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About Academy of Art University

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4 Years

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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 40%.

Online Education at Academy of Art University

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.

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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.

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79 New Montgomery


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Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

14 September 2020

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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.

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Full-time undergraduate students at Academy of Art University were charged $21,252 in tuition and fees in the 2018 - 2019 school year, prior to modifications for financial aid. $20,952 was the price of tuition. $300 was the cost of fees. 

There continues to be a rise of 3.0% in Academy of Art University tuition and fees for out-of-state students in the past five years. Tuition grew by 3.1% and fees grew by 0.0%. This school year, undergrads can expect to pay $21,898 based on current estimates.

Because of price growth, the total expense of a four-year Academy of Art University degree would be $91,668, and the total price of a two-year degree would be $44,462, which doesn't include extra charges such as books, transportation, and room and board.


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Computer Software and Media Applica...

267 Graduates

Design and Applied Arts

244 Graduates

Film/Video and Photographic Arts

204 Graduates

Drafting/Design Engineering Technol...

172 Graduates

Graphic Communications

136 Graduates

Fine and Studio Arts

59 Graduates

Visual and Performing Arts, General

45 Graduates


35 Graduates

Specialized Sales, Merchandising an...

35 Graduates

Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

32 Graduates

Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

28 Graduates

Apparel and Textiles

23 Graduates


9 Graduates

Educational/Instructional Media Des...

7 Graduates

Landscape Architecture

6 Graduates


Student Body

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Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.






Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%


17% White

28% Unknown

6% Black

11% Hispanic

3% Two or more races

28% Non Resident alien

6% Asian

0% American Indian/Alaska native

1% Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander

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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$74,015 per year

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The students can reside on campus and 36% of Freshman Live On-Campus.

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The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $5,652/year.

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The university offers on-campus housing facilities to the students who wish to stay on the campus. At AAU, $17,510 is the normal expense for on-campus housing, which a student will be needed to pay, each year. Academy of Art University has several dining and meal plan options for its students and the average meal plan at AAU costs around $5,652 per year. The university has enrolled around 43% male and 57% female students.

After Graduation

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Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$289 - 490

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

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and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

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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.

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