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On this site, you can learn more about visiting, applying to, and attending the Academy. See which of our 30+ degree programs fit your interests, and if our flexible online classes fit your schedule.

Our admissions representatives are here to help you with the admissions process and can answer questions about financial aid, scholarship opportunities, housing, and more.

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Student Life

Discover life at the Academy and find your artistic home in San Francisco. Get involved in your campus culture, connect with other students, 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. Shuttle stops are located near all university buildings - all you need is your Academy student ID card.

What Sets Us Apart

Animation & Visual Effects school in Northern California*
Best online art programs in America**

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Getting Started

Embark on a world-class art education. Now enrolling online and in San Francisco.

Athletics Program

Academy of Art University Athletics serves as the lone art institution in the entire NCAA. The Academy’s Athletics became the first program in the history of the NCAA to win a National Championship (Women’s Track & Field) in it’s first year of eligibility. The Knights have since made over 40 postseason appearances including men’s & women’s cross country, women’s basketball, men’s indoor & outdoor track & field, men’s & women’s women’s golf, and women’s tennis.

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. FIND OUT MORE

Study Abroad

Complete your Liberal Arts requirements in Europe. Study Abroad: Seminar in Europe introduces you to the art of featured regions within the broader context of European history and artistic culture.

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Real World Partnerships

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Academy of Art University’s Industrial Design students collaborated with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to create a Premium Concept Vehicle for the Jeep brand. Students were guided by Mark Moushegian (FCA Advanced Research Design Manager), Tim Anness (FCA Head of Advanced Design), and Tom Matano (AAU IND Executive Director).

Alumni Success

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Financial Aid

Make sense of the financial aid process with our helpful checklist and worksheets. Find information on veteran affairs work study programs, alternative loan options, and more.

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Scholarships & Grants

Discover our summer portfolio and teacher grants for high school and community college art teachers.

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Important Dates

 Fall 2021Spring 2022Summer 2022
Classes BeginSept 2Feb 7June 20
Classes EndDec 18May 28Aug 10

* Animation Career Review (animationcareerreview.com) ** The Art Career Project (theartcareerproject.com)

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