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Academy of Art University

San Francisco, California, United States
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About Academy of Art University

The Academy of Art University (formerly Academy of Art College), is a for-profit university which was founded in San Francisco, California in year 1929. The Academy of Art University was established as the Academy of Art Advertising.

The Academy of Art University offers both on-campus (traditional instructor-led) and distance education (online) degrees and certificate programs in its fine arts programs. The university offers Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts for undergraduate degree programs, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Architecture for graduate degree programs, and certificate programs for personal enrichment.

The Academy of Art University offers degree and certificate programs in approximately 21 majors including acting, advertising, animation and visual effects, architecture, art history, fashion, fine art, graphic design, interior architecture and design, jewelry and metal arts, multimedia communications, photography, web design and new media, and so on.

Academy of Art University received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six major regional accreditation commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in May 2007. The Academy is also an institutional member of the Career College Association (CCA) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Campus information

Academy of Art University's Library provides state-of-the-art graphic and electronic resources tailored to support its art and design curriculum. There are wide collection of art and design books, thousands of digital slides, and the electronic resources catered to the art and design field.

Library services include:-

  • Virtual Reference
  • 26 iMacs for student and faculty use
  • 8 iMacs with scanners and Photoshop
  • Wide-screen DVD theater
  • Over 30 Internet computers
  • Print and digital stock photography and illustration
  • 300 screenplays
  • 13 electronic research databases
  • Online access to thousands of images
  • Academy Resource Center (ARC)

The university also provides every possible housing accommodation that one could wish for: with roommates or without roommates, dormitory or apartment, co-ed or not co-ed, downtown or in a desirable residential area within the city.

The Academy of Art University is situated on New Montgomery Street, San Francisco. Parking lots are available which are located 10-30 minutes away.


Courses available 10

Architecture, Building 1 Creative Arts & Design 9 Humanities & Social Sciences 1


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