The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University

The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University


The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over fifty schools throughout North America dedicated to providing hands-on education in the creative and applied arts. The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley offers bachelor's and associate degree programs as well as non-degree programs for students interested in pursuing career opportunities from among tomorrow's 15 million jobs in creative fields like design, fashion, media arts and culinary (based on information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for job growth from 2012 to 2022).

A focused education from The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley can help students turn their creative energy into a powerful tool that can make a difference in the world. Students are part of a collaborative and supportive community, where experienced instructors provide the guidance and skills needed to pursue a career in the creative economy.

The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley is also an important resource for creative industry leaders who value the opportunity provided students to learn by using professional-grade technology to build a portfolio of work to show potential employers after graduation.

Accreditation and Licensing


Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg--the giants of high-tech and social media. Their names are synonymous with the Silicon Valley, the southern part of the San Francisco Bay Area. Putting aside the fact that it's not really a valley, the term "Silicon Valley" originally referred to the region's many silicon chip innovators and manufacturers, but now it refers to all the high-tech businesses in the area--and in the larger sense, the high-tech sector of the U.S. economy. But for an aspiring student looking to prepare for a creative career, it should also refer to The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley.

The Bay Area is one of the most beautiful places in the United States. The Northern California climate, clean air, gorgeous public parks, pristine beaches, and stunning mountain ranges lining the Pacific coast offer a year-round outdoor lifestyle. Located 45 minutes from San Francisco Bay and 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean, this cosmopolitan area is also known for its premier cultural events--performing arts, outdoor concerts series, and international festivals. It's also headquarters to Fortune 500 companies like Yahoo!, NetApp, and Advanced Micro Devices, as well as aerospace companies Lockheed Martin and Northrup Grumman.

San Francisco is filled with sites to stimulate the creative mind. The Exploratorium in the Palace of Fine Arts is one of the first modern science museums and still among the best. The California Palace of the Legion of Honor offers a collection of works by Monet, Picasso, and Rodin. The city also boasts dining, shopping, and a long list of well-known attractions: cable cars, the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39 and Ghirardelli Square, Alcatraz, and more.

For sports fans, the Bay Area has it all. The San Francisco Giants play baseball at AT&T Park, and the NFL's 49ers play at Candlestick Park. Across the Bay, it's the Oakland A's and Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, or the NBA's Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. In addition, the NHL's San Jose Sharks play at San Jose's HP Pavilion.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley
1120 Kifer Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
United States
PHONE: 1.408.962.6400 or 1.866.583.7961
FAX: 1.408.962.6498


Advertising Bachelor of Science
Design & Technical Graphics Bachelor of Science
Graphic Design Associate of Science
Graphic & Web Design Bachelor of Science
Interior Design Bachelor of Science
Media Arts
Audio Production Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Bachelor of Science
Digital Photography Associate of Science/Associate of Science
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Science
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Science
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Bachelor of Science
Web Design & Development Diploma
Web Design & Interactive Communications Diploma
Web Design & Interactive Media Associate of Science
Fashion Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fashion Marketing & Management Bachelor of Science
Fashion Retailing Diploma
Art of Cooking Diploma
Baking & Pastry Associate of Science/Diploma
Culinary Arts Associate of Science
Culinary Management Bachelor of Science
Hospitality Food & Beverage Management Bachelor of Science

Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley provides a learning environment with professional-grade technology applicable to each student’s course of study. Students have the opportunity to build a portfolio of work that shows potential employers that they are trained to use the software, hardware, or equipment utilized within the industry. Depending upon the course of study, students are immersed in a creative environment—from classrooms to computer labs to studios—focused on relevant, hands-on education designed to prepare them for the real world. 


Actual tuition and housing costs will vary depending on program, number of credits enrolled, and living arrangements. Prospective students should contact a Student Financial Services professional at the school for details.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Students who require financial assistance should first complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at and meet with a financial aid officer. Students may also apply for a number of scholarships focusing on their specific areas of career interest.


Faculty members are hands-on creative professionals with proven experience as business leaders and innovators, hosting a learning environment similar to the career world students will face after graduation. Part instructor, part mentor, their mission is to help develop and transform creative potential into marketable skills. Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

Admission Requirements

Prospective students should refer to the current academic catalog for full details regarding admission requirements and process.

Application and Information

To obtain an application, make arrangements for an interview, or tour the school, prospective students should contact:

The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University
1120 Kifer Road
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
PHONE:  1.408.962.6400 or 1.866.583.7961
FAX:  1.408.962.6498


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The Art Institute of California-Silicon Valley, a campus of Argosy University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. 1120 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA 94086 ©2014 The Art Institutes International LLC. Our email address is




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