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

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


The Art Institute of California-San Francisco, 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 Francisco offers master's, 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 Francisco 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 Francisco 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


San Francisco has much to offer: diverse neighborhoods, world-class landmarks, unparalleled cuisine, and a cutting-edge arts community. Add quality educational programs to the mix and you'll find another reason to come to The Art Institute of California-San Francisco.

Attending school here means that students will have the benefits of a world-class city right at hand. The campus is located in the heart of San Francisco, in the vibrant Civic Center, just steps from all forms of public transportation and a weekly farmer's market and an art and craft market. It's just minutes from shopping, dining, museums, and galleries.

Creativity can be fueled at any one of the city's many museums, such as the Exploratorium in the Palace of Fine Arts--one of the first modern science museums and still among the best. The Legion of Honor museum boasts a collection of works by Monet, Picasso, and Rodin.

Then there are all the sights and sounds that make San Francisco one of the top destinations in the country. Cable cars, the city's moving landmarks; Alcatraz Island; the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge; Chinatown; Lombard Street, billed as the world's crookedest street; Golden Gate Park, which is even larger than Central Park; Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, and Ghirardelli Square for the food, clam chowder, street performers, and sea lions; Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill; Haight-Ashbury; and many more.

The Bay Area is also a sports fan's paradise. The San Francisco Giants play baseball at AT&T Park and the NFL's 49ers at Candlestick Park. Across the bay, the Oakland A's and Raiders play at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, and the Golden State Warriors of the NBA play at Oracle Arena. To the south are the NHL's San Jose Sharks.

It's easy to get to and from the campus of 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. BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) arrives from the East Bay and Daly City. Students who live in the city can easily get to the school via MUNI buses.

Location & Contact

The Art Institute of California-San Francisco
1170 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-4928
United States
PHONE: 1.415.865.0198 or 1.888.493.3261
FAX: 1.415.863.6344


Advertising Bachelor 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
Computer Animation Master of Fine Arts
Digital Filmmaking & Video Production Associate of Science
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
Visual Effects & Motion Graphics Bachelor of Science
Web Design & Development
Web Design & Interactive Communications Diploma
Web Design & Interactive Media Associate of Science
Fashion Design Bachelor of Fine Arts/Associate of Science
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.

Academic Facilities

The Art Institute of California-San Francisco 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 Francisco, a campus of Argosy University
1170 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-4928
PHONE:  1.415.865.0198 or 1.888.493.3261
FAX:  1.415.863.6344


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