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Library & Academic Support

The Academy of Art University supplements its stellar curriculum with countless academic resources and educational support services.

Visit Academy of Art University's Library site.

You may click on one of the links below to get more information about the many educational resources available at the university. All of these resources are free to all Academy students.

If you are a current student, click here to access the Coursework Support section of MyAcademyArt, where you will find links to the Academy library website, the Academy Resource Center, and any other support services you need.

Academy of Art University Library

This is not your typical college library. Academy of Art University's Library provides state-of-the-art graphic and electronic resources tailored to support its art and design curriculum. The vast collection of art and design books, thousands of digital slides, and the electronic resources catered to the art and design fields, are just some of the things that make this library an artist's dream. At the Academy Library, students have access to an impressive print collection and visual resources all provided in a warm, welcoming atmosphere that encourages the exchange of ideas and facilitates student success.

Library services include:

  • Virtual Reference
  • 26 iMacs for student and faculty use
  • 8 iMacs with scanners and Photoshop
  • Wide-screen DVD theater
  • Over 30 Internet computers
  • Print and digital stock photography and illustration
  • 300 screenplays
  • 13 electronic research databases
  • Online access to thousands of images
  • Academy Resource Center (ARC)

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The Academy Resource Center, or ARC, is the home for all educational support services at Academy of Art University. ARC is staffed with friendly, supportive, and highly qualified educators whose mission is to provide each and every student with individualized educational support. Throughout your time at the Academy, ARC will always be there to address any and all of your academic needs inside or outside of the classroom.


In addition to time management and other general academic workshops, Academy of Art University offers students the unique opportunity to attend regular drop-in art and design workshops. Every academic department at the Academy holds drop-in workshops, where students may have extra time with professional instructors to improve upon their skills or to receive additional course help. All Academy workshops are free to all students, and students may attend as many workshops affiliated with their classes as they wish.

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Writing Lab

At the Academy, we understand the needs of art and design students and we have designed our writing curriculum to support the visual culture of the campus. Whether you want to hone your writing skills, or if you need help with the basics, writing support is here for you. Students may schedule one-on-one appointments at the writing lab anytime throughout the semester. Writing lab support is available on campus as well as online.

Academic Support & Classroom Services

If you have special academic needs, the Academy will support you in every way possible. In addition to requesting special services, students may request general academic support for anything they wish help with, such as communication with instructors, working on grade improvement, time management, or study skills.

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ESL Support

The Academy is strongly committed to its international population. Our English as a Second Language program makes the Academy the best choice for non-native English speakers who wish to study art and design in the United States. The ESL curriculum at the Academy integrates the study of art and the study of language. ESL services available include ESL courses, individual ESL support which can be arranged for any art and design class at the university, ESL writing, speaking and multimedia labs, as well as online ESL support.

Online Support

No other university offers the breadth and quality of online art and design educational support which is available here at Academy of Art University. Every educational support service available on campus is also available online. We also provide academic support materials catered specifically to the needs of students learning in an online environment. Academic coaches are available to help students with their online learning needs, and online students also have ESL support and the Online Writing Lab available to them.

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