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Defy the Ordinary, Create the Extraordinary

Art and design shape our world. At Academy of Art University, one of the largest private, accredited art and design universities in the US, we prepare you to be the next generation of creatives. You will learn to cultivate the future of media, entertainment, product design, the environment, and so much more through our project-based curriculum. Along the way, you’ll create a career-ready portfolio that will prepare you to transition seamlessly into the creative industry. With flexible learning options, you can study any of our 120+ programs online, on campus, or virtually. We believe anyone can have a fulfilling career in art and design. Let’s get started!

Companies Hiring Our Students

Our graduates have been hired from the biggest companies in the world. Start your career now

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Online Education

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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Veteran Support

Looking to pursue your passion in art and design as a member of the military and veteran community? Academy of Art University provides you all the necessary tools to further your education and you’ll have help every step of the way.

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Real-World Partnerships

Designing Subaru

The Academy experience is packed with opportunities to work and network with industry partners. This semester, teams from the Schools of Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Advertising, and Fashion work together with automobile manufacturer Subaru to create holistic experiences and products—from concept to pitch.

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We're Not Just Artists

Academy of Art University is the only higher arts education institution in the U.S. to have an NCAA Division II athletics program. As a student-athlete we empower you to realize your full potential academically, personally, and professionally while on the path to collegiate success.

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