Art Institute of California — Orange County

The Art Institute of California - Orange County
Type For-Profit
President Gregory J. Marick
Dean Allan Price
Academic staff 85
Students 1,700
Undergraduates 1,700

United States Santa Ana, California, U.S.
33°41′46″N 117°55′06″W / 33.696204°N 117.918234°W / 33.696204; -117.918234Coordinates: 33°41′46″N 117°55′06″W / 33.696204°N 117.918234°W / 33.696204; -117.918234

Colors Red and Black          
Affiliations The Art Institutes
Website Design Schools, Fashion, Media Arts and Culinary - The Art Institute of California - Orange County in Santa Ana, California - The Art Institutes
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The Art Institute of California, A College of Argosy University – Orange County[1] is a for-profit university owned by Education Management Corporation located in Santa Ana, California. Under Argosy University, it is affiliated with the The Art Institutes system of over 40 educational institutions. Argosy University's parent company is EDMC. The campus is composed of 13 art departments, two applied-art schools, The International Culinary School, the Fifty Forks restaurant, The AUSSI Art Gallery,[2] and one dormitory complex. EDMC was founded in 1962 and in 2006 sold 41% ownership to private equity investor Goldman Sachs.


The Art Institute of California – Orange County campus is made up of two schools, a restaurant and one housing establishment. The main building at 3601 W Sunflower Ave., located at the southeast corner of Harbor Blvd. and W Sunflower Ave. intersection, is where a majority of classes are taught, The International Culinary School and Fifty Forks restaurant, as well as an art gallery are situated there as well. The second building at 3501 W Sunflower Ave., houses the Administrative offices, the campus library and a number of classrooms. A third building, located at 3511 W Sunflower Ave., houses industrial design workshops, fashion design sewing rooms, the student affairs offices, human resources, and additional classrooms.

Areas of study

The school offers B.S., B.F.A., and A.S. degrees in several career-preparatory programs, including culinary programs.

Student restaurant

Fifty Forks restaurant, is the public campus restaurant, operated by the students and faculty of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Orange County, opened in August 2003. Guests awaiting their meals can watch their dishes be prepared, and ultimately served, by the staff in the kitchens surrounding the dining area.

Graduation Rate

According to the The Art Institute of Orange County a graduation rate of 31 percent.

Top Employers

Students who have completed a full degree at Art Institute Schools have been hired by The Walt Disney Company based on a chain wide sample of all 40 institutions nation wide, not campus specific. [citation needed]

Student activities

Notable events

  • The school's AIGA student chapter hosted a video conference lecture with designer Milton Glaser via Skype on May 12, 2010, the video conference followed a screening of the documentary chronicling Milton Glaser's career "To Inform And Delight".[3][4]
  • An annual fashion show titled "Rock The Runway" hosts fashion designer industry and media, as well as entertainment industry[5]
  • The school's AIGA student chapter hosted a premiere for the documentary feature film Art & Copy in November 2009, featuring a guest panel discussion by design industry professionals, including the film's producer, Jimmy Greenway.[6][7]

Clubs and organizations

The school hosts student managed clubs and organizations for many majors, the clubs are sponsored and supported by the school's department of student affairs, and operate cooperatively with the school, students, and outside organizations:[8]


The college has a variety of art groups for students to participate in or become members of in; most of which respectively involve students and their particular field of study.

  • Emerging Green Builders (EGB)
  • Frame-by-Frame
  • iNet
  • Student Fashion Association (SFA)
  • Game Developers Society (GDS)
  • The Food Conspiracy
  • The Bakers Dozen
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • VEC Club
  • Ai+I International Club[9]


Honor Society

Bachelors and associates degree students who graduate with honors may enlist in the Association of College Honor Societies, Alpha Beta Gamma-Delta Phi society.


Student housing is available, and consists of furnished apartments in a complex located 1.5 miles from campus. The student housing complexes feature laundry facilities, pools and spas and are adjacent to one of the largest shopping malls in North America, the South Coast Plaza.

Accreditation and licensing

The Art Institute of Orange County is WASC accredited.

Institutional accreditation

The Art Institute of California – Orange County is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six major regional accreditation commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education[10] along with its seven sister Art Institute of California schools under Argosy University. Formally accredited as The Art Institute of California, a college of Argosy University[11] Degree programs offered by The Art Institute of California – Orange County, are also accredited nationally by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), recognized by the United States Department of Education, to award Bachelor of Science and Associate of Science degrees, as well as diplomas. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education. The Art Institute is also an institutional member of the Career College Association (CCA)[12] and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).[13] Courses are taught by industry professionals.

Programmatic accreditation

The Bachelor of Science degree program offered by the Art Institute in Interior Design is accredited as a Professional Level Program by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly "FIDER," the Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research).[14]

State Licensing

The Art Institute of California – Orange County has been granted approval to operate by the California Bureau for Private Post-secondary and Vocational Education (California Department of Consumer Affairs)

Federal and State Lawsuits filed against The Art Institutes

The US Government Files 11 Billion Lawsuit Against The Art Institute

April 2011 The Art Institute and its parent company False Claims Act. The case is pending.

California Files Lawsuit Against The Art Institute

The State of California filed a joint complaint.

The illegal recruiting took place by instructing recruiters to use high-pressure sales techniques like playing on an applicant's psychological vulnerabilities and inflating claims of career placement opportunities to enroll students regardless of their qualifications.

Predatory Lending

A second pending undercover video to build their case against EDMC and other for-profit colleges.

Alleged Exploitation of Veterans Benefits

The Frontline Investigation

Complaints About The Art Institute Schools in California and Other States

For-Profit Art Institutes of California Accused of Swindle

On April 11, 2012, a Art Institute of California Orange County, Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Sacramento, along with San Diego and San Francisco.

A lawsuit filed in Texas state court by 145 students of undisclosed amount.

A former graduate of stripping just to pay off her student loan.

Instructors at education was suffering, that because the emphasis on getting as many students as possible was the main goal.

See also


External links

Official websites

  • The Art Institute of California – Orange County Homepage
  • The Art Institutes official website
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