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School Overview

With over 18,000 students, Academy of Art University, founded in 1929 by artists for artists, is the nation's largest accredited, private art and design university. The Academy guides students to creative professional futures. Alumni currently work at top companies such as Pixar, NBC, Apple, Nike and more.

Student Appeal

Academy of Art University offers accredited Associates (AA), Bachelors (BA, BFA) and Masters (MA, MFA, M.Arch) degrees, certificate programs, continuing art education and pre-college scholarship for high school students.

College Accreditation

Regional,WASC, NASAD

School Programs

  • Advertising

    The Academy of Art offers undergraduate and graduate programs in advertising, and online programs as well. Students receive a sound foundation in marketing, creativity and creative thinking.

  • Animation & Visual Effects

    The Academy of Art has one of the best Animation and Visual Effects programs in the country. Students in this program are often interested in pursuing careers in video games and animation companies.

  • Fashion

    Students in the Fashion programs at the Academy of Art study both fashion design as well as merchandising. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are available.

  • Fine Art Fine Art

    Students in the Fine Art program can take courses in painting, sculpture and jewelry design. Both undergraduate and graduate courses are offered.

  • Game Design Game Design

    This program includes fundamental drawing, painting, and conceptual skills along with 3D modeling, animation, and lighting for video game production. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are available.

  • Graphic Design Graphic Design

    The Graphic Design program at the Academy of Arts is very highly rated. Students can take courses in typography, print and design, logo design, packaging and more. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are available.

  • Illustration Illustration

    Illustration program students can take courses in a wide variety of topics including Graphic Illustration, Comic Book Art Character Drawing and more. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered.

  • Industrial Design Industrial Design

    Students in this program can take courses in Transportation Design, Toy Design, Furniture Design and More. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered.

  • Interior Architecture and Design Interior Architecture and Design

    Students in this program are prepared to work as interior design artists, lighting design artists and more. Students can take classes in areas including Interior Design, Furniture Design, Color and Lighting and more. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered.

  • Motion Pictures and Television Motion Pictures and Television

    Students in this program take courses that help them become actors, producers, directors, set designers and more. Students can take a wide variety of courses in areas including acting, film production, lighting, script writing, music videos and more. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered.

  • Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

    Students learn harmony, arranging, orchestration, scoring, music production techniques, and music editing. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are available.

  • Photography Photography

    Students in this program will have the opportunity to study both traditional and digital photography. Topics include Documentary Photography, Fine Art Photography and the History of Photography. Both undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered.

  • Web Design & New Media

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