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The Art Institute of California—San Diego - a campus of Argosy University
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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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College Bound

College Bound is an 11-week college experience for high school juniors and seniors to connect with others that share your interests while taking college level courses designed to help you grow, discover yourself, and create something awesome.

Recreational and Professional Development Course

Whether you want to explore the essentials of drawing, design a website for your business, master your DSLR camera or discover the decadence of chocolate, our noncredit courses are immersive and focused, so they’re perfect for curious – but busy – people like you.

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Earn a grant up to $18,600 (up to 20% of your tuition).

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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Saturday, April 30, 2016
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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 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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The Art Institute of San Diego Talks Turkey on San Diego Living The Art Institute of San Diego Talks Turkey on San Diego Living

(San Diego, November 2015) Chef Shawn Matijevich, culinary instructor at The Art Institute of California – San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, appeared on San Diego Living (XETV-TV) discussing tips for roasting a perfect Thanksgiving turkey. 

The Art Institute of California – San Diego, a branch 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 – San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, 7650 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA  92108-4423© 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 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 – San Diego Fashion Grad on DiscoverSD.com The Art Institute of California – San Diego Fashion Grad on DiscoverSD.com

(San Diego, November 2015) Territa Torres from The Art Institute of California – San Diego, a campus of Argosy University is a 2013 graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design.  Territa was featured on DiscoverSD.com showing her collection, Territa Torres Designs, at Fashion Week San Diego.

The winning women of Fashion Week San Diego:  http://www.discoversd.com/news/2015/nov/10/fashion-week-san-diego-winning-women/


The Art Institute of California – San Diego, a branch 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 – San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, 7650 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA  92108-4423© 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/369  for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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Territa Torres - Fashion Graduate featured on Examiner.com Territa Torres - Fashion Graduate featured on Examiner.com

(San Diego, August 2015) Territa Torres from The Art Institute of California – San Diego, a campus of Argosy University,  a 2013 graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design,  was recently featured on Examiner.com regarding upcoming Fashion Week San Diego (FWSD).

After spending nine years in the United States Navy as an Information Systems Technician and achieving the rank of Petty Officer Second Class, Ms. Torres made the transition into fashion design after being “formally trained thanks to the wonderful instructors at The Art Institute of California - San Diego.”

The Q&A piece discusses her background, inspiration and future plans in the fashion industry. http://www.examiner.com/article/fashion-week-san-diego-fwsd-designer-territa-torres


The Art Institute of California – San Diego, a branch 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 – San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, 7650 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA  92108-4423© 2015 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.  

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/369  for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, 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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Jason S. Levy

Jason S. Levy

Senior Designer , Arrow Electronics

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Susana Dominguez

Susana Dominguez

Cook , Hyatt

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Brian Townsend

Brian Townsend

3D Artist and Photographer , Microsoft Surface

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 Maria Alonso

Maria Alonso

Stock Manager , Salvatore Ferragamo

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Victoria Oxendine

Victoria Oxendine

Interior Designer , Style Defined Interiors

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