Academy of Art University
location icon San Francisco, United States of America | Private
Academy of Art University
location icon San Francisco, United States of America | Private
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Since 1929, artists and designers have called Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family owned, it is one of the largest private, accredited art and design schools in the nation.

We are first and foremost a professional school—a specialized place that helps you master your craft as you prepare for professional roles as artists and designers. Our hands-on, no-nonsense curriculum is taught by some of the finest minds working in today’s creative and innovative industries. They will help you develop your talent and acquire skills sought by the creative marketplace.

All are welcome here. Our inclusive admissions policy is rare among art schools. We’ve found that our students’ potential doesn’t depend on their past elsewhere, but on their future with us. Find your place and your purpose at Academy of Art University, as you prepare for your professional career.

STEM + ART = Your STEAM-powered Education

Traditionally, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors offer some of the best educational pathways toward exciting job opportunities and high-paying salaries.

But in today’s swiftly evolving world, more is being asked of those pursuing these careers. STEM professionals must be able to work collaboratively on cross-disciplinary teams, consider the social implications of their work, and address problems with real-world solutions.


At the Academy, we integrate art and design thinking into all of our STEM majors to provide our students with a true STEAM education. These human-centered skills are widely recognized as being critically important for innovative thinking across all industries and disciplines, and foundational for solving real-world problems.

Our students are taught to collaborate, generate creative and innovative ideas that push beyond the obvious, and express their work in humanistic and practical ways. Adding the A to STEM prepares our students for the fluid job market and societal complexity of the 21st century.

STEM Benefits for International Students

For international students with F-1 immigration status who are enrolled in—or completing—a degree program in the United States, pursuing a STEM degree offers an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) beyond the standard 12-month allotment. That’s three years of invaluable US-based work experience, which can lead to full-time sponsored employment and residency in the US and/or greater opportunities back in your home country.

Academy of Art University STEM Majors and Degrees

The Academy offers STEM-related majors in 14 unique creative disciplines with the opportunity to earn more than 30 different degrees.

Academy of Art University MajorAcademic Degrees Offered
Advertising & Branded Media TechnologyMA
Animation & Visual EffectsBFA/MFA/MA
Architectural DesignBA/MA
Communications & Media TechnologiesBA/MA
Game DevelopmentBFA/MFA/MA
Game ProgrammingBS
Graphic DesignBFA/MFA
Graphic Design & Digital MediaMA
Industrial DesignBFA/MFA/MA
Interior Architecture & DesignBFA/MFA/MA
Interaction & UI/UX DesignBFA/MFA/MA
Landscape ArchitectureBFA/MFA/MA
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