Digital arts college to open second campus in San Jose
San Jose Business Journal, 6/22/2012
Ex’pression College for Digital Arts plans to open its second campus on Sept. 13 in San Jose.
The college, which has specialized in teaching audio and visual arts skills to students in Emeryville since 1999, has leased nearly 65,000 square feet of space at 1751 Fox Drive in the Ridder Park Technology Center in North San Jose.
Ex’pression College CEO Dan Levinson said his college has always drawn interest from Silicon Valley.
“But people in Silicon Valley can’t always make the commute or relocate to the East Bay,” he said. “So, we decided to bring our school to them.”
The Emeryville campus has 650 students, and the San Jose campus will have the capacity to handle up to 550, Levinson said. He said the college will initially only occupy about 34,000 square feet of the building, though it is leasing the entire space.
Tuition for the private school runs about $90,000 for the 32-month program.
The college is putting $3 million into tenant improvements, Levinson said.
Sherman Chan, senior vice president with CBRE Commercial Real Estate Services, said the two-story building with frontage of Interstate 880 was built in the late 1980s. He said the lease is for 12 years, with two 10-year options for renewal. Asking monthly lease rates in the business park are $1.45 per square foot, he added.
Chan, along with CBRE’s Jeff Houston and Steve Horton of Cassidy Turley Commercial Real Estate Services, represented landlord Hines, a Houston-based real estate developer in the transaction. Ryan Hoffman, also with CBRE, represented Ex’pression College.