The Art Institute of California-Orange County, a campus of Argosy University

The Art Institute of California-Orange County, a campus of Argosy University


The Art Institute of California-Orange County , 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-Orange County 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-Orange County 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-Orange County 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


Welcome aspiring designers, animators, gamers, and chefs--with a thriving metropolis, coastal living, and a creative energy second to none, Orange County is a great place to live, work, and learn.

The Art Institute of California-Orange County sits in a strategic location at the heart of the booming Southern California region that includes the counties of Orange, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Ventura, with a combined population of over 18 million. Southern California is a central hub to the entertainment, advertising, design, aerospace, and culinary industries.

Orange County offers 42 miles of beautiful, sandy, Pacific coastline. Laguna Beach, San Juan Capistrano, and Newport Beach are known the world over, and Huntington Beach is famous as Surf City USA. Wilderness and mountain parks are minutes away for camping, hiking, and biking. Orange County also boasts famous attractions like Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, along with events like the annual Laguna Beach Festival of Arts/Pageant of the Masters, and Broadway-quality entertainment at the Orange County Performing Arts Center. Add to this one of the best climates in the world, with more than 250 sunny days a year, and it's no wonder more than 35 million people visit Orange County annually.

The Art Institute of California-Orange County is located in the heart of the county's South Coast Metro region. The new, modern facility is ideally situated in proximity to Orange County's thriving business community, cultural attractions, shopping, entertainment, and famous beaches. Many students commute from the county's more than thirty towns and communities, while others choose apartment living in school-sponsored housing just 2 miles from campus. And it's close enough to Los Angeles to put the arts and entertainment capital of the world within easy reach.

L.A. has a myriad of museums and galleries, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum, and the Norton Simon Museum. Students can enjoy music and theater under the stars at the Hollywood Bowl or the Greek Theatre, or inside at the Music Center or Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Since L.A. is home to industry giants such as Disney/Capital Cities, ABC, CBS Television City, Paramount, Columbia, and Universal Studios, it's not surprising that the majority of projected new jobs in the city are in the technological and creative areas of the entertainment field.

The best of both worlds--a small-city lifestyle just a short excursion from L.A.--that's what's available to students at The Art Institute of California-Orange County.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of California-Orange County
3601 West Sunflower Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92704-7931
United States
PHONE: 1.714.830.0200 or 1.888.549.3055
FAX: 1.714.556.1923


Advertising Bachelor of Science
Design & Technical Graphics
Bachelor of Science
Graphic & Web Design Bachelor of Science
Graphic Design Associate of Science
Industrial 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 Image Management   Diploma 
Digital Photography Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Science
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Science
Visual Game & Programming Bachelor of Science
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Bachelor of Science
Web Design & Interactive Communications Diploma
Web Design & Interactive Media Associate of Science
Fashion Design Bachelor of Fine Arts
Fashion Marketing Associate of Science
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.
*Denotes available in evening/weekend format

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of California-Orange County 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-Orange County, a campus of Argosy University
3601 West Sunflower Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92704-7931
PHONE:  1.714.830.0200 or 1.888.549.3055
FAX:  1.714.556.1923


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