The Art Institute of Houston

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The Art Institute of Houston
Established 1965
Type Private College
President Larry Horn
Location Houston, Texas, USA

The Art Institute of Houston – is one of The Art Institutes, a system of more than 50 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing education in design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts.

Founded in 1965 as the Houston School of Commercial Art, the school joined The Art Institutes system of schools in 1978 and moved to its current facility in 1990.[1]

Located at 4140 Southwest Freeway in Houston, The Art Institute of Houston is one of five locations of The Art Institutes system located in Texas and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). [2]

The Art Institutes system is a subsidiary of Education Management Corporation, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.


Alumni and professors of The Art Institute of Houston have been interviewed and featured in stories by major media outlets such as MSNBC[3] and the Houston Chronicle [4] as well as local media outlets such as the Houston Business Journal. [5]

In 1999, 145 students brought suit against the Art Institute of Houston and its parent company Education Management Corporation Inc alleging they were defrauded by the school. The students alleged that while seeking to gain a quality education, they were lured into enrollment at the Art Institute of Houston and encouraged to matriculate, often under an albatross of hefty student loans. They charged the school knowingly misled students into believing they would receive a valuable post-secondary education as well as skills which would lead to subsequent employment. The lawsuit was settled by a confidential agreement in 2000.[6]


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Coordinates: 29°44′54″N 95°28′15″W / 29.74842°N 95.47086°W / 29.74842; -95.47086