Becoming an animator, designer, multimedia specialist or web developer does not happen overnight — it is a process that starts from your first day on campus. Understanding who you are and where you fit into the range of occupations in your field is the beginning step. Creating a personal network of professional contacts by attending industry events, conventions, mixers, internships and events at The Art Institute of California—San Francisco is critical to success in the field. Developing solid marketing materials for yourself, including a creative resume, a well thought-out cover letter, an outstanding portfolio and excellent presentation and interviewing skills also are essential to your growth as a professional in your field. That is why the Department of Career Services should be your first stop at Orientation.
The Department of Career Services provides support and assistance in career planning, job search strategies, interview techniques, and resume development. These services are provided through individual and group advising, workshops, a Career Development Class, and opportunities to network with industry professionals through The Art Institute of California—San Francisco Speaker Series, field trips to companies, Portfolio Show, career fairs and networking events. Job leads for full-time professional work, part-time jobs and internships are available through your Career Services Advisor and a library or online and hard-copy career materials is available for student use.
The San Francisco Bay Area is an exciting place to be, home to leading new media companies such as Pixar, ILM and PDI/DreamWorks. San Francisco's "Multimedia Gulch" hosts leading graphic design, advertising and creative firms. A who's who of technology companies call the Bay Area home, including Apple Computer, Cisco System, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Oracle and Sun Microsystems. Fashion stalwarts include The Gap, Levi-Strauss and Koret. If you're looking for traditional companies, it's got that too — San Francisco is the headquarters for such companies as Chevron, Safeway, and Wells Fargo Bank.