Academy of Art University

79 New Montgomery
San Francisco,CA 94105
(800) 544-2787

Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University believes that all students interested in studying art and design should have the opportunity to do so, and its no-barrier admissions policy makes this possible.

Academy of Art University welcomes:

Students with All Levels of Experience
Transfer Students
International Students
Continuing Art Education Students
High School Students for the Pre-college Art Experience Program
Undergraduate, Graduate, Certificate, and Continuing Education Students (Personal Enrichment)


AA, BA, BFA, BS, B.Arch and Portfolio Development Programs: High School Diploma or Equivalent. No Portfolio Required.

MA and MFA Degree Programs: Bachelor's Degree, Submission of Portfolio, and Statement of Intent.

Students who do not speak English as their first language must be tested on their written and spoken proficiency in order to place them in the appropriate ESL courses, if necessary. ESL requirements can be completed concurrently with regular art and design coursework. Each of the foundation classes runs sections specifically for ESL students, led by instructors who are experienced in language assistance. Applicants may begin classes at the Academy at the start of the spring, fall, or summer sessions. Undergraduate applicants pay a $50 application fee. *Students should be advised that details provided in this profile may change at any time and may be different for international students. In order to receive the most current information, interested students should visit the website ( or use the contact information provided below.


Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Telephone: 415-274-2222
(Toll Free): 800-544-ARTS (2787)
Fax: 415-618-6287