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The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University

3601 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704-7931   |    1.714.830.0200

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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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5ifty Forks Restaurant

5ifty Forks is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—Orange County, 5ifty Forks 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 professionals, 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, 5ifty Forks is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact 5ifty Forks Restaurant at 714.338.1325 or email 5iftyForks@gmail.com.

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The Art Institute of California – Orange County helps to celebrate Birthday bash for Dalai Lama The Art Institute of California – Orange County helps to celebrate Birthday bash for Dalai Lama

(Orange County, July 2015)  The Dalai Lama celebrated his 80th birthday at the Honda Center in Anaheim on July 5 as a kick-off to the Global Compassion Summit.  The Art Institute of California – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University presented the Dalai Lama with a cake which was featured in more than 40 media outlets across the country.

The culinary team crafted a cake that stood almost 8ft tall with a gold and maroon theme. The cake was covered in fondant and sprayed a muted metallic gold, draped with maroon fondant to mimic his robes, with large (3-4”) gum paste flowers inspired by his garden. The campus culinary team worked with industrial design experts to build an acrylic structure to support the cake with the bottom built into the base, while adding a light system to illuminate the cake. The cake team consisted of Chef Colleen Johnson, Bryan Householder, and culinary students from the campus.

The Orange County Register featured the school in their article: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/tibetan-669824-cake-dalai.html 

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of California – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, 3601 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704-7931©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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Announced in Nationwide Fur-Free Fashion Competition Announced in Nationwide Fur-Free Fashion Competition

(Dec. 14, 2012 Pittsburgh, PA) – The Humane Society of the United States and The Art Institutes announced Nicolle Bajgrowicz, a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program at The Art Institute of California – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, as the grand prize winner of the eighth annual Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition. As grand prize winner, Bajgrowicz will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and an expense-paid, week-long internship in New York City with celebrated fur-free designer Victoria Bartlett.

“The Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition encourages fashion students to make humane choices by educating them about problems in the fur trade, including mislabeling, environmental impacts and welfare concerns for the millions of raccoon dogs, foxes, and other animals killed every year for their fur,” said Michelle McDonald, fashion outreach manager of the fur-free campaign for The Humane Society of the United States.

In addition, four students from across the country in The Art Institutes’ Fashion programs received top honors. Evelyn Thompson, a student in the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion & Retail Management program at The Art Institute of Charleston, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, placed second and Vu Nguyen a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design program at The Art Institute of Seattle, placed third and will receive $750 and $500, respectively. Cheryl Vick, a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design at The Art Institute of Houston, and Brehon Williams, a student in the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion & Retail Management program at The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, both received honorable mention.

Cool vs. Cruel challenges fashion students at The Art Institutes schools throughout North America to creatively reinterpret and replace animal fur on runway designs by Marc Jacobs, J. Mendel, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Jean-Paul Gaultier.

“We are proud to partner with The Humane Society of the United States in the Cool vs. Cruel Fashion Design Competition, which offers our students a fantastic opportunity to support an important cause and to show their creativity and skill in a national arena,” said John Pufahl, vice president of academic affairs, The Art Institutes.

The judging panel selecting the winners included designers John Bartlett, Victoria Bartlett, Anna Fortino, Leanne Hilgart, Nary Manivong, Elizabeth Olsen, PAPER magazine editor Mickey Boardman, founder and president of Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs Donna Salyers, writer and reporter Nell Alk and editor of TheDiscerningBrute.com Joshua Katcher.

“I have gone down many different paths to lead me to where I am today. I could not be happier with my decision to stop studying biology and follow my aspirations of being a fashion designer. This win means everything to me because I hope it gets the word out about cruelty-free clothing,” said Bajgrowicz. “As a designer I think this is the right and responsible way to design, and I hope many more young designers will make the decision to go cruelty-free.” Photos of the finalists and their designs are available upon request or can be viewed on The HSUS Fur-Free Campaign's Facebook page..

Learn more about the competition, view the original runway looks and find out about The Humane Society of the United States fur-free campaign at humanesociety.org/coolvscruel. To learn more about The Art Institutes, visit artinstitutes.edu.

Media Contacts :
The Art Institutes: Devra Pransky, 412.995.7685, dpransky@edmc.edu

The Humane Society of the United States: Kaitlin Sanderson, 301.721.6463,ksanderson@humanesociety.org

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 of education for design, media arts, fashion and culinary 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. Since The Art Institutes is comprised of several institutions, see aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important information.

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization, rated the most effective by its peers. Since 1954, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. We rescue and care for tens of thousands of animals each year, but our primary mission is to prevent cruelty before it occurs. We're there for all animals, across America and around the world. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty – on the Web at humanesociety.org .

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Keep Your Job Search Momentum Going During the Holidays Keep Your Job Search Momentum Going During the Holidays

When you’re looking for a job, the holidays may seem like a time to take a break. But if you do, you may miss the employment opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Why is the off season of job searching actually a hidden opportunity to become employed?

Job searching from Thanksgiving to the middle of January provides many unique opportunities, says Donna Dessart, director of Career Services at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University.

Reduced competition from those individuals who stop their job search at this time, and the need for some employers to spend their end of the year budgets or gear up for the new year favor the active job searcher. What’s more is this festive season is an ideal time to be social, get organized and keep motivated.

“Now is the time to move into action,” encourages Tanya Essien who oversees the Career Services team at The Art Institute of California – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University and advises dozens of graduating students and recent alumni. “This is a great time of year to remind yourself of your value and goals.”

Here are some useful tips from the two directors on how to keep the job search momentum going:

Get into the holiday spirit

Seek out and attend as many events as you can fit in your calendar. Network with family friends, alumni and acquaintances at holiday events. You never know where the next job lead will come from. Also, advises Dessart, “Prepare a 30-second statement that tells people you are looking for a job and what you have to offer them - and use it.”

  • Send holiday cards with your business card to hiring managers where you’ve interviewed. “Many decision makers are in the office during the holidays,” reminds Essien.
  • Take on seasonal work to tide your finances into the new year and get your foot in the door at a company, notes Dessart who works with many Bay Area employers. Temporary agencies also see an increase in employer requests as companies struggle to complete annual goals and enable employees to use their vacation time.

Stay organized and prepare

  • Make sure you are keeping track of your job search by creating a spreadsheet detailing where you applied and how you followed up, recommends Essien.
  • Find a copy of the Book of Lists at your local library. This guide is a definitive listing of the companies and players that make up your county’s economy, Essien informs. Take notes, particularly since the book also gives the names of the decision makers of the company.
  • Utilize social media - During downtime, join LinkedIn groups related to your field, introduce yourself and let them know you are looking for work.

Keep motivated

  • “Most importantly, remain motivated. Write a mission statement for the holiday season. Create a goal to have something accomplished by Jan. 1,” says Essien.
  • “Remember, hiring managers with fresh goals for the new year are eager to find people who can help them reach these goals,” advises Dessart.

To learn more about The Art Institutes, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/.

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 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. Since The Art Institutes is comprised of several institutions, 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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5ifty Forks Restaurant Announces New Summer Menus 5ifty Forks Restaurant Announces New Summer Menus

5ifty Forks Restaurant, the student-run dining lab at The Art Institute of California – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, has announced its summer lunch and dinner menus

5ifty Forks Restaurant, the student-run dining lab at The Art Institute of California – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, has announced its summer lunch and dinner menus. For reservations, call  714.338.1325.


The Art Institute of California – Orange County, 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 – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, 3601 West Sunflower Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92704. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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