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The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

7650 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108-4423   |    1.858.598.1200

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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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Hands-on classes and workshops in the world of food, photography, art, fashion, and more!

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Pursue your creative education in a city known for its vibrant arts and culture scene

Pursue your creative education in a city known for its vibrant arts and culture scene

For over 30 years, The Art Institute of California--San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, has been a proud member of Southern California's creative community--a region with so many arts amenities, it's known as the Smithsonian of the West.

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The Palette

The Palette is the student-run dining room at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California--San Diego, a campus of Argosy University. Working in the restaurant is the culmination of the culinary students' educational journey. After six intense and disciplined academic quarters, senior students are charged with operating The Palette, from greeting guests to serving diners and preparing meals.

The Palette's weekly-rotating menu features many of the cuisines and disciplines taught at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California--San Diego. Dishes include everything from American regional favorites to multi-cultural world fusions.

The restaurant's normal operating hours are lunch and dinner on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Please call 858.598.1405 to make reservations and to learn about this week's menu.

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Capturing Outdoor Travel Moments: How to Bring Back Great Audio & Video Capturing Outdoor Travel Moments: How to Bring Back Great Audio & Video

A vacation full of action and adventure creates fantastic memories that many travelers want to capture “on film” to share with friends and family. But how do you bring back great audio and video footage that captivatingly transports your viewers to your destination?

Media arts educators who work with budding audio and video production students from The Art Institute of California— a college of Argosy University, weigh in with some basic tips.

START WITH SOUND

Joe Godfrey, Audio Production academic director at The Art Institute of California— San Diego, recommends that a beginning videographer on vacation first think about sound.

“Sound can really bring you into an experience and tell a story, even without visuals,” says Godfrey. “So start by building a great narration track, then supplement it with your visual shots.”

Vacation guides and docents are great resources that can help you describe what you and your viewers are seeing. To make sure you catch all of the insightful details, make the most of your camera’s built-in microphone. “Be conscious of where you stand, ideally close by the speaker,” advises Godfrey. “Then when the talking is done, feel free to get your video footage.”

SHOOT AT EYE LEVEL, NOT ALWAYS YOUR OWN

If you want to make that video footage memorable, think about where to put the camera, advises David Schreiber, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production academic director at The Art Institute of California— Los Angeles.

“A common mistake beginners make is to shoot at his or her own eye-level,” he says. After all, it is more comfortable to make movies while standing erect. “Kneel or squat down. Show the world from the point-of-view of say, that duck-billed platypus you come across in your outdoor adventures. You will find that towering over your photographic subject, whether it’s an exotic animal or your adorable three-year-old, keeps the viewer at arm’s length from the action. It’s more immersive to plunge the viewer into the world of your subject, at their eye-level.”

TRY A VARIETY OF SHOTS

To show your home audience the exhilaration of a more active experience like zip lining, for instance, incorporate a variety of shots. Enlist travel buddies to help you get more dynamic content. Schreiber recommends shots of your zip launch from the platform; from the ground midway through your journey and at the finish line with the camera zoomed in on your fast approach. He also suggests a medium-range shot that shows what you see as you zip along.

“If you really want to help the viewer identify with the adrenaline rush you experienced, turn the camera around 180 degrees and give us a close-up on your face,” Schreiber adds. “Nothing is as magnetic on the movie screen as the human face.”

TAKE IT ALL IN

Godfrey also notes that when recording sound, it is OK to just take it all in. “Natural sound is important and underrated,” he says. “Instantly recognizable, spontaneous sound like the roar of an elephant or the cheers and boos of spectators can effortlessly help you tell your story.”

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High School Seniors Named Local Winners in The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University, Passion for Fashion Competition 2014 High School Seniors Named Local Winners in The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University, Passion for Fashion Competition 2014

Kristy Salindo was recently named the local first place winner in The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley’s Passion for Fashion Competition in the Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management category. Huy Hong was recently named the local first place winner in The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley’s Passion for Fashion Competition in the Fashion Design category.

The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition gives high school seniors the opportunity to use their flair for fashion and eye for style to earn tuition scholarships.

Salindo, a high school senior, earned a $3,000 tuition scholarship to study in a fashion program at The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley. Hong, a high school senior, also earned a $3,000 tuition scholarship to study in a fashion program at The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley.

In addition to their tuition scholarships, Salindo and Hong will progress to the national round of The Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition where their entries will be judged against other local winners from throughout North America for the Competition’s grand prize: a half- tuition scholarship to an Art Institutes school, and a VIP trip to New York City to include a “meet and greet” at Seventeen’s New York City offices, lunch and a $500 shopping spree at DKNY with a Seventeen Style Pro, and a $500 gift card to shop anywhere in the Big Apple.

In the Fashion Design category, entrants were required to submit three images of original sketches of a summer wear garment. In the Fashion Marketing & Merchandising and Retail Management category, entrants were required to submit images of a fashion trend board, predicting the next big trend in fashion.

For more information on this year’s Art Institutes Passion for Fashion Competition, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/passionforfashion.

The Art Institute of California – Silicon Valley

The Art Institute of California – Silicon Valley, 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 — Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University, 1120 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC.

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The Art Institute of California—San Diego Announces “GETCreative” Courses for Adults and Teens The Art Institute of California—San Diego Announces “GETCreative” Courses for Adults and Teens

[San Diego, Aug. 25, 2014] – The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, invites teens and adults to take their creative talents to the next level through its “GETCreative” courses, workshops, and special events. Participants may choose from a variety of courses designed for the pursuit of casual recreational learning or professional development designed for adults in creative careers. The classes take place in The Art Institute of California—San Diego’s professional kitchens, studios, and labs—providing hands-on training on industry standard tools and technology.

Creative writing workshops, an introduction to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) photography, garment construction classes, comic book art drawing, game design workshops, and a day in the sushi kitchen are examples of the creative outlets “GETCreative” provides. Classes begin in September and are offered in the following areas: Art Foundations, Culinary Arts; Recording Arts; Creative Writing; Design; Photography; Textiles, Fashion and Jewelry; The Business of Art; or Software for Designers. Classes meet for as few as one—or as many as six—sessions.

“GETCreative, taught by industry professionals, allows students to test out possible career paths, fine-tune a creative passion, or build professional experience. It’s a unique opportunity to experience our creative community and learn in a relaxed environment,” said AJ Antun, president of The Art Institute of California—San Diego.

For more information about GETCreative, to see a list of courses, or to register for classes, please visit http://getcreative.artinstitutes.edu/sandiego/.

The Art Institute of California—San Diego

The Art Institute of California—San Diego 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—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, 7650 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC. Our email address iscsprogramadmin@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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The Art Institute of California—San Diego Announces “GETCreative” Courses for Adults and Teens The Art Institute of California—San Diego Announces “GETCreative” Courses for Adults and Teens

The Art Institute of California—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, invites teens and adults to take their creative talents to the next level through its “GETCreative” courses, workshops, and special events. Participants may choose from a variety of courses designed for the pursuit of casual recreational learning or professional development designed for adults in creative careers.  The classes take place in The Art Institute of California—San Diego’s professional kitchens, studios, and labs—providing hands-on training on industry standard tools and technology.

Creative writing workshops, an introduction to digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) photography, garment construction classes, comic book art drawing, game design workshops, and a day in the sushi kitchen are examples of the creative outlets “GETCreative” provides. Classes begin in September and are offered in the following areas: Art Foundations, Culinary Arts; Recording Arts; Creative Writing; Design; Photography; Textiles, Fashion and Jewelry; The Business of Art; or Software for Designers. Classes meet for as few as one—or as many as six—sessions.

“GETCreative, taught by industry professionals, allows students to test out possible career paths, fine-tune a creative passion, or build professional experience. It’s a unique opportunity to experience our creative community and learn in a relaxed environment,” said AJ Antun, president of The Art Institute of California—San Diego.

For more information about GETCreative, to see a list of courses, or to register for classes, please visit http://getcreative.artinstitutes.edu/sandiego/.

The Art Institute of California—San Diego

The Art Institute of California—San Diego 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—San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, 7650 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108. ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC. 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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