Transfer Your Passion to Silicon Valley

Immersive, collaborative and designed to unlock your creativity—USV has been helping students turn their passion into their professions for over 130 years. 

Today, it’s your turn. Our programs are designed to sharpen your skills and prepare you for a future in the modern, innovation-driven economy of Silicon Valley and beyond.

Fill out the form now to learn how you can transfer your Art Institute credits to USV. We're here to help guide you through the process so you can graduate with hands-on experience and gain a competitive edge for starting your career.

A Message From our Provost

Coffee with the Provost

Brian K. Shepard, DMA
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Dear Student of the Art Institute,

The closing of a school is always a difficult and unpleasant circumstance, and I understand the concerns you may have about what to do next. As you begin to consider your options, I invite  you to explore University of Silicon Valley in San Jose.

At USV you’ll find very similar programs to AI’s Animation, Game Design and Audio programs as well as a faculty and student body committed to the highest levels of creative activity. To assist interested AI students in the transfer process, we are offering a cost matching program that will allow you to complete your degree for the same cost as if you had remained at the Art Institute.

Explore our website for details on things like pricing, transfer policies, housing and transportation at University of Silicon Valley. If you’d like to know more, please reach out to our Admissions Office at 800.264.7955 or email

I wish you the best as you pursue your degree of interest and future success.

My Best,



Brian K. Shepard, DMA

Why University of Silicon Valley

Art Institute students transferring to University of Silicon Valley will pay no more in tuition to complete their degrees than they would at Art Institute.

University of Silicon Valley will evaluate the student’s degree plan/audit to determine the final tuition amount a student would pay if remaining at AI, including any tuition reductions from scholarships such as the Art Grant.

USV will match that final tuition cost, allowing the student to complete the degree for the same amount of tuition, even if the student needs additional coursework at USV to complete the degree.

Note: the USV tuition match offer for Art Institute students does not include housing, classes that must be repeated at USV due to a failing grade, or classes outside the student’s degree plan requirements.

USV ranked among the best.

The 2019 edition of U.S. News’ Best Colleges ranks USV in the top 25 for the Western Region of the country. The ranking measures academic quality based on indicators of excellence such as first-year student retention, graduation rates and the strength of the faculty.

USV's B.A. in Digital Art & Animation program was ranked No. 13 in the country by Animation Career Review, a trusted online source of leading information for aspiring animation professionals. Since 2016, The Princeton Review has included USV on its annual ranking list for the best undergraduate programs for students to study—and launch a career in—game design.

Some Companies Our Alumni Work at Include:

Academic Departments & Careers

The Audio & Music Technology department offers two concentrations: Music & Audio Production for those who want to make digital audio, and Audio Engineering for those who want to create the gear that audio is produced on.

If you've dreamed of running a studio, managing digital media projects or launching your own Angry Birds app, our department of Business, Entrepreneurship & Innovation will help you realize your dreams.

Learn how to disrupt and redefine the future of the game, animation and software industries. Write code for fully developed video games with our engineering degrees and concentrations in web and mobile, data science and software engineering.

Bring vivid characters, worlds and creatures to life in our digital art and animation college programs. You’ll work from start to finish on animation projects that are ready to hit the big and small screens.

Join a massive multiplayer experience as you learn how to program or design video games in classes that will equip you for working in the competitive gaming market.

Financial Aid, Scholarships And International

We know you're seeking the best possible education, and we understand the costs involved are always a consideration. We're here to help you get the answers to all of your questions.

Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and do not have to be paid back. You can visit our financial aid page for the types of grants that may be available to you below.

Scholarships are funds awarded on the basis of certain factors, such as academic merit or financial need. We will be glad to help you navigate the scholarship process.

F-1 International students interested in transferring will need to fill out an Intent to Transfer Form. Our admissions advisors will be happy to help you through the application requirements and process.

Home, Sweet Luxury Home

USV's quality student housing options provide extraordinary comfort and a connected community.

It's not only what you study, but where you live as you pursue your studies. A safe, supportive and inclusive living/learning experience is the priority of USV's housing program. Featuring modern apartments with all the amenities you'd expect and more, USV's housing facilities are well within walking distance of campus. Many of our student residents say the stronger sense of community and connection is what makes the experience so valuable to them.

The USV Contrast

Our Silicon Valley location provides the opportunity to host visits, critiques and workshops by world class artists, designers and engineers from some of the world's most recognizable and creative brands. Our faculty are actual working professionals who maintain careers on the leading edge of the industry. Our small class sizes average less than 14 students per teacher, allowing them to offer you valuable time and personal attention. We believe all of this creates the best environment for learning.
Silicon Valley Connected
Silicon Valley Connected
Expert Faculty
Experienced Faculty
Time & Attention
Time & Attention
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