Academy of Art School Overview
Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is the largest private accredited art and design school in the nation. Located in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University has a diverse population of approximately 14,000 students from around the world. Offering an art school experience like no other, their faculty of professional artists help thousands of students develop a unique combination of artistic ability and business savvy to succeed in careers they love.
The Academy has over thirty facilities that house classrooms, studios, galleries, and residence halls. The students, who are admitted through an open-enrollment policy, aspire to earn A.A., B.A., B.S., B.F.A., B.Arch., M.A., M.F.A., or M.Arch. degrees in more than 30 areas of study; as well as continuing art education and certificate programs for those wishing to tailor programs to meet their specific goals; pre-college art experience programs for high school students; and teacher grants. Classes are available in Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architectural Design, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Art Teaching Credential, Automotive Restoration, Costume Design, Fashion, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Marketing, Fashion Merchandising, Fashion Product Development, Fashion Styling, Fashion Visual Merchandising, Fine Art, Game Development, Game Programming, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design (Transportation, Toy and Product Design), Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production for Sound Design & Visual Media, Photography, Social Media, Studio Production for Advertising & Design, Visual Development, Web Design & New Media, Web Development Intensive, and Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media. Students can study on-site in San Francisco or through the Academy's flexible online programs (in most areas of study).
Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential).
Flexible Online Learning
Academy of Art University's accredited online degree programs offer the same high level, hands-on education as the San Francisco campus. The Academy's professional instructors have created flexible, cutting-edge online classes to help students achieve their art and design dreams.
Priming for the Perfect Career
Students study in a professional environment from day one at Academy of Art University, with instructors who are working professionals at the top of their industry. The Academy's career services team works tirelessly to assist students in career development. Graduates go on to work at big name companies like Pixar, Disney, Tesla, Adobe, Apple, Blizzard, DreamWorks, Missoni, EA Games, and many more.
Every year, the Academy goes above and beyond to connect students with industry giants in their fields. Industry leaders are flown in to view student work during the school's annual Spring Show. Twice a year, School of Fashion students showcase their collections at New York Fashion Week. Academy of Art University is the only school invited to this prestigious event. Advertising students win record-breaking numbers of awards including the ADDYs, ANDYs, and Clios, catching the attention of top firms.
Campus Facilities and Equipment
Academy of Art University takes its facilities beyond the typical art school. From two green screens for filmmakers and visual effects artists to a bronze-casting foundry for sculptors and jewelry makers to, to Cintiq labs and the Oculus Rift System, students have the very best at their fingertips to prepare them for dream careers beyond the Academy.
A Creative Haven - Campus Housing
Students making their homes in Academy of Art University residence halls live in some of the most unique buildings in San Francisco, but more importantly, they become part of a tightly knit artist community. Making friends with students from other countries and other disciplines is part of becoming a whole artist. Being exposed to different cultures opens students' minds to new perspectives, while working with students in other departments broadens practical skills and knowledge.
Tuition, Room, Board, and Fees
Academy students benefit from a curriculum that offers an unprecedented 30 areas of study, a faculty of practicing professional artists and designers who bring their industry success into the classroom, and state-of-the-art facilities and resources.
Tuition is structured to give students the best value and most flexibility during their academic studies. Tuition is calculated on a per unit basis, and lab fees and course fees are assessed per individual class.
The undergraduate tuition rate is $873 per unit (three units per class). The graduate tuition rate is $982 per unit (three units per class). For example, starting in the Fall of 2016, a typical undergraduate tuition for an academic year would be $873 for each unit, over 24 units, which is a total yearly tuition of $20,952.
Estimated expenses per year (Fall '16/Spring '17 undergraduate)
-Tuition ($873/unit) = $20,952
-Tuition Deposit = $100
-Course Fees* (average) = $900
-Materials/Supplies (average) = $1,500
Total = $23,352
*Online courses do not have course fees.
Financial aid is available for those students who qualify. The Academy offers a number of scholarships and grants. Interested students can visit the Academy online or contact a financial aid representative at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. Financial aid representatives are committed to helping students achieve their dreams.
Student Organizations and Activities
Academy of Art University hosts over 40 official student chartered clubs, cultural organizations, and intramural club sports. It is one of the few art and design schools that believe in nurturing the whole artist; this includes developing athletic ability along with artistic talent. The Academy is proud to be the only higher arts education institution in the U.S. to have an NCAA athletics program, with over 16 NCAA Division II sports teams competing in the Pacific West Conference. The Academy has an active international student population, and it also embraces the military by transforming aspiring Servicemembers into professional artists and designers, now boasting a large number of military Servicemembers scholars.
Academy of Art University believes that all students interested in studying art and design should have the opportunity to do so, and its no-barrier admissions policy makes this possible.
Academy of Art University welcomes:
- Students with All Levels of Experience
- Transfer Students
- International Students
- Continuing Art Education Students
- High School Students for the Pre-college Art Experience Program
- Undergraduate, Graduate, Certificate, and Continuing Education Students (Personal Enrichment)
- AA, BA, BFA, BS, and Portfolio Development Programs: High School Diploma or Equivalent. No Portfolio Required.
- MA and MFA Degree Programs: Bachelor's Degree, Submission of Portfolio, and Statement of Intent.
Students who do not speak English as their first language must be tested on their written and spoken proficiency in order to place them in the appropriate ESL courses, if necessary. ESL requirements can be completed concurrently with regular art and design coursework. Each of the foundation classes runs sections specifically for ESL students, led by instructors who are experienced in language assistance. Applicants may begin classes at the Academy at the start of the spring, fall, or summer sessions. Undergraduate applicants pay a $50 application fee. *Students should be advised that details provided in this profile may change at any time and may be different for international students. In order to receive the most current information, interested students should visit the website (www.academyart.edu) or use the contact information provided below.
Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Toll Free):800-544-ARTS (2787)
Majors & Degrees
|Architecture And Related Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Communication, Journalism And Related Programs||Associate||Bachelors|
|Communication And Media Related|
|Digital Communication And Media/multimedia|
|Communications Technologies/Technicians And Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics And Special Effects|
|Recording Arts Technology|
|Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services||Associate||Bachelors|
|Computer Programming (specific Applications)|
|Computer Software And Media Applications Related|
|Modeling, Virtual Environments And Simulation|
|Web Page, Digital/multimedia And Information Resources Design|
|Art Teacher Education|
|Architectural Drafting And CAD/CADD|
|CAD/CADD Drafting/design Technology|
|Drafting And Design Technology|
|Family And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences||Associate||Bachelors|
|Apparel And Textile Manufacturing|
|Apparel And Textile Marketing Management|
|Apparel And Textiles|
|Consumer Merchandising/retailing Management|
|Fashion And Fabric Consulting|
|Mechanic And Repair Technologies/Technicians||Associate||Bachelors|
|Autobody/collision And Repair Technology|
|Visual And Performing Arts||Associate||Bachelors|
|Art History, Criticism And Conservation|
|Cinematography And Film/video Production|
|Commercial And Advertising Art|
|Fine Arts Related|
|Game And Interactive Media Design|
|Industrial And Product Design|
|Metal And Jewelry Arts|
|Music Theory And Composition|
|Playwriting And Screenwriting|
|Type||Application Closing||Notification Date||Rolling Admissions|
|Fall freshmen||Not reported||Not reported||Yes|
|Other early decision plan||Not reported||Not reported|
|Transfer||Not reported||Not reported||Yes|
Tuition & Fees
Other Payment Considerations
|Guaranteed tuition plan offered||No|
|Tuition pre-payment plan||No|
|Tuition payment plans offered||Yes|
|Black or African American||6.32%|
|White or Caucasian||15.11%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.46%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.53%|
|Two or more races||2.83%|
|% of undergrad students who live in college housing||14%|
Spring Show, Industry on Campus Series and Halloweek, Club Mixer
Tea Time Animation, Beyond the Front Row, Drawaholics Anonymous Crew, Comics and Concept Art Club and Chinese Student Association
|Cross-country Running||No||Division 2|
|Track And Field||No||Division 2|
|Cross-country Running||No||Division 2|
|Track And Field||No||Division 2|