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WHEN TO APPLY

  • The Academy has rolling admissions; you may apply year-round to enroll in classes for Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters.
  • It is recommended that you apply as early as possible to ensure enrollment in your top choice classes.
  • You may apply up to two years before you plan to enroll at the Academy.
  • Applications are accepted through the first week of each semester.

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UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS & ACCESS STATEMENT

Academy of Art University maintains a no-barrier admissions policy for all undergraduate programs.* The Academy was built on the educational philosophy that all students interested in studying art and design deserve the opportunity to do so. Previous experience with art and design is not required for admission, and students of all skill levels are encouraged to apply. The Academy offers foundations courses that provide students with the core art and design skills they will need to succeed. It is our belief that all students willing to make the appropriate commitment have the ability to learn professional-level skills.

Academy of Art University requires all undergraduate students to have a high school diploma or an equivalency. Academy of Art University accepts the following as proof of high school graduation:

  • Official, sealed copy of 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
  • Signed Proof of High School Equivalency Declaration Form*
Official transcripts or proof of high school graduation must be received before the end of the first semester.

*The High School Equivalency Declaration Form may be used only after reasonable efforts have been made to obtain official transcripts. Supporting documentation of efforts made to obtain transcripts must be submitted with the form.

Transcripts should be delivered or mailed in envelopes sealed by the previous institutions you attended. Your transcripts or proof of high school graduation must be sent to: Academy of Art University, Office of the Registrar, 79 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105-3410. Academy of Art University accepts electronic submission of official transcripts. Students sending an official electronic transcript should have it directed to the following email address: transcripts@academyart.edu. Academy of Art University is also a member of the National Student Clearinghouse Electronic Transcript Exchange Registry and can accept transcripts directly from other member organizations.

Access Statement:

Students who are disabled are invited to apply for admission to any program at Academy of Art University. The Academy strongly recommends notifying the Office of Classroom Services as soon as possible to facilitate complete access to your education.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS – DOMESTIC STUDENTS (U.S. CITIZENS AND GREEN CARD HOLDERS)

If you have any questions, please contact us at 800.544.ARTS (2787) or 415.274.2222, or contact us online

Apply ONLINE: Click Here
Apply by FAX: 415.618.6287
(Download application here)
Apply IN PERSON: Call 800.544.ARTS
for an appointment

Apply by MAIL:
Undergraduate Admissions,
Academy of Art University
PO Box 193844
San Francisco, CA 94119-3844
(Download application here)

Undergraduate Domestic Applicants:

For Undergraduate Domestic (U.S. Citizen and Green Card Holders) Applicants Only

The following items MUST be submitted in order to process your application:

  • APPLICATION FORM – Must be filled out completely, signed, and dated.
  • APPLICATION FEE ($100) Please make a check/money order payable to Academy of Art University. Visa, Mastercard and Discover payments are also acceptable. The $100 application fee is non-refundable and non-deferrable.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS Undergraduate applicants must submit official high school transcripts and diploma verifying graduation, a declaration form, or other accepted form of verification (see undergraduate admissions requirements for more information). College transcripts (if applicable) are required for possible transfer of credits. See our transfer page for more information on transferring credits.

    ** All Second Bachelor's Degree applicants must also submit official college transcripts, verifying prior Bachelor's degree

  • PORTFOLIO Undergraduate applicants are not required to submit a portfolio, but may do so for possible waiver of foundation or major classes.

Before you register for classes, you will also be asked to submit a $20 registration fee (non-refundable) and a $100 tuition deposit (non-refundable). A $25 student activity fee* will be billed at a later date.

* Does not apply to 100% online students

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HOW TO APPLY FOR UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS – INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Please call international admissions at 1.415.274.2208 or contact us online should you have any questions.

  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in English.
  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in Traditional Chinese.
  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in Korean.
  • Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Academy international application procedure in Thai.

Apply ONLINE: Click Here
Apply by FAX: 415.618.6278
(Download application here)

Apply IN PERSON: Call 415.274.2208
for an appointment

Apply by MAIL:
International Admissions,
Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
(Download application here)

Undergraduate International Applicants:

For Undergraduate International Applicants Only

The following items MUST be submitted in order to process your application:

  • APPLICATION FORM Must be filled out completely, signed, and dated.
  • APPLICATION FEE ($100) Please make a check/money order payable to Academy of Art University. Visa, Mastercard and Discover payments are also acceptable. The $100 application fee is non-refundable and non-deferrable.
  • TUITION DEPOSIT ($500 for onsite students, $100 for 100% online students)   Please make a check/money order payable to Academy of Art University. Visa, Mastercard and Discover payments are also acceptable. The $500 tuition fee will be credited toward tuition for the first semester and is non-refundable.
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS Undergraduate applicants must submit official high school transcripts and diploma verifying graduation. College transcripts (if applicable) are required for possible transfer of credits. See our transfer page for more information on transferring credits. Foreign college transcripts must show the classes/subjects, grades, credits, and number of hours completed for each class.
  • ** All Second Bachelor's Degree applicants must also submit official college transcripts, verifying prior Bachelor's degree

  • AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT* Applicants and sponsor(s) must fill out this form and sign it. Photocopy is unacceptable. Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Affidavit of Support Form.
  • OFFICIAL/ORIGINAL BANK LETTER* A letter or certificate from your bank showing at least $36,600 USD.
    Bank letter must be in English. Photocopy is unacceptable.

    *Please note that U.S Financial Aid is not available for International Students. International students SHOULD NOT depend on employment in the U.S. for financial support while attending the university.

  • PHOTOCOPY OF PASSPORT*
  • TOEFL OR IELTS SCORE You may submit your application for admissions before taking the test. More information available online: for TOEFL http://www.ets.org/toefl/ ; for IELTS http://www.ielts.org/. Our institutional code for TOEFL is 4207; we do not require these scores and do not have a minimum score requirement.
  • PORTFOLIO Undergraduate applicants are not required to submit a portfolio, but may do so for possible waiver of foundation or major classes.

Before you register for classes, you will also be asked to submit a $20 registration fee (non-refundable) and a  tuition deposit. A $25 student activity fee* will be billed at a later date.

* Does not apply to 100% online students

International transfer students and who are currently attending school in U.S. also need to submit the following:

  • TRANSFER EVALUATION FORM. Only for students who currently hold an F-1 visa. You must be released from SEVIS by your school before we can issue the I-20. Click here (Adobe icon for PDF document) to download the Transfer School Evaluation Form.
  • PHOTOCOPY OF CURRENT I-20 FORM, I-94, OR OTHER VISA TYPE.Only for students who are currently studying in the U.S.

* Does not apply to 100% online students

FOREIGN TRANSCRIPT REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL APPLICANTS

If your transcripts are not in English, they must be translated and notarized by a translation service. If you are not sure if your diploma is equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma or Bachelor's degree, the following agencies can evaluate your transcripts for a fee: www.eres.com, www.wes.org (these agencies are only suggested, not affiliated with AAU).

Please send all application materials to:
Academy of Art University
Attn: Office of the Registrar
79 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415.274.2208
Fax: 415.618.6278
intladmissions@academyart.edu

Note: International students who are currently staying in the US, holding an I-20 and F-1 visa status, are not eligible to take classes 100% online. Please contact International Admissions at 415.274.2208 or contact us online for more information.

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