The Altos de Chavón School of Design is an educational center with worldwide impact, a pioneer in the teaching of art and design in the Dominican Republic. Founded in 1983 with the aim of satisfying the country’s growing commercial and industrial demands, The School offers programs of study, of both long and short duration, in the areas of communication design, fashion design, fine arts, illustration, digital design, interior design, photography, film production, and architecture.
The School has a campus in La Romana and another in Santo Domingo. The academic campus in La Romana consists of a complex of eight classrooms, a library, a computer lab, and a student hall, as well as administrative offices. The School maintains two student residences, which house approximately 125 students in 40 units. In Santo Domingo there are five classrooms for art workshops, a photography studio, two labs for digital workshops, and classrooms exclusively for the children and teen programs.
Through the more than 1,700 graduates from its Two-Year College Level Programs, and 10,000 participants in its short courses, The School has affected the world of design both nationally and internationally. In 2006, the New York publication V Magazine named The Altos de Chavón School of Design one of the 13 best design schools in the world.