THE SEARCH IS ON TO FIND TEENS WITH A PASSION FOR FASHION

Winners of The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition will earn a full tuition scholarship and a trip to NYC for Fashion Week 2011

Pittsburgh, PA — August 18, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — The Art Institutes announces its search to find the next winners of the Passion for Fashion Competition. The call for entries is open to high school students throughout the U.S., Canada (excluding Quebec) and Puerto Rico. High school seniors with a passion for fashion design or the business side of fashion are encouraged to submit an entry. Entries must be postmarked by November 19, 2010.

The national competition consists of two separate categories: Fashion Design or Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management. Local competitions will take place at each participating Art Institutes school throughout U.S. and Canada. Each local Fashion Design competition winner and Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management competition winner will earn a $3,000 tuition scholarship to The Art Institutes school they represent in the competition. Local first place winners in each category will move on to the national competition. The national grand prize winners in both categories will earn a full tuition scholarship to their respective Art Institutes school. In addition, the winners will receive a VIP trip to Fashion Week in New York City in February 2011, participate in a “meet and greet” at Seventeen Magazine’s New York City offices, and lunch with a Seventeen Magazine Style Pro.

“It is our distinct honor to sponsor the annual Passion for Fashion Competition. We believe the competition provides a forum by which those interested in a fashion education can express their full range of talent. Since we hosted the first competition six years ago, interest has continued to grow with a record number of entries submitted for last year's competition,” said Bruce E. Dempsey, Vice President, Academic Affairs Specialist for The Art Institutes.

The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition is open to legal residents of the fifty United States, the District of Columbia, Canada (excluding Quebec) and Puerto Rico, who are full-or part-time high school seniors scheduled to graduate in 2011 with a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average. Entries must be submitted along with a completed Entry & Release Form to The Art Institutes school the student wishes to represent in the competition. Entries must be postmarked by November 19, 2010.

Please visit http://www.artinstitutes.edu/pr.aspx?ID=AI2119 to learn more about The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition.

The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of more than 45 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.