Art Institutes


Welcome to The Art Institute of California—San Francisco

Byron Chung

Dear Students,

On behalf of The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, I am so pleased to welcome you into a college community with a distinctive history characterized by graduate career success.
We’re looking forward to the inspired ideas and creativity you’ll bring to life here.

The Art Institute of California—San Francisco is located in the heart of San Francisco, in the vibrant Civic Center, just steps away from multiple forms of public transportation, shopping, museums, galleries, and much more. Founded in 1998, The Art Institute of California—San Francisco is dedicated to career-oriented education in the fields of fashion, media arts, design, and culinary. Central to this process is our distinctive Learn by Doing approach, in which we offer students daily opportunities to apply classroom theory to real-world problems in the context of a comprehensive creative education.

Learn by Doing lets students develop deep confidence in their knowledge and technical skills, preparing them to become creative and resourceful professionals who can help solve the problems of an increasingly complex and technology-driven world. Our programs focus on skills used in today’s workplace that will prepare students for a future as a creative professional. Our instructors are experienced* professionals—many currently work in their fields, bringing their real-world experiences into the classroom. They help guide students’ sense of design, and help each of them understand a body of theoretical and practical knowledge appropriate to his or her degree objective.

Creative students, talented faculty, dedicated staff, and the dynamic nature of Learn by Doing. These are the pillars that make The Art Institute of California—San Francisco special.

Byron Chung


*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.