Academy of Art University

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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.

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