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There are problems to be solved. And futures to be formed.

The creative life isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for those who believe in themselves enough to trust their instincts, leave their comfort zones, and push their talents to the limit. If you’re up for it, keep going.

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NEW Bachelor’s Degree Program in Software Development for Creative Technologies

Learn to conceive and create unique software and programming solutions for arts and entertainment, gaming, film, leisure, and business, with an emphasis on a dynamic user experience.

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NEW Bachelor's Degree Program in Marketing & Entertainment Management

An innovative curriculum to help prepare you for a career in managing and promoting entertainment and informational events for cultural venues, corporations, creative organizations, and more.

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Upcoming Events

College Bound

March 25, 2017

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New Student Orientation

March 30, 2017

Get to know your campus and its resources to prepare you for a successful stay at AiCA—Sacramento!

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Open House

April 22, 2017
9:30 AM

If you’re ready to break down walls,
start by opening one of our doors.

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Latest Happenings

ADDY Awards
Sacramento Students Take Home 14 ADDY Awards

On March 9, 2017, students from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University, had their work honored at the 2017 Sacramento ADDYs.

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Ai California—Sacramento on Fox40
Sacramento Students’ Portfolios Featured on Fox40

Recently, John Andersen, President, The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University, appeared on Fox 40 to promote the school’s portfolio show.

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Meet Our Alumni

  • The Art Institute of California - Sacramento alumni Aaron Leong

    Aaron Leong

    Digital Filmmaking & Video Production , 2012

    "My education helped me to learn the fundamentals of production work and taught me the technical aspect of video production."

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    Aaron Leong

    Owner of 4th Wall Productions

    Aaron Leong is the owner of 4th Wall Productions in Sacramento, California. He’s responsible for client relations, directing, cinematography, equipment rental, editing, and color correction. As a freelancer, he doesn’t have a typical workday. “One of the biggest challenges in the freelance world is creating a reputation for yourself. People have to know that you’re worth it, so with any job go above and beyond expectation to prove it’s beneficial to have you on set,” he says.

    Aaron has been in the industry for 13 years and describes himself as “committed” to the industry. He’s worked in theater and performance, as well as behind the camera in production. “The work is heavy at times and very light at times. Take what you can get and save for those rainy days.” Before studying at The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, Aaron earned a degree in theater arts from San Francisco State. He studied theater because he knew that he wanted to become a director. Adding in a degree in Digital Film & Video Production helped him to make that goal a reality. “I was hired to direct my first budget narrative feature film in 2015 and it has been an amazing experience.”

    Aaron, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that his education helped him to learn the fundamentals of video production work. It also taught him the technical aspects of video production. He recommends that current students be persistent and stick to their standards. “Take any and all jobs that come your way, adjusting your rate for the position. Not only are they great opportunities to learn from someone more experience, but they are always networking opportunities.”

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  • Alumni Debra Ledsinger

    Debra Ledsinger

    Web Design & Interactive Media , 2011

    "My education provided me with the resources to continue my education and to remain current in my chosen field."

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    Debra Ledsinger

    Debra Ledsinger is a staff photographer at Dorfman Pacific. She schedules and plans photo shoots, shoots product and lifestyle photography, prepares electronic files for print and digital media, maintains the studio, and communicates with agencies, models, art directors, clients, vendors, and internal sales associates. Each day, Debra commutes from Sacramento, California to Stockton to prepare the studio.

    She calibrates her equipment and begins shooting photos. Debra uploads the images into a server or the company’s content management system. “The more fun and interesting days are those where I do lifestyle photography shoots or when I'm photographing on location,” she says.

    She is proud to have optimized the company’s photography flow to a point where over 100 products are able to be photographed and post-processed each day. Changes in technology keep her on her toes—and she’s committed to staying up to date with the tools of the trade. “Sometimes I think I liked it better when we would get all of the updates in one lump sum every other year or so,” she states.

    Debra adds that being a photographer takes a high level of commitment because there is intense competition within the industry. “To remain competitive, I participate in professional organizations.”

    She experienced the benefits of her hard work when one of her photos was accepted for publication in Vogue Italia. She’s also achieved success in various international photography competitions. But she says the best measure of success is providing positive and memorable experiences for the people that she photographs.

    Debra, who in 2011 earned a Bachelor of Science in Web Design & Interactive Media from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that her education allowed her to make a career change and provided the the resources current in her chosen field. She recommends that students stay focused, even when schoolwork seems overwhelming. “Find creative ways to address your challenges, seek wise counsel, and create an anchor to remind yourself why you are doing this in the first place. These practices will serve you well when the going gets even tougher.”

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Transfer students can earn a grant up to $7500 for bachelor’s degrees, $3500 for associate’s degrees.

We can help you navigate the steps to transferring to our creative community, where design, culinary, media arts, and fashion students prepare for their careers. You may be eligible to transfer your credits to The Art Institutes—and we offer important grants and scholarship opportunities for which you may qualify. Click below to read more about our transfer grant.

Any student who meets all admission requirements, and who earned at least 12 credits between the dates of 8/1/2015 and 8/31/2016 at another accredited institution that has ceased enrolling students, is eligible to receive this institutional grant. Other rules apply.

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Pre-College Sessions for High School Students

Pre-College CTA
A hands-on head start.

High school juniors and seniors who have completed and submitted an application to an Art Institutes school can begin building a foundation of success before first term begins—at no charge—in our innovative College Bound program.* To find out more, visit

* Students who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate of completion. The College Bound courses are non-credit bearing and do not transfer into our academic program offerings or the offerings of any other institution. However as part of the course you will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio that you are able to request proficiency credit. Proficiency credit is awarded based on the proficiency credit policy defined in an institution’s academic catalog. The cost of the College Bound courses varies between $325 and $350. This cost is waived for any student that has an application and completed essay on file with the school. Check with the school you are interested in attending for exceptions and details, as not all programs are offered at all locations. Individual location participation is subject to change.

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