The Art Institute Of California - San Fr

Welcome to a place where creativity never goes out of style - The Art Institute of California — San Francisco.

The Art Institute of California — San Francisco is a leader in career-oriented education in the fields of Design, Media Arts, and Fashion. Our goal is to help students cultivate and refine the talent and skills that are essential in today's marketplace and that will provide a foundation for the future.

San Francisco

United States

1170 Market Street (at U.N. Plaza)
Phone: (415) 865 0198
Fax: (415) 863 5831

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Our Aims


The mission of The Art Institute of California — San Francisco is to be a leader in providing postsecondary education programs that prepare students for careers in design-related fields. The curriculum is taught in an environment that encourages free expression, leadership, and responsible decision-making by faculty, many of whom are working professionals.

Everything we do must be achieved in accordance with our philosophy of providing quality service. Our goal is that our programs, facilities, faculty, and staff reflect the highest standards of service. Students are the ones who ultimately benefit from this commitment.

Our faculty and staff believe in the worth and potential of each student. We strive to provide quality programs and services that foster development and cultivate artistic growth. We also believe that students, too, should take responsibility for their education. We make sure to give them opportunities to develop leadership skills, build relationships, and learn the skills needed to succeed in their field. As a result, a student graduating from The Art Institute of California — San Francisco can ...  [ Read All ]

Location and Getting there

We're in the center of it all.

It's easy to get to The Art Institute of California — San Francisco. The school is located at a public transportation hub in the Civic Center that links all major public transportation systems right at our door.

BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) will bring you from the East Bay and Daly City. The stop for the school is CIVIC CENTER. If you live in the city, MUNI can get you here from almost anywhere. The stop for the school is Market Street between Seventh and Eighth streets.

If you would like to drive into the city, follow these directions:

Marin County
Take US-101 South to San Francisco.
Cross Golden Gate Bridge.
Continue on 101 South onto Lombard Street.
Continue on Lombard until Van Ness, turn right onto Van Ness Avenue.
Follow signs to Civic Center Parking Garage by turning left on McAllister (the left before City Hall).
The "City-Parking" garage is beneath the Civic Center Park.

East Bay
Take the Bay Bridge (I-80 West) to San Francisco.
Get to the Bay Bridge by taking either I-80 West (which is also I-580 East), I-880 North, Hwy 24 West or I-580 West.
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Information For  Undergraduates

What will it take to be successful?

Our goal is to prepare the current and future design-related professional using quality educational programs focused on skills used in today's workplace.

Many of our instructors are experienced professionals in their fields. They help guide students' sense of design and help students understand a body of theoretical and practical knowledge appropriate to his or her degree objective. Our programs are carefully defined with the support and contributions of leading members of the professional community. Prior to graduating, each student will produce a professional portfolio and will have matured as a thinker, artist, and designer. As a result, a student graduating from The Art Institute of California — San Francisco can expect to be prepared for an entry-level position in his or her chosen field.

In order to provide greater flexibility for personal schedules, students may now take several of our courses online. If you are interested in finding out about these online classes, please speak with our Admissions department or contact our Online Advocate by calling 888-493-3261.

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Student Life

Clubs, Organizations & Activities

The Art Institute of California — San Francisco offers a variety of student-driven clubs that give students a chance to socialize, network and explore various topics. Clubs also host events, guest speakers and other activities to create a sense of community and fun!

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New friendships, late-night study sessions, laugh-out-loud fun and real-world drama - the college experience includes them all. A student's choice of housing plays a big part in the overall experience he or she has while pursuing studies at The Art Institute of California — San Francisco. The Housing Office is committed to providing students with comfortable, affordable, and convenient housing options.

Many students prefer to live in school-sponsored housing arranged by The Art Institute, especially when relocating from outside the area. The school has created cohesive communities at its two School Sponsored Housing locations: The Westlake Village Apartments in Daly City and The Fillmore Center in San Francisco. Both housing sites are conveniently located within a 20-minute commute from the school using public transportation such as the Muni or BART systems.

Students may choose to live in independent housing secured directly by the student. The Bay Area features a wide variety of housing options for students, depending on lifestyle, budget and location. Students who decide not to participate in School-Sponsored Housing are e...  [ Read All ]

How To Apply

Online Application

Tired of putting pen to paper and trying to write in tiny boxes? Well, put down the pen and make your life a little easier by applying online to The Art Institute of California — San Francisco. It's not only more convenient, but quicker, too.

You must know what program and degree you wish to pursue before filling out the application online. If you need information on financial aid, scholarships, and tuition, follow the Financial Aid link at the top of this page.

You will be able to pay the $50 application fee with a Visa, MasterCard, or check.

If you are ready, click on the link below:

Other Information

Records: You must also present a record of proof of high school graduation or GED, as well as a high school transcript.

In lieu of documenting high school graduation, applicants who have graduated with a bachelor's degree or higher (or its equivalent, if earned at an institution located outside of the United States) earned at an accredited institution of postsecondary education can provide official college transcripts showing degree granted.
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