The Art Institute of Boston is an art school in Boston, Massachusetts and is a private and non-profit institution. It is a part of the Lesley University. It was founded in the year 1912 by Roy Davidson as the School of Practical Art. In the year 1967, the school was renamed the Art Institute of Boston as it focused increasingly on fine art, design, illustration and photography. The Department of Illustration started an animation program in the year 1999. The Art Institute of Boston is a member of Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. The Art Institute was merged with the Lesley College in the year 1998. The Institute is governed by the Board members of Lesley University. Both the university as well as the school is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
The Art Institute of Boston offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, three-year Diploma, two-year post baccalaureate Advanced Professional Certificate programs and a low residency Masters of Fine Arts degree. Apart from these degrees, it also offers continuing and professional education, intensive workshops and pre-college courses. The Institute offers courses like web and multimedia design, graphic design, fine arts, photography, photojournalism, animation, advertising and editorial illustration, documentary photography, fine arts photography and book.
The Art Institute of Boston has continuously educated students for artistic professions by balancing their personal aesthetic development and intensive studies about the humanities with a realistic career preparation. The challenging and advanced curriculum ensures solid basic knowledge about traditional art and design principles, time-tested methods of creative process and strong logical concepts.
The Art Institute of Boston has state-of-the art facilities and latest technologies to ensure quality education. The fine Arts Department has a dedicated printmaking studio with etching and lithographic presses, a clay lab and a wood shop. The senior students of fine arts have their own semi-private studios while the juniors have access to the general studio. The Art Institute of Boston also has a photography lab, animation studio, computer studio and exhibitions space.