Academy of Art University

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School Overview

The Academy of Art University was first established as the Academy of Art College in San Francisco in 1929. It is a private, for-profit university owned and operated by the Stephens Institute. The Academy of Art University average a student body over 18,000, making it the largest accredited art and design school in the nation.

The Academy of Art University offers students traditional campus based programs in fine arts as well as online degrees and certificates. The university offers several undergraduate and graduate degrees including:

The Academy of Art University offers degree and certificate programs in the following 19 subject areas:

  • Acting
  • Animation and Visual Effects
  • Advertising
  • Art Education
  • Architecture
  • Fine Art
  • Fashion
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Illustration
  • Interior Architecture and Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Motion Pictures and Television
  • Music Production for visual media
  • Multimedia Communications
  • New Media
  • Photography
  • Sound Design for Visual Media
  • Video Game Design
  • Web Design

General Information

79 New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94105

General Phone: (415) 274-2200
Website URL: www.academyart.edu
Type of Institution: Private for-profit, 4-year or above
Awards Offered: AA/AS degrees
Two but less than 4 years certificate
BA/BS degrees
Master’s degree
Campus setting: City: Large
On-campus housing: Yes
Student Population: 18,465 (13,636 undergraduate)
Ratio of students to faculty: 15 to 1

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $14,680 $16,600 $18,050 $18,050 0.00%
Books and Supplies $1,386 $1,566 $1,638 $1,620 -1.10%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $12,500 $13,400 $13,400 $13,400 0.00%
Other $2,934 $2,970 $3,042 $2,980 -2.04%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,288 $12,600 $10,872 $10,980 +0.99%
Other $3,618 $3,870 $3,996 $3,998 +0.05%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $31,500 $34,536 $36,130 $36,050 -0.22%
In-state Off Campus $28,972 $34,636 $34,556 $34,648 +0.27%
In-state with Family $16,066 $18,166 $19,688 $19,670 -0.09%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $20,160
In-state Student Fees $290
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $20,160
Out-of-state Student Fees $290

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 518 58%
Grant or scholarship aid 257 29% $1,539,018 $5,988
• Federal grants 225 25% $845,268 $3,757
• Pell grants 225 25% $756,968 $3,364
• Other federal grants 127 14% $88,300 $695
Local and state government scholarships or grants 51 6% $273,664 $5,366
Institutional scholarships or grants 30 3% $420,086 $14,003
Student loan financial aid 485 54% $3,934,547 $8,112
• Federal student loans 485 54% $2,595,466 $5,351
• Other student loans 76 8% $1,339,081 $17,619

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS Master Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 837 516 125 1
Architecture and Related Services 7
Architecture 7
Communications Technologies/technicians and Support Services 159 109 12
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects 159 109 12
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 52 37 8
Computer Graphics 52 37 8
Visual and Performing Arts 626 363 105 1
Cinematography and Film/video Production 118 58 20 1
Commercial and Advertising Art 33 38 6
Fashion/apparel Design 134 107 24
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 33 38 4
Graphic Design 51 15 9
Illustration 86 31 14
Industrial and Product Design 45 18 5
Interior Design 83 10 11
Photography 43 48 12
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Enrollment Statistics

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Undergraduate Student Gender

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Retention and Graduation Rates

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6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Academy of Art University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (800) 544-2787
Website: www.academyart.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private for-profit
Apply Online: www.academyart.edu/admissions/apply
Address: 79 New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94105
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 10,616
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 34%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,662 (34% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $22,308
Out-of-state Tuition: $22,308
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 63%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $10,098

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Academy of Art University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Academy of Art University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 122
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 111
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 122
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1222
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 3454
Education 112
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 2233
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 553
Mechanic and Repair Technologies/Technicians 1
Visual and Performing Arts 5111313
Grand total 12283432

* Based on programs that produced 2018-2019 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Academy of Art University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $22,308
Out-of-state $22,308
Books and supplies $1,918

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2018-2019
In-state $25,044
Out-of-state $25,044

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2017-2018

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 304 63%
Grant or scholarship aid 255 53% $10,098
Student loan aid 221 46% $6,528

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,634 47% $9,085
Federal student loans 3,509 46% $7,171

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Academy of Art University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Academy of Art University students.

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Academy of Art University Enrollment, Fall 2019

Total Enrollment 10,616
Undergraduate enrollment 7,051
Graduate enrollment 3,565

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Academy of Art University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs

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