The Art Institute of California – San Francisco

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Not to be confused with San Francisco Art Institute.
The Art Institute of California – San Francisco
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Established January 12, 1997
Type Private, for-profit
Chancellor Byron Chung
Academic staff 140
Undergraduates 1,600
Postgraduates 6
Location San Francisco, California, United States
37°46′45″N 122°24′53″W / 37.7793°N 122.4146°W / 37.7793; -122.4146Coordinates: 37°46′45″N 122°24′53″W / 37.7793°N 122.4146°W / 37.7793; -122.4146
Campus Urban, 2 (500 ha or 1,200 acres)
Nickname AICA-SF
Affiliations IGDA, SIGGRAPH
Website AICA-SF Homepage

The Art Institute of California – San Francisco (or AICA-SF) is a part of Education Management Corporation's (EDMC's) system of creative-arts-focused vocational institutions, The Art Institutes. The San Francisco campus offers degree programs in the following subjects: Advertising, Audio Production, Baking & Pastry, Computer Animation, Culinary Arts, Culinary Management, Digital Film & Video Production, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Marketing & Management, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design & Web Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, and Visual & Game Programming. EDMC, the parent organization of the Art Institute of California, was acquired by Goldman Sachs and Providence Equity Partners in June 2006.

The Art Institute of California – San Francisco offers career-oriented education in the fields of design, culinary arts, media arts and fashion.


In 1997, The Art Institute of California – San Francisco opened its location on 1170 Market Street in the city of San Francisco, California. Originally the school centered on fashion-based education, but has now grown and expanded to other areas of study.


The Art Institute of California – San Francisco is located in the Mid-Market area in San Francisco's Civic Center at 1170 Market Street. In early 2009, the school increased its size in a second building just across the Plaza in the 10UN Building at 1130 Market Street from the second floor to the entire building.

This expansion coincided with the launch of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – San Francisco. The culinary program is housed in the new, expanded location, and includes kitchens, lecture halls and a full service student-run restaurant that opened in early 2010. The 10UN facility also includes an audio studio, launched in 2009. The 10UN facility brings an additional 42,589 square feet (3,956.6 m2) to The Art Institute of California – San Francisco, bringing the campus to nearly 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) on the United Nations Plaza.

Public transportation is accessible near the campus in the form of BART, and MUNI stations.

Students who attend The Art Institute also benefit from a vibrant student life and involvement opportunities on campus in the areas of student clubs, professional activities and associations, a student housing program, and various community service and leadership activities.



The Art Institute of California – San Francisco is part of a growing number of established video game educational institutes spawning across the United States.

The institution offers degree programs at three levels: associate's, bachelor's, and master's level.

Education runs from topics dealing with the video game industry, or special effects within film to Fashion, web design, and advertising. The student-faculty ratio is 19 to 1.

Eligibility for California State Grants[edit]

Budget bills passed in 2011 and 2012 revised the California Cal Grant system to restrict state subsidies and require colleges to have a graduation rate of at least 30% and a maximum loan default rate of 15.5%.[1]

As of the 2012-2013 academic year, the institute remained eligible to receive Cal Grants.[2]

In September of 2013, the institute was listed by the San Jose Mercury News among for-profit colleges that have low graduation rates and high student loan default rates. The graduation rate for The Art Institute of California - San Francisco was reported as 34% and the student default rate was reported as 13.4%.[3]


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