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
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, three-year, or two-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may require a pre-professional undergraduate degree in architecture for admission. However, the pre-professional 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:
- B. Arch. (162 undergraduate credits)
Next accreditation visit 2026
Link to NAAB APRs and VTRs:
- 2015 AAU B.Arch Visiting Team Report
- 2015 AAU B.Arch Architecture Program Report
- 2014 AAU B.Arch Visiting Team Report
- 2014 AAU B.Arch Architecture Program Report
- 2012 AAU B.Arch Visiting Team Report
- M. Arch. (pre-professional degree + 63 graduate credits)
- M. Arch. (non-pre-professional degree + 87 graduate credits)
Next accreditation visit 2021
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 985 Atlantic Avenue #100, Alameda, CA, 94501. Tel. 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; and BA in Art History.
Academy of Art University received reaffirmation of accreditation in 2014 for a term of 7 years from the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). At that time, WSCUC indicated particular concern that Academy of Art University engage with the recommendations of the Commission on five “areas for continuing action and development”: Leadership and Organizational Structure and Effectiveness (efficiency of decision-making and planning); The Faculty Role (engaging with the greater life of the institution); Student Success (improving graduation rates); Student Life (integrating the co-curriculum and maturing offerings); and Strategic Planning (centralized plans drawing on multiple perspectives, especially faculty). A Special Visit was held in September 2016, and at their meeting February 15-17, 2017, the Commission acknowledged the great progress made in each of the areas but in order to determine the level of sustainability and impact, the Commission voted to continue the Formal Notice of Concern through spring 2018.
The Commission scheduled a special visit in spring 2018 that focused on the university’s progress in addressing the Commission recommendations. (1. Institutional decision making and transparency; management roles and communication 2. Formalized faculty governance structures 3. Codified faculty roles and responsibilities; faculty culture 4. Expanded Institutional Research function in relation to student persistence and graduation rates 5. Bottom up approach to Strategic Planning decision making and communication). Since 2016, widespread engagement by faculty, staff and the board of directors and the continued work of dedicated committees sought to address the Commission’s recommendations, recognizing the ongoing benefits for continuous improvement to the institution as a whole.
The WSCUC Special Visit team conducted the Special Visit on March 15-16, 2018. Academy of Art University expresses our sincere gratitude to the team for their hard work and dedication to peer review, the accreditation process and improving higher education.
Academy of Art University would like to thank the visiting team for its commendations of the university:
1. Embracing the spirit and intent of the WSCUC standards and processes that has led to improved transparency, communication, collaboration, and evidence-based planning and decision making
2. Discovering the importance and value of institutional data to drive decision making and empowering stakeholders to engage in evidenced-based planning and decision making
3. Engaging with all faculty in a participatory manner to develop further and formalize structures and processes for genuine shared governance, unique to the institutional mission and type
4. Progressing impressively with operationalizing decision-making processes that are clear and distributed to key stakeholders across the organization, most notably in the ASC’s planning, deliberations, and decision making
5. Defining, codifying, and communicating the faculty roles, levels, and responsibilities (including directors, level leaders, and coordinators, etc.) that is fostering an emerging and vital institutional faculty culture
The Academy will engage with the team’s recommendation that AAU continue positive momentum in the areas of:
• Collaborative and institute-wide efforts with data-informed and evidenced-based decision making
• Supporting and encouraging the growth of AAU’s emerging faculty governance structure in which decision-making authority is clearly defined and academic leadership is exercised
• Promoting transparency and collaboration within the university around decision-making processes
The visiting team report can be found here.
At its meeting on June 28, 2018 the WSCUC Commission voted to remove the formal Notice of Concern. As a result, the Academy returns to the regular accreditation cycle (reaffirmation of accreditation 2021). The Commission Action Letter can be found here.
Upcoming WSCUC visits include the Mid-Cycle Review in summer 2018, reaffirmation of accreditation offsite review in fall 2020 and reaffirmation of accreditation onsite visit in spring 2021.
If you have any questions about WSCUC, please contact Cathy Corcoran (firstname.lastname@example.org), Academy of Art University’s WSCUC Accreditation Liaison Officer.
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