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Graduate School of Fine Arts

The study of Fine Art is the foundation of all visual arts. At Academy of Art University, students in the Fine Arts Graduate School program build the best possible foundation. Masters degree students learn not only art, but the business of art, launching them to a rewarding future in art and design.

Academy of Art University's Master of Fine Arts degrees include first-class graduate programs in painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The Academy is internationally known as one of the best graduate colleges for fine arts due to its intensive fine arts graduate school programs, facilities, professional instructors and more. Through hands-on courses, students cultivate their personal style, build accomplished portfolios and prepare for a professional career in fine art.


Fine Arts Studio Courses

Students in fine arts graduate programs at Academy of Art University experience hands-on studio courses. In the Academy's MFA Fine Art programs, students explore their interests and hone their skills with more Fine Arts graduate courses in their major than a Master of Arts degree would allow.

In everything from jewelry-making to classical painting courses, students develop their skills and style, as well as rich portfolios. Learning from working artists, grad students challenge conventional wisdom and push boundaries, creating innovative art that moves and inspires those who see it.

School of Fine Art graduate classes:

  • Figurative Art
  • Abstract Art
  • Painting
    • Acrylic class
    • Oil painting class
    • Watercolor Painting Class
    • And more
  • Sculpture
    • Bronze Casting
    • Neon
    • Ceramics
    • Welding
    • Metal arts
    • And more
  • Drawing
    • Life Drawing Class
    • Advanced to Beginner Drawing Class
  • Jewelry Design
    • High Fashion Jewelry Design
    • Custom Jewelry Design
    • Forging Jewelry
  • Printmaking
  • Papermaking
  • And more!

Professional Fine Arts Opportunities

At the heart of Academy of Art University's Master of Fine Arts programs is professional experience. Unlike other Fine Art MFA programs and schools, the Academy develops more than technique and style. Students graduate ready to excel in the art world.

Galleries – In downtown San Francisco, Academy of Art University maintains three galleries dedicated to artwork by students, alumni and instructors. This provides students in fine arts graduate programs the opportunity to exhibit their top work in a professional gallery before graduation. Students learn the best methods to place, light and price their work.

Careers in Fine Arts include:

  • Gallery Painter
  • Commission Painter
  • Portrait Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Muralist
  • Gallery Owner
  • Museum Curator
  • Printmaker
  • Art Critic
  • Art Educator
  • Prototype Designer
  • And more!

Fine Arts Facilities

Academy of Art University's state-of-the-art facilities are ideal for emerging artists. With world-class equipment and technology, there is no limit to what students in the Fine Art Graduate School can create.

  • Painting – The School of Fine Art has 25,000 square feet of painting classrooms, including two full-time anatomy studios, a multimedia room with theater seating and more.
  • Printmaking – The school's printmaking facilities encompass all the tools students in the Master of Fine Arts programs need for intaglio, relief and monotype printing and much more.
  • Sculpture – From a complete art/sculpture neon studio to a fully equipped welding area, students pursuing a fine arts degree in the sculpture program have everything necessary for success at Academy of Art University.

Graduate Classes Online & in San Francisco

Academy of Art University offers flexible graduate school programs for earning a masters degree from the School of Fine Arts. Graduate Fine Art classes are available online and in San Francisco. To offer online grad students in MFA graduate programs the best interactive experience, courses teach top photography techniques to digitally share their work. Online college courses at the Academy engage students with hands-on projects and demonstration videos that can be watched whenever it is convenient.

No matter how they complete their degree, grad students in the School of Fine Arts are prepared for professional futures in art and design.

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