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WHEN TO APPLY

  • The Academy has rolling admissions; you may apply year-round to enroll in classes for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • It is recommended that you apply as early as possible.
  • Applications are accepted through the first week of each semester.

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GRADUATE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

The Academy requires graduate applicants to demonstrate their ability and intent to complete a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Art (MFA) or Master of Architecture program (M. Arch.).* After submitting the application form and application fee, graduate applicants must submit the following additional items. Students may only register for graduate classes after being admitted into a Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts or Master of Architecture program.

Statement of Intent: Explain your goals in Graduate School, leading to your MA, MFA or M.Arch Final Project, in a one-page, typed essay.

Résumé: Describe your educational and professional experience.

Official College Transcripts: Sealed transcripts may be sent directly from the college(s) attended or may be submitted by the applicant. Transcripts must show completion of an undergraduate degree. You must submit official transcripts from the institution from which you graduated. Academy of Art University accepts electronic submission of official transcripts sent directly from your previous university. Students sending an official electronic transcript should direct it to the following email address: transcripts@academyart.edu. Additional information on foreign transcripts (PDF). Students applying to the M.Arch program who graduated from a U.S. institution with an architectural related degree (interior design, environmental design, architectural studies, etc…) must submit their transcripts and the form here to Educational Records Evaluation Services.

Portfolio/Reel (for program placement): A body of work representing the chosen discipline will be required. A description list is helpful to accompany portfolios/reels when being reviewed, with all pieces labeled with your name and the title, size, medium and date of completion. For collaborative works, please explain your role in the creative process. International applicants are asked to provide an English translation of any copy/written material presented as part of the portfolio/reel. Registration for the appropriate classes is based on the skills demonstrated in your portfolio/reel. Applicants should contact an Admissions Representative for details on portfolio/reel submission, including content and format requirements.** In some cases portfolios or reels may be sent digitally. Ask your Admissions Representative today!

Candidates for the Master's degree may be required to take preparatory coursework in order to meet our Graduate Admissions requirements. Department directors will assess candidates and recommend required coursework to meet our admissions requirements and best prepare them for the Master's program. Learn more.

*Please note that the Academy may reject any applicant whose records indicate inadequate preparation and/or interest for its programs. An applicant who has been denied admission will not be allowed to register for classes.

**Portfolio/Reel Return Policy: Applicants must make arrangements to pick up their portfolios or reels in person or to have them returned via US Postal Service; only portfolios/reels with prepaid return postage will be returned via US Postal Service. Portfolios or reels that are unclaimed or returned due to incorrect address or inadequate postage will be retained on campus for approximately 90 days. Although every precaution is taken to protect portfolios and reels, the Academy of Art University cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of portfolios or reels either in transit or on campus for review.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR GRADUATE ADMISSIONS – DOMESTIC STUDENTS (U.S. CITIZENS & GREEN CARD HOLDERS)

If you have any questions, please contact us at 800.544.ARTS (2787) or 415.274.2222, or contact us online.

Apply ONLINE: Click Here
Apply by FAX: 415.618.6278
(Download application here)
Apply IN PERSON: Call 800.544.ARTS
for an appointment

Apply by MAIL:
Graduate Admissions,
Academy of Art University
PO Box 193844
San Francisco, CA 94119-3844
(Download application here)

Graduate Domestic Applicants:

For Graduate Domestic (U.S. Citizen & Green Card Holders) Applicants Only

The following items MUST be submitted in order to process your application:

  • APPLICATION FORM. Must be filled out completely, signed, and dated.
  • APPLICATION FEE ($100). Please make a check/money order payable to Academy of Art University. Visa, MasterCard and Discover payments are also acceptable. The $100 application fee is non-refundable and non-deferrable.
  • PORTFOLIO: You will be placed in the appropriate program based on the skills demonstrated in your portfolio. If you hold a Bachelor's Degree and do not have a portfolio, we encourage you to contact Graduate Admissions to discuss your options.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS. Graduate applicants must submit an official college transcript, verifying prior Bachelor's degree. Photocopy is unacceptable.
    M.ARCH applicants must have their complete transcripts evaluated ONLY by WWW.ERES.COM
  • STATEMENT OF INTENT. A one-page statement of your goals in graduate school.
  • RESUME. Should describe your education background, work experience, and skill set.
  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION. For most majors, letters of recommendation are optional, but suggested. For Motion Pictures & Television applicants, three letters of recommendation are required.

Before you register for classes, you will also be asked to submit a $20 registration fee (non-refundable) and a $100 tuition deposit (non-refundable). A $25 student activity fee* will be billed at a later date.

* Does not apply to 100% online students

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HOW TO APPLY FOR GRADUATE ADMISSIONS – INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Please call international admissions at 1.415.274.2208 or contact us online should you have any questions.

  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in English.
  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in Traditional Chinese.
  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in Simplified Chinese.
  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in Korean.
  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in Portuguese.
  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in Spanish.
  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in Indonesian.
  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in Thai.

Apply ONLINE: Click Here
Apply by FAX: 415.618.6278
(Download application here)

Apply IN PERSON: Call 415.274.2208
for an appointment

Apply by MAIL:
International Admissions,
Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Download application here)

Graduate International Applicants:

For Graduate International Applications Only

The following items MUST be submitted in order to process your application:

  • APPLICATION FORM. Must be filled out completely, signed, and dated.
  • APPLICATION FEE ($100). Please make a check/money order payable to Academy of Art University. Visa, MasterCard and Discover payments are also acceptable. The $100 application fee is non-refundable and non-deferrable.
  • TUITION DEPOSIT($500 for onsite students, $100 for 100% online students). Applicants will need to submit a $500 tuition deposit upon acceptance into the MFA program. Please make a check/money order payable to Academy of Art University. Visa, MasterCard and Discover payments are also acceptable. This fee will be credited toward tuition for the first semester and is non-refundable after paid to secure admission.
  • PORTFOLIO: You will be placed in the appropriate program based on the skills demonstrated in your portfolio. If you hold a Bachelor's Degree and do not have a portfolio, we encourage you to contact Graduate Admissions to discuss your options.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS. Graduate applicants must submit an official college transcript, verifying prior Bachelor’s degree. Foreign transcripts and diploma must have a Bachelor's degree stated on them. Photocopy is unacceptable.
    M.ARCH applicants must have their complete transcripts evaluated ONLY by WWW.ERES.COM
  • STATEMENT OF INTENT. A one-page statement of your goals in graduate school.
  • RESUME. Should describe your education background, work experience, and skill set.
  • LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION. For most majors, letters of recommendation are optional, but suggested. For Motion Pictures & Television applicants, three letters of recommendation are required.
  • AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT*. Applicants and sponsor(s) must fill out this form and sign it. Photocopy is unacceptable. Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Affidavit of Support Form.
  • OFFICIAL/ORIGINAL BANK LETTER*. A letter or certificate from your bank showing at least $36,600 USD.
    Bank letter must be in English. Photocopy is unacceptable.
    *Please note that U.S Financial Aid is not available for International Students. International students SHOULD NOT depend on employment in the U.S. for financial support while attending the university.
  • PHOTOCOPY OF PASSPORT*.
  • TOEFL OR IELTS SCORE You may submit your application for admissions before taking the test. More information available online: for TOEFL http://www.ets.org/toefl/ ; for IELTS http://www.ielts.org/. Our institutional code for TOEFL is 4207; we do not require these scores and do not have a minimum score requirement.

Before you register for classes, you will also be asked to submit a $20 registration fee (non-refundable) and a $500 tuition deposit (non-refundable beginning Fall 2009). A $25 student activity fee* will be billed at a later date.

* Does not apply to 100% online students

Please visit the international online students FAQ page for more information on the online program.

International transfer students who are currently attending school in U.S. also need to submit the following:

  • TRANSFER EVALUATION FORM. Only for students who currently hold an F-1 visa. You must be released from SEVIS by your school before we can issue the I-20. Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Transfer School Evaluation Form.
  • PHOTOCOPY OF CURRENT I-20 FORM, I-94, OR OTHER VISA TYPE.Only for students who are currently studying in the U.S.

FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL APPLICANTS

If your transcripts are not in English, they must be translated and notarized by a translation service. If you are not sure if your diploma is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma or Bachelor's degree, the following agencies can evaluate your transcripts for a fee: www.eres.com, www.wes.org (these agencies are only suggested, not affiliated with AAU).

Please send all application materials to:
Academy of Art University
Attn: Office of the Registrar
79 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel. 415.274.2208
Fax 415.618.6278
intladmissions@academyart.edu

Note: International students who are currently staying in the US, holding an I-20 and F-1 visa status, are not eligible to take classes 100% online. Please contact International Admissions at 415.274.2208 or contact us online for more information.

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