to award the following: Advertising, Audio Production, The Art of Cooking, Baking & Pastry, Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, Design Management, Digital Film & Video Production, Fashion & Retail Management, Graphic Design, Hospitality Management, Interior Design, Interior Planning with AutoCAD, Media Arts & Animation, Photography, Visual Effects & Motion Graphics, and Web Design & Interactive Media. The Associate of Applied Science degree in Culinary Arts and the Certificate program for The Art of Cooking are accredited by the American Culinary Federation Foundation, Inc. Accrediting Commission (ACF).[citation needed]

Programs of StudyEdit

  • Advertising (Bachelor of Science)
  • Audio Production (Bachelor of Science)
  • The Art of Cooking (Certificate)
  • Baking & Pastry (Certificate / Associate of Applied Science)
  • Culinary Arts (Associate of Applied Science)
  • Culinary Management (Bachelor of Science)
  • Design Management (Bachelor of Science)
  • Digital Film & Video Production (Bachelor of Science)
  • Fashion & Retail Management (Bachelor of Science)
  • Graphic Design (Associate of Applied Science / Bachelor of Science)
  • Hospitality Management (Bachelor of Science)
  • Interior Design (Associate of Applied Science / Bachelor of Science)
  • Interior Planning with AutoCAD (Associate of Applied Science)
  • Media Arts & Animation (Bachelor of Science)
  • Photography (Bachelor of Fine Arts)
  • Visual Effects & Motion Graphics (Bachelor of Science)
  • Web Design & Interactive Media (Associate of Applied Science / Bachelor of Science)


  1. ^ TEGNA. "Art Institutes International MN to close". Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  2. ^ "Art Institutes International Minnesota headed toward closure". Retrieved 2016-08-20.
  3. ^ "With Goldman's Foray Into Higher Education, A Predatory Pursuit Of Students And Revenues". Huffington Post. 14 October 2011.
  4. ^ Josh Keller. "Education Management Corp. Improperly Paid Recruiters, Prosecutors Say". Chronicle of Education.
  5. ^ Tamar Lewin (8 August 2011). "For-Profit College Group Sued as U.S. Lays Out Wide Fraud"". The New York Times.