Who We Are What We Offer Our Mission You're Invited Live Chat Spotlight Videos
Disclosures About WASC Accreditation

Graduate Art School Program

The Masters of Fine Arts program continues a long tradition of excellence and innovation at Academy of Art University. Bridging diverse media, the fine art graduate programs in our graduate art school provide a supportive and state-of-the-art environment for students to successfully navigate the juncture of practice, history, theory and career.


A Supportive and Enriching Environment

The mission of our graduate art school is to provide MFA graduate students with advice and support on their path to earning a graduate art degree online or in San Francisco. One of the top graduate art schools in the world, Academy of Art University provides a full suite of services, from financial aid, continuing graduate student advisement and registration, directed study coordination, and midpoint and thesis scheduling and preparation.


Combining Critical Theory and Practice

The graduate art program at Academy of Art University is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate-level professional training as artists, teachers and activists in galleries, public and private schools, museums, and community-based programs. With a faculty of highly visible career artists, designers and scholars, students benefit not only from the best art graduate school instruction but also the professional experience of these artists and their ability to translate their wisdom and skills into successful practice.


A Worldwide Network

Academy of Art University's Alumni Association is more than 10,000 strong and spans the globe. From New York to Paris and beyond, take advantage of our network of successful graduates from our top ranking graduate art school, as well as our excellent Career Services staff. With art graduate alumni placed directly in Pixar, Nike, Gap, Warner Bros and Sony, a successful art career is waiting for you. See a list of recent alumni employers.

To find out more about student work and see photos of the university’s top graduate art and design facilities, request an information packet, which includes “Our World, Your World,” a colorful portfolio illustrating life at Academy of Art University, a course catalog, and a DVD highlighting outstanding student work from our graduate art school.

Graduate Art School
Academy News » Academy’s Women's Basketball PacWest Conference Tournament Championship Repeat! » Adobe Features Academy of Art University in New Video » Watch President Elisa Stephens’ Interview with The Balancing Act