With your student headed off to college, you may think you can take a rest from parenting. Think again. As a parent or family member, you are an important source of information, guidance, and advice for your student throughout their college years. Like you, we want your student to be happy, safe and successful. We look forward to partnering with you to help your student succeed at Academy of Art University.

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.

Free for all students and staff members, our shuttle service is designed to get you efficiently and safely around our urban campus in San Francisco.

What Sets Us Apart


Our Heritage

Learn how three generations of the Stephens family founded and built Academy of Art University into one of the world’s foremost institutions for higher arts education.

Who We Are


We prepare aspiring professionals in the fields of design, communication and the arts by delivering excellent fully accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate and portfolio development programs.

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We hold over 70 student and alumni art shows and gallery exhibitions in San Francisco each year.
Our diverse student and alumni community represent over 112 countries.
Varsity athletic teams that represent Academy of Art University in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports.

Discover Academy of Art University

Experience our urban campus in the heart of San Francisco with a guided tour.

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Parent and Family Orientation

Getting Started

Get prepared for sending your student to the premier arts institution in the country.

Spring 2020 Parent and Family Orientation

2020 Spring Parent and Family Orientation will take place Online in a live chat room.  Recordings will be available as well.  Details coming soon!


Tuition and Aid

Learn more about our payment plans and third party resources to help with aid packages.


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.

Industry Partnership

General Motors

Working in close collaboration with School of Industrial Design on a sponsored project with GM, graphic design students rebranded Buick in order to make it relevant to 21st Century millennials. In addition to the logo and brand standards, students created audience personas, interactive avatars and client presentations.

Paper Magazine
Turenscape Logo
Weta Digital
Warner Bros.


Notable Alumni

With more than 15,000 students enrolled, Academy of Art University nurtures tomorrow's art and design professionals.

Important Dates

 Fall 2019Spring 2020
Summer 2020
Classes BeginSept 5Feb 3June 22
Classes EndDec 21May 23Aug 12

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