Resources & Communities

Summer Expo
Held annually in late June, Summer Expo is a weeklong event designed to give our distance learners an Academy of Art University “Immersion/Intensive” experience. Online students are invited to join us on campus in San Francisco for hands-on workshops, tours of departments, live demos and to attend on-site classes. It’s also a chance for students to meet their directors, discuss their progress with their programs and futures in their chosen fields. Evening events provide opportunities to network with other students, faculty and alumni. Special campus housing and dining discounts are available to attendees. Learn more.

AAUHOO: This student-run Facebook group invites all passionate Academy of Art University artists to join them! AAUHOO provides community, networking, critiques, virtual meet-ups and student-hosted workshops. Learn more and join.

Online Labs Live!
Over 30 free online tutoring sessions each week! Live, real-time, personalized guidance from knowledgeable and friendly Tutors. Open to all students regardless of grades, GPA or majors. Learn more.

Online Chats
A number of lively online chats are held each semester to cover everything from Town Hall meetings to prepping midpoint and final reviews to classroom services to study abroad and other important issues for online students. All chats include Q&A for students to ask questions and get the answers they need. Learn more and review the chat calendar.

Career Chat Series
Looking for pointers on how to get an internship? Tips to get your work into a gallery? Advice from successful alumni? Check out the Career Chat Series and get your burning questions answered. Scroll down to review Recorded Career Development Workshops

Online Networking Meet Ups
Online Networking sessions are hosted in the Fall and Spring semesters by Melinda Mettler. They run in 30 minutes before the Career Chats. Review the schedule here.

Guest Speaker and Industry Panel Livestreams
From Nickelodeon to Naughty Dog to New York Fashion Week, many of our on campus presentations by top industry professionals are now livestreamed. Livestreaming makes it possible for online students and others, not able to attend in person, to experience the excitement of the events, connect with the Academy community and benefit from the knowledge generously shared by our Industry partners. There's also an amazing archive of videos recorded from past events. Learn more.

Internship & Job Board
Our Career Development dept has a variety of tools to help you create, present, manage and share your skills. On the Job and Interships Board, new opportunities are added constantly, including many beyond the Bay Area. These employers are looking for Academy talent specifically. With a mix of internships, part time, full time and contracted positions, the right match is a click away. Learn more.

Scholarship Resources & Links
A page of links to a vast variety of scholarships is available here.

Online Class Demonstration Videos
Online resources including instructional multimedia samples & video demostrations.

Visiting San Francisco?
Make the most of your trip and come see us on campus! Set up an appointment to see your advisor, take an Academy of Art University tour, email Melinda to arrange a meeting with your Director or discuss other options.

Meet Melinda Mettler

As the Academy of Art University's Director of Online Student Relations, "Fairy Godmother for Online Students," Melinda Mettler serves as an ambassador and advocate for our over 5,000 online students around the world. She provides opportunities for them to connect with fellow students, instructors, and alumni through online chats, career workshops and networking meet ups.

An Academy of Art alumna, Melinda earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Advertising/Graphic Design. She began her career as an art director at the legendary advertising agency Young & Rubicam in New York. While still in her 20's, she won a prestigious Cannes Lion Award. Clients have included AT&T, Sunmaid Raisins, Japan Airlines, and Adidas and she has been honored with advertising awards from San Francisco to London.

Melinda has three campaigns in the permanent collection at Paley Center for Media (formerly Museum Of Television and Radio) in New York and Los Angeles. For 8 years, she was Director of the School of Advertising and in 1993 was honored as an Outstanding Alumni.

Questions or Suggestions?
Get in touch with Melinda by email or phone: 1-415-618-6107.

Quotes from Online Students About:
Summer Expo

"Thank you for organizing such an awesome event. I had an unforgettable experience, got to collaborate with other students…and enjoyed the amazing city of San Francisco."

Terry, Advertising, Durham, California


"The Expo was such a wonderful experience, everyone was super nice and we had a great time in San Francisco - can't wait to come back..... Thanks for everything!"

Trudi, Fashion, Royal Palm Beach, FL


"I wanted to say thank you so very much for hosting a spectacular Summer Expo for Academy of Art University's online students. I had a wonderful time and am so grateful that I made the trip out to San Francisco. It was great meeting my directors and fellow students face to face, seeing the Academy and soaking in the city."

Jennifer, Web Design + New Media, Fredericksburg, VA

Online Labs Live!

"If I had known about this wonderful service from my first semester it would have saved me from a lot of stress... trying to figure things out completely on my own. This is a fantastic and vital service for students."

Charl Anne, Animation, Oakton, VA

"The best part was having the ability to share my sketch file...knowing we were both looking at the same thing... it is fun discovering the different learning options the Academy provides."

Rachel, Interior Architecture, De Kalb, MO

Career Chat Series

"I'm now working part time at a local animation studio! Thanks to Academy of Art University's very helpful online career chats..."

Bonnie, Illustration, Hong Kong

Advice & Introductions

"Thanks again for connecting me with local students!  Justin has made it out each weekend and is kicking *ss! He's also going to help out with the audio and music of the production... Very cool dude!"

Arthur, Animation, Denver, CO

"Just a quick thank you for your advice on Friday. I talked to my Director and we have clarified a lot of my questions. Much appreciated!"

Martina, Fashion, Gaithersburg, MD

"Because of your efforts, my website is a true blending of all of my 'hats'…I am so grateful that you pushed me to make it happen…Your insight and vision really made the entire process bearable and do-able!"

Maren, Fine Art, San Antonio, TX

Study Abroad Programs

Intensively creative and rich in culture, our study abroad programs immerse students in the art-making process as well as the European context from which it is derived.
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