For nearly 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university in the nation.
Academy of Art University prepares aspiring professionals in the fields of design, communication, and the arts by delivering excellent undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate and portfolio programs.
Your career in art and design awaits and our Career Services team is here to support your professional journey. We work with executives, recruiters, creative leaders, and alumni nationwide to cultivate meaningful affiliations that foster connections to a dynamic professional network.
Get help with travel, visa and immigration, employment eligibility, and maintaining F-1 status at the International Student Office. Visa and immigration regulations are constantly changing, so we encourage international students to visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website as well as our website for updates. Students are ultimately responsible for understanding and abiding by the guidelines imposed by their immigration status.
Our residence hall communities seek to provide spaces that offer a welcoming, inclusive, and safe living environment. Staff members are committed to offering courteous, professional and efficient service by providing opportunities to prepare residents for success both on campus and as global citizens.
Academy of Art University offers its students access to world-class equipment including, cameras, lighting equipment, photography, studio spaces, green-screen rooms, and telecine studios.
Our urban campus in the heart of San Francisco sits at the center of California’s most dynamic cultural, artistic, and technological resources. There is inspiration at every turn. Simply put, it is an extraordinary place to be a college student.
We are the only higher arts education institution in the U.S. to have an NCAA athletics program—14 varsity athletics teams that represent Academy of Art University in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports.
Academy of Art University is accredited in CIDA, CTC, NAAB, NASAD, WSCUC.
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