• Address: 79 New Montgomery, San Francisco, California 94105

  • Phone Number: (800) 544-2787

  • Website: https://www.academyart.edu

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About Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 and is a private for-profit institution located in San Francisco, California. The academy is the largest university for art and design in the nation. The university has been offering online art programs since 2002. The online courses offered at the university are a benchmark in education. 

  • Many famous photographers, artists, and architects are the alumni of this university and hold respectable positions in the world of art. 

  • For reducing the heavy financial burden, students are provided financial assistance through many forms.

  • The student-faculty ratio is 14:1. 

  • The graduation rate of the university is 37%.

Academy of Art University Online

It has been over 16 years since the Academy began online educational programs. The university has created their own online tools for the students.

  • The online programs are similar to the on-campus courses. Students are given the same benefits as the traditional students. Online students have the liberty to study at their own time.

  • Educational resources that are offered to the students are made by experts exclusively for the university. These resources include lecture contents in the forms of videos, written content, audio and slideshows that are interactive and include practical work.

  • Students are provided with online facilities such as the online library, communities, career development, online music library, online learning class discussion tutorials, and other academic support for the students.

  • Online Student Academic Support (OSAS) is an online branch that provides educational resources to online students specifically.

  • Academy of Art University Login is an online portal on the university website where the students are able to stay updated with their academic information which includes attendance, assignment submissions, and so on.


Academy of Art University Schools

School of Acting School of Advertising
School of Animation and Visual Effects School of Architecture
School of Art Education School of Communications and Media Technology
School of Fashion School of Graphic Design
School of Industrial Design School of Interior Architecture and Design
School of Jewelry and Metal Arts School of Motion Pictures and Television
School of Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media School of Photography

Academy of Art University Tuition

The tuition fee differs with respect to the degree type

Degree Type  Average Tuition Fee
Associate $ 55,942
Bachelors $ 110,816
Masters $ 50,757

Academy of Art University Programs

The various academic programs available at the Academy are as follows.

Associate of Arts in Animation and Visual Effects Associate of Arts in Advertising
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Development Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education  Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History

Academy of Art University Financial Aid

To relieve the students from heavy financial burdens, the university provides financial assistance to those students who are eligible.

In order to receive these financial aids, the students must complete their FAFSA form. The Academy of Art University Federal School Code is 007531.

Federal Aid awarded include Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study Program, Direct Stafford Loans, Direct Parent PLUS Loans.

The college also provides Institutional Aid such as Summer Portfolio Grant, MFA/MA Summer Scholarship, Spring Forward Scholarship.

Military Aid such as Academy of Art Military Scholarship, Yellow Ribbon Program, GI Bill, Tuition Assistance is awarded.

State Aid includes Califonia Grant.


Academy of Art University Accreditation

The WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSUC) has accredited the Academy regionally.

Programmatic Accreditations

  • The Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) has accredited the Interior Architecture and Design programs of the university.

  • The Fine Art programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).


Academy of Art University Reviews and Rankings

The rankings and reviews of the university are as follows

  • The students are given real opportunity in the world of art.

  • The instructors are helpful and excellent.

  • The Art Career Project ranked the university No.3 among the "Best Online Programs' in the nation for art.


Academy of Art University Campus

  • Academic Resources - Students are provided with a number of resources related to their studies in the Academy which include resources for international students, online students, graduate students, and various other resources.

  • Clubs and Organizations - Students are given exposure through various clubs and organizations in the different fields in the Academy.

  • Academy of Art University Library has a huge collection of art and design informative books. There are stock photography and illustrations, research databases, virtual reference materials and DVD theatre in a number of subjects.

Academy of Art University Overview

Institution Type

(4 Years) Private For-Profit
Also see:
For-Profit vs Not-For-Profit

Headquartered at

San Francisco, California

FAFSA/Federal School Code

007531
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What is FAFSA school code?
How to fill FAFSA application?

Institutional Accreditation

WSCUC
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What is Accreditation in Colleges and Universities?

Programmatic Accreditation

NASAD, CIDA

Historically Black College or University

No

Facilities

Military Friendly, Veterans Friendly , Yellow Ribbon Program, Financial Aid

Data Source: https://www.academyart.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS, Federal Student Aid, CHEA.

Academy of Art University Statistics

Key Statistics
Student Faculty Ratio 14: 1
Retention Rate Full Time: 71 % Part Time: 37 %
Total Population 12,608
Student Population Full Time: 7,480 Part Time: 5,128
Gender Division Male: 41 % Female: 59 %

Graduation Rate

The College Monk

Male: 31 %

The College Monk

Female: 42 %

Total Graduation Rate: 37 %

Graduation rate with bachelors degree completed

Race & Ethnicity

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2016.

Academy of Art University Majors and Online Programs

Schools and Colleges in Academy of Art University

School of Acting

Majors available

Music

School of Advertising

Majors available

Business Management History

School of Animation and Visual Effects

Majors available

History Literature

School of Architecture

Majors available

Public Administration

School of Art Education

Majors available

Literature Education

School of Art History

Majors available

Literature Homeland Security

School of Communications and Media Technologies

Majors available

Science Business Management

School of Fashion

Majors available

History

School of Fine Art

Majors available

Music

School of Game Development

Majors available

Information Technology History

School of Graphic Design

Majors available

History

School of Illustration

Majors available

History Literature

School of Industrial Design

Majors available

History

School of Interior Architecture and Design

Majors available

History Public Administration

School of Jewelry and Metal Arts

Majors available

History

School of Landscape Architecture

Majors available

History

School of Motion Pictures and Television

Majors available

Science

School of Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media

Majors available

Science History

School of Photography

Majors available

Literature Science

School of Visual Development

Majors available

Science

School of Web Design and New Media

Majors available

History Science

School of Writing for Film, Television and Digital Media

Majors available

Science History

Academy of Art University Admissions and Application Requirement

Application Fee
Undergraduate Application Fee $50
Graduate Application Fee $50

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS for Fall 2017.


Academy of Art University Admission ProcessAdmission process

Academy of Art University’s admission process is simple and easy to make sure the students can easily apply for the courses and pursue their education career.

Admission process for Undergraduate Program

The following are the documents to be submitted for proof of high school completion

  • Copy of High School Transcript or GED
  • High School Diploma with graduation date
  • Copy of completed Bachelor’s degree transcript
  • California High School Proficiency Exam letter
  • Home School Program Certification form which should be signed and along with the transcripts

The application fee for is $50 and the students can make the payment by check or money order which should be payable to “Academy of Art University” or through Visa, Master Card, and Discover credit cards and once application fee is paid the university will not refund the amount.

Candidates to submit the completed application form. Candidates can also have an art portfolio which helps in the admission process. Candidates, if attended any other universities or learning institutions, should have the official transcripts.


Admission process for Graduate Program

The following are the documents to be submitted during the admission process for graduate degrees

  • Transcripts from candidate’s undergraduate college/ University which shows completion of degree
  • Statement of Intent: Candidate should write a one-page essay which explains candidate’s personal goals for graduate school or an essay related to the topic given by the department
  • Resume: Candidates have to demonstrate educational and professional experience
  • Portfolio/ Demo reel: Candidate should provide a portfolio describing the discipline chosen by the candidate

The application fee for is $50 and the students can make the payment by check or money order which should be payable to “Academy of Art University” or through Visa, Master Card, and Discover credit cards and once application fee is paid the university will not refund the amount. Candidates to submit the completed application form.


Admission process for Military Personals 

The following are the documents to be submitted during the admission process through military

  • Copy of High School transcript or GED
  • Copy of a Bachelor’s degree transcript which is completed
  • Home School Program Certificate form which is signed and along with it transcripts
  • California High School Proficiency Exam letter

For the men and women in the military who is serving in the US Armed Forces, can be active duty or as a reservist, then the university has waived the application fee. Candidates should submit the completed application form. Candidates can also have an art portfolio which helps in the admission process. Candidates, if attended any other universities or learning institutions, should have the official transcripts.


Technical Requirements for Online Education

Supported Internet Browsers

Candidates should have any one of the following internet browsers to be able to participate in online classes. Candidate’s computer should either have Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari along with this the JavaScript should be enabled. Candidates should also click on “Allow Flash” in the browser.

Minimum System requirements

Candidates have to meet the following system requirements to participate in online classes

  • Operating System MAC OS X 10.9 or higher with a processor of Intel Core 2 Duo, Core i3, Core i7, or Xeon processor or faster and the memory around 4 GB of RAM minimum, 8 GB or more is recommended.
  • Operating System Windows 8 or later with a processor of 1.33 GHz or faster with 64 – bit processor and the memory around 4GB of RAM minimum, 8 GB or more is recommended
  • The online course content is available on the mobile device. The University recommends the students to install Academy of Art Classes app. The app is available for both iOS (Apple) and Android. University
  • Video Card with Super VGA 1024x768 with 64k color or with 64mb VRAM or higher resolution video adapter and monitor.

Other System Requirements

Candidates should be ready with the following requirements as well to participate in online classes

  • Access to the Internet: The Download speed should be at least 1.5MBps or cable internet is highly recommended
  • Email Account: Candidates after registration will get a free email account.
  • Camera and microphone: External webcams and hands-free microphone are highly recommended for the courses
  • Adobe Creative Cloud: After the students have enrolled for the classes, students get a free access to Adobe Creative Cloud and software which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and other programs.
  • Anti-Virus Software: In order to download files from the internet and exchanging files, an anti-virus software will protect the computer. Some of the anti-virus software like Symantec, McAfee, Avast, and Malware bytes
  • Word processor, Spreadsheet, and presentation software: Few classes require for presentation, the creation of documents so all the enrolled students will get free Microsoft Office 365 software.

Academy of Art University Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal Aid

Federal Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Pell Grant $4,644 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Maintain satisfactory academic progress standards. June 30th, 2019
Federal supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant $549 Maintain satisfactory academic progress standards. U.S. citizen or an eligible noncitizen. June 30th, 2019
Federal Loans Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Direct Subsidized Loan $5,549 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Enrolled half-time to be eligible for the Direct Loan program. June 30th, 2019
Direct PLUS Loans $17,058 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Maintain satisfactory academic progress standards. June 30th, 2019
Direct Unsubsidized loan $5,549 U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. Maintain satisfactory academic progress standards. June 30th, 2019
Federal Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Federal Work-Study Varies U.S. Citizen or non-citizen eligible Satisfactory academic progress. Varies

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

State Aid

State Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Califonia Grant $5,853 An Undergraduate. Califonia residents. March 2nd, 2019

Data Source: https://www.academyart.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Institutional Aid

Institutional Grants Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Summer Portfolio Grant $3,000 CGPA with 2.0. An undergraduate. June 3rd, 2018
Institutional Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
MFA/MA Summer Scholarship $2,000 US Citizen or an eligible Non-Citizen CGPA with 2.0. June 3rd, 2018
Spring Forward Scholarship $2,000 CGPA with 2.0. US citizen or an eligible non-citizen January 21st, 2019

Data Source: https://www.academyart.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Military Aid

Military Scholarships Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Academy of Art Military Scholarship $3,738 U.S servicemembers. Military Tuition Assistance to be approved Varies
Military Financial Aid Award per year Eligibilty Application Deadline
Yellow Ribbon Program $14,617 Honorably Discharged from the military. Served 30 days after Sep10,2001. Varies
GI Bill Varies Served period of 36 months after September 10, 2001. Varies
Tuition Assistance $1,339 Served period of 36 months after September 10, 2001. Varies

Data Source: https://www.academyart.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal Aid based on family income

Family Income Average Federal Aid per year
Under $30,000 $31,080
$30,001 - $48,000 $32,141
$48,001 - $75,000 $34,077
$75,001 - $110,000 $35,668
Over $110,000 $34,576

Data Source: U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Federal, State or Institutional Aid Awarded Percent Avg Amount per year
Undergraduate students awarded Pell grants 36% $3,488
Federal, State or Institutional aid awarded for Full-time, first-time undergraduates 34% $8,417
Federal Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 26% $4,752
Institutional Grant awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 13% $10,889
Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 44% $7,346
Federal Students Loans awarded for full-time, first-time undergraduates 43% $5,702
Average aid awarded as grant or scholarship $ 29,301
Military Aid
Number of students receiving (DOD) tuition assistance: 57
Total tuition assistance awarded (DOD): $84,608
Average tuition assistance awarded (DOD): $1,484
Tuition Policies for Veterans and Military https://www.academyart.edu/military
Post-9/11 GI Bill Award Number of Students Amount per year
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits 900 $14,166
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduate students 770 $14,617
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduate students 130 $11,491

Data Source: https://www.academyart.edu, U.S. Department of Education - IPEDS survey data for 2016 - 2017.

Academy of Art University FAQ

  Is the Academy of Art University an accredited institution?


Yes. Academy of Art University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission.

  Does the Academy of Art University offer Financial Aid?


Yes. The university offers scholarships to students.

  Does Academy of Art University require SAT/ACt score to get admission?


It is not mandatory to get SAT/ACT score to get admission into Academy of Art University.

  What is the tuition cost for Academy of Art University? 


The tuition cost for Undergraduate degree is $917 per unit whereas for the Graduate degree is $1,031 per unit. 

  Where is the Academy of Art University located?


It is located in 79 New Montgomery, San Francisco, California 94105.

  What is the application fee for Academy of Art University?


It charges 50$ as application fee from the students.

  What are the requirements to get into the Academy of Art University?


The student should provide an official copy of the High School transcript and Diploma, with graduation date.

  Is Academy of Art University a private school?


Academy of Art University is a Private for-profit University. 

  What is the acceptance rate of Academy of Art University?


Academy of Art University has an open admission policy. 

  What is the graduation rate in Academy of Art University?


The graduation rate at Academy of Art University is 40% and the transfer out rate is 25%. 

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