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The Art Institute of California – Silicon Valley

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About The Art Institute of California – Silicon Valley

Today, the Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley prepares students for creative careers in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary. The school's professional faculty members have industry experience that they bring into the classroom—giving students real-world insight into what it's like to be in the creative workforce.

The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley is truly a community of creative students and instructors. Many students choose to live in school-sponsored housing. Several social and educational events for housing residents are planned throughout the school year.

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The Art Institute of California—Silicon Valley arranges study trips to local cultural and commercial sites. These visits are an integral part of each student's education and offer a chance for valuable exposure to places and events relating to the student's field of study.

The school building's newly renovated 53,000 square foot interior is designed with the creative student in mind. Spacious classrooms, studios, labs, a library, and an exhibition gallery provide a productive learning atmosphere. Students are given the opportunity to learn on industry-related equipment including digital and SLR cameras, Windows and Mac computers, printers, and sewing machines—or inside professional kitchens. The school also houses the student-run restaurant, The Bistro.

A wide variety of student clubs and organizations are present on campus and students are encouraged to get involved. Many of the student clubs directly reflect the interests of students in their chosen field of study, and provide an opportunity for networking and professional development. Students are encouraged to contact the Student Affairs Department with new ideas for student clubs.

The Silicon Valley has an established reputation for being an area of innovation, technology, and creativity. Along with its storied history as an Internet start-up mecca, the region boasts year-round warm temperatures and close proximity to San Francisco's cultural attractions, ocean view parks, and sports teams.

Located just 45 minutes from San Francisco Bay, and 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean, Sunnyvale provides many opportunities to enjoy the culture and diversity of the big city. Local Sunnyvale attractions include the Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum, Baylands Park, and Golfland USA.

Sunnyvale and the Silicon Valley have a Mediterranean climate, with mild, moist winters and comfortably warm summers. The average temperature ranges from 71 degrees in July to 53 degrees in January.


For many, living with friends and peers is a quintessential part of the college experience, and The Office of Residential Life and Housing can connect you with the resources and information you need about School-Sponsored Housing and/or independent housing referral services.

In the School-Sponsored Housing program, you’ll be assigned to a unit in a local apartment complex along with other students. Student Resident Assistants will also live on-site and can help you connect with your peers by facilitating on-site activities and social, cultural, and creative programs. Basic furnishing and utilities are included in the quarterly housing charge.*

Not all Art Institutes locations offer School-Sponsored Housing.


Courses available 10

Architecture, Building 1 Creative Arts & Design 6 Hotel Management & Hospitality 2 Mass Communication & Media 2


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