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Academy of Art University

According to the school, the Academy of Art University is the nation’s largest private art 
and design university with nearly 12,000 students. Established in 1929, the university offers accredited AA, BFA, M.Arch and MFA programs in 13 areas of art and design emphasis. Students can also enroll in a flexible online degree program.\r\n\r\nAcademy of Art University is a private and accredited institution of higher education offering professional art and design education at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Located in San Francisco, one of the world’s artistic and cultural centers, the Academy prepares students for a career in art and design in a creative environment that is both challenging and supportive. Using state-of-the-art facilities, the Academy keeps its students on the cutting edge of technology.\r\n\r\nAcademy of Art University offers accredited degrees in Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture (MFA and M.Arch only), Computer Arts: New Media, Digital Art & Communications (BFA only), Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Motion Pictures & Television, and Photography. Academy of Art University is nationally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), ACICS, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Formerly FIDER) (BFA-IAD), and NAAB (M-ARCH). The Academy accepts transfer students as well as new students with all levels of experience.\r\n\r\nAt the Academy of Art University, students learn from a faculty of working industry professionals from top art and design companies. After graduation, students embark on their own successful careers thanks to the Academy’s excellent job placement resources and high professional and industry-oriented standards. The Academy offers unique learning opportunities through internships, alumni connections and collaborative projects with renowned companies.

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Student Life
Enrolled Students: 15,791
Student to Faculty Ratio: 27 to 1
Annual Cost
In State Tuition: $18,050
Out of State Tuition $18,050
Books and Supplies $1,638
Students with Financial aid:** 64%
  • ** Refers to % of students receiving some form of financial aid
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