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Start your future in art and design at Academy of Art University.

Established in 1929, Academy of Art University is the largest private accredited art and design school in the nation. With world-class campuses located online and in San Francisco, the epicenter of culture and technology, Academy of Art University equips artists and designers for rewarding professional futures. Offering an art school experience like no other, its faculty of professional artists offers valuable insight into the latest industry trends and helps thousands of students develop a unique combination of artistic ability and business savvy to succeed in careers they love.

Academy of Art University has over 30 facilities that house classrooms, studios, galleries, and residence halls. These industry standard facilities enable students to use the cutting-edge technology of their field – from world-class studio spaces to the latest in digital equipment, such as two green screens for filmmakers and visual effects artists, a bronze-casting foundry for sculptors and jewelry makers, Cintiq labs for new media designers, animators, and game designers, and virtual reality gear and the Oculus Rift System for immersive multimedia in filmmaking and game designing. Students have the very best at their fingertips to prepare them for dream careers beyond the Academy.

The students, who are admitted through an open-enrollment policy, pursue accredited Associate’s (A.A.), Bachelor’s (B.A., B.S., B.F.A., B.Arch.), and Master’s (M.A., M.F.A., M.Arch.) degrees in more than 30 areas of study. Academy of Art also offers 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.

Setting the benchmark for flexible learning, Academy of Art University’s online program has been engaging students with hands-on experience since 2002. The Academy’s professional instructors have created flexible, cutting-edge online classes to help students achieve their art and design dreams, even while working a full-time career. Online students earn accredited degrees through classes promoting interaction with instructors and fellow students through the Academy’s unique student learning portal. Whether online or in San Francisco, students graduate with strong foundations in art and design, a compelling portfolio, and an individual style, ready to drive future industry trends.

The Academy goes above and beyond to connect students with industry giants in their fields, and ensures high-level training to “run with the big dogs.” For example, each year, 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, among all the other fashion greats. In fact, Academy of Art University was the fi rst school ever invited to take part in this prestigious event.

Furthermore, the university’s advertising students continuously win record-breaking numbers of awards, including the ADDYs, ANDYs, and Clios, catching the attention of top firms. Its animation students are also top caliber, evidenced by the first place win for SOAR, in the 2015 Student Academy Awards. Additionally, the Academy is the first school to ever produce a full length feature film, Art School of Horrors, collaborating with multiple school departments as well as executive producer Roger Corman.

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. With feedback and inspiration from instructors, guest speakers, and industry partners, students polish their work and engage in projects that foster creativity, collaboration, and artistic growth. The Academy also has a career services team that works tirelessly to assist students in their career development. Graduates go on to work at great companies such as Adobe, Apple, Blizzard, BMW, DreamWorks, Disney, EA Games, Missoni, Nike, Pixar, Tesla, and many more.

To find your creative passion and develop your artistic skill for a career in art and design, apply to Academy of Art University today.

To learn more or to sign up for a tour, visit or call 888.680.8691.

Academy of Art University in San Francisco is devoted to challenging students to reach their full creative potential in an atmosphere of support and deep collaboration. With a faculty comprised of art and design experts who maintain careers on the leading edge of industry, the university offers online and residential education, an NCAA athletic program, and opportunities for students to showcase their work in a variety of top venues.

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