Academy of Art University Fosters Innovation by Preparing Service Members for a Career in Art and Design.

Military & Veteran Students

Academy of Art University embraces the military by transitioning aspiring Service Members into professional artists and designers. You'll have help every step of the way. Academy of Art University is approved for Military Tuition Assistance and Veterans GI Bill benefits.

With gratitude and respect to the men and women who serve our nation your application fee will be waived at Academy of Art University.

Military & Veteran Resources

As a member of the military and veteran community, you have needs that go beyond continuing your education. That's why we believe it is important that you are aware of all benefits available to you.

Local Events

Get the latest on upcoming military and veteran community events and meet with University military representatives.

ESO Information

If you are an Education Service Officer and would like to learn more about Academy of Art University events, or schedule an event on your base, please contact

Student Veteran Testimonial

"After seven years in the Army and two combat tours in Iraq I was ready for a change. During my time at the Academy I developed my skills as a photographer and explored ways to use art to reflect on my military experience. I was also fortunate enough to use the Post-911 GI Bill along with the Yellow Ribbon Program to pay for my tuition."

-Ryan McClymont

"There were many choices for on-site film and television programs, but my employment as a defense contractor to the US ARMY, at a remote base, prevented me from attending any of those.  Initially, I was concerned about how a distance education would serve me and how well AAU's program compared to traditional film programs.  I quickly discovered that the curriculum, faculty, and hands-on projects, were, in many ways, more demanding and challenging than I anticipated.  It was a challenge to be sure, but the experience was invigorating and allowed me to work at my own pace to direct and produce my final thesis project, and award winning short film, 'Mirage at Zabul Province.'"

–Nathan Bettisworth

US Army Veteran & Alumni: Daryn Labier

An Academy of Art University Open House is coming to a city near you!

Join us for a day of creativity, learning, and a look at what your future could hold.

Learn more about admissions, financial aid, military & veteran education benefits, flexible online classes, career opportunities, student life, pre-college art experience classes for high school students, and so much more!

Complete your application and registration for spring, summer, or fall classes and discover your talent in one of 28 areas of study. Meet industry experienced Academy alumni and have an opportunity to get feedback on your work.

For event locations, dates, and times, please visit our Open House Events.

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