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College of Creative Art and Design

In support of the South University goal, the College of Creative Art and Design offers creative professional studies based upon focused and balanced curricula. The college prepares students for entry-level careers in design, media arts, culinary arts, and fashion by providing a stimulating learning environment that utilizes changing technology in order to meet the opportunities of a global economy.

We measure our success by our ability to:

  • Provide a learning-centered environment fostered by dedicated and knowledgeable faculty who exhibit excellence in teaching, possess appropriate academic credentials, and have industry-related experience;
  • Ensure market-driven, competency based education and curriculum by ongoing communication with students, graduates, employers, and industry professionals;
  • Prepare students for career entry and professional growth in their respective fields through successful and measurable employment outcomes for graduates;
  • Maintain a systematic approach to institutional growth and development through assessment and long-range planning while improving processes and operations, and, champion a culture of learning by continuous personal and professional development of students, alumni, and employees.


The College of Creative Art and Design strives to provide an exemplary education in the creative arts by fostering a student-focused learning environment, rich in creativity and collaboration, where students, faculty, and staff encourage a culture of excellence.


We believe in an educational environment that places the learner at the center of our efforts, believing in the worth and potential of each student and striving to provide high quality programs and services. We value critical thinking and creative expression while advocating an appreciation of cultural diversity. We believe in a learning environment that is predicated upon strong ethical principles while creating an atmosphere that fosters development of integrity, worth, and potential. The College of Creative Art and Design offers programs at the following South University campuses:

  • The Art Institute of Charlotte
  • The Art Institute of Dallas
  • The Art Institute of Fort Worth
  • The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham

Each program area in the College of Creative Art and Design (CCAD) has a Program Advisory Committee. Professional faculty members, in addition to their teaching responsibilities, are often simultaneously involved in their respective fields. This keeps them abreast of the constantly changing worlds of design and business. The curricula are thoroughly planned to prepare all graduates to seek entry-level positions in their chosen fields. All programs are offered on a year-round basis to provide students with strong continuity and the ability to work toward their degrees without interruption.

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