Academy of Art University

3.7 out of 5 (33 ratings / 23 reviews) San Francisco, California, United States
We are first and foremost a professional school—a specialized place that helps you master your craft as you prepare for professional roles as artists and designers. Our hands-on, no-nonsense curriculum is taught by some of the finest minds working in today’s creative and innovative industries.



For nearly 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university in the nation.


Academy of Art University prepares aspiring professionals in the fields of design, communication, and the arts by delivering excellent undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate and portfolio programs.


Your career in art and design awaits and our Career Services team is here to support your professional journey. We work with executives, recruiters, creative leaders, and alumni nationwide to cultivate meaningful affiliations that foster connections to a dynamic professional network.

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Student services

Get help with travel, visa and immigration, employment eligibility, and maintaining F-1 status at the International Student Office. Visa and immigration regulations are constantly changing, so we encourage international students to visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website as well as our website for updates. Students are ultimately responsible for understanding and abiding by the guidelines imposed by their immigration status.

Housing services

Our residence hall communities seek to provide spaces that offer a welcoming, inclusive, and safe living environment. Staff members are committed to offering courteous, professional and efficient service by providing opportunities to prepare residents for success both on campus and as global citizens.

  • The Commodore
  • Howard Brodie Women's Residence Hall
  • Ansel Adams
  • Clara Gil Stephens
  • Coco Chanel
  • Frank Lloyd Wright Hall
  • Mary Cassatt Residence Hall
  • The Star
  • Edgar Degas Apartments
  • Fritz Lang Apartments
  • Half Moon Lofts
  • Johannes Vermeer Apartments
  • John Singer Sargent Apartments
  • Leonardo da Vinci Apartments
  • International House

ICT services

Academy of Art University offers its students access to world-class equipment including, cameras, lighting equipment, photography, studio spaces, green-screen rooms, and telecine studios.

Student Life

Campus life

Our urban campus in the heart of San Francisco sits at the center of California’s most dynamic cultural, artistic, and technological resources. There is inspiration at every turn. Simply put, it is an extraordinary place to be a college student.

Sports facilities

We are the only higher arts education institution in the U.S. to have an NCAA athletics program—14 varsity athletics teams that represent Academy of Art University in NCAA Division II intercollegiate sports.

Student clubs

  • American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
  • Black Student Union
  • Chinese Students Association
  • Christian Student Fellowship
  • Comic Book Club
  • Drama Club
  • Drawaholics Anonymous Crew
  • Fine Arts Online Club
  • Gaming at Academy of Art University
  • Improv Club
  • Indian Student Association
  • Indonesian Student Association (PERMIAS)
  • Jewelry & Metal Arts Club
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity


Academy of Art University is accredited in CIDA, CTC, NAAB, NASAD, WSCUC.

Student Reviews

Really nice.
Alan Bujdák rated 5 out of 5 stars

I really like my university because the teacher are really open minded and its really personally working with them.

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

About the programme, besides what is readily available online in terms of information, credit load and courses. I would say that we had mandatory weekly interactions and assignments that are graded for credit students. Each course generally runs between 6 to 9 weeks for 2 and 3 credit load courses respectively. The best part for me was that we didn't actually write...

bad days are gone
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

i had political problem so my university always betray me i don't have any good experience from my university when my was died they ignored me so i couldn't pay the tuition so it's the reason why my study takes long time i had to go to work full time it was bad time but it's passed now i'm thirsty to keep studying all my life long

San Francisco, California, United States

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