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Attending Art School in San Diego

Though many of the nation’s top art schools boast state of the art amenities, faculty members at the top of their respective fields, and nationally recognized alumni, few can also guarantee 70 miles of beaches and near perfect weather throughout the year. The city of San Diego, California’s first city, is one of the most consistently pleasant places to live, work, study, and play (there are 97 golf courses) in the United States. In addition to the natural aesthetics, the city is also a enormously popular tourist destination for outdoor adventure seekers, is rich in Mexican influenced culture, and is also home to the world famous San Diego Zoo. Though not as well known, the local art scene is also reason enough to find your way to the nation’s seventh largest city. First, downtown’s Gaslamp Quarter, formerly the city’s seedy red light district, is arguably the city’s most exciting neighborhood as it is home to a great variety of restaurants, boutiques, and innumerable galleries; most notably, The Tim Cantor Gallery, Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts, CJ Gallery, and the Many Hands Artist Co-op feature work from local artists, as well as international ones. Second, San Diego has a uniquely thriving Little Italy. Though neighborhoods of the same moniker are commonplace throughout American cities, most have declined over the years as families move out and other ethnic groups move in. San Diego’s Little Italy, however, is not only flourishing, but is also the home of the Art & Design District which enjoys many public art displays, galleries such as Gallery 680 and Scott White, and hosts Kettner Nights every Friday in celebration of the arts and shops throughout the neighborhood. Finally, art students new to the city should commit themselves to getting lost in Balboa Park. This 1,200 acre urban cultural park is the largest of its kind in the country and is also conveniently adjacent to the city’s downtown. Unlike other famous, traditional city parks (Central Park, Fairmount Park, and Grant Park), Balboa Park features the famous San Diego Zoo, 85 different cultural institutions, and 15 museums and galleries, including the San Diego Museum of Man, the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Art, and the Museum of Photographic Arts, among others.  Prospective art students will find in San Diego, a place that effortlessly mingles the beach lifestyle with the enriching culture of a city steeped in history, resulting in a wonderful place to pursue the arts

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
(619) 594-5000
www.sdsu.edu
Enrollment:  
27,345 (full population)
Faculty:  
20
Programs:  
Art history; applied design, with specialties in ceramics, furniture, and metalsmithing/jewelry; interior design; graphic design; multimedia, painting and printmaking; sculpture; and studio arts
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts
Features:  
The University Art Gallery has organized exhibitions that feature the work of artists from all around the world; The Everett Gee Jackson Gallery features graduate exhibitions and select group shows. The Flor y Canto Gallery features work by outstanding undergraduates; The department hosts a number of student organizations including the American Institute of Graphic Artists, the American Society of Interior Designers, the Art History Association, and the Furniture Design Association; accreditationfrom the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD); A thriving internship program places students in professional settings in graphic design firms, interior design offices, galleries, museums and schools in the Southern California region and, specifically, the San Diego community. Among the many internship opportunities are the San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Union-Tribune, Qualcomm, KFMB Studios, and NBC 7/39; The School promotes international programs and exchanges with institutions in Turkey, Scotland, Mexico, and Japan
Noted Alumni:  
Art Linkletter, K.D. Aubert, Roger Ambrose, Greg Bear, Jesse Billauer, Julie Kavner, Kathleen Kennedy, George Lewis, Marion Ross, J. Michael Straczynski, Alison Waite, Raquel Welch, Ellen Ochoa, (first Latina astronaut), Herm Edwards, Marshall Faulk, Mark Grace, Tony Gwynn, Joe Gibbs, Carl Weathers, Jeanne Zelasko
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(619) 260-4600
www.sandiego.edu
Enrollment:  
7,000 (full population)
Faculty:  
7 (full time art department)
Programs:  
Art History, Art (Art, Technology and Critical Studies (ATaCS); Drawing; New Media; Painting; Photography; Sculpture/3D Studio Art; and Visual Communications); Architecture minor
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Art; Certificate in Art Administration
Features:  
Sacred Heart Gallery; The university hosted a nationally televised debate between Republican Bob Dole and Democrat Bill Clinton in the 1996 U.S. Presidential election; study abroad opportunities in over 30 countries; Resources include writing center, Peer Mentoring program, and academic advisement
Noted Alumni:  
Theo Epstein, Andrew Firestone, Steve Altman (President of Qualcomm), Bill Bavasi (GM of Seattle Mariners), John Redmond (President & CEO of MGM Grand Resorts), John Shaw (President of the St. Louis Rams)
7650 Mission Valley Road
San Diego, CA 92108
(858) 598-1200
www.artinstitutes.edu/sandiego/
Enrollment:  
n/a
Faculty:  
100+
Programs:  
Advertising, Culinary Management, Fashion Marketing & Management, Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, and Interactive Media Design, Fashion Design
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Associate of Science
Features:  
The school includes a library resource center, student gallery, student lounge, an art supply store; Through the school's Career Services, many students gain on-the-job skills through participation in internship or externship experiences at local companies and nationally recognized corporations; accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT).
6250 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92115-3919
(619) 265-0107
www.platt.edu
Enrollment:  
252
Faculty:  
12
Programs:  
Media Arts, Multimedia Design, Graphic Design, Digital Video Production, Web Design, 3-D Animation Design
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Science, Associate of Applied Arts, Diploma Programs
Features:  
Online Student Galleries, School consists of approximately 16,700 square feet of classrooms, computer labs, library, and administrative area. The facilities for core curriculum courses accommodate a maximum of 28 students; Campus and online libraries
Noted Alumni:  
John Dalton (author)
3900 Lomaland Drive
San Diego, CA 92106-2899
(619) 849-2200
www.pointloma.edu/experience/academics/schools-departments/department-art-design
Enrollment:  
2,390 (full population)
Faculty:  
14
Programs:  
Art Education, Graphic Design (Art & Design, Editorial, Advertising), Visual Arts (Drawing, Painting & Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography)
Degrees:  
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Architecture, Master of Urban Design, and a number of dual degrees
Features:  
Keller Art Gallery, Cabrillo Gallery, Resources include the Academic Support Center, Career Services, and the Wellness Center; Visiting Artists program