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Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University Rating: 4.3/5 (19 votes)

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Founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens in San Francisco, the Academy of Art University is the largest private art and design school in America offering state of the art technology, facilities, and tools. The school offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Associate of Arts
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Architecture

Art students can attend classes on campus or participate in the online program while working towards an undergraduate, graduate, or continuing education program. The Academy also offers a comprehensive Liberal Arts program, and all degrees have Liberal Arts requirements that need to be completed prior to graduation.

Currently, there are 23 areas of art for students to study about and students, especially those not sure which area to pursue, are encouraged to enroll in various courses in order to discover the right education fit. Fashion, art history, graphic design, and photography are some of the courses students come to the Academy to study.

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Students wishing to enroll in the undergraduate program have the option to start with the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters and applications are accepted through the first week of each semester. All applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and submit transcripts.

Graduate students must submit official college transcripts, a portfolio representing a body of work in your chosen field, a statement of intent, and a resume.

All students are encouraged to send in requirements as soon as possible in order to gain a spot within this school.

Financial Aid

Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school. If you are not a need based student, non-need distribution for financial aid is determined by Academics and Art. Financial aid forms are FAFSA and Institution’s own financial aid form. Pre-colllege programs, Spring Forward grants, and Teacher grants are also available for those who qualify.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3121st for the average student loan amount.
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The Academy of Art University offers a broad range of resources for its students. It’s a commuter campus but it also provides housing, so those interested in this program need to apply and will receive a housing assignment. In addition, there are six public exhibition galleries featuring the work of current and former students, where some works can be sold. Fitness classes such as yoga, zumba, and aikido are available along with a pool and gym. Finally, small group tutoring is available in person or online in order to help students make the most of their educational experience.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The following sports can be found here:

  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Basketball
  • Men’s Intramural and Women’s Intramural Soccer

Local Community

The school is located in San Francisco, CA, an art hub situated on the famed West Coast. There is a wide range of artistic pursuits to follow in this city, and it contains a rich history that is sure to inspire graphic artists, fashion designers, and those interested in architecture. San Francisco is filled with interesting culinary experiences and is a popular tourist destination with Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Napa Valley all close by. This community is ideal for those students wishing to live within a large American city filled with diverse cultures.

Information Summary

Ranks 297th in California and 3128th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 9 0.05
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 2,105 0.26
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 50 0.01
Forcible Rape 131 0.02
Robbery 3,088 0.38
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,408 0.54
Larceny 24,304 2.98
Vehicle theft 4,174 0.51

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near San Francisco, CA 94105
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population2,058 (2,058 urban / N/A rural)
Households1,288 (1.41 people per house)
Median Household Income$88,976
Families296 (2.15 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Special Focus Institutions — Schools of art, music, and design
Undergraduate PopulationN/A
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingN/A

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District612

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 755th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $18,840 $18,840 $18,840
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $290 $290 $290
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $785 $785 $785
FT Graduate Tuition $21,240 $21,240 $21,240
FT Graduate Required Fees $290 $290 $290
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $885 $885 $885
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $37,828 $37,828 $37,828
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $36,386 $36,386 $36,386
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $25,226 $25,226 $25,226

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $18,050 $18,650 $18,050 $18,650 $18,050 $18,650
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,656 $1,666
On-Campus – Room & Board $13,400(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,096 $3,168
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,863 $10,962
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,059 $4,158
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,185 $4,276

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Pacific West Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pacific West Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pacific West Conference

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,641
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$9,800
Board Fee$3,900

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 534th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $84,742 ($88,060 male / $62,907 female)
Number of FT Faculty 274 (168 male / 106 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,448
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.

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