About School

For 90 years, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned since 1929, it is the largest private art and design university in the nation. At the Academy, students discover a hands-on learning environment that’s more creative startup than classic classroom. Our instructors are professional artists and designers who bring their industry expertise to the classroom—translating blackboard theory into real-world expertise that students use, and hiring companies want. The Academy offers more than 124 accredited programs, and our students graduate with a solid creative foundation, business savvy, and an entrepreneurial spirit that tends to stick with them for life.

Jan Philip Cramer | Head of Animation & Animation Director at Digital Domain

“I’m very happy I studied there because it gave me a well-rounded perspective on art, not just visual effects. The experience grew me as an artist.”

Student Artwork

Here is a small sample of artwork created by students during their time at the school. This quality of work is used by students' to apply for jobs.

Awards

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