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Sacramento is the sixth largest city in California, with a population of almost 1/2 million people. A former gold rush town, Sacramento is a major transportation and commerce hub linking the east with California's coastal cities. It is also a major cultural hub, with playhouses, ballet, concert venues and sports teams.
The city is located where the Sacramento and American rivers meet, and is the shipping and rail center for the Sacramento Valley. The area has wet and mild winters and hot, dry summers. Large regional employers include Intel, Kaiser Permanente, and Sutter Health.
Regional destinations include Old Sacramento with its historical buildings that have been preserved for today's generation to explore. There are also major theater venues including the Sacramento Convention Center Complex, Wells Fargo Pavilion, and the McClatchy Main Stage. Performance arts opportunities include the Sacramento Ballet, Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Sacramento Opera. The Sacramento Shakespeare Festival under the stars is another popular event.
Sacramento is also home to many museums including the Crocker Art Museum, the oldest public art museum west of the Mississippi River. There is also the California museum for History, Women, and the Arts, the California State Railroad Museum, and the California Automobile Museum. The city hosts The Sammies—the Sacramento Music Awards—each year.
The Art Institute of California—Sacramento was founded in 2007 and is located in a facility that fosters creative learning. The school offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
The school is home to 45,000 square feet comprised of industry-related equipment and software that provides students with real-world experience. These include:
Many students enjoy apartment living in school-sponsored housing. The fully-furnished apartments are located close to campus. Features of the patrolled community include on site parking, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, fitness center, student housing activity center.
To build relationships and gain experience in their areas of study, many students participate in special events and workshops, join student groups, and work in internships within the Sacramento area. The Art Institute of California—Sacramento offers the following services to help students during their time at the school: