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The Art Institute of California—San Diego - a campus of Argosy University
Your creative future begins in San Diego

We prepare students for careers in design, fashion, media arts, and culinary

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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

Choose what you would like to study in San Diego

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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Your education just got more affordable

Students need to meet all requirements. The Art Grant is not offered at all Art Institute schools and the grant amounts vary by location; check with the school you’re considering attending for exceptions and details.

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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Open House

Saturday, October 24, 2015
 Art Institutes Open House

See How We Live For Creativity

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The only thing missing is you.

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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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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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Mirage Memmer

Mirage Memmer

Advertiser, Hawaii Bento, LLC

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Marcus Mills

Marcus Mills

Coordinator, Viacom International Program Sales Operations

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Nathan Selep

Nathan Selep

Project Manager, Telegraphics, Inc.

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Mando Daniel Perez

Mando Daniel Perez

Production Designer,

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Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Digital Campaign Management Specialist, Tribune Digital

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