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

1170 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102-4928   |    1.415.865.0198

"I found what makes me happy, what I love, what makes me want to wake up every single day."

-- Angelo Rosa, Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City, 2014

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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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The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, is located in the Civic Center, an energetic area of the city that's home to a weekly farmer's market and an arts and crafts market.

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Bistro 10UN

Bistro 10UN is a student-run restaurant that's open to the public. Located at The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, Bistro 10UN serves as the dining lab for students in the culinary program, offering a unique combination of real-world experience and instructional content.

Under the direction of Culinary Instructor Brian Shulse, culinary students nourish and delight patrons while taking the final steps on their path to becoming culinary professionals. From food ordering and preparation to guest seating and serving, Bistro 10UN is a complete instructional environment for students that offers a quality dining experience to its patrons.

For reservations, please contact Bistro 10UN Restaurant at 916.830.6361.

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The Art Institute of California – San Francisco Fashion Instructor Selected to Judge International Arts of Fashion Competition The Art Institute of California – San Francisco Fashion Instructor Selected to Judge International Arts of Fashion Competition

(San Francisco, May 2015)  Bora Han, adjunct fashion instructor at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, was selected as a juror for the 2015 International Arts of Fashion Competition. An international group of fashion faculty members from 5 countries reviewed the student projects that were received from 34 countries and from over 120 schools and university. Ms Han was one of the eight jurors selected.  The preliminary judging took place on May 23, 2015 at De Young Museum, a fine arts museum located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.


The International Arts of Fashion Competition, held at a city each year across the nation, selects fashion students around the world with outstanding creations relating to a theme. This year, 121 schools and universities from 34 countries participated. The finalists will present their designs during the Finale Fashion Show at the AoF Annual Symposium on October 26-27, 2015 in San Francisco.  


The competition is hosted by The Arts of Fashion Foundation, a non-profit organization based in San Francisco that fosters international cultural exchanges through the creation of educational events that increase creativity among artists, designers, scholars and students. The focus of the foundation is the support of creativity and design in fashion and the arts linked to it.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, 1170 Market Street, San Francisco, CA  94102-4928 ©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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BAYCAT Youth Creates Music Video at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco BAYCAT Youth Creates Music Video at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco

(San Francisco, May 2015)  Over the Winter break, youth from Bayview Hunters Point Center for Arts (BAYCAT), a non-profit social organization that educates youth and adults in the digital media arts, recorded a song and shot a music video in the Audio Production studio at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University.   Ian Sharp, a student in Audio Production Bachelor of Science Program and Edgar Garcia, 2014 graduate in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Science Program assisted in the making of the music video.


BAYCAT, located in San Francisco, helps young people realize their power via creativity and media and inspires students to stay in school.  


The project was special to the many media interns and employees at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco.


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, 1170 Market Street, San Francisco, CA  94102-4928 ©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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Students from the Art Institute of California - San Francisco Visit KPIX-TV Students from the Art Institute of California - San Francisco Visit KPIX-TV

On March 4th Amy Shidler, Digital Filmmaking & Video Production instructor at The Art Institute of California - San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University went with her Portfolio 1 students to witness a behind-the-scenes live broadcast of the noon news show at KPIX-TV, the San Francisco-based CBS affiliate station. 

The CBS 5 News producer Jan Blair Hardee [not pictured] was their host. Below is a photo of their class on set with news anchors Michelle Griego and Frank Mallicoat, and meteorologist Roberta Gonzales [on right].

Pictured left to right: Colleen Carson, Jeromi Solis, Evelyn Arce, Robert Day, Esau Guttierez, Gerardo Hernandez, Jacob Hirata, Orrin Tanksey, Jason Eitelgeorge, instructor Amy Harrison Shidler, Josh Baize, Chris Baum, and Fletcher Gustafson. All students are currently earning their Bachelor of Science degree in the Digital Filmmaking & Video Production program.

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of California - San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University. 1170 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/379 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Keep Your Job Search Momentum Going During the Holidays Keep Your Job Search Momentum Going During the Holidays

When you’re looking for a job, the holidays may seem like a time to take a break. But if you do, you may miss the employment opportunity you’ve been waiting for. Why is the off season of job searching actually a hidden opportunity to become employed?

Job searching from Thanksgiving to the middle of January provides many unique opportunities, says Donna Dessart, director of Career Services at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University.

Reduced competition from those individuals who stop their job search at this time, and the need for some employers to spend their end of the year budgets or gear up for the new year favor the active job searcher. What’s more is this festive season is an ideal time to be social, get organized and keep motivated.

“Now is the time to move into action,” encourages Tanya Essien who oversees the Career Services team at The Art Institute of California – Orange County, a campus of Argosy University and advises dozens of graduating students and recent alumni. “This is a great time of year to remind yourself of your value and goals.”

Here are some useful tips from the two directors on how to keep the job search momentum going:

Get into the holiday spirit

Seek out and attend as many events as you can fit in your calendar. Network with family friends, alumni and acquaintances at holiday events. You never know where the next job lead will come from. Also, advises Dessart, “Prepare a 30-second statement that tells people you are looking for a job and what you have to offer them - and use it.”

  • Send holiday cards with your business card to hiring managers where you’ve interviewed. “Many decision makers are in the office during the holidays,” reminds Essien.
  • Take on seasonal work to tide your finances into the new year and get your foot in the door at a company, notes Dessart who works with many Bay Area employers. Temporary agencies also see an increase in employer requests as companies struggle to complete annual goals and enable employees to use their vacation time.

Stay organized and prepare

  • Make sure you are keeping track of your job search by creating a spreadsheet detailing where you applied and how you followed up, recommends Essien.
  • Find a copy of the Book of Lists at your local library. This guide is a definitive listing of the companies and players that make up your county’s economy, Essien informs. Take notes, particularly since the book also gives the names of the decision makers of the company.
  • Utilize social media - During downtime, join LinkedIn groups related to your field, introduce yourself and let them know you are looking for work.

Keep motivated

  • “Most importantly, remain motivated. Write a mission statement for the holiday season. Create a goal to have something accomplished by Jan. 1,” says Essien.
  • “Remember, hiring managers with fresh goals for the new year are eager to find people who can help them reach these goals,” advises Dessart.

To learn more about The Art Institutes, visit www.artinstitutes.edu/.

The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), is a system of more than 50 schools located throughout North America. The Art Institutes schools provide an important source for design, media arts, fashion and culinary professionals. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. OH Registration # 04-01-1698B; AC0165, AC0080; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 1287, 3427, 3110, 2581. Since The Art Institutes is comprised of several institutions, 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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