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Acting

Acting

The Academy of Art University’s School of Acting is rooted in developing craft, individual process, and truthful storytelling.

Advertising

Advertising

Award winning art directors, copywriters, and creative strategists will show you how to create ideas that connect with people.

Animation & Visual Effects

Animation & Visual Effects

If you’re an aspiring storyboard artist, visual effects artist, 2D or 3D Animator, come learn from some of today’s most accomplished professionals in the heart of the animation industry.

Architecture

Architecture

The School of Architecture is dedicated to advancing the art and practice of architecture by offering academic programs that foster critical thinking, artistic vision, and responsible leadership.

Art Education

Art Education

Become an art educator and inspire a new generation of artists.

Art History

Art History

Understand form and expression in our fine art studios, while gaining a deep and rich knowledge of history and cultural context in the art history classroom.

Fashion

Fashion

Construct the styles of tomorrow. Learn from the finest creative minds working in fashion today.

Fine Art

Fine Art

Join the Academy of Art University’s globally-acclaimed School of Fine Art to tap your true potential as a painter, sculptor, or printmaker.

Game Design

Game Design

Get hands-on experience collaborating with other students to produce games under the guidance of leading industry professionals.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

Located at the intersection of art and commerce, our Graphic Design program integrates practice, theory, and inquiry, while refining and encouraging innovation, critical thinking, visual literacy, and conceptual problem solving.

Illustration

Illustration

Learn the skills to pursue a career as a graphic novelist or comic book artist, storyboard artist, concept artist, children’s book illustrator, editorial or advertising illustrator.

Industrial Design

Industrial Design

The art of industrial design sits at the intersection of culture, technology, and business.

Interior Architecture & Design

Interior Architecture & Design

Create dynamic interiors through the use of innovative approaches to spatial organization, materials, and lighting from our faculty of industry experts.

Jewelry & Metal Arts

Jewelry & Metal Arts

The Jewelry & Metal Arts program is designed to nurture your personal creative visions and give you the skills to bring them to life.

Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture

Develop your skills in regional visioning, urban revitalization, and creating regenerative landscapes of all scales.

Motion Pictures & Television

Motion Pictures & Television

Enter the exciting world of filmmaking and focus your talents on directing, editing, cinematography, screenwriting, production design, or producing.

Multimedia Communications

Multimedia Communications

Produce and appear in shows on cable TV while building your career in interactive media or multimedia journalism. Learn from award-winning industry veterans as you write, produce, and edit broadcast productions.

Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

Learn harmony, orchestration, composition and scoring, sound design, editing, and mixing techniques from professionals, and apply them in film and video game production.

Photography

Photography

At the Academy of Art University’s School of Photography, you have every opportunity and resource to advance your passion into a finished a body of work.

Visual Development

Visual Development

Study composition, perspective, environment design, figure drawing, and character design– everything you’ll need to embark on a creatively rewarding visual development career.

Web Design & New Media

Web Design & New Media

Web Design & New Media graduates are strategic thinkers, producers, and technologists poised to lead innovation on a global scale.

Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media

Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media

Tap into your imagination.
Come up with great ideas.
Find your unique voice.
Take your writing skills to a new level.

Degrees Offered Only On Campus

Department MFA MA BFA BA AA OAC*
Acting      
Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media          

Degrees Offered On Campus and Online

The following degrees can be completed entirely either on campus or online. Or you can mix it up. You can take some of your classes online and some on campus.

 

*OAC = Online Award of Completion
**Candidacy Status

Course Catalog

We encourage you to explore the limits of your creativity and create your own path to creative fulfillment. Many of our classes can be taken without any prior experience or knowledge; all that's required is a desire to learn and explore. If you’d like to take a class that has a prerequisite, please contact an admissions representative. Once you’ve demonstrated equivalent knowledge or completion of a similar course a representative will assist you with registration.
 

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Online Education

Craft your own class schedule with our online education programs. All that's required is a passion for learning and Internet access.

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Spring Show

Experience the best work across every department and witness the next generation of artists.
 

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Other Ways to Learn

Continuing Education

Enhance your skill set by focusing on select coursework. 

Pre-College Program

Programs designed to prepare high school students for life at a top-tier university. 

Study Abroad

Immerse yourself in a European arts education.


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