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The Social Media Center at Academy of Art University offers unparalleled opportunity. Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Social Media Center provides access to the experts and job opportunities with industry giants from San Francisco to Silicon Valley.

The center includes a series of four PRO courses in social media management, a catalogue for the Academy’s social media accounts representing all 30 programs, and a gateway to industry within its Global Advisory Board. Our growing list of partners includes Flipboard, Newco, Fyuse, Tumblr, Issuu, and Weebly.

Our mission is to prepare professionals for a successful career in social media via an industry-based training.

The four PRO courses can be taken within one semester in a 15-week period. You can also take as few as one course per semester: Choose the pace that works for you. The on-site classes will start in the spring of 2016 and will be entirely available online in the summer semester of 2016.

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Award of Completion in Social Media Management FAQ


Who should apply for Award of Completion in Social Media Management?

Anyone with a high school diploma interested in learning and solidifying his or her understanding of social media as a career opportunity. The entire curriculum was designed to respond to rising market needs for social media specialists.

What happens when series of social media courses are completed?

Upon completion of all four (4) PRO courses listed below you will qualify for Academy of Art University Award of Completion in Social Media Management:

  • PRO 314 Social Media Content Development
  • PRO 315 Social Media Strategies
  • PRO 316 Social Media Data Analytics
  • PRO 317 Social Media Management

Can current Academy students take these courses?

Yes, please contact your advisor to register for courses.

How fast can I complete the Award of Completion in Social Media Management?

You can qualify for the Award of Completion in Social Media Management in as little as one (1) semester, which is approximately 15 weeks long, if you take all four (4) courses at once.

However, we recognize that furthering your career should not require you to sacrifice it - even temporarily; and to accommodate your work schedule you may enroll in as a few classes as your schedule permits.

How much times will each course take per day/week?

Each course is three (3) hours long in instruction. As an example, if you were taking all four (4) courses per one semester it would be 12 hours of commitment per week to attend courses, not including the time it would take you to complete homework assignments and other prep work required for each course.

Courses are usually offered between 7:10 pm - 10 pm weekdays and/or 8:20 am - 11:10am on Saturdays.

How much do I need to know about Social Media to enroll?

The instructors adapt to a mix of students.  As long as you know how to use computers, the Internet, and have a general understanding of social media, that is enough to get you started.

How is this Social Media training different from others?

The social media management series of courses were developed in line with the Academy’s long-standing philosophy of industry-led training on the cutting edge of technology. The entire curriculum was designed to respond to rising market needs for social media specialists.

The unique advantage of the Academy’s Social Media Center is its proximity to Silicon Valley. Our unique Global Advisory Board ensures that the Center’s curriculum, tools, and practices stay up to date with industry standards. Industry partners will serve as members of the center’s Global Advisory Board and already include Tumblr, Weebly, Fyuse, Flipboard, Issuu, and Newco on the growing roster.

While many other social media training options are too short and superficial, or too long and expensive, the Academy’s Award of Completion offers an industry-approved balance of rigor and depth in one (1) semester/15-weeks period.

What are the job prospects for Social Media industry positions?

Please click this link to discover job opportunities in San Francisco (or elsewhere in the United States) :

Marketing spending on social media is expected to increase 126% over the next five years, according to 2014 Duke University study.

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How can I finance these courses?

First, if you are currently employed, inquire with your employer as many companies provide tuition reimbursement/assistance for professional development courses.

Alternatively, you have an option to consider an Academy of Art Installment Plan:

Our installment plan is available to all students for our Fall and Spring semesters. The installment plan enables students to pay their tuition in four separate payments.

Installment plan agreement contracts and information regarding the Academy's installment plan may be obtained from the Accounts Receivable office. The Accounts Receivable staff may assist the student with the completion of the required contract.

Students enrolled for Fall or Spring may submit an online application for our four-month installment plan contract. Go to Student Self Service and navigate to "My Educational Profile, and click on the "Finances" link to apply online for the installment plan. A payment plan fee of $50 is due with the first installment.

Payments must be received on or before the required  due dates or your account will be subject to late fees, cancellation of the installment plan may occur, and your classes may be administratively dropped.

If you have any account related questions, please contact Accounts Receivable to speak to a representative at 1-415-618-6429.

Interest-Free Four Month Installment Plan Deadlines

(Spring 2017)

1st Installment Due  February 4, 2017
2nd Installment Due March 4, 2017
3rd Installment Due April 4, 2017
4th Installment Due May 4, 2017

For additional questions or information contact:

Social Media Center
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