Scholarships & Grants

Since Academy of Art University’s art scholarships program was founded over forty years ago, we have helped over 45 thousand aspiring artists and designers pursue their educational goals in art and design. Academy of Art University offers a number of innovative and inexpensive ways for first-time students, high school students, and teachers to improve their skills and experience all that we have to offer.

Pre-College Programs

The Pre-College Art Experience Programs are programs that provide intensive art experiences for high school students. All high school students are invited to apply to take advantage of these full-tuition art scholarships (based on availability).

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2015 Spring Forward Grant

Submissions for the 2015 Spring Forward Grant are now closed. Selected award recipients will be notified January 19 - 23, 2015.

If you have any additional questions, contact your Admissions Representative by email at or by phone at 800.544.2787 (US only) or 415.274.2200.

Submissions for the 2014 Summer Portfolio Grant are now closed. Selected award recipients will be notified April 16–22, 2014.

If you have any additional questions, contact your Admissions Representative by email at or by phone at 1-800-544-2787 (US only) or 1-415-274-2200.

  • New International Students taking classes onsite in San Francisco, please contact our International Admissions Department via phone at 1-415-274-2208 or email at

The Teacher Grant provides high school and community college art teachers an opportunity to practice and improve their skills. These full-tuition art scholarships apply toward any regular undergraduate course and are subject to limited availability.

Program Mission

  • Encourage and inspire those who work with young artists & designers
  • Provide teachers & counselors the opportunity to refresh and expand their skills as well as tap into the creative community in San Francisco

Program Mission

Program provides a full tuition scholarship for a maximum of:

  • Three to six undergraduate course units for On-Campus (Summer Only)
  • Three undergraduate course units for Online (Fall/Spring Only)

Recipients are responsible for all other costs & fees including: application fee, registration fee, lab fees, supplies, room and board, transportation and any other expenses

Program Dates

Summer 2015

Deadline to apply: May 8, 2015

Semester Dates: June 15, 2015 – August 5, 2015

Application Status*: May 22, 2015

Offered: Online or On Campus

Fall 2015

Deadline to apply: August 7, 2015

Semester Dates: September 3, 2015–December 19, 2015

Application Status*: August 21, 2015

Offered: Online Only

*Applications are reviewed by the Academy's Teacher Grant Committee. All applicants will be notified of their Application Status by the date listed


View academic course offerings or call 1-800-544-2787 to speak with an Admissions Representative. *Undergraduate level courses only.


  • Open to all: secondary school, community college teachers and counselors
  • Previous Teacher Grant Recipients are not eligible to apply. Grants are limited and it is the University’s mission to provide the opportunity to as many educators as possible.
  • All applicants must provide: copy of teaching certificate, resume, letter of intent, & recommendation letter from school principal, dean or department chairperson.

Campus Housing

  • Campus housing is only available during the Summer program
  • A separate Housing Application must be completed online with Campus Housing or call 1-800-544-2787.