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Academy of Art University Overview

Academy of Art University is a private for-profit institution located in San Francisco, California. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Academy of Art University Known For?

1,117 Undergraduate Awards
$42,454 Avg Cost After Aid
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Academy of Art University.
  • In 2017-2018, 21% of the faculty were full-time.

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Academy of Art University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Academy of Art University has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#100 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#174 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Academy of Art University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Landscape Architecture Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Journalism Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Landscape Architecture Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Communications Technologies & Support Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Computer Software & Applications Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Engineering Technologies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#31 Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Academy of Art University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Computer Software & Applications Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#7 Best Film, Video & Photographic Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#11 Best Design & Applied Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#15 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#20 Best Visual & Performing Arts Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#70 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates College Factual

Where Is Academy of Art University?

Location of Academy of Art University

Contact details for Academy of Art University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 79 New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 800-544-2787
Website: www.academyart.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AcademyofArtUniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/academy_of_art

How Do I Get Into Academy of Art University?

You can apply to Academy of Art University online at: www.academyart.edu/admissions/apply

Academy of Art University has an open admissions policy, so you don't have to worry about getting into the school if you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I Afford Academy of Art University?

$42,454 Net Price
46% Take Out Loans
5.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Academy of Art University is $42,454. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Academy of Art University, approximately 46% of students took out student loans averaging $6,528 a year. That adds up to $26,112 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Academy of Art University is 5.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Academy of Art University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,758 Full-Time Undergraduates
53% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,694 undergraduate students at Academy of Art University, with 3,758 being full-time and 2,936 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Academy of Art University

There are also 3,118 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,758 full-time undergraduates at Academy of Art University, 47% are male and 53% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Academy of Art University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Academy of Art University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Academy of Art University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 197
Black or African American 161
Hispanic or Latino 351
White 430
International Students 1,447
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,172

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at Academy of Art University. At this time, 48 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 114 countries are represented at Academy of Art University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Taiwan, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Academy of Art University

4,070 Took All Classes Online
6,954 Took At Least One Class Online
-5.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 33 bachelor’s degree and 32 master’s degree programs available online at Academy of Art University. In 2017-2018, 6,954 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Academy of Art University has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 6th most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Academy of Art University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Academy of Art University was -5.8%. This is the #2,502 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Academy of Art University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Academy of Art University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Audiovisual Communications 32%
Business, Management & Marketing 15%
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 4%
Drama & Theater Arts 18%
Engineering Technologies 4%
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 15%
Fine & Studio Arts 1%
General Visual & Performing Arts 11%
Journalism 17%
Mechanic & Repair Technologies 75%
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 15%
Textile & Apparel Studies 20%
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 75%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Academy of Art University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Academy of Art University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Landscape Architecture #3
Human Sciences Business Services #3
Architectural Sciences & Technology #5
Audiovisual Communications #6
Textile & Apparel Studies #8
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair #9
Film, Video & Photographic Arts #12
Drama & Theater Arts #13
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing #13
General Visual & Performing Arts #15
Journalism #16
Architecture & Related Services #16
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology #17
Graphic Communications #22
Mechanic & Repair Technologies #27
Radio, Television & Digital Communication #28
Music #28
Communications Technologies & Support #29
Fine & Studio Arts #30
Design & Applied Arts #58
Computer Software & Applications #88
Computer Programming #91
Visual & Performing Arts #121
Instructional Media Design #131
Communication & Journalism #176
Engineering Technologies #193
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences #200
Teacher Education Subject Specific #222
Computer & Information Sciences #486

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Academy of Art University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Computer Software & Applications 29 178 344 551
Design & Applied Arts 26 133 147 306
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 11 115 157 283
Graphic Communications 8 116 135 259
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 22 102 135 259
Fine & Studio Arts 2 44 94 140
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 6 31 74 111
General Visual & Performing Arts 11 41 53 105
Textile & Apparel Studies 18 77 7 102
Drama & Theater Arts 3 33 26 62
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 38 17 55
Music 2 25 23 50
Journalism 1 9 14 24
Audiovisual Communications 2 6 11 19
Landscape Architecture 2 4 9 15
Instructional Media Design 0 7 7 14
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 8 0 0 8
Human Sciences Business Services 1 4 0 5
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 3 3
Computer Programming 0 2 0 2
General Architecture 0 0 0 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 152 965 1,256 2,373

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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