How To Apply

Learn how to apply to Academy of Art University. Whether you’re an undergrad, transfer student, graduate student, pre-college, homeschooled, or you just want to take some art classes for personal enrichment, we are here to help you to apply to the Academy.

International student? Visit our International Student Resources page to apply.

Transferring from another school? Visit our Transfer Students page to apply.

Undergraduate Students

Things You’ll Need for Undergraduate Admission

Proof of high school completion

Accepted documents include:

  • Official, sealed copy of your high school transcript or GED
  • High school diploma with graduation date
  • Official, sealed copy of a completed Bachelor’s degree transcript
  • Signed Home School Program Certification form and transcripts
  • California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) letter

$50 Application Fee

We accept check or money order made payable to “Academy of Art University”. We also accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.

The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

Learn more about tuition and financial aid

Additional Documents

  • An art portfolio isn’t required, but it will help your admissions process
  • Official transcripts from any other universities or learning institutions you’ve attended

Complete Your Application

Apply Online, or

Download the Undergraduate Application form

Graduate Students

Things You’ll Need for Graduate Admission

Basic admissions materials

  • Application form or online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from your undergraduate college or university showing completion of an undergraduate degree.

View our policy regarding transcripts from foreign institutions.

Statement of Intent

One page essay explaining personal goals for graduate school or essay related to a topic as required by the Department.

Resume

Describe your educational and professional experience.

Portfolio/Demo Reel

A portfolio with detailed descriptions in your chosen discipline is required.

Additional Materials

Additional materials may be required. Please contact Admissions for more details.

Complete Your Application

Apply online, or

Download the Graduate Application form

Homeschooled Students

Things You’ll Need for Homeschooled Admission

Basic admissions materials

Make sure you have the following official documents:

  • Signed Home School Program Certification form
  • Official transcripts

Complete Your Application

Apply online, or

Download the Undergraduate Application Form

Pre-College

Things You’ll Need for Pre-College Admission

Basic admissions information

You must be in high school for the duration of the program.

All classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Early application is recommended.

Students can take a maximum of two classes—one online and one on campus, or two online. (All on campus classes run from 12:00 pm – 3:50 pm, Saturdays).

Pre-College Art Experience students can take a maximum of four classes, either on campus or online.

Complete Your Application

Apply online

Military & Veteran

Things You’ll Need for Military or Veteran Admission

Proof of High School Completion

Accepted documents include:

  • Official, sealed copy of your high school transcript or GED
  • Official, sealed copy of a completed Bachelor’s degree transcript
  • Signed Home School Program Certification form and transcripts
  • California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) letter

No Application Fee Required

With gratitude and respect to the men and women in the military, if you are serving in the US Armed Forces, either active duty or as a reservist, your Academy of Art University application fee will be waived.

You must be active or reserve during the semester for which you are applying in order for the fee to be waived.

If you get called back to active duty during the middle of the semester or if you’re active now and you are re-deployed, you may be eligible for a full refund of your tuition and fees paid during the semester.

Academy of Art University is VA approved.

Additional Documents

  • An art portfolio isn’t required, but it will help your admissions process
    Official transcripts from any other universities or learning institutions you’ve attended

Complete Your Application

Apply Online, or

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