Degrees Offered Online

The following degrees can be completed entirely online:
Personal Enrichment Online Award of Completion
Department AA BA B.Arch** BFA BS MA M.Arch MFA OAC*
Animation & Visual Effects          
Art Education              
Art History              
Fine Art            
Game Development        
Graphic Design          
Industrial Design            
Interior Architecture & Design            
Jewelry & Metal Arts            
Landscape Architecture            
Motion Pictures & Television            
Multimedia Communications              
Music Production & Sound Design            
Visual Development            
Web Design & New Media            
Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media              
*OAC = Online Award of Completion
**Candidacy Status
We encourage you to explore the limits of your creativity and create your own path to creative fulfillment. Many of our classes can be taken without any prior experience or knowledge; all that's required is a desire to learn and explore. If you’d like to take a class that has a prerequisite, please contact an admissions representative. Once you’ve demonstrated equivalent knowledge or completion of a similar course a representative will assist you with registration.

System Requirements for Online Classes

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Your computer must have one of the following Internet browsers to successfully participate in our online classes. Make sure you have one of the following installed on your computer:
Browser Versions Mac PC
Mozilla Firefox - Recommended Latest Version
Get Firefox for Mac or PC
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Google Chrome - Recommended Latest Version
Get Chrome for Mac or PC
x x
Safari - Recommended 5.0 or higher recommended
Get Safari for Mac
Microsoft Internet Explorer  IE 9 or higher
Get IE for PC

Your computer system must meet these minimum requirements:

Platform Requirements
Mac Operating System: Mac OS X v10.6 or 10.7
Processor: Intel Core (TM) Duo 1.33GHz or faster
Computer Memory: 512MB minimum, 1GB recommended
PC Operating System: Windows 7 or later
Processor: 2.33 GHz single core or greater
Computer Memory: 512MB minimum, 1GB recommended
Tablet (Mac, PC, Android) Most course content is accessible via mobile device.  To ensure the best student experience, however, we do not recommend the use of tablets in our online classes.
  • Computer Memory: 256 MB of RAM (512 MB or greater recommended)
  • DVD-ROM: Required Hard-Disk Drive: On average 5 GB free space per class, not including additional space for class-specific software
  • Video Card: Super VGA (1024 x 768 with 64k color or with 64mb VRAM) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor
  • Sound Card: 16 bit sound card and speakers

Apart from an internet browser, your computer must have the following hardware and software to successfully participate in our online classes:

  • Internet Service Provider: Any Internet service provider will suffice if it provides reliable access to the Internet of at least 1.2 mbps download speed. AOL users should log into AOL and then open their correct browser (see the list of supported browsers).
  • Modem Speed: DSL or Cable internet highly recommended.
  • Email Accounts: All Academy of Art students receive a free email account after they have been registered for a class. To inquire about whether your email login and password has been created, visit MyAcademy.
  • Webcam: Required for all online language classes.

The following required software may be downloaded for free:

While participating in the online class, you may choose to share documents and files via email—you are expected to use your own updated virus protection software. Anti-virus software can be downloaded for free or for a small charge from the internet, or you can purchase a program at your local software retailer. For more information, visit the following websites:

About Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader: Some classes require software from Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Adobe Reader (for PDF files). Some classes have specific additional requirements—scanner, software such as Photoshop, or other hardware. Please read the class descriptions carefully.


How Online Courses Work at the Academy

Create your own class schedule

When you takeonline courses at the Academy, you’re free to manage your own time; there are no set class schedules that require you to be online at specific points in the day.

Course content is divided evenly across 15 modules spread out over a semester. Each module’s coursework—instructional videos, audio-enhanced slideshows, digital documentation, interviews, and more—are made available at the start of each module period.

Submit your work and get feedback

We’ve developed our own custom Learning Management System (LMS)—a centralized web tool that lets students and faculty easily interact and exchange digital assets.

The LMS whiteboard feature allows instructors to mark up your work and provide detailed feedback, even audio commentary.

The LMS also serves as your central hub for class news and updates, grade information, ESL support, scheduling one-on-one tutoring sessions, and a host of other features tailored to make your online education as rich as possible.

Engage your peers

You may work and study independently, but that doesn't mean you can’t tap the support of your online classmates.

Each course offers a class discussion area where students and instructors can freely exchange thoughts, post work, and provide or receive creative feedback. The discussion area’s sole purpose is to give you and your peers the opportunity to support each other’s mutual development as artists.

Online Pre-College

Our pre-college classes give high school students from around the world the opportunity to explore their creative interests in a fun and focused online environment.

Online Continuing Education

A flexible admissions process allows students to craft their own online education program. Dive deeper into fields you're already familiar with, or branch out into new creative disciplines.

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Animation Studio Overview

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Online Career Chats

Join us to learn about job search strategies, digital portfolios, and more. Interact with us live and ask questions and take part in discussions to get the answers you need.


Online Career Chats

Frequently Asked Questions

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