Online Education

Studying art and design online at the Academy of Art University offers you the same hands-on education you’ll receive on campus, and you can do it from anywhere in the world and on your schedule. Online classes are taught by the same instructors who teach on campus—most are working professionals employed in the disciplines they teach.

The Academy’s online classes provide you with:

  • Written class content
  • Live and taped demos
  • An online portal for uploading your coursework for critique
  • Video and written critiques from your instructors and fellow students
  • Opportunities to collaborate on projects with classmates

Flexible Learning

Explore over 120 degree programs available 100% online on demand and in real time, or virtually on Zoom.

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How Our Online Program Works

Academy of Art University is ranked as one of the top art and design online programs in the world. Our accredited online courses utilize custom-built content taught by instructors who are top industry professionals to give you the flexibility to earn your degree on your own terms.

Online Learning Options

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Traditional Online Courses
Asynchronous learning is all about flexibility. Asynchronous courses are a mix of video lecture content, written content, recorded audio, interactive slideshows, virtual libraries, exchanges across discussion boards or social media platforms, and hands-on work. You will complete one module a week and upload your work for critique.
Virtual Online Courses (via Zoom)
You will attend our regularly scheduled on-campus courses from wherever you are in the world via Zoom in real time, learning alongside on-campus students. You will be a welcome participant in all classroom projects and team assignments. Best of all, your work will be critiqued by your classmates and instructors just as if you were an on-campus student.

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Tools and Resources

Online students have access to an incredible array of tools and resources, including:

  • Free subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud 
  • An extensive online library, with e-books, full-text periodical articles, images and more
  • An online music library, with thousands of files for use in assignments and projects
  • Tutorials and instructional videos
  • A VIP guest speaker series and access to the series archive
  • Clubs
  • Career Counseling
  • Collaborations with industry professionals

Online Student Academic Support

The Academy’s Online Student Academic Support network is here to provide you with all the help you might need to succeed at the Academy. Support is available for both undergraduate and graduate students. The Academy Resource Center (ARC) supports online students in:

  • Online learning strategies
  • Time management and project planning
  • Improving grades
  • Communicating with instructors
  • Developing and improving study skills

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