Military & Veterans Education

We welcome veterans, those on active or reserve duty, and their families. At the Academy, we believe artists and soldiers share the same traits, passion, dedication, discipline, and vision. Our “No Barriers” admission policy opens the doors to all who believe in their artistic potential, regardless of their prior artistic experience.

As a member of the military and veteran community, you have needs that go beyond education; the Academy offers substantial resources to meet those needs. We have dedicated advisors for our military students who can answer all of your questions about finances, life at the Academy, and our educational offerings. To start your journey at the Academy, give us a call or schedule a meeting by clicking the button below.


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Christiana Alvarez, BA Acting, Marine Corps

“I love so many things about the Academy. The first thing I love is that there are so many different departments that can come together to co-create things. On Thursdays, I go up to New Montgomery, where they have a space for veterans. You can print your homework out if you need to. They have pool tables. They have a lounge area with TV. Sometimes I go there to do my homework. It’s good to be around people who know you.”

– Christiana Alvarez, BA Acting, Marine Corps

Military Friendly School 23-24 Badge

Academy of Art University is recognized as one of the 2022-2023 Military Friendly ® schools. The Military Friendly ® Schools list is created each year to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses by setting the standard for higher education institutions. Institutions earning the Military Friendly ® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. Academy of Art University is one of the 747 schools earning the designation out of more than 1,200 schools that participated in the 2021-2022 survey.

VRC: A Home Away From Home

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is a welcoming space available exclusively to our military students and their families. At the VRC, you can create, study, and relax with a community of individuals who share your background.

VRC Resources

• Free Wi-Fi • Computers • Pool Table
• Ping-Pong Table • Study Areas • Conference Room for Studying

Veterans Resource Center

Academy of Art University recognizes the noble men and women who serve our country. That is why to serve them back in return, we provide opportunities for them to pursue creative entrepreneurship outside of the military that will benefit them and their families. The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is just one of the ways the Academy provides support for our military students. In here, they can enjoy a welcoming space that feels like a home away from home, while at the same time being in a community of individuals who share the same background.

The VRC is located at 79 New Montgomery St., Room 316, San Francisco, CA 94105 with the following hours of operation (Pacific Time):

  • Monday through Friday 9:00am-6:00pm

Contact the VRC team directly by email at


“The Veterans Resource Center at 79 New Montgomery is a great place to get all the veterans together and find a little place for them to have fun and do their homework, and at the same time get all the support they need…The main thing I like about the Academy is the teachers. The teachers will help you no matter what.”

– Jeffrey Geronimo, MFA Fine Art, Navy


“I am really enjoying the Game Design Track. I came to the Academy without any portfolio at all—the skills I am learning are invaluable.

– Ryan Smith, MFA Fine Art, Navy

Regardless of the type of VA education benefits you are using, we need all VA students to complete and submit our VA Student’s Bill of Rights and Considerations Prior to Enrollment (PDF).

Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus, but offer you more flexibility. You can study on your own time, at your own pace.  You always have to the option to take both online and onsite classes.


“I got out of the Navy and was researching photography programs; the Academy came up as one of the top graduate programs. At the time, I wasn’t able to physically be in San Francisco, and I was really excited because I could study online at the Academy. The course material was unbelievable; it was so detailed and it gave me so much perspective.”

– Nate Hay, BA Photography, Navy

ESO Information

If you are an Education Service Officer and would like to learn more about Academy of Art University events, or schedule an event on your base, please contact one of our representatives.

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