Academy of Art University: The Academy of Art University Examined

The Academy of Art University is located in San Francisco California. The University was founded back in the late 1920’s. The school is one of the most popular as well as one of the largest Art Universities within the United States. Elisa Stephens is currently the Dean of Academy of Art University.


The University is clearly geared toward those who demonstrate ability within the field of art and design. The school is accredited through the National Association of Schools Art & Design. Ten years ago the Academy of Art University received additional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


The school offers Associates, Bachelor as well as Master Degrees. Students have the option of attending the University either part or full time. In addition, students have the convenient option of participating in the schools on line degree program. It appears that more females attend the Academy of Art University as opposed to males.


The University assumed ownership of the Art University Automobile Museum. The University Automobile Museum displays some of the most expensive automobiles ever built. As of 2016, the museum has an inventory of over 150 automobiles. The University owns about 40% of the automobile inventory.


The Academy does have an athletic department. The Urban Knights is the University’s main sports team. In addition, the Urban Knights have participated in the Pacific West Conference over the years. All full time students have the opportunity to participate in on campus sports.


For a number of years students were forced to commute each day to attend art classes. However, in the late 1970’s the first dormitory was opened within a few blocks from the main campus. Since that time, the school has purchased additional property in which new dormitories and student apartments were built. The University has a student transport system that provides transportation for students both to and from their dormitory to the main campus.


Tuition costs for a full time on campus student can amount to $40,000 per year. However, financial aid as well as student grants are available for students who qualify. The University currently offers 30 specialized art programs for the gifted art student.