Are you interested in pursuing a degree in art and design but did not finish high school? Academy of Art University has partnered with Penn Foster High School to offer an accelerated High School Diploma Program available to those individuals who did not complete their high school diploma. In support of this program, all tuition and fees are provided by Academy of Art University.

For more information, visit our Penn Foster blog.

Who Are You?

  • You must be 18 years or older
  • You have not completed your high school diploma or GED
  • You are interested in pursuing higher education and a career in art and design at Academy of Art University


How Does it Work?

  • The Penn Foster* program is offered BOTH online and on-campus in San Francisco.
  • Penn Foster evaluates your high school transcript and/or GED sections and awards any applicable transfer credits
  • Complete your high school diploma in as few as 8-16 weeks
  • Academic support is available throughout
  • Personal support and guidance is also available for the Academy’s university application process upon completion of a diploma
  • Become part of the campus community of a top art and design university

*Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited for grades 9 through adult by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (CSS-MSA) and nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).


To Apply:

  • Tuition and fees are paid for by Academy of Art University.
  • Students who wish to apply to participate in the High School Diploma Program will undergo an interview process for admission.
  • Students will receive a high school diploma in an accelerated curriculum.
  • Completion time is based on previous high school transcripts or GED sections.

Request information about our High School Diploma Program

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To learn more, please call 415-618-8032 or email Elizabeth Carlson our program administrator is ready to help you get on your way to attaining a high school diploma and an eventual university degree in art and design!

Also, with your success of a high school diploma and a first time enrollment at Academy of Art University, you’ll be eligible for the Academy’s Grant program in your first Summer semester!  Penn Foster graduates are encouraged to apply!  A limited number of tuition grants are available, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000, and may be applied to this first semester’s tuition costs.  Entering as an Undergraduate degree-seeking (AA, BA, BFA) student, you’ll meet the minimum reenrollment requirement of 2 semester classes (6 units).  To learn more, please visit our scholarships page.

For more information, visit our Penn Foster blog.



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