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Academy of Art University

1 Campus
32 Programs

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.

The hands-on, no-nonsense curriculum is taught by some of the finest minds working in today’s creative and innovative industries. They will help you develop your talent and acquire skills sought by the creative marketplace.

Available Programs

  • Automotive Restoration
    Truck Driving, Transportation, and Mechanics

    The Associate of Arts degree in Automotive Restoration prepares you for a career dedicated to the preservation and restoration of vintage cars. You will benefit from the extremely specialized program, as emphasis is placed on learning from classic cars that have been fully restored to the highest standard at the Academy’s Automobile Museum.

  • Communications and Media Technologies
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    A degree in Communications & Media Technologies opens the door to the future of media and entrepreneurship. Keep pace with an ever changing media landscape as a communications major – from broadcast to streaming, from mobile to social.

  • Journalism
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

  • Advertising
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    Award-winning art directors, copywriters, and creative strategists will show you how to create ideas that connect with people. Develop the thinking skills and tenacity it takes to create a competitive portfolio award-winning agencies look for as you earn your advertising degree.

  • Writing for Film, Television, and Digital Media
    Business, Marketing, and Communication

    The Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media degree programs prepare aspiring writers to meet the creative and business challenges of the entertainment industry. The program will give you the creative edge you need. By the time you graduate, you will have written two screenplays, three spec TV scripts, one pilot and three short film scripts. You will also work as a staff writer on two web series.

  • Game Programming
    Computer, Information, and Technology

    Game programmers work in the heart of the game development process. They plan, architect, and write the computer code that runs and controls the game, test the code and fix bugs, and also develop customized tools for use by other members of the development team.

  • Architecture
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    Throughout the studio-centric architecture degree program, graduate students become top designers, who share a deep understanding of architecture. The school aims to provide them with the knowledge and abilities necessary to investigate their ideas and transform their architectural visions into built reality. The undergraduate programs are building on the foundation of fundamental design, ethical awareness, and liberal arts.

  • Landscape Architecture
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    Earning a landscape architecture degree from Academy of Art University means learning to create relevant, innovative, and artistic solutions for all kinds of different outdoor places. From urban plazas and parklets, to tidal marshes and bike trails, the school aims to teach the skills needed to resolve contemporary design challenges, both large and small.

  • Animation and Visual Effects
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    Earn your animation degree from one of the most dynamic Animation and VFX programs in the country. If you’re an aspiring storyboard artist, visual effects artist, 2D or 3D Animator, come learn from some of today’s most accomplished professionals in the heart of the industry.

  • Web Design and New Media
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    The School of Web Design & New Media’s degree programs provide you with a comprehensive education in essential principles of modern design. Learn visual and user experience principles, web design, motion graphics, and the latest software and technology.

  • Digital Arts
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

  • Commercial and Advertising Art
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

  • Industrial Design
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    If you’re fascinated by the creative and intellectual challenges facing the physical design industry, join Academy of Art University in creating the future. The school focuses on the art, science, and business of the industrial design discipline.

  • Fashion
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    As a student at Academy of Art’s School of Fashion, you will be equipped with everything you need to pursue the fashion career of your dreams. Trained and mentored by the accomplished faculty, fashion school students at the Academy are encouraged from day one to bring their creative visions to life both in the classroom and on the runway.

  • Interior Design
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

  • Graphic Design
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    The School of Graphic Design degree programs give you a strong foundation in art and design principles across a broad range of media—including print, traditional, digital, interactive, product, and emerging media. You will develop the problem-solving skills to design critical and thoughtful messages, interfaces, and public spaces.

  • Illustration
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    You’ve been drawing your entire life and you like to tell stories in pictures. Are you ready to go pro? Take the first step by earning an illustration degree. Learn the skills to pursue a career as a graphic novelist or comic book artist, storyboard artist, concept artist, interactive illustrator, children’s book illustrator, editorial or advertising illustrator or any number of positions that require the boundless imagination and skills of an illustrator.

  • Game Development
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    Learn techniques in concept art, 3D art, UI/UX, game design, animation, and technical art. Gain specialized design skills including monetization, unique control types, rapid development via iteration, and production methods. Earn your game development degree and graduate with solid game art principles, including game engine technology and pre-production and production environments.

  • Playwriting and Screenwriting
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

  • Acting
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    Academy of Art University’s School of Acting prepares you to become a leading artist in theatre, film, and television. Gain marketable acting, speech, and movement skills while developing the ability to deliver truthful performances that uniquely qualify you for work on a wide array of projects.

  • Motion Pictures and Television
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    The School of Motion Pictures & Television’s degree programs offer a solid grounding in the art and the business of entertainment, along with six areas of specialization – directing, cinematography, editing, producing, production design, and screenwriting.

  • Photography
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    At Academy of Art University’s School of Photography, you’ll learn to align the technical knowledge and skills you’ll gain with your personal aesthetic to reveal your distinct point of view.

  • Art History
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    In the Art History degree programs, you learn to think critically about the visual arts and visual culture. You will study in the classroom, and the studio, to develop your powers of perception, capacity for visual analysis, and knowledge of technical processes. Discover how to place art in its comprehensive historical context, to assess art and the field of art history critically and analytically, and to master research, writing, and presentation skills.

  • Jewelry and Metal Arts
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    The School of Jewelry & Metal Arts degree programs expose you to an array of design principles and techniques. You will be guided through a new and exciting landscape towards translating your ideas and experiences into a passion and spirit of excellence for processes and materials. You will also learn fabrication skills, modular casting, and laser cutting techniques to prepare you for a professional career in jewelry and metal arts.

  • Fine Art
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    Join Academy of Art University’s globally acclaimed School of Fine Art to tap your true potential as a painter, sculptor, or printmaker.

  • Music Production
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    The Music Production degree programs will give you the production skills that contribute to the overall presentation of any visual image. The school offers hands-on, narrative-driven courses taught by professional musicians and sound designers.

  • Studio Production for Advertising and Design
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    The Associate of Arts degree in Studio Production for Advertising & Design provides students the skills needed to perform the role of Production Artist in the studio production environment of advertising and design. The curriculum is structured to ensure that students acquire the essential competencies, and develop a common body of knowledge and skills in studio work.

  • Interior Architecture and Design
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    The School of Interior Architecture & Design’s degree programs integrate theory, design, and technology in tandem with the standards of the industry. You will work in a dynamic learning environment to develop the requisite intellectual, artistic, and ethical abilities needed for a professional practice.

  • Music Scoring and Composition
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    The Music Scoring and Composition degree programs focus on the art and craft of composing, orchestrating, editing, and producing music for the all media using the latest technology.

  • Sound Design
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    Students in the Sound Design degree programs at Academy of Art are immersed in the industry of sound design for visual media. Learn to create compelling and balanced sound mixes, and how to design soundtracks which support the emotional content of the visual image. Construct effective soundtracks for different visual environments such as film, television, animation, games and commercials.

  • Visual Development
    Design, Arts, and Architecture

    The School of Visual Development’s degree programs provide a dynamic education in the art of scene setting. With an emphasis on animation, character design, concept paintings, and various other critical design disciplines, the degree programs are built to equip aspiring artists and designers with a comprehensive toolbox of marketable skills for a successful career in the Visual Development industry.

  • Art Education
    Education and Human Services

    Inspire a new generation of artists. Tap unparalleled creative resources at the Academy of Art University’s School of Art Education—studio space, workshops, diverse design courses, field training, and more. You’ll graduate with the ability to guide others to artistic fulfillment.


The Academy of Art University is accredited by CIDA, CTC, NAAB, NASAD, and WSCUC.


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