Accreditation

Learn more about Academy of Art University’s accreditations in CIDA, CTC, NAAB, NASAD, WSCUC, and read our Non-Discrimination Statement.

Council for Interior Design Accreditation
The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The BFA Interior Architecture & Design and the MFA Interior Architecture & Design programs are both accredited by the CIDA. CIDA is located at:

206 Grandville Ave., Suite 350
Grand Rapids, MI
49503-4014

Tel. 1-616-458-0400

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California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Accreditation
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) is an agency in the Executive Branch of California State Government. The major purpose of the agency is to serve as a state standards board for educator preparation for the public schools of California, the licensing and credentialing of professional educators in the State, the enforcement of professional practices of educators, and the discipline of credential holders in the State of California. CTC accredits the Academy of Art University’s Single Subject Art Teaching Credential Program. They are located at:

1900 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95811
Tel: 916-322-6253

NOTE: The online Art Teaching Credential and the Masters in Art Teaching requires fieldwork assignments in observing and teaching art to pupils in local Bay Area public schools.

The National Architectural Accrediting Board [NAAB.org]
In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit professional degree programs in architecture offered by institutions with U.S. regional accreditation, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted an eight-year term, an eight-year term with conditions, or a two-year term of continuing accreditation, or a three-year term of initial accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established education standards. Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a non-accredited undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the non-accredited degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree. The Academy of Art University, School of Architecture, offers the following NAAB-accredited degree programs:

National Association of Schools of Art and Design
The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) is the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines. The Academy of Art University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) to offer degrees of Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, and Certificates. All Academy of Art University AA, BA, BFA, MA, MFA and Art Teaching Credential programs are accredited by NASAD except for the programs offered by these schools: School of Acting, School of Architecture, School of Communications & Media Technologies, School of Landscape Architecture, School of Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, School of Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media, and also the AA in Automotive Restoration offered by the School of Industrial Design and the BS in Game Programming offered by the School of Game Development. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) is located at:

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21
Reston, VA, 20190
Tel. 703.437.0700

WASC Senior College and University Commission
Academy of Art University is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), one of the seven regional associations that accredit public and private colleges and schools in the United States. WSCUC is located at:

1001 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 402
Alameda, CA, 94501
510-748-9001

WSCUC Accreditation for Online Programs
Both onsite and online degree programs at Academy of Art University are accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). The following degree programs are not currently offered online: AA, BFA, MA and MFA in Acting; MA in Advanced Architectural Design; AA in Automotive Restoration; BFA and MFA in Footwear & Accessory Design; BFA and MFA in Knitwear Design; BFA and MFA in Textile Design; and MA in Writing & Directing for Film.


The WSCUC reaffirmation of accreditation process began in 2018 and involved engagement across the institution, culminating in the assembly of AAU’s Institutional Report which was submitted to WSCUC in July 2020. The WSCUC peer-review accreditation visit team conducted the Offsite Review in October 2020 and their Accreditation Visit to AAU was held remotely, on April 7-9, 2021.

At its meeting on June 25, 2021, the WASC Senior College and University Commission reaffirmed AAU’s accreditation for a period of eight years. AAU’s next reaffirmation review will be conducted in fall 2028 and spring 2029. The Commission scheduled a special visit in spring 2024 to address graduation rates and implementation of:

a) the new strategic plan
b) the new LMS
c) evaluation systems for faculty, staff and executive leaders.

The accreditation visit team report can be found here. The July 12, 2021 Commission Action Letter can be found here.

If you have any questions about WSCUC, please contact Cathy Corcoran (ccorcoran@academyart.edu), Academy of Art University’s WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer.

Academy of Art University admits students of any race, color, age, religion, and national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, physical handicap, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

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