|Colorado Institute of Art (CIA)|
|Dr. Benjamin Valdez|
|Dean||Dr. Benjamin Valdez|
|Location||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Affiliations||Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), LLC|
The Art Institute of Colorado (formerly known as the Colorado Institute of Art), located in Denver, Colorado, is a nonprofit institution owned and operated by Dream Center Education Holdings (DCEH), LLC. The current population of the student body is about 2,100 undergraduates.
The Art Institute of Colorado is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The school was established in 1952 and founded as a private college for arts and crafts. In 1956 John Jellico, a former Assistant Director of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, joined the staff and introduced the Commercial Arts program. In 1960, he took over management of the school.
In 1975, Education Management Corporation (EDMC) of Pittsburgh bought out the school and became a branch of the Art Institute System of Schools. A year later Interior Design and a Photography program were added. In 1977 the school moved from 16 West 13th Avenue to 300 East 9th Avenue in Denver.
A short lived program was the Music and Video Business program. It was started in 1987 and the first graduating class was in 1989. Some of the Art campuses still offer a video production program. In 2013, the Web Design & Interactive Media and Graphic Design programs at both the Associates and Bachelors level have been merged into the Graphic & Web Design program.
A Culinary Arts program was started in 1993 and a satellite campus in the Denver Design District at 675 S. Broadway is used for the Culinary Arts program. The Broadway location has four labs for production of hot and cold foods, one baking and pastry lab, one multipurpose lab, and one computer lab, along with the student-run Assignments Restaurant. In 2000, the school moved its main campus to 1200 Lincoln St., keeping the old location as another satellite building, primarily devoted to the Industrial Design department. In 2012, they vacated the building on 9th Avenue, and all programs other than Culinary are now hosted at the 1200 Lincoln location, which houses 26 classrooms; fifteen computer labs; a library; photography studios; digital video, animation, sound and editing studios; and the John Jellico Gallery in the Golden Triangle District in Downtown Denver. A long-term arrangement for student housing was made at 5785 E. 8th Ave. All three buildings are still used by the school today.
Although the school's official name is now The Art Institute of Colorado (AiC), it is sometimes referred to by its old name Colorado Institute of Art (CIA).
Associate of Applied Science Degrees
Bachelor of Arts Degrees
On 27 June 2013, the Art Institute of Colorado was placed on notice by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Commission cited concerns related to student success, including retention and attrition, institutional review of data related to student success, faculty workload and development, enrollment management, and evidence-based planning. According to the Commission:
"The Criteria for Accreditation (2005 Criteria for Accreditation) and Core Components on which the Board based its action are: Criterion Two, particularly Core Component 2.c, 'the organization's ongoing evaluation and assessment processes provide reliable evidence of institutional effectiveness that clearly informs strategies for continuous improvement'; Criterion Three, particularly Core Component 3.b, 'the organization values and supports effective teaching,' Core Component 3.c, 'the organization creates effective learning environments'; and Criterion Four, particularly Core Component 4.a, 'the organization demonstrates, through the actions of its board, administrators, students, faculty, and staff, that it values a life of learning.'"
The Commission has stated that the Art Institute of Colorado must file a Notice Report in August 2014 with proof that it meets the criteria, hosting a focused visit on October 2014 and the Board will review this information at its meeting in February 2015.
As of March 2015, the Art Institute of Colorado is no longer on notice.