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Academy of Art

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Academy of Art University is the largest private accredited art university in the US. Offering a unique environment in classes taught by working professionals, there are 30+ distinct areas of study to choose from both online and on campus.

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"With Academy of Art University's Online program, not only could I keep my fulltime job, but I could also reach my goal of a college degree. I can access the Academy's website from anywhere, even from work during a lunch break!"

MFA, Fine Art - Sculpture

Manon Gauthier

 
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Textile Design alumna

ANDREA NIETO


Academy of Art University has a very creative and inspiring environment due to its geographical location as well as talented and knowledgeable faculty and professors.

"The Academy taught me to really pay attention to the materials I was using, to justify my intentions, to really analyze the design. Learning woodworking, metalsmithing, papermaking, moldmaking, bronze casting-learning every bit of the process-was instrumental in starting my own company. My experience was absolutely what enabled me to do what I do."

"Everything that I learned at the Academy really helped put me above the competition in the field that I'm in. It is the school that is going to push you to be the best artist that you can be. Every time I shoot, there's something that I'm using. The knowledge from the Academy is there, every single time."

"I had an incredibly conceptual, creative education at the Academy of Art University. Through this freedom and experimentation, I found my own voice, something that I know more than ever is extremely important in fashion. I will always hold the Academy of Art University close to my heart; it is where fashion started for me."

International Students

Facilities, Housing & Dining
Facilities
  • Academy of Art University offers its students access to world-class equipment including, cameras, lighting equipment, photography, studio spaces, green-screen rooms, and telecine studios.
  • Shuttles - Free for all students and staff members, our shuttle service is designed to get you efficiently and safely around our urban campus in San Francisco. Shuttle stops are located near all university buildings–all you need is your ID card. Login to plan your trips for the day and enjoy the ride.
  • Library - Discover a wealth of art and design information in our fully stocked library. Enjoy our DVD theater, stock photography and illustrations, research databases, and virtual reference material on a variety of subjects. Conduct research, study with friends, or just find a quiet place to read in our comfortable library.
facilities
Housing
  • The Department of Housing & Residence Life facilitates holistic communities that support student growth, development and learning. Our residence hall communities seek to provide spaces that offer a welcoming, inclusive, and safe living environment. Staff members are committed to offering courteous, professional and efficient service by providing opportunities to prepare residents for success both on campus and as global citizens.
  • Discover our vibrant artist community in San Francisco staffed by friendly resident directors, assistants, and security detail.

Frequently asked questions

1.

All housing applications are processed online. In order to be eligible for housing, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student (12 units in Fall/Spring and 6 units for Summer)
  • Fill out the housing application form online
  • Electronically sign the Housing License Agreement online
  • Pay $500 deposit online
  • Must have health insurance. (All housing students are required to have health insurance.)

2.

The Housing License Agreement (HLA) is the contract you must sign before moving into campus housing. The HLA covers the Academic Term of License, Terms and Conditions, and Community Policies.

3.

All students who sign up for campus housing for the Fall semester sign a binding License Agreement for an academic year, or two semesters (Fall and Spring) with winter break in between. Students who sign up for Spring, Summer, or the Pre College Summer Program sign individual License Agreements only for that semester. If a student signed up for Fall then they also must sign up for Spring. We do not offer Fall only license agreements.

4.

No, you cannot move off campus for the Spring semester if your Housing License Agreement is for the Academic Year. In the event that you experience extenuating circumstances, you may appeal to terminate your License Agreement for Spring by submitting a Petition for Release from Housing. Requests will be considered by the Director of Housing on a case-by-case basis and the student may be placed on a waiting list to have their bed-space reassigned for Spring semester.

5.

Your health insurance must cover your unexpected and expected health needs during the time you are residing in San Francisco, CA.

6.

Bed Space A is the lower bunk and B is the top bunk. If you are in a triple, Bed Space C is the third, single bed. If you are living in a quad, Bed Space C is the lower bunk and D is the top bunk. The desks are not assigned so you will need to coordinate this with your roommate(s).
Dining

Stay healthy with our delicious and filling meals in one of our dining halls.

dining 1
620 Café

620 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94105

dining 2
Art Café

655 1/2 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

dining 3
Brannan Café

601 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

dining 4
Café 180

620 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94105

dining 5
Café Dior

655 1/2 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102

dining 6
Café Rodin

601 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

dining 7
I-House Café

860 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Frequently asked questions

1.

The meal plan fee is $2,155 per semester for fall or spring, $955 per semester for the summer. Onsite, off campus meal plan is $910 for Fall/Spring. First-year students are required to have a meal plan for the first year they live in campus housing. Meal plans are also required for all residents living in The Commodore, International House, Howard Brodie, Auguste Rodin, and Clara Gil Stephens.

2.

Yes, the dining hall provides a vegetarian option at every meal. The café at Clara Gil Stephens offers a cook-to-order menu. Rodin & Ihouse Cafes both offer a vegetarian option on the daily menu. All cafes provide a salad bar station. Students are encouraged to speak with a dining hall staff member for specific questions regarding the available food options.

3.

First year students and those assigned to mandatory meal plan buildings will be automatically enrolled in the Platinum meal plan for 19 Meals a week and $100 Knight Kash. If you would prefer to switch your plan to the Gold or Silver, you must fill out the “Meal Plan Change” form. If you are residing in a building that does not require a meal plan but you would like to enroll in a voluntary election, you may also fill out the “Meal Plan Change” form to have a meal plan assigned to your account. If you are seeking only to utilize Knight Kash, you may set up your account directly at www.knightkash.com or by telephone at 1-800-345-6126.

4.

If a student is living in campus housing and has a meal plan they are granted access to the side door at International House. If the student does not have access to this door they may contact housing reception at 415-618-6335.

5.

Absolutely! If you know you are going to be late, contact the Café and let them know your schedule. They can prepare a Brown Bag Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner. Please feel free to also contact the Café should you have any specific dietary and religious requirements. The staff will be happy to work with you to accommodate your needs.

6.

Freshman first-year students and residents of are required to have a meal plan and may not cancel their meal plan. If a student does not fall under these criteria they may cancel their meal plan in writing by either email, fax, or an in-person written submission at the housing office. Refunds will be pro-rated from the day the student cancels. Students may not keep the Knight Kash portion of their meal plan once they cancel and have the option to purchase Knight Kash individually by calling 1-800-345-6126.
Career Development

Your career in art and design awaits and we’re here to support your professional journey.

We create enduring partnerships with established and emerging companies, artists and designers that support all majors. We work with executives, recruiters, creative leaders and alumni nationwide to cultivate meaningful affiliations that foster connections to a dynamic professional network. Each semester we host top partners for industry panels, company presentations, in class lectures, portfolio review sessions and interviews.

The Academy of Art University Career Toolkit guides you through all aspects of career preparation:

  • Resumes
  • Letters
  • References
  • Networking
  • Informational Interviews
  • Employment Interviews
  • Career Toolkit
F1 Visa and Employment

F1 Visa and Employment

The F1 visa is a nonimmigrant student visa that allows you to enter the United States and pursue an educational objective (academic studies and/or language training programs). The F1 visa is an entry document that must be valid when entering the US.

Frequently asked questions

1.

The F1 visa is a nonimmigrant student visa that allows you to enter the United States and pursue an educational objective (academic studies and/or language training programs). The F1 visa is an entry document that must be valid when entering the US.

2.

Documents needed to RENEW YOUR F-1 VISA: The F1 visa can only be renewed outside the US.

  1. Valid Passport (valid at least 6 months into the future)
  2. Valid I-20, properly endorsed for travel (request at the International Services Office)
  3. Visa Renewal Letter
  4. Official Transcripts
  5. Proof of registration of current and/or future semesters
  6. Proof of current financial support (official bank letter & letter of financial support from your sponsor)
  7. Visa Application Form (DS-160), Fees and Photographs (according to Embassy required format)
  8. CONTACT the U.S. CONSULATE or EMBASSY in your country to schedule an appointment and to find out what other documents are needed for your F-1 visa renewal.

3.

No, you cannot renew your F1 visa in the United States. The F1 visa is an entry document and can only renewed at a U.S. consulate or embassy outside the United States.

4.

Yes, you can renew your F1 visa as a third country national in countries that are not your home country. However, you must check with the U.S. consulate or embassy whether or not they will accept F1 visa (renewal) applications from third country nationals.
You will not be eligible to apply for a new F1 visa in a country other than your home country when USCIS denied your application for reinstatement.

5.

You are not required to renew your F1 visa as long as your Form I-20 is valid and you are not planning to re-enter the United States in F1 status after traveling abroad.
If you are traveling abroad and are planning to re-enter the U.S. in F1 status, you are required to have a valid F1 visa.

6.

Please visit the U.S. Department of State website to find out how long it will take to get the F1 visa.

7.

Please contact the International Office about your F1 visa denial and we will work with you regarding next possible steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

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