Academy Of Art University

Academy Of Art University


Founded in San Francisco in 1929, the Academy of Art University was originally established as an advertising art school. In subsequent years the curriculum was expanded to include fashion illustration and fine arts, and as the institution continued to grow so did the list of program offerings. In 1966 the school granted its first Bachelor's Degree in Fine Art and eleven years later, inaugurated its graduate program. Today the University has grown to become one of the largest private schools of art and design in the country. Students now have the opportunity to pursue a variety of graduate and undergraduate degree programs covering over 30 areas of academic emphasis. The University has also established an online program which has made it a leader in first-class online art and design education.

Points of Distinction

  • Flexible schedule of day, evening, and weekend on-campus classes
  • Leader in online art and design education
  • Significantly more affordable than other major private art and design schools
  • Partnership with top companies which has lasted for decades
  • Part-time jobs and internships

Areas of Study

The University offers both on-campus and online degree and certificate programs, including Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Architecture programs. Degree and certificate programs cover the following majors:

  • Advertising
  • Animation & Visual Effects
  • Architecture
  • Computer Arts
  • Digital Arts & Communications
  • Fashion
  • Fine Art
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design Studies
  • Interior Architecture & Design
  • Motion Picture & Television
  • Multimedia Communications
  • Photography
  • Online Art Degrees


Interested applicants should contact the Academy directly for current information or visit its website. An experienced and knowledgeable admissions representative will be available to discuss the applicant's background, interests, and goals. The admissions rep will also gladly answer questions pertaining to the degree programs and course majors.


The Academy actively recruits top talent from the art and design industries to join its faculty. Instructors are passionate teachers who also happen to be renowned professional artists and designers.

Student Body

The University has an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students representing almost every country in the world. More than one third of the student body is made up of international students.

Student Life

The Academy has close to two dozen facilities that house classrooms, studios, galleries, and dormitories. Classes are held in a number of buildings, most of which are located within a few blocks of each other in downtown San Francisco. Residence facilities and all academic buildings are linked by an extensive school shuttle bus system used by both students and employees of the school. Full-time students are provided guaranteed housing and campus facilities include a fully equipped student gym, a full-sized swimming pool, and on-campus dining venues. Every school at the Academy has the same state-of-the-art technology and equipment being used in the industry today. Students in the online program are afforded access to a seminar-style "classroom" environment in which students interact with each other as much as they do with their professor. Online discussions are asynchronous, meaning that simultaneous participation is not necessary and student input (questions and discussion contributions) can be made anytime.

Offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in art and design. Offered in San Francisco, California and online. Degree programs in San Francisco.
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Some campuses offers specific programs
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics And Special Effects
Computer Programming, Specific Applications
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia And Information Resources Design
Art Teacher Education
Fashion And Fabric Consultant
Digital Arts
Commercial And Advertising Art
Industrial And Product Design
Fashion/Apparel Design
Interior Design
Graphic Design
Game And Interactive Media Design
Playwriting And Screenwriting
Costume Design
Cinematography And Film/Video Production
Art History, Criticism And Conservation
Metal And Jewelry Arts
Fine Arts And Art Studies, Other
Music Theory And Composition
Music, Other
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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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