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

2850 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833   |    1.916.830.6320

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

For reservations, please contact Muse Restaurant at 916.830.6361.

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4-Day Workshop with Francois Vecchio at The Art Institute of California – Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University 4-Day Workshop with Francois Vecchio at The Art Institute of California – Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University

(California, June 2015)  The Art Institute of California – Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University hosted Old World Butchery Workshops in June with Francois Vecchio, who partnered with El Dorado Meat Collective, a local butchery collective.  More information is on the El Dorado website (http://eldoradomeatcollective.com/Classes.aspx).  A film crew from Good Day Sacramento filmed live shots at the campus.

Francois Vecchio has over 60 years in the meat industry and began his career in 1958, apprenticing in Switzerland, Italy and France.  After a lifetime of working in butchery shops, Francois provides hands-on apprentice workshops for students.  He shares the fundamentals of his knowledge with the next generation of butchers.


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of California – Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University, 2850 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite #100, Sacramento, CA  95833 ©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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Rethinking Small Office Design: Creating a More Collaborative and Imaginative Workplace Rethinking Small Office Design: Creating a More Collaborative and Imaginative Workplace

In the age of wireless communication, telecommuting and global travel, a professional’s “office” has become more of a virtual world located anywhere from a hip coffee shop to a busy airport. This makes creating one’s stationary office as a place that is fun, stimulating and imaginative even more important.

Certified Interior Designer and Interior Design Faculty at The Art Institute of California – Sacramento, Sara Seward, highlights ways to accomplish a more collaborative environment that is replacing the look and bulk of the cubicle and provides a modern, architectural feeling.

For example, she recommends that offices feature more casual areas to gather for a quick meeting, juice bars to host social events, or lounging areas to relax. Also, keeping the design simple and using lighter, modern finishes can increase the feeling of open space.

Amy J. Aswell, who holds a Master’s in Interior Architecture and is also an instructor of interior design at The Art Institute of California – Sacramento, agrees, adding that if people are expected to work in small cubicles, “provide them with a ‘break away’ space that gives them an alternative area to work or hold impromptu meetings.”

Aswell notices a trend toward residential living room layouts for these break away areas, as well more home-like amenities being added such as lounge furniture.

For employees who want to dress up their office or cubicle, Academic Director of Interior Design at The Art Institute of California – Silicon Valley, Sandra Slade, has the following tips:

  • Hang one focal piece of artwork and add sculptural interest on a credenza or side table but avoid very strong or controversial subjects in your art
  • Family pictures are nice, but don't overdue it and limit yourself to a few
  • Adding a nice live plant or small tree offers a nice feng shui touch
  • Maintain professionalism in your color scheme by adding an accent wall of medium color paint or surround yourself with a soft neutral

When it comes to shared work spaces for independent consultants or small business owners, Slade acknowledges a freedom from corporate office décor guidelines but advises not to “go overboard” on personal expression.

“You will still want to appear professional,” she says, “and that can be accomplished by avoiding lots of distracting ‘toys’ on the desk and keeping the space orderly.

“Since your office may also be your conference space, allow for a comfortable upholstered guest office chair. You might also want to add a small side table with a sculptural piece for sophistication,” suggests Slade.

Seward concludes that the need for a typical office has been replaced with flexible environments that maximize the use of square footage along with what makes the staff comfortable. “No matter the space, it’s about allowing employees to work in whatever manner they need to stay productive.”

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The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu) is a system of more than 45 education institutions located throughout North America. The Art Institutes system is America's Leader in Creative Education providing 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.

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Sacramento’s Comstock’s Magazine Featuring The Art Institute of California – Sacramento’s Very Own Pamela Chokan-Quetzal! Sacramento’s Comstock’s Magazine Featuring The Art Institute of California – Sacramento’s Very Own Pamela Chokan-Quetzal!

“The menu is basically a calling card for you, for your particular concept,” -Pamela Chokan-Quetzal

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Thirteen aspiring chefs with a craving for culinary excellence put their kitchen skills to the test as they competed for tuition scholarships Thirteen aspiring chefs with a craving for culinary excellence put their kitchen skills to the test as they competed for tuition scholarships

[Sacramento, CA April 6, 2014] Thirteen aspiring chefs with a craving for culinary excellence put their kitchen skills to the test as they competed for tuition scholarships on Saturday, March 22, at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University. At the end of the day, three stood triumphant.


Alisha Reyes took a gold medal and first place and Seleste Stahmer took a silver medal and second in The Art Institutes Best Teen Chef Competition for high school seniors. Cody McCallister placed first – and was awarded a gold medal – in The Art Institutes Culinary Scholarship Competition.


During the cook-off competition, the finalists were asked to showcase their talent and skill by preparing and serving a two-course meal in just two hours. The meal consisted of an appetizer of Shrimp Cocktail and an entrée of Sautéed Chicken Breast with Creative Garnish, Rice Pilaf and Broccoli Sauté.


Competitors were judged on five technical skills including knife skills, safety, sanitation, organization, cooking techniques, and clean-up, and five qualities of the finished dishes – temperature, taste, texture, portion size and presentation.


Reyes was awarded a $4,000 tuition scholarship, Stahmer a $1,000 tuition scholarship and McCallister a $1,500 tuition scholarship to The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California--Sacramento. In addition, the first place winners in both categories will move on to be considered for a Chopped-style cooking competition in New York in April. The winner of that competition will receive a $40,000 tuition scholarship.


Winner quotes:


Alisha Reyes: “I was always told that when you’re older and you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life—that’s how I feel about cooking.”


Seleste Stahmer: “I have always loved cooking as a hobby and I have now realized that this is something I could do every day and never get tired of it.”


Cody McCallister: “Being able to travel when I was younger, I was able to taste many of the flavor profiles from around the world.”


Cook-off competitions were held at all participating International Culinary Schools at The Art Institutes locations across the U.S. and Canada in March. In addition to earning their scholarship awards, all local Best Teen Chef first place winners will have the opportunity to win a trip to New York City for a very special food experience.


For more information, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/culinary or contact The Art Institute of California—Sacramento at 916-830-6320


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The Art Institute of California – Sacramento, 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 – Sacramento, a campus of Argosy University, 2850 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite #100, Sacramento, CA 95833. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.


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