Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA
79 New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94105

Founded in 1929, the Academy of Art University is a for-profit art school in San Francisco, California. It is the largest privately owned art school in the United States and offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees in fine arts, design, architecture, and writing. The school has an enrollment of over 12,000 students, with campuses in San Francisco and New York City.

The Academy of Art University was founded by Richard S. Stephens, a painter and sculptor, who opened the school with the help of his wife, Clara. Stephens had a vision for the school, which he described as "a place where artists could learn not only the techniques of their craft, but also the business of art." The school began with just six students and has grown steadily since then.

The school offers a wide range of programs, including animation, architecture, fashion design, game art and design, graphic design, illustration, interior architecture and design, motion pictures and television, photography, and web design and new media. The Academy of Art University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

The school has a strong commitment to diversity, with students from all over the world. The campus is located in the heart of San Francisco, which is a major center for the arts. The school offers a variety of scholarships and financial aid options, and the admissions process is rolling.

Quick Facts

Type: Private for-profit, 4-year or above

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Annual Costs

Total Cost In-State On-Campus: $47,174

Total Cost Out-State On-Campus: $47,174