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The Art Institute Of Tennessee – Nashville To Begin Offering Classes In October

(NASHVILLE, Tenn. – August 8, 2006) The Art Institutes today announces the addition of The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville to its system of schools.

With its first day of class slated for October 2, 2006, The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville will occupy approximately 60,000 square feet at 100 CNA Drive in the building that initially housed CNA Insurance, and has easy access to Interstate 40E. The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville will begin enrolling students immediately.

“The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville will offer curricula that complement the demand for arts education in the Tennessee region, as well as Southern Kentucky and Northern Alabama,” says John Mazzoni, president of The Art Institutes. “We are confident that the school will enable students to achieve their professional aspirations while making a meaningful contribution to their communities.”

Initially, The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville will offer bachelor's degree programs in Audio Production, Culinary Arts Management, Digital Media Production, Graphic Design, Interior Design and Interactive Media Design. The Associate in Arts degree programs will be offered in Audio Production, Culinary Arts, Graphic Design and Interactive Media Design. Diplomas will be awarded in Culinary Arts in two areas: skills and baking & pastry. This new school will operate as a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta under Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, phone 404-679-4501) accreditation.

“We are thrilled to bring our flagship school to Tennessee's capital city,” says Philip A. Sims, newly appointed president for The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville. “We are being welcomed by local and legislative officials, as well as the Middle Tennessee arts, design and business communities. Our aim is to become an integral part of the educational landscape here. Our academic programs are selected to respond to current statewide employment trends and provide in-demand degrees to students wishing to enter growing industries.”

For information on, or to enroll in, new classes at The Arts Institute of Tennessee—Nashville, please call (615) 874-1067 or visit the website at www.artinstitutes.edu/nashville.

The Art Institutes system of 32 education institutions is located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. The Art Institutes system of schools has provided career-oriented education programs for more than 40 years.

The Art Institute of Tennessee –Nashville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, phone 404-679-4501) as a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta.

The Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (Parkway Towers, Suite 1900, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, TN 37243, 1-615-741-6230). This authorization must be renewed each year and is based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility. (http://www.state.tn.us/thec ).

CORPORATE MEDIA CONTACT:
Henry J. Seifried
Assistant Vice President – Public Relations
The Art Institutes
(412) 995-7264
hseifried@edmc.edu

NASHVILLE MEDIA CONTACT:
Lucinda L. Hall
President
Lucinda Hall Public Relations
(615) 377-0771
lhprtn@earthlink.net


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