Resources & Communities
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.
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
Multiple online Networking sessions are hosted by Melinda Mettler each month. Some run before Career Chats, others are via webcam using Melinda's Online Office. Email Melinda to request a schedule.
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.
Academy of Art University ID Cards for Online Students
Great for discounts on supplies, museum entry fees and more. Upload a photo and print your own Academy of Art University Student ID card at home. Details and instruction are available on this video.
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.