Begin Your Creative Adventure Today!

With over 900 art & design classes, 22 different schools, and 14 STEM programs, the Academy has an educational path for you. From day one, you’ll begin to build a professional portfolio of work. You can study online from anywhere in the world—virtually in real time, or on demand on your schedule— or on campus with us in San Francisco. Whether you are seeking a degree, want to enhance your skills, or just enjoy the thrill of making art, IT STARTS HERE!

Our Schools

Online Learning

Studying art and design online at the Academy of Art University offers you the same hands-on education you’ll receive on campus, and you can do it from anywhere in the world and on your schedule. Online classes are taught by the same instructors who teach on campus—most are working professionals employed in the disciplines they teach.

Veteran Support

Looking to pursue your passion in art and design as a member of the military and veteran community? Academy of Art University provides you with the support and tools to build a portfolio of professional quality work, and other benefits like a Veteran’s Resource Center and dedicated advisors.

STEM Degrees

Our 14 STEM programs combine art and design thinking to add STEAM power to your education. With a STEM degree, you’ll build a portfolio that displays your ability to work collaboratively on cross-disciplinary teams, and address problems with real-world solutions.

Companies Hiring Our Students

Our graduates have been hired from the biggest companies in the world. Start your career now

logo - Weta Digital, Adidas, Amazon, Apple

logos - Blizzard Entertainment, Dreamworks Animation, EA, GM

logos - Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel, NFL, NASA

logos - Nike, PIXAR, Slack, Kohler

San Francisco as Your Campus

The Academy of Art University’s urban campus is located in San Francisco’s culturally diverse community. Home to extraordinary museums, filled with parks and outdoor entertainment venues, and featuring miles of beaches and hiking trails, the glorious city of San Francisco has something for everyone.

AAU student-athlete playing in basketball game


Academy of Art University is the only higher arts education institution in the U.S. to have an NCAA Division II athletics program. As a student-athlete at the Academy, you can fulfill your creative and athletic goals while living in one of the best cities in the world.

students gaming in AAU eSports lounge


Students across campus combine skills from their respective degree paths and shared love of gaming to create a close-knit community. Academy of Art University’s eSports lounge hosts events, collegiate competitions, and educational opportunities; it’s a communal place for our students to relax and play. Academy of Art University’s eSports program is a symbol of innovation, where artistry and intense gaming converge.



Header Images provided by: Washington Chua; School of Advertising, Lichen Qiu; School of Illustration, Bryan Calloway; School of Fashion