The Institute is located in San Diego’s new arts and culture mecca. Minutes from the beaches, airport and downtown, the site offers shopping and dining opportunities, the famous Liberty Marketplace, waterfront park, and beautifully landscaped surroundings. With many cultural and arts organizations as neighbors, the Institute is part of a lively community of learning artists.
We also take advantage of San Diego’s unique surroundings. The community of San Diego plays a unique and vital role in the Institute’s training programs. Both Pacific coastline beaches like and inland wild areas offer natural classrooms without walls to the Institute students.
San Diego County offers a landscape of unparalleled natural beauty and diversity, all within easy reach of the city. From the shoreline cliffs of Torrey Pines to the high pine forests of the Mount Laguna, to the Anza Borrego Desert, there are sights to inspire and amaze.
At an average temperature of 72° F, San Diego is a quintessentially outdoor city, and there are many opportunities to engage the landscape through art. There are also plenty of options for outdoor recreation: visit the world-famous Balboa Park with it’s 23 museums, stroll along the beach at Torrey Pines; roller-blade along the harbor or kayak with the dolphins, all minutes from campus.
In addition, San Diego offers a lively arts community with music, art, poetry and a strong independent theater enclave. These venues are used as resources for Institute students, who have opportunities to see performances by cutting-edge artists and established masters.