Apply for Admission

Completing an application online is the quickest, easiest way to apply to Academy of Art University. Keep in mind that while we accept general admissions applications on a rolling basis, there are deadlines for specific programs and we encourage you to apply early. High school freshmen, sophomores and juniors interested in our Pre-College Art Experience Program, apply here. If you have technical questions or concerns about the application process, please see below:

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Academy of Art University Admissions Application

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Academic Interest

Note: Classes for Fall 2023 begin Thursday, September 7, 2023. If you're unable to complete the admissions application process by Friday, September 22, 2023, please consider applying for the next term.

  • Upon receipt of complete application, the Academy will send notification of acceptance and an I-20 that enables you an F-1 student visa.
  • Transfer students must meet with an International Student Advisor within the first 15 days of classes to recieve a transfer I-20.
  • All International transfer students must complete the same application requirements as new international students.


Note: please include the high school or secondary school you graduated from (or the one you expect to graduate from or the one you most recently attended) below.

Enter a valid graduation date in this format: MM/DD/YYYY

Enter a valid graduation date in this format: MM/DD/YYYY

It is the student's responsibility to request all transcripts. I hereby digitally authorize the above institutions, at which I attended, to release an official copy of my academic transcript(s) to Academy of Art University. I also acknowledge that the transcript being requested will be evaluated in terms of meeting the admissions transcript requirement and not for transfer credit. It is my responsibility to request transcripts from other institutions where academic credit may be transferable. In the event that an institution does not acknowledge my electronic signature on this release form, I am aware that it will be my responsibility to follow up with the institution and obtain the transcript needed to meet the admissions requirement.
By saving this form I certify that all information presented in this application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I also certify that I will have graduated from High School or received my GED/CHSPE before my selected start term.

Academy of Art University Admissions Application

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Please contact an Admissions Representative at 1-800-544-2787 (U.S.Only) or 415-274-2200 to complete your application.

Thank you for completing your Academy of Art University online application. Your payment cannot be processed online. To submit your application and payment, please contact

Select a payment amount then submit your application form and payment. These fees are non-refundable.

With gratitude and respect to the men and women in the military, if you are a veteran or are serving in the US Armed Forces in 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 or be a veteran 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.

You will be required to provide verification of your military status. Shortly after submitting the application, an email will be sent to your email address with instructions.

Note: Deferred charges will be required during registration. Also note: if you include billing information and save to resume your application later, an authorization will appear on your credit card, however, you will not be charged until you complete the application process.

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By submitting this form, I certify (below) that I have read and agree to the Academy of Art University requirements and policies.

Academy of Art University admits students of any race, color, age and national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, physical handicap, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs and other school-administered programs.

Fees and costs are subject to change at any time. Please call the admissions office at (415) 274.2222 or (800) 544.2787 to verify current costs.

I understand that, if admitted, I will inform myself of the rules and regulations of the Academy of Art University and will conduct myself in accordance with the provisions as stated in Academy of Art University's Catalog.

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