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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

NEW Bachelor’s Degree Program in Software Development for Creative Technologies

Learn to conceive and create unique software and programming solutions for arts and entertainment, gaming, film, leisure, and business, with an emphasis on a dynamic user experience.

NEW Bachelor’s Degree Program in Professional Writing for Creative Arts

Your first step toward a career in creating compelling stories and engaging content for an array of expanding fields—entertainment, gaming, social media, websites, advertising, business, and more.

NEW Bachelor's Degree Program in Marketing & Entertainment Management

An innovative curriculum to help prepare you for a career in managing and promoting entertainment and informational events for cultural venues, corporations, creative organizations, and more.

NEW Bachelor's Degree Program in Instructional Technology & Design

Make an impact where the future of education is taking shape: the digital realm. You can learn to create innovative experiences and effective strategies to engage, instruct, and train students of all ages.

Create your future beginning now.

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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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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Saturday, September 10, 2016
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See How We Live For Creativity

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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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San Diego Instructor to Delver Talk at Comic-Con San Diego Instructor to Delver Talk at Comic-Con

Dr. Wei Xu, a Visual & Game Programming (VGP) instructor at The Art Institute of California – San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, will deliver a talk entitled “You Don’t Need Talent to Learn Drawing” at Comic-Con 2016, July 23, 2016. This will be the fifth time that Dr. Xu will host a panel at Comic-Con.

Dr. Xu is a computer scientist, mathematician, artist, and author. He invented the “Angle-Based Constructive” (ABC) drawing method and authored “Drawing in the Digital Age – an Observational Method for Artists and Animators” (Wiley 2012). His innovative approach combines basic geometry knowledge and computer graphics for fast processing of graphic structures. 

Dr. Xu received his doctoral degree in Applied Mathematics and Computer Graphics from The University of Texas at Austin. He has made more than 50 art talks in the past few years at numerous conferences, universities, companies, and social events around the world.

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The Art Institute of California - San Diego Taps Jacob Tyler Brand + Digital Agency for Pilot Educational Program for Senior Level Students The Art Institute of California - San Diego Taps Jacob Tyler Brand + Digital Agency for Pilot Educational Program for Senior Level Students

The Art Institute of California - San Diego has reached out to Jacob Tyler to develop a new educational experience for third and fourth year students. Dubbed “The Jacob Tyler Experience,” the class will be driven by a real time case study and meet at the offices of Jacob Tyler and Ai California – San Diego.

San Diego, Calif., April 20, 2016 -- The Art Institute of California - San Diego, a campus of Argosy University, has reached out to Jacob Tyler to develop a new educational experience for third and fourth year students. Dubbed “The Jacob Tyler Experience”, the class will be driven by a real time case study and meet at the offices of Jacob Tyler and Ai California – San Diego.

Corey J. Willis, Academic Director at The Art Institute of California - San Diego had the idea to create a more interactive and “real life” situation for current senior level students. Corey stated “Les (CEO of Jacob Tyler), an adjunct instructor at Ai California – San Diego in 2014, had great reviews during his tenure. I thought who better to help drive a behind the scenes look at departments within an agency and enable students to see how clients move through the design and business process.“

“I thought this was a tremendous opportunity,” said Les Kollegian, Jacob Tyler founder and CEO. He added, “During my undergrad and master’s studies, I never had the opportunity to spend time within an agency and be immersed in agency roles and responsibilities, much less have the responsibility of meeting with an actual client. I believe this will be really helpful for students to understand real world challenges and understand the actual business behind branding and design. We’re creating an experience disguised as a school disguised as an agency. It is a school to work initiative focusing on professionalism and I believe it will be fun and rewarding for all involved. ”

Deny Ehrlich, a 30 year industry graphic design veteran and instructor, will be joining Kollegian and leading the effort on the school’s behalf. Both Ehrlich and Kollegian have chosen Computers 2 San Diego Kids (C2DSK), a San Diego based non-profit organization, as the client the students will assist with a full company re-brand and online presence. Ms Ehrlich stated, “The students can’t be happier to be chosen for this new experience. We were careful to choose a student body with diverse interests and skills excited to collaborate with people unlike themselves. They are all interested in the experience itself as opposed to what doors the experience might open.”

Students will be required to attend classes in both locations and client strategy and planning meetings. They will be given specific goals to achieve for the C2SDK rebrand and be responsible for developing creative briefs, creative rationale, and how they intend to accomplish business goals and objectives. The 11 week class will end in June 2016 with a final client presentation and delivery of new branding collateral.

About Jacob Tyler Brand + Digital Agency 
Jacob Tyler is an award-winning, full-service brand and digital agency. The branding agency employs its expertise in brand strategy, identity and implementation – including web design and development, product design, marketing collateral, online marketing, social media and reputation management – to create meaningful brands with significant value. The agency utilizes a process-oriented approach to create and maintain eye-catching brands that meet its client’s goals and objectives. Jacob Tyler has been named one of America’s fastest-growing companies by Inc. 5000 and one of San Diego’s fastest growing companies for over six years by the San Diego Business Journal. Jacob Tyler has worked with global and national clients – including Leidos, Nuvasive, Four Seasons, TED, AT&T, and Sony – and has won more than 100 national and international design and marketing awards. For more information, visit http://www.jacobtyler.com

About Deny Ehrlich 
Deny Ehrlich is a graphic designer and educator. The principal of Deny Ehrlich Branding, Deny has over 30 years both international and local experience backed by well respected academic credentials (a Master’s in Graphic Design from Pratt Institute). She has also been an instructor of graphic design and advertising for over 20 years, 16 of which has been with The Art Institutes schools in Portland and San Diego – developing curricula and teaching classes ranging from concept development to branding and package design to collateral materials.

About 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 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, 7650 Mission Valley Rd, San Diego, CA 92108 © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu.

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Ryan C. Smith, Public Relations Manager, The Art Institutes, (714) 620-0914, rcsmith@aii.edu

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About Computers 2 San Diego Kids (C2DSK)
C2SDK believes all children and their families in San Diego, regardless of their economic status, need to be computer literate and have equal access to technology and the crucial educational, occupational, and financial resources that technology can provide to improve their educational options and their futures.

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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.  

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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.  

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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, Walmart.com

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Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Digital Campaign Management Specialist, Tribune Digital

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