79 New Montgomery Street San Francisco, CA 94105 800.544.2787
About Academy of Art University
  • Year of Foundation 1929
  • Size of Campus 20 Acre
  • Type of Instituition For-profit institution
  • Religious Orientation None
  • Degrees Bachelor
  • Calendar Type Semester
  • Undergraduate Population 6,856
  • Women % / Men % / Out of state 54%,46%,16%
  • App. Deadlines FAFSA
  • Tuition Costs In / Out - State $21,510
  • Room and Board $7,884
  • Nonfall Registration Accepted
  • Selectivity of the Intuition N/A
  • Application Fee $50
  • Enrollment No. 3787
The Academy of Art University (formerly Academy of Art College), a for-profit university owned by the Stephens Institute, was founded in San Francisco, California in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens. With an enrollment of over 18,000 students, the academy is reportedly the largest art and design school in the United States. In 1929, the Academy of Art University was established in San Francisco as the Academy of Art Advertising by Richard S. Stephens, a fine arts painter and the creative director for Sunset. Assisted by his wife, Clara Stephens, Stephens opened the new school in a rented loft at 215 Kearny Street to teach advertising art. Over the next few years, he hired a faculty of practicing art and design professionals and formulated the school's philosophy to hire established professionals to teach future professionals. In 1933, the curriculum was expanded to include Fashion Illustration, and a Fine Art Department was added in 1936.
Social Life And Activities
  • Percent students who are frat sororities 0%
  • Number of on-campus international organizations (Appears as submitted by school) Black Artists Association, Korean Student Association, Indian Student Association, Taiwanese Student Association
  • Alcohol Policies No
  • Number of frats 0
  • Other general policies class attendance mandatory, smoking prohibited
  • Number of frat chapter houses 0
  • Popular Event and Social Activities on Campus Spring Show, Fashion Show, Fine Art Auction, Filmfest, Epidemic Film Festival, Winter Show (Graphic Design)
  • Number of students in fraternities 0
  • Percent students who are frat members 0%
  • Number of honor societies N/A
  • Setting Urban
  • Number of sororities 0
  • On-campus religious organizations N/A
  • Other on-campus organizations N/A
  • Distance to nearest bus San Francisco, CA (0)
  • Public Transportation to the University Yes
  • Car Permitted On Campus Yes
  • Distance to nearest airport San Francisco, CA (13), Oakland, CA (18)
  • Distance to nearest train San Francisco, CA (2)
Student Housing
  • College housing safety - Sprinkler system N/A
  • College campus housing availability Yes
  • High speed or wireless internet in college housing 100%
  • Number of students using housing
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are apartments N/A
  • College housing safety - Fire alarms 100%
  • Number of students using college housing 8%
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are doubles 57%
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are triples 13%
  • On and Off campus housing offered Yes
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are singles 30%
  • Off and remote campus housing assistance available Yes
  • Type of housing provided for students coed dorms (22%), women's dorms (19%), men's dorms (18%), apartment for single students (41%)
  • Percentage of housing units owned by the college that are undefined N/A
  • Number of housing and appartment units owned by the university 14
Campus Services
  • Number Of Subscriptions 437
  • Museums N/A
  • Student Allowed To Post A Web Page Yes
  • Counseling Services career
  • Online Course Registration Available Yes
  • Library Facilities Collection of over 900 MFA Thesis Projects by former students; Online digital image database (LUNA) of more than 120,000 images; Slide collection (35mm) of more than 100,000 slides; Eight flatbed scanning stations (no charge to library patrons); Specialize
  • Number of Audiovisuals-cds,videos,dvds 4,498
  • Location Of Area With Wireless Support in all college-owned, operated, or affiliated housing
  • Student Email Accounts Yes
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Other Locations 5
  • Library On Campus Yes
  • Number Of Books in Library 55,449
  • Estimated Capacity Of Wireless Network N/A
  • Internet Access Yes
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In The Library 33
  • Computer Courses No
  • Number of e-books 0
  • Wireless Network - Student wi-fi Yes
  • Campus Safety 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Campus Labs(est) 332
  • Student Computer Availability No
  • Tutoring and Remedial Help reading, math, writing, study skills, other
  • Number Of Microforms 0
  • Number Of Wired Computers Available In Classrooms 425
  • Basic Services Provided nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health insurance
  • Location Of Available Computers computer center/labs, residence halls, library
  • OS of Wifi Network Mac
Student Employment and Career
  • Top Companies Selecting Students For Jobs Advertising - Pixar Animation Studios; Goodby, Silverstein & Partners; Seismicon; Crispin Porter + Bogusky; MRM McCann-Erickson; David & Goliath Animation and Visual Effects - Pixar Animation Studios; PDI/DreamWorks; Blue Sky Studios; Sony Pictures Image
  • Airforce ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Number of undergraduates (only) with employment N/A
  • Career placment and training on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interview training
  • The average earnings of employed undergrads N/A
  • Employed Students after 6 Months N/A
  • Does the school discourage student employment No
  • Employed Students after 1 year 80%
  • Army ROTC on campus? Not offered
  • Employed Students after 2 years N/A
  • Navy ROTC on campus? Not offered
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