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There are problems to be solved. And futures to be formed.

The creative life isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for those who believe in themselves enough to trust their instincts, leave their comfort zones, and push their talents to the limit. If you’re up for it, keep going.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Transfer students can earn a grant up to $7500 for bachelor’s degrees, $3500 for associate’s degrees.

We can help you navigate the steps to transferring to our creative community, where design, culinary, media arts, and fashion students prepare for their careers. You may be eligible to transfer your credits to The Art Institutes—and we offer important grants and scholarship opportunities for which you may qualify. Click below to read more about our transfer grant.

Any student who meets all admission requirements, and who earned at least 12 credits between the dates of 8/1/2015 and 8/31/2016 at another accredited institution that has ceased enrolling students, is eligible to receive this institutional grant. Other rules apply.

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Upcoming Events

College Bound

March 25, 2017

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Orientation

March 29, 2017

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Open House

April 22, 2017
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Latest Happenings

San Francisco Instructor on Project Runway

Alex Snyder, a fashion instructor at The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, is competing on Lifetime TV’s “Project Runway” this season.

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San Francisco Fashion Instructor Featured in Nordic Style Magazine

Mikel Rosen, a fashion instructor at The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, was recently featured in Nordic Style Magazine. Rosen discussed a Finland conference he spoke at, called EARS on Helsinki (EARS 2016).

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Meet Our Alumni

  • The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University alumni Eric Drake

    Eric J. Drake

    Culinary Management , 2015

    "The knowledge and skills I gained in school [are used in my job] every single day."

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    Eric J. Drake

    Floor Manager at Bumble

    Eric J. Drake is the floor manager at Bumble, a farm to table restaurant in Los Altos, California. He oversees front of house management, runs the floor, and expedites hosting and serving of customers. Eric enjoys the human element of his job—serving people and working with his employees. “I love having a hand in making someone’s day better. Food is a great way to do that,” he says.

    Eric explains that when he joined the restaurant, he quickly realized that there was a lack of communication between the front of house and back of house. He set out to fix that problem immediately. “Now everything is organized and communication with the kitchen is much better.” Eric mentions that he supports the new trend of mandatory tipping—or eliminating tips altogether and paying employees a higher wage.

    He gained his passion for food from his mother—and adds that his father taught him what it takes to be successful. Eric adds that the industry can be challenging but urges current students not to take things personally. “People in this industry are passionate. Keep your chin up, brush off [any disagreements in the workplace], and go on doing your job.”

    Eric, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Management from The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, says that his education provided the knowledge he needed to transition into a culinary career. “A degree doesn’t make you a great manager, that can only happen on the job. But the knowledge and skills I gained in school [are used in my job] every single day.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/1410 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 Francisco, a campus of Argosy University alumni Lucia Mendez

    Lucia Mendez

    Fashion Design , 2015

    "[My education] covered every area of the fashion industry."

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    Lucia Mendez

    Technical Designer for BYER California

    Lucia Mendez is a technical designer for BYER California, based in San Francisco. She’s responsible for writing specs, sketching new designs, and specing sample garments. “I [joined the] company right after graduation,” she proudly states.

    Lucia says that her grandfather inspired her to pursue fashion design. Today she is excited to be part of a nationally recognized fashion company. “[My work] is in an area that may not be as creative, but it is essential for the fashion industry.”

    Lucia, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, says that her education provided a solid foundation for her transition into the world of fashion. She recommends that current students stay focused. “Know what you want and once you start, do not stop. Don’t give up.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/380 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 Francisco, a campus of Argosy University alumni Marichuy Reynoso

    Marichuy Reynoso

    Fashion Design , 2007

    "[My education provided] a thorough overview of the field."

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    Marichuy Reynoso

    Brand Manager for Vince Camuto

    Marichuy Reynoso is the brand manager for Vince Camuto. She’s based in San Francisco’s East Bay. Marichuy is responsible for relationship building and merchandising, as well as evaluating floor space, product on hand, and updating mannequins on the merchandise floor. “I enjoy the experience of understanding what customers buy and don’t buy. This is great information when designing,” she says.

    Marichuy is proud to be in a challenging career that makes her leave her comfort zone. She recommends that new designers remember to master the basics. “The human body has not changed. However, fibers and new technologies are changing, especially in performance wear.”

    Marichuy, who in 2007 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, says that her education provided a thorough overview of the fashion industry. She also credits the school’s career services team for helping with her job search. Marichuy adds that it’s important to participate in fashion shows to show off skills. “[Internships are also important]. They are solid experience that appeals to employers.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/380 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info. *As of 2012, a campus of Argosy University.

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  • The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University alumni Samson Chen

    Samson Chen

    Fashion Marketing & Management , 2011

    "Soak up knowledge and experience like a sponge. Collaborate with industry leaders and mentors that you want to emulate."

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    Samson Chen

    Creative Entrepreneur at TOA, Article & Goods and Azil Boutique

    Samson Chen describes himself as a “creative entrepreneur” at TOA, Article & Goods, and Azil Boutique—companies that provide handmade or specialized creative pieces. He prides himself in building a business model for these companies out of experience and observation. “[I see] what is missing in the market and [determine] how I can change it, improve on it, or break into it,” he says.

    Samson admits that he had to swallow his fear and believe in his intuition when going out on his own. “Sometimes failure or trial-and-error is the best way of learning.” He enjoys being independent. “The heart and soul I put into my work [makes me feel] satisfied and rewarded.

    Samson, who in 2011 earned a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Marketing & Management from The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, says that his education provided the fundamentals he needed to work in the creative industry. He recommends that current students learn as much as they can—even in unpaid positions. “Soak up knowledge and experience like a sponge. Collaborate with industry leaders and mentors that you want to emulate.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/383 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

    *As of 2012, a campus of Argosy University

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    Amanda Burnham

    Graphic & Web Design , 2008

    "[My education] prepared me for the actual process of developing a website. With the instructors checking in at every milestone of the project, it simulated client interaction and feedback."

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    Amanda Burnham

    Director of Web Design and Development for Monster Design Company

    Amanda Burnham is the director of web design and development for Monster Design Company. She oversees all incoming web projects and manages workflow, design, development, and intern work. “I've worked for Monster Design Company since my 2011 [which was] my first year attending The Art Institute of California—San Francisco. I was lucky to be [hired on] before I finished my degree. I also work freelance on the side.” Amanda adds that a typical workday includes checking the job board, organizing projects by priority, and delegating as needed. She’s focused on completing jobs before deadline.

    She understands that it’s easy to feel pressure during school but emphasizes to current students that school is only temporary. “Keep pushing, be professional, and put out only your best work. You never know who is watching and who could help you get a job in the future.”

    Amanda cites a challenge that she experienced in her work—when she had to customize a WordPress website for a client. “I had a client that wanted a portal for users to apply to be an agent for his company. I wanted to use a particular plugin to do this, but because of the highly sensitive information we were capturing, I needed to find a way to make it as secure as possible.” She researched and customized plugins to accomplish the task. “From my experience, there really isn't anything you can't do on the web. If you don't know how to do it, spend a few hours on Google and make a plan.”

    Amanda adds that her career is detail-oriented and that designers have to love what they do. “If you don't [love what you’re doing], you're not going to care very much about the quality of your work. Even with the ‘not so fun’ jobs or clients, you need to find the excitement in every job. Passion and dedication is what clients and employers notice.”

    She works in a small team environment, which has enabled her coworkers to become close friends. “Not only do we collaborate on many projects, but we also come up with our own crazy ideas for projects to do on the side. I think we all compliment each other very well.”

    Amanda, who in 2008 earned an Associate of Science in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, says that in school, she worked on web projects from start to finish. “It prepared me for the actual process of developing a website. With the instructors checking in at every milestone of the project, it simulated client interaction and feedback. Also, student feedback gave me many sets of eyes [on my work] and I believe made me a stronger designer.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/386 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Jason Apilado

    Jason Apilado

    Interior Design , 2012

    “Finding the right balance of technical and creative skills to complete a project on time is the most valuable lesson I learned at The Art institute of California—San Francisco.”

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    Jason Apilado

    Responsible for Space Planning, Managing Design Projects, Managing Facilities Team

    Jason Apilado is a space planner and interior designer for Electronic Arts (EA) in Redwood City, California. He’s responsible for space planning, managing design projects, and managing the facilities team. “A significant part of my job is to figure out how I can improve and customize the different areas through out the campus. So, I spend a lot of time away from my desk, socializing.” He checks in on projects or construction sites and brainstorms and testing out new furniture and products. On evenings and weekends, he runs a freelance design business.

    “EA Games initially didn't know they needed a full time interior designer until after I showed them how they can benefit from my skills. Companies with large campuses and/or have several locations are beginning to recognize the value of having full time interior designers as well as space planners.” Jason says that having these people on staff helps a company to become more cohesive with marketing campaigns and the organization’s overall vision.

    “I’m really proud of all the custom furniture I’ve designed, some of which was fun collaborations with well known designers in the Bay Area,” he says. Jason is inspired by contemporary art and fashion. “I find my self most influenced from the many adventures and eccentric people I've met around the Bay Area and my travels abroad. I'm always questioning the world around me and it often helps me form ideas & designs with a sophisticated yet playful imagination. If I had to pick a specific person that has inspired me the most, it would be interior designer Peter Marino.”

    He advises current students to look for opportunities to shine and show off their skills. “Sometimes the most basic of jobs can turn out to be an opportunity to learn something new or even design something your employer may not have thought of.”

    Jason, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, says that his education provided the right balance of technical and creative skills. He uses those skills to complete projects on time. “[That] is the most valuable lesson I learned at The Art institute of California—San Francisco. The school also taught me how to critique my own work and how to take risks. This very valuable skill is important for a designer in order to make truly creative decisions and helps find his or her own style.”

    The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus 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 Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, 10 United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102-4928. © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu. 

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/389 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Pre-College Sessions for High School Students

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A hands-on head start.

High school juniors and seniors who have completed and submitted an application to an Art Institutes school can begin building a foundation of success before first term begins—at no charge—in our innovative College Bound program.* To find out more, visit AiCollegeBound.com.

* Students who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate of completion. The College Bound courses are non-credit bearing and do not transfer into our academic program offerings or the offerings of any other institution. However as part of the course you will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio that you are able to request proficiency credit. Proficiency credit is awarded based on the proficiency credit policy defined in an institution’s academic catalog. The cost of the College Bound courses varies between $325 and $350. This cost is waived for any student that has an application and completed essay on file with the school. Check with the school you are interested in attending for exceptions and details, as not all programs are offered at all locations. Individual location participation is subject to change.

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