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The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University

5250 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA 91601   |    1.818.299.5100

"I found what makes me happy, what I love, what makes me want to wake up every single day."

-- Angelo Rosa, Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City, 2014

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Our degree programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

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The Art Institute of California—Hollywood is located in one of the world's most famous cities. Here, you'll learn in a region known for filmmaking, creativity, fashion, and fine dining.

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Fifty 2 Fifty Restaurant

Fifty 2 Fifty Restaurant is the student-run restaurant at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—Hollywood. The restaurant serves as the dining lab for the school's culinary students, offering a unique combination of real-world experience and instructional content.

Under the supervision of chef instructors, students create dishes in the kitchen and run all aspects of the dining room. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Fifty 2 Fifty Restaurant is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience.

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(Hollywood, May 2015)  Morgan Stiff, adjunct instructor at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University, has produced a short documentary called “The Anti-Mascot”.  The documentary aired on Friday, May 15 on ESPN Sports Center. It is a 30 for 30 short directed by Colin Hanks about The San Francisco Giants' Crazy Crab.

The documentary is about the 1984 San Francisco Giants, team’s first mascot, the ‘Crazy Crab, the Anti-Mascot’.   The mascot was created to make fun of other teams’ mascots and encouraged fans to boo and hiss.  After 30 years, the 'Anti-Mascot' uncovers the history of a marketing scheme that spun out of control.


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of California - Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University, 5250 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood, CA 91601 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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Nicole Block, Instructor at The Art Institute of Hollywood, works on "Breaking Point" Show Nicole Block, Instructor at The Art Institute of Hollywood, works on "Breaking Point" Show

(Hollywood, May 2015)  Nicole Block, the Digital Cinema and Video Production Instructor at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University, is working on a true-crime docu-series titled "Breaking Point".  The final three episodes aired on Thursday, May 14 and also shown on Thursday, May 21 on the Investigation Discovery (ID) network.

From the creator and executive producer of A&E Network's long-running series "Intervention," the similarly styled "Breaking Point" features attorney and certified intervention professional Darren Kavinoky assisting families affected by a loved one's criminal behavior. Each episode documents the lives of real criminals to reveal the devastation their behavior has caused themselves, family members and friends.

As a Supervising Producer, Nicole is proud to work on the television show. It is a compelling series about street criminals and how their activities affect their families and friends. Not only does the show tell their stories, but the show also offers help to get the criminals off the streets!


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of California, Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University, 5250 Lankershim Blvd., N. Hollywood, CA 91601 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3922 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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Job Seeking Tips For Designers: How To Appeal To Potential Employers Job Seeking Tips For Designers: How To Appeal To Potential Employers

For college graduates entering the design fields, in particular aspiring interactive media and Web designers, a job search that ends well starts with socializing. Communicating and networking – in person, not just social networking online – is an important way for students to start building a foundation for their careers.

Also crucial are thinking innovatively and showing a great portfolio of work, according to the academic affairs and career services departments at The Art Institutes system of schools, a source for design and media arts graduates.

Terry Bailey, academic director of the Web Design & Interactive Media (WDIM) programs at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood, tells her students that aspiring Web designers must not only excel in all things Web, but they must also hone their communication skills.

“Employers need to see that an employee can represent them well by speaking and writing well,” she says. Industry professionals, like those who serve on the WDIM program’s Professional Advisory Committeeand help to ensure courses are staying industry-relevant, need to know that if the new employee sends an email to clients, it will be grammatically correct and coherent. “The employer wants to be assured that a new employee can stand up in front of a client and give an articulate and convincing presentation.”

Join professional clubs and organizations. This is another tip Bailey gives to the bachelor of science and associate of science candidates in Web Design & Interactive Media programs. “This is how Web designers meet the other people in the industry they will need in their career down the line,” she explains. “Connections can help someone new find a job. They can also help someone who is working freelance or for a young company to put a team together.” By getting out and meeting people, individuals also have the opportunity to sharpen the personal interaction adeptness she promotes.

Patrick Baird, academic director of the Web Design & Interactive Media programs at The Art Institute of California – Silicon Valley in the Silicon Valley, advises students and job candidates to go beyond the expected to really wow a potential employer.

“Students need to go above just showing technical skill,” says Baird. It is generally a given and no longer the only qualification required to land a job. “A great way to demonstrate exceptional ability is to problem solve: Identify a problem and find a solution,” Baird adds.

As the director of the Career Services department at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood, Bill Kilby works with local employers and counsels graduating students. He notes that “employers respond well to portfolios that demonstrate a similar design aesthetic to the employer’s company and show work of comparable quality.”

“When putting together a portfolio site,” Kilby recommends,“be sure and lead with your strongest work, include only current, industry-quality work and make sure you have a captivating homepage design.”

Final tips from Kilby that apply to many job seekers in the design fields: Be creative and motivated.

The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of more than 45 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University. OH Registration # 04-01-1698B; AC0165, AC0080; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Halloween Décor – More Treat Than Trick Halloween Décor – More Treat Than Trick

While displaying ghosts and goblins is great for the kids and the standard for Halloween décor, how about getting into the spirit but with a bit more sophistication this year? If you are throwing a Halloween party for those adults who are kids at heart, a spooky holiday theme can still be part of the festivities but with a touch of panache.

There are many directions you can go with a decoration theme. Certainly there are the colors of black and orange that can be integrated into the décor and the use of pumpkins or candles, which still scream Halloween but can be displayed elegantly.

Gary LaVasser, academic director in Set & Exhibit Design at The Art Institute of California – Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University, says that while everyone thinks of orange and black consider the combination of dark red and black. At Halloween, any time black is used it represents scariness and the dark red can be symbolic of blood. “For a more sophisticated look, combine dark red arrangements of roses, cover them in black hat veiling so that you see the roses through the veil and tie them together with black satin ribbon,” he suggests. “If you want to go a little further, place the arrangement on an inexpensive black placemat and drip dark red nail polish from a few rose petals onto the placemat. It will look like the roses are bleeding.”

LaVasser also has these tips for alternative but sophisticated Halloween décor:

  • Use vintage Halloween toys from the 1930s’, 40’s or 50’s as part of the design. If they are worn they have more character. Combine them with garlands of silk fall leaves available at most craft stores, tree branches or wheat and place on mantles or dining tables.
  • Paint objects black that normally are not this color. For example, jack-o-lanterns are orange so spray them black for a twist on a familiar item. Also consider painting real flowers black. To make objects more interesting, select different black textures such as using matte, glitter, satin, gloss or metallic.
  • The colors of fall are rich earth tones and these colors also associate with Halloween. Add a little “punch” by using a deep purple color. It can be an interesting contrast to oranges and gold tones. Also consider using metallic gold, copper and pewter colors. You can paint leaves or pumpkins with these shades as well.

LaVasser adds that one can look for inspiration among different cultures and how they celebrate certain holidays or Halloween. A Hispanic tradition is Day of the Dead, which celebrates family and friends who have passed. “Day of the Dead décor includes primitive folk art, candles, colorful flowers and bright ribbons together with skeletons,” says LaVasser. “This theme offers great options for Halloween.”

The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), is a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration # 04-01-1698B; AC0165, AC0080; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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