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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.
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.
The school contains industry-related equipment and software that provides students with real-world experience. These include:
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:
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:
The school also offers the following student activities: