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Discover your creative potential. Our Academics programs are designed to equip aspiring artists and designers like you with a comprehensive toolbox of knowledge and marketable skills that you will use in your future career.

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Liberal Arts Program

The Liberal Arts Program provides students with a holistic education covering the arts, humanities, and sciences. Courses highlight connections between the subject of study and the major fields of art and design, providing context to the larger world of art and design.

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Foundations

The Foundations curriculum heightens perception and understanding of visual structure through the study of drawing, modeling of form, value structure, perspective principles, color, and design theory.

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Other Ways to Study

Short-Term Education

We offer options for non-degree studies. Brush up on your art and design skills, study overseas, learn social media, or get a head start on college.

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Online Education

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes.

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Financial Aid

Completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the first step in a student being considered for federal and state education aid programs.

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Student Work

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New Students

We want your first semester at Academy of Art University to be the best time of your life. We pay special attention to our new students, making sure that each one has additional support during their first months at the university.

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Student Resources

Discover our rich and supportive community of artists and get help navigating life at Academy of Art University.

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San Francisco is Your Campus

Discover life at the Academy and find your artistic home in San Francisco. Get involved in your campus culture, connect with others and find support to help you succeed.

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