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At Academy of Art University we prepare you to be the next generation of creative professionals, entrepreneurs, and dreamers. 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!

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Over 120+ Programs

Designed to equip aspiring artists and designers with a comprehensive toolbox of knowledge and marketable skills that you will use in your future career.

About Us

We believe that the best teachers are actual working creatives. Our faculty is comprised of art and design experts who maintain careers on the leading edge of industry trends.
We challenge our students to reach their full creative potential in an atmosphere of support and deep collaboration.
We hold ourselves to—and strive to instill in our students—the highest ethical standards of personal and professional integrity.

San Francisco’s large and culturally diverse community inspires creativity, collaboration and learning. At Academy of Art University, our students from across the globe are united by their passions, dreams, and determination of a shared goal—to learn how to, and then become, the best of the best in all areas of art and design. The campus and its artsy surrounding environment is filled with student activities, local events, and learning commons feeding into the creative energy that drives not only the city, but the campus where the ordinary becomes the extraordinary.


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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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.

Unleash Your Gaming Potential

In the hallowed halls of creativity and competition, the legend of Academy of Art University’s esports team was born. Fueled by their collective passion for gaming, a group of visionary students combined their skills in game design, digital artistry, and strategic gameplay to forge a new path. As their victories echoed through the virtual realms, Academy of Art University’s esports team became a symbol of innovation where artistry and intense gaming converge.

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