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About The Silicon Valley

About Silicon Valley

The Silicon Valley has an established reputation for being an area of innovation, technology, and creativity. Along with its storied history as an Internet start-up mecca, the region boasts year-round warm temperatures and close proximity to San Francisco's cultural attractions, ocean view parks, and sports teams.

The region is headquarters to several Fortune 500 companies including Yahoo!, NetApp, Ariba, and Advanced Micro Devices. Silicon Valley is also home to several aerospace companies including Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman. Apple and Nokia also have a significant presence here.

Since 2009, Sunnyvale's downtown has gone through a development phase that's brought additional office, store, and apartment space to the area. The region was also ranked as a Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Located just 45 minutes from San Francisco Bay, and 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Sunnyvale provides many opportunities to enjoy the culture and diversity of the big city. Local Sunnyvale attractions include the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, Baylands Park, and Golfland USA.

Sunnyvale and the Silicon Valley have a Mediterranean climate, with mild, moist winters and comfortably warm summers. The average temperature ranges from 71 degrees in July to 53 degrees in January.

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What makes the Silicon Valley special?

According to Kiplinger, Sunnyvale is one of the best places in the country to raise a family. The city ranked #7.

History of Silicon Valley

The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley was established in 2008 as a branch of California Design College. Four years later, the school combined with eight other California campuses of The Art Institutes to create a single college of art and design within the Argosy University system. Today, the Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley prepares students for creative careers in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary. The school's professional faculty members have industry experience that they bring into the classroom—giving students real-world insight into what it's like to be in the creative workforce.

Educate and prepare students for creative careers

The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley is truly a community of creative students and instructors. Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing. Several social and educational events for housing residents are planned throughout the school year.

The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley arranges study trips to local cultural and commercial sites. These visits are an integral part of each student's education and offer a chance for valuable exposure to places and events relating to the student's field of study.

The school building's newly renovated 53,000 square foot interior is designed with the creative student in mind. Spacious classrooms, studios, labs, a library, and an exhibition gallery provide a productive learning atmosphere. Students are given the opportunity to learn on industry-related equipment including digital and SLR cameras, Windows and Mac computers, printers, and sewing machines—or inside professional kitchens. The school also houses the student-run restaurant, The Bistro.

A wide variety of student clubs and organizations are present on campus and students are encouraged to get involved. Many of the student clubs directly reflect the interests of students in their chosen field of study, and provide an opportunity for networking and professional development. Students are encouraged to contact the Student Affairs Department with new ideas for student clubs.

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