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

The Art Institute of California—Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, is located in the heart of Orange County’s South Coast Metro Region. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to learn in a region that’s attracting aspiring creative artists who seek a beach and city lifestyle.

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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 Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons The Art Institute of Michigan Teams Up with the Rachael Ray Show to Provide Cooking Lessons

The Art Institute of Michigan is teaming up with the Rachael Ray Show to provide cooking lessons to the students enrolled at Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. During filming of the Rachael Ray Show’s Thanksgiving episode, on Monday, November 16, Ray unveiled a completely renovated kitchen for the students, complete with new appliances and a study space. To help Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program get the most out of this new kitchen, The Art Institute of Michigan is going to provide four lessons/demos on healthy eating and nutrition at the gym throughout the next year. 

Three culinary instructors from The Art Institute of Michigan appeared on the show to announce the gift of the cooking lessons, and the episode will air Wednesday, November 25. In the Detroit area, please tune into WDIV-TV at 2pm. For additional times and channels, visit http://www.rachaelrayshow.com/show-info/showtimes/.

For more information on Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, visit http://downtownyouthboxing.org/

Read more about the filming on Detroit Free Press:  http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2015/11/16/rachel-ray-laila-ali-downtown-detroit-boxing-gym/75905200/

The Art Institute of Michigan is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of Michigan, 28175 Cabot Drive, Novi, MI 48377. © 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

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


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The Art Institute of California – Orange County Hosts Cooking Classes for the Pujols Family Foundation The Art Institute of California – Orange County Hosts Cooking Classes for the Pujols Family Foundation

(Orange County, September 2015) The Art Institute of California – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University is hosting Batter’s Up Cooking Classes for the Pujols Family Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Albert Pujols, a Dominican-American first baseman and nine-time MLB All-Star for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The Pujols Family Foundation helps those living with Down syndrome and aims to improve the lives of the impoverished in the Dominican Republic.

Participants from the foundation who have Down syndrome will be split into teams to prep and execute a four or five course lunch. After preparing the meal, they will be serving their guest, which is usually a parent or immediate family member. The focus of the event is teaching a cooking class, but more than that it is about empowering and encouraging individuals with Down syndrome. The event also serves as an opportunity for families who have a loved one with Down syndrome to connect with other families in the same situation and allow them to build a network that offers mutual support.

Chef Michael Backouris from The Art Institute of California – Orange County is leading the project.  This is the third year he has managed these cooking classes for the Pujols Family Foundation.

Batter’s Up Cooking Classes with Pujols Family Foundation:

9/26/15                9-1pm                   5ifty Forks
10/10/15              9-1pm                   5ifty Forks
11/7/15                9-1pm                   5ifty Forks

http://www.pujolsfamilyfoundation.org/


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 vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. 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 92704-7931© 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

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


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The Art Institute of California – Orange County Hosts Cinematographer Dean Cundey The Art Institute of California – Orange County Hosts Cinematographer Dean Cundey

(Orange County, September 2015)  Hollywood cinematographer Dean Cundey visited The Art Institute of California — Orange County, a campus of Argosy University, to screen and discuss the film, Back to the Future, for the project's 30th anniversary. 

Mr. Cundey is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.  He has worked on films such as Psycho II, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the Back to the Future trilogy, What Women Want, Apollo 13, Jurassic Park, Romancing the Stone, Roadhouse and Garfield.  His work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit earned him an Academy award nomination.  On February 2, 2014, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the ASC, in which John Carpenter introduced him.

Mr. Cundey spoke for three hours with instructor, Scott Essman and students in the Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Science Program in a vibrant discussion about simultaneous screening and his work with the film. 


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 vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. 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 92704-7931© 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/362 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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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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Notable alumni

Learn more from some of our grads who’ve made a name for themselves as they talk about their education, their careers, what Creativity for Life means to them, and their advice for aspiring creative professionals.

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Tanner Godarzi

Tanner Godarzi

Frontend developer,Vision Design

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Michael Allan Cragg

Owner and Executive Chef, Temecula Catering

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Autumn Rodriguez

Autumn Rodriguez

Social Media Coordinator, Trixxi Clothing

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Agnieszka Puchala

Agnieszka Puchala

Graphic Designer and Marketing Associate, Los Angeles (DCBID)

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Lauren Kramer

Lauren Kramer

Stereoscopic Artist, Walt Disney Animation Studio

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