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With students and alumni hailing from 115 countries worldwide, Academy of Art University has a diverse international student population that perfectly fits San Francisco, the place we have called home since 1929. On this page, learn more about visiting, applying to, and attending the Academy as an international prospective student.

Our international admissions representatives are here to help you with the admissions process and can answer questions from language support training to housing and more.

Program Options

We offer multiple degree options, including Certificates, AA, BA, BFA, MA, and MFA programs. In addition, we offer Continuing Education, Study Abroad, and our Pre-College Art Experience for current high school students. Below are some of the most popular choices among prospective International students

Our AA program offers students a strong introduction to the core principles of the specific area of interest and prepares students for entry-level jobs.

Bachelor of Fine Arts
Rooted in practical skills and professional knowledge, the BFA degree provides students with a disciplined approach to the given discipline.

Master of Arts
Our Master of Arts (MA) allows you to master your chosen discipline in just four semesters.

Continuing Education
Our continuing education classes give you the opportunity to explore and design an experience unique to you. Choose classes that inspire you and take advantage of our hands-on curriculum and industry-experienced faculty.

English Language Support Training

Academy of Art University attracts students from all over the globe and because of that, foreign language services are available. Similar to our educational philosophy, we are strongly committed to helping students succeed in their art and design classes while working to improve their English throughout their academic careers.

EAP (English for Art Purposes)
The Department of EAP provides language support for non-native English speakers at the Academy with a tailored program that integrates the study of art and language. International students can receive additional EAP support outside of class, in writing and speaking labs, at no extra cost. We are the only art and design university that allows students to take EAP and art classes concurrently, meaning that students do not have to complete EAP classes before taking art classes.

ESL (English as Second Language)
Our ESL classes are readily available for students who wish to improve their English language skills.

Employment Opportunities

The Academy does provide support and guidance around employment eligibility both while you’re attending school and afterwards.

OPT (Optional Practical Training)
OPT is considered temporary employment that is directly related to the student’s major field of study. It allows students to gain practical experience either while in school (pre-completion OPT) or after program completion (post-completion OPT). Learn More

CPT (Curricular Practical Training)
CPT is considered short term employment that is an integral part of an established curriculum and directly related to the student’s major field of study. It allows students to gain practical experience while in school and is authorized by the International Office. The International Office authorizes CPT for internships and CPT for short term employment. Learn More

STEM 24 Month Extension
This is a 24-month extension of your post-completion OPT for students with a STEM degree. The core purpose is to supplement your academic knowledge with practical experience in your major area of study. Learn More

Student Life

Discover life at the Academy and find your artistic home in SF. Get involved in your campus culture, connect with others and find support to help you succeed.

Explore theater, concert, and comedy events whether you're searching for the best Broadway musicals, or award winning plays, live music concerts, or at the very latest in live comedy.


Housing is guaranteed for all new, full-time onsite students. We have 17 different housing options to choose from located in the heart of San Francisco near all of our academic buildings.

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Online Education

Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes.

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International Student Resources

Getting Started

Get help on when you can start school, how to apply, costs, and documents.

Get Hands-on Experience

We believe in a disciplined approach that encourages students to develop their own styles that blend talent, technical skills, creative aspirations and professional knowledge.

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Mailing Address

Academy of Art University
Attn: International Admissions
79 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco, CA 94105

Important Dates

 Summer 2020Fall 2020
Spring 2021Summer 2021Fall 2021
Classes BeginJune 22 September 3 February 8June 21 September 2
Classes EndAugust 12December 19May 29August 11December 18

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