What is the Summer Expo?

The Summer Expo is an event, created to give our Online Students an Academy of Art University “Immersion/Intensive” experience. Students are invited to join us on campus in San Francisco for hands-on workshops, tours of departments, live demos, and onsite classes. It’s also a chance for students to meet their Department Directors, talk about their progress with their programs and discuss their futures in their chosen fields. A few lucky students will also get to take field trips our local Industry partners. In the past, those partners have included EA Games, Pixar, Google, YouTube, Facebook and Adobe. Evening events provide opportunities to network with students, faculty and alumni.

When is the Summer Expo?

Saturday, June 18th – Sunday, June 26th. (Or Expo Short program, Monday, June 20th to Wednesday, June 22nd)

How much does it cost?

There is a $50 Registration Fee for those not staying in Campus Housing.

If you wish to stay in Campus Housing, it’s only $375 per person for the week. (Or $188 for Expo Short program Saturday, June 18th/Sunday, June 19th to Wednesday, June 22nd); the $50 Registration Fee is included. A total of $500 (solo) or $800 (with guest) or $250 (Expo Short program), $450 (Expo Short program with guest). Security Deposit is required to make a reservation. This includes your housing fee. The $125 (solo) or $50 (with guest), $62 (solo short program), $74 (solo short program with guest) security deposit portion will be refunded if the room is left damage-free.

Who can attend?

Any student who has taken their classes 100% online in Spring 2016 or Fall 2015 and will not be enrolled in any on-campus classes in Summer or Fall 2016.

Why should I attend?

There are many reasons why the Expo is beneficial to Online Students. The top three are:

  1. Hands-on instruction, attending on campus classes and other in-person activities can improve your skills dramatically. This will help you to get more out of your Academy of Art University online education and aid in your future success.
  2. Discussing your progress with your studies, your future and career options with your Directors will help tailor and streamline your program and provide depth to your understanding of your chosen field.
  3. During the Expo many attendees experience a wonderful “Ah-ha!” moment. After a few days with us on campus, they understand more about why the Academy of Art University online classes are so demanding and how our connections to creative industries can help them make the important transition from student to working professional. They leave the Expo energized and inspired. Most have made new friends and important connections with Directors, Faculty and Alumni.

Registering for SUMMER EXPO 2016 is as easy as:

  1. Learn more video, online chat and details.
  2. Check to see if you meet the eligibility requirements to attend
  3. Fill out the Summer Expo application form
  4. Pay the registration fee, if you're a local student, staying with friends or in a hotel. (SF local hotel information) or Register and put down a deposit for Campus Housing. (Expo registration fee is included in the Campus Housing deposit.)
  5. The deadline to register for Expo '16 is Wednesday, June 1st, 2016 5:00PM PST.

Tentative Summer Expo Schedule*

Saturday, June 18th
10AM – 9PM - Campus Housing Check-In begins
Free Day to Explore San Francisco (or do online class homework)
6PM - Welcome Mixer (organized by Expo attendees)
Sunday, June 19th
10AM – 9PM - Campus Housing Check-In wraps up
Free Day to Explore San Francisco or do online class homework
Monday, June 20th
9AM - 5PM - ‘Summer Expo Welcome’ with Academy VIPs, Tour Your Department, Meet Your Directors*
Computer Lab for online class homework
7PM - Free Night to Explore San Francisco
Tuesday, June 21st
8:30/9AM - 5PM - Visit Onsite Classes, Portfolio Reviews, Hands-On Workshops, Demos, etc*
Computer Lab for online class homework
6PM - All Star Alumni Panel Q&A & Networking Party
Wednesday, June 22nd
8:30/9AM - 5PM - Visit Onsite Classes, Lunch and Q&A with Directors, Guest Speakers or Field Trips*/**
Computer Lab for online class homework
6PM - Free Night to Explore San Francisco
Thursday, June 23rd
8:30/9AM - 5PM - Portfolio Reviews, Visit Onsite Classes, Tour Spring Show*
Computer Lab for online class homework
6PM - No-host Networking Mixer
Friday, June 24th
8:30/9AM - 12 NOON - Career Workshops, Collaboration Meet-Ups,
Academy Tours, and Expo Wrap Up
Saturday, June 25th
Free Day to Explore San Francisco or do online class homework
9AM - 3PM - Campus Housing Check-Out begins
Sunday, June 26th
9AM – 3PM - Campus Housing Check-Out wraps up

Links to review past Expo schedules:

Animation & Visual Effects
Art Education
Art History
Fashion Design
Fashion Merchandising
Fashion Styling & Journalism
Fine Art Painting & Print Making
Fine Art Sculpture
Game Development
Graphic Design
Industrial Design
Interior Architecture & Design
Jewelry & Metal Arts (request schedule)
Landscape Architecture (request schedule)
Motion Pictures & Television
Multimedia Communications
Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media
Visual Development
Web Design & New Media

* Activities vary by major and are subject to change. Semi-final schedules for each major will be emailed out within a week of the Expo. Final schedules will be available at the ‘Summer Expo Welcome’ on Monday, June 20th
** Field Trip participation is determined by Department Directors and therefore not open to all students