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The Art Institute is part of the "Art Institutes" system of about 50 for-profit art institutes nationwide. All the Art Institutes are owned by Education Management Corporation which is located in Pittsburgh, PA. The Art Institute of Atlanta began as the Massey Business College (founded in 1949). Originally focused on business, fashion and interior design, Massey became the Art Institute of Atlanta in 1975. With the name change, the school changed its focus to creative applied arts. The college moved to Sandy Hooks, Georgia in 1999. The main building is a five-story building which has compute labs, camera studios and labs or studios for photography, video production, recording, cell animation and art. It also includes kitchen labs and a dining lab. In 2003, the Institute added a second building.

As of the fall of 2011, the student body was about 3,300 students over half of which were men. Most of the students are local though about 20% come from 31 other states and 5 foreign countries. Degrees offered include: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Arts and various degree programs. Sample programs include: Visual and Game Programming, Interactive Media Design, Culinary Arts, Photographic Imaging and Graphic Design.

Financial aid is offered for those who qualify. Aid includes federal and state loans, grants and scholarships. Aid is based on need and on merit. There are over 250 full-time and part-time faculty. Classes are hands-on and small. The student-faculty ratio is about 15 to 1. Students are encouraged to have working relationships with the community.

The Art Institute of Atlanta has student organizations, clubs and social activities. Social events include a student art show, a May Day Celebration and carnivals. About 60% of the students are under 25. Older students enjoy going back to school at the Institute too.

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