What is the Summer Expo?

The Summer Expo is a weeklong 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 20th – Sunday, June 28th.

How much does it cost?

The actual Expo itself is FREE. If you wish to stay in Campus Housing, it’s only $375 for the week. (A $500 (solo) or $800 (with guest) Security Deposit is required to make a reservation, $125 (solo) or $50 (with guest) will be refunded if the room is left damage-free.)

Who can attend?

Any student who has taken their classes 100% online in Spring 2015 or Fall 2014 and will not be enrolled in any on-campus classes in Summer 2015.

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 2015 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. Register and put down a deposit for Campus Housing or get local hotel information.
  5. The deadline to register for Expo '15 is Monday, June 1st, 2015 5:00PM PST.

Tentative Summer Expo Schedule*

Saturday, June 20th
10AM – 9PM - Campus Housing Check-In begins
Free Day to Explore San Francisco (or do online class homework)
6PM - Welcome Mixer (organized by Expo '14 attendees)
 
Sunday, June 21st
10AM – 9PM - Campus Housing Check-In wraps up
Free Day to Explore San Francisco or do online class homework
 
Monday, June 22nd
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 23rd
8:30/9AM - 5PM - Visit Onsite Classes, Portfolio Reviews, Hands-On Workshops, Demos, etc*
Computer Lab for online class homework
6PM - No-host Networking Mixer
Wednesday, June 24th
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 25th
8:30/9AM - 5PM - Portfolio Reviews, Visit Onsite Classes, Tour Spring Show*
Computer Lab for online class homework
6PM - All Star Alumni Panel Q&A & Networking Party
 
Friday, June 26th
8:30/9AM - 12 NOON - Career Workshops, Collaboration Meet-Ups,
Academy Tours, and Expo Wrap Up
 
Saturday, June 27th
Free Day to Explore San Francisco or do online class homework
9AM - 3PM - Campus Housing Check-Out begins
 
Sunday, June 28th
9AM – 3PM - Campus Housing Check-Out wraps up
* 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 distributed at the ‘Summer Expo Welcome’ on Monday, June 22nd
** Field Trip participation is determined by Department Directors and therefore not open to all students