The Art Institute of California-San Diego, a campus of Argosy University

The Art Institute of California-San Diego, a campus of Argosy University


The Art Institute of California-San Diego, 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-San Diego 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-San Diego 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-San Diego 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


Located in the heart of San Diego's Mission Valley, The Art Institute of California-San Diego is ideally situated in close proximity to the area's thriving business community, cultural attractions, shopping, entertainment and, of course, its famous beaches.

Travel and Leisure magazine readers rank San Diego as their favorite year-round vacation spot in the entire country. As California's second-largest city, it's the perfect location for aspiring creative professionals who are looking for a metropolitan lifestyle, consistently great weather, and an abundance of outdoor activities.

The city's winning combination of atmosphere and energy attracts leaders from industries that demand a constant supply of creative talent to fuel their success. Likewise, San Diego's international influences and ever-growing tourism provide a world of opportunities for inspiration and for establishing a career. Forbes magazine has named San Diego "Best Place in America for Business and Careers."

Drive just an hour or two from the school, and students can enjoy just about any terrain, scenery, or activity imaginable--mountains, deserts, coastal canyons, forests, or ocean, providing opportunities for surfing, swimming, boating, hiking, tennis, golf, jogging, biking, and more. Los Angeles, the media and entertainment capital of the world, is to the north, while Mexico is to the south.

San Diego offers many regional shopping centers, a wide range of eateries, and destination spots such as the world-class San Diego Zoo. Numerous attractions help spur creativity: opera, the symphony, a live theater district, and concerts are all readily available. The city's museums include the San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the San Diego Museum of Man, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and the USS Midway Museum. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is located in nearby La Jolla, with a branch at the Santa Fe Depot downtown.

There are many professional sports teams in San Diego, most notably the Padres, who play baseball at Petco Park, and the NFL's Chargers, who call Qualcomm Stadium home. And San Diego's climate has been rated as one of the 10 best by the Farmers' Almanac, and as one of the two best summer climates by The Weather Channel.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of California-San Diego
7650 Mission Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92108-4423
United States
PHONE: 1.858.598.1200 or 1.866.275.2422
FAX: 1.619.291.3206


Advertising Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Design & Technical Graphics Bachelor of Science
Graphic & Web Design Bachelor of Science
Graphic Design Associate of Science
Interior Design Bachelor of Science*
Media Arts
Audio Production Bachelor of Science/Associate of Science
Digital Image Management Diploma
Digital Photography Associate of Science/Associate of Science
Game Art & Design Bachelor of Science
Media Arts & Animation Bachelor of Science
Visual & Game Programming Bachelor of Science
Web Design & Interactive Communications Diploma
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.
*Denotes available in evening/weekend format

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of California-San Diego 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-San Diego, a campus of Argosy University
7650 Mission Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92108-4423
PHONE:  1.858.598.1200 or 1.866.275.2422
FAX:  1.619.291.3206


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Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. 7650 Mission Valley Road, San Diego, CA 92108-4423 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is