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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 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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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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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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The Art Institute of San Diego, a campus of Argosy University Fashion Show in LA Fashion The Art Institute of San Diego, a campus of Argosy University Fashion Show in LA Fashion

(California, June 2015)  The Art Institute of California – San Diego, a campus of Argosy University held its 7th Annual Fashion Show at the Westfield UTC mall in La Jolla.  The show was featured in Los Angeles Fashion, publisher of LA Fashion Weekly and LA Fashion Magazine.

The show was judged by a panel of fashion industry professionals which included San Diego’s very own celebrity guest designer and stylist Andre Soriano.  Soriano gained fame from his reality show appearance on singer Rhianna’s hit TV Bravo show, ’Style to Rock’.

Yasmin Santana from Los Angeles Fashion said that Eddie Harrison, a student in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design, was one of her favorite designers.  She was quoted as saying: "One of my favorite student designers of the night was Eddie Harrison whose design inspirations came from the real world around him. Inspired by the city buildings, old rustic fences and every day surroundings he incorporated that into his collection. His designs had eye popping pop art work that is every day casual but yet with an edge. Eddie Harrison worked as a photographer for the military and as a photographer and that is evident through his designs, which is why I love his eye popping black and white sweater.”

Below are links to the article and social media channels.

http://www.thelafashion.com/2015/06/18/art-institute-of-san-diego-seventh-annual-expressions-fashion-show/

https://twitter.com/theLAfashion/status/611539303684943874 

https://www.facebook.com/theLAFashion


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. 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. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

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


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Fashion Show Coverage on San Diego Living Fashion Show Coverage on San Diego Living

(San Diego June 2015)  On June 5, The Art Institute of California – San Diego, a campus of Argosy University held its 7th Annual Fashion Show at the Westfield UTC mall in La Jolla.  On the morning before the show, Jacquee Leahy, Fashion instructor at the campus, and some of the Fashion Design students were invited  to the San Diego Living (XETV-TV) set to discuss the event and creativity behind the designs.  San Diego Living is an hour-long lifestyle show on San Diego 6 the CW.

The segment featured several student designers modeling their work while highlighting the campus, its fashion show and overall program -  http://www.sandiego6.com/san-diego-living/-AIs-7th-Annual-Fashion-Show-Expressions-306303461.html.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. 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. 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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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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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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