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The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire - a campus of Argosy University
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The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University

674 East Brier Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408-2800   |    1.909.915.2100

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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—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University

The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, is located in a region with a rich cultural history. Here, you&'ll learn in a city that's attracting aspiring creative artists who seek a metropolitan lifestyle.

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Seasons Restaurant

Seasons is a student-run restaurant that’s open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, Seasons serves as the dining lab for students in the culinary program, offering a unique combination of real-world experience and instructional content.

Under the direction of Chef George Tucker and Dining Room Operations Manager Gabriela Rodriguez, culinary students nourish and delight patrons while taking the final steps on their path to becoming culinary professionals. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Seasons is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact Seasons Restaurant at 909.915.2170.

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The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire Hosted the Board Meeting for the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Inland Empire Chapter of Chefs and Cooks The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire Hosted the Board Meeting for the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Inland Empire Chapter of Chefs and Cooks

On Monday March 9, 2015, The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University hosted the board meeting for the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Inland Empire Chapter of Chefs and Cooks.  The board meeting was followed by an informative seminar on “Social Media in the Food Industry,” presented by faculty member Ms. Desiree Massei.  The lecture was validated to grant continuing education points towards certification / recertification of ACF members in good standing.  The seminar covered the following points:

Retention of current customers through social media

Introducing a new target market through posts and online engagement

Brand awareness

Use of hashtags “#” as search engines to gain followers

Customer engagement and involvement on a variety of social media platforms

How to create, design and set up your social media platform

The evening progressed with an assortment hors d’ouevres and a three course dinner designed and prepared by Chef Lee Van On and Chef Tucker with the assistance of Ai California – Inland Empire Culinary students.  Guests were served a Spring Arugula Salad with Pears, Candied Pecans, Orange Segments, Avocadoes, Vine Ripened Tomatoes, Buffalo Mozzarella and a Balsamic Glaze.  The entrée was a duo of Sous Vide Teres Major and Herb Crusted Lamb Chops with Red Mole, Corn Souffle and Grilled Vegetables.  There was Tres Leches with Cajeta for dessert and an assortment of Chocolate Truffles and Petite Fours for Friandise.

In attendance were Riverside City College Culinary department, San Bernardino College Culinary Department, Rialto High School Culinary Department, US Foods representatives, LA Desserts & Baking Company, and Ai California – Inland Empire’s ACF Junior Team.  


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University. 674 E Brier Dr, San Bernardino, CA 92408. ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.


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The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire - 2015 American Advertising Awards Competition The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire - 2015 American Advertising Awards Competition

Students at The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University competed in the 2015 American Advertising Awards Competition and received an outstanding 28 ADDY Awards, including 3 Gold, 6 Silver, and the top award for all entries, Best of Show.

Justin Valdivia, a Graphic Design student who works in Student Affairs (Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design), won Gold/Best of Show for his design on “MTV Season’s of Music Campaign: Spring Version.”

The American Advertising Awards are one of the advertising industry's largest and most representative competition, attracting more than 40,000 entries in 200 markets across the United States. The mission of the competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

Selection of the most creative entry in each category is affected by a scoring process in which a panel of judges evaluates all creative dimensions of every entry. A Gold ADDY is recognition of the highest level of creative excellence. Entries that are also considered outstanding and worthy of recognition receive a Silver ADDY. The number of awards given in each category is determined by the judges, based on the relative quality of work in that category.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University. 674 E Brier Dr, San Bernardino, CA 92408. © 2015 The Art Institutes.  Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/331 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire Tackle Higher Education Affordability with Art Grant Program The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire Tackle Higher Education Affordability with Art Grant Program

School invests in students to help them complete their education and move into creative careers

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, offering programs in design, fashion, media arts and culinary, today announced a new and innovative program to help reduce students’ debt, encourage smart borrowing, and improve the affordability of higher education. The Art Grant gives students the opportunity to earn and apply grant money toward their tuition—rewarding them for successfully completing course credits and progressing toward graduation.

Through the program, which will launch beginning Oct. 1, students at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire are eligible to earn grant funding for every 12 course credits earned while maintaining continuous enrollment status, regardless of their program of study.  An eligible associate degree student may earn up to 15 percent (between $6,400 and $6,900) of their tuition in grant funding over the course of their studies and an eligible bachelor’s degree student may earn up to 20 percent (between $17,300 and $18,600) of their tuition in grant funding over the course of their studies at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Students must meet all conditions to qualify.

“Providing a grant reward for dedicated students demonstrates our commitment to our students and their creative education,” said Matthew Madrid, President, The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire. “We are making a creative education more affordable, and reducing the cost of higher education, through The Art Grant.”

The Art Grant will be available to students enrolled in associate and bachelor’s degree programs at the following locations: The Art Institute of Portland; The Art Institute of Seattle; The Art Institute of Las Vegas; The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of California—Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of California—Los Angeles, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of  California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of  California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of  California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University; The Art Institute of  California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University; and The Art Institute of  California—Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University.

For more information about The Art Grant, please visit, new.artinstitutes.edu/inland-empire or www.aiartgrant.com/.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire 674 East Brier Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

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Getting the most out of farmers markets and seasonal produce Getting the most out of farmers markets and seasonal produce

Warm weather months bring abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, and for those who enjoy buying local, farmers markets are popular destinations. Produce choices available at farmers markets are now reaching their peak. So how can you make the most of this seasonal bounty?

Chef Daniel Reyes, culinary faculty member at The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, believes that it’s important to know the difference between buzz words common at markets. “If you have questions about how farmers do something, they are more than happy to talk to you and educate you about sustainable and organic farming,” he says.

Reyes explains that while some produce may look unfamiliar, a good market salesperson will provide tips on how to use the items. Farmers markets are not just great places to buy, they’re also great places to learn new culinary techniques and food pairings.

Another tip? Shop early - that’s when chefs at are the markets. “Chefs are usually there early in the morning. See what they are buying,” says Reyes. And remember to bring bags to carry your items home - cooler bags are especially helpful when you’re buying delicate goods such as locally made cheeses, eggs or meats.

A sense of community

Farmers markets allow people to gather in a common place to meet neighbors and make friends who share a passion for locally grown food. The markets build a sense of community, according to Reyes, that contributes to a stronger local economy and smaller environmental footprint.

“Get to know your purveyors. See where they come from,” Reyes advocates.

This sentiment is shared by Chef Elizabeth Thompson, culinary arts faculty member at The Art Institute of California - Inland Empire. Thompson recommends asking farmers what’s best to buy right now.

“They grow whatever they sell, which makes them experts. Ask to put be put on their email list. They may send out information about what is in season and what to do with it,” she adds.

Thompson makes it a point to try something new each time she visits a farmers market. “Sample everything! That is how the farmers sell their products, and you will know what you like.”

CSA – Community Supported Agriculture

In addition to visiting the farmers market, many people are choosing to become CSA shareholders, paying in advance for weekly boxes of produce.

CSAs create a direct relationship between farmer and consumer, according to Thompson. CSAs allow busy people to pick up their share boxes at a convenient location, and teach them how to use what’s inside.

For those interested in supporting local farmers, CSAs provide a critical influx of cash to farmers during the off season, helping them to better prepare for the planting season ahead.

Whether shopping weekly at the farmers market or picking up a CSA box of fresh produce, buying local allows consumers to taste fruit and vegetables at their peak flavor. From striped heirloom tomatoes to strawberries picked fresh just hours before, farm fresh foods provide a burst of flavor and a connection to the community that cannot be found within a large supermarket.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, a campus of Argosy University, at 674 East Brier Drive, San Bernardino, CA 92408.

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