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About San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States. With historical architecture and a beautiful skyline, the city's exterior view is enough to inspire creativity. Popular areas of the city include Little Italy, Chinatown, the Mission District, Telegraph Hill, and Haight-Ashbury—which is forever associated with the 1960s hippie culture.

The city enjoys a cool climate year-round, with mean temperatures around 60 degrees—and the people who make San Francisco home have no shortage of opportunities to enjoy the weather. The city has more than 200 miles of bike paths, as well as numerous public tennis facilities and outdoor parks with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Cultural amenities include The War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, The War Memorial Opera House, Davies Symphony Hall, and The Fillmore. At these locations, students take in performances by the city's opera, ballet, symphony, and other performing arts organizations. Museums include The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Palace of the Legion of Honor, and the Asian Art Museum.

Sports fans enjoy following the Giants and 49ers. And running enthusiasts take part in the yearly Bay to Breakers race, known for its colorful costumes. The city also holds a popular marathon that attracts over 20,000 people each year.

Major employers in the region include Google, Salesforce, Twitter, Square, Dropbox, and Airbnb.

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What Makes San Francisco Special?

Forbes named San Francisco on its list of the Best Places for Business and Careers in the United States.

History of San Francisco

The Art Institute of California—San Francisco is a creative space that features program-specific labs, studios, and resources that allow students to gain hands-on experience while still in school.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The school contains industry-related equipment and software that provides students with real-world experience. These include:

  • Labs for design, fashion, and media arts students
  • Student lounge
  • Library
  • Professional kitchens
  • Exhibition gallery
  • Mac labs
  • PC labs

Many students enjoy apartment living in school-sponsored housing at The Fillmore Center in San Francisco. This housing site is conveniently located within a 20-minute commute from the school using Muni public transportation.

Students gain résumé building experience through The Community Arts Resource Exchange "C.A.R.E." Program at The Art Institute of California—San Francisco. The program provides students with opportunities to apply their talents to projects that support the needs of the community, while at the same time advancing their educational progress and career goals. The school carefully selects community outreach projects that are a good fit with its educational programs and goals. Nonprofit groups, arts organizations, and other community groups may apply for project assistance from students, faculty and staff at The Art Institute of California—San Francisco. Areas of assistance may include the following:

  • Logo Development
  • Public Service Announcements
  • Poster Design
  • Brochures
  • Flyers
  • Business Cards
  • Postcards
  • Other Marketing Collateral Material
  • Fashion Show Production
  • Illustrations
  • Computer Animation Sequences
  • Multimedia Projects (e.g., Streaming Audio or Video for Web)
  • Web Site Recommendations or Development Assistance
  • Other Student Volunteer Projects

To build relationships and gain experience in their areas of study, many students participate in special events and workshops, join student groups, and work in internships within the San Francisco area. The Art Institute of California—San Francisco offers the following services to help students during their time at the school:

  • Special events/workshops on health or wellness related areas
  • Information on human services in the local area
  • Assistance with study habits, time management, stress management, communication, problem solving, and the transition to school
  • Coordination of disability services for students who qualify in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Referral to short term counseling provided by the Student Assistance Program for students in need of emotional support or guidance

The school also offers the following student activities:

  • Welcome Week
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • All-School BBQ
  • Design Challenge
  • Video Game Tournament
  • Club & Resource Fair
  • Diversity + Cultural Events
  • Leadership Program
  • Overnight Retreats
  • Peer Mentor Program
  • Career Services Week
  • Dining with the Deans
  • Major Conversations
  • Mixers
  • Fashion Show
  • Veterans Social
  • Industry/Alumni Panels
  • Community Service
  • Stress Reduction Week
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