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School Profile For:

Academy of Art University

School Information

Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery St.
San Francisco
United States
(T) +(1) 800 544-2787
(F) +(1) 415 618-6287

General Email:
Web Address:

Program Information

Degree Categories:
Certificate, AA, BA/BS/BFA, MA/MS/MFA, Other: Online Distance Learning,

Program Categories:
Cartooning, Character Animation, Experimental Animation, Computer Animation/Digital Art, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Multimedia/Games, Web Graphics/Design, Web Animation, Voice Acting, Workshops, Distance Learning, Online Courses

Number of Students:
nearly 12,000

Teacher / Student Ratio:
20:1 Underdrad & 15:1 Graduate

Cost Per Credit:
Undergraduate: $600/unit; Graduate: $650/unit

Fees / Tuition Information:
Approximate Undergraduate Annual Tuition: $14,400. Approximate Graduate Annual Tuition: $15,600. Degree Categories offered: AA, BFA, MFA, Certificate Program, Continuing Art Education, Second Bachelor’s Degree

Is Financial Aid Available?

Financial Aid Information:
The Academy of Art University offers financial aid packages consisting of grants, loans and work study to students who demonstrate financial need. Low-interest Federal Student loans are also available to eligible students, regardless of need. The Academy's Financial Aid office is staffed with helpful advisors who can guide students through the financial aid application process and determine students' eligibility for Federal Financial Aid. The office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:30pm and on Saturdays, 9:00am-5:00pm. Phone: (415) 618-6190. The Financial Aid programs that the Academy participates in are: Pell Grant Program, SEOG Program, College Work Study Program, California State Grant Program, Federal Direct Student Loan Program (Stafford-Subsidized, Stafford-Unsubsidized, Plus loan Program).

Entrance Requirements:
Undergraduate Program: High school diploma or GED.

Graduate Program: BFA or equivalent and portfolio.

When to Apply: Apply as early as possible to ensure enrollment in all your classes. Applications are accepted through the first week of each semester. Applications accepted up to two years before you plan to enroll. Applicants can enroll full time or part time; participate in degree or non-degree programs; attend day, night or evening classes, online or on campus.

Facilities / Equipment:
Multiple Macs, PCs and Silicon Graphic workstations. Flame and Smoke suites and Green Screen Studio. Traditional Animation tables MLunchboxSync, Video Visualizer, lightboxes
Four NewTek Toaster and Premiere digitizing and I/O stations plus Final Cut Pro stations.
Software Applications: Maya, Flipbook, Animo, Flash, Z-Brush, Shake, Combustion, 3D Studio Max, Photoshop, Premiere, Aftereffects, Dreamweaver, Fireworks.

Program Description:
The Animation & Visual Effects program at Academy of Art University trains students for careers in the expanding fields of TV and feature film animation. The curriculum reflects the needs of today's competitive industry; students can study traditional fine art/ feature animation, as well as 3-D animation motion graphics and visual effects in state-of-the-art facilities.

The major courses have been co-designed by both Pixar and the Walt Disney Animation Company. The program is taught by a select group of faculty who are all working professionals. Under the guidance of this talented team, each student prepares a professional portfolio in preparation for employment at any of the major animation studios. With the Academy's relationship with Disney, Warner Brothers and Dreamworks, top students have been placed in positions such as storyboard, layout, character design, character or effect animation, background painting and concept art.

The Academy of Art University continually invests in new equipment to ensure that the school remains on the cutting edge of technology. The Academy's eight-story Digital Arts Center offers students access to some the most advanced technology in the nation, including Silicon Graphic workstations and PowerMac G5 workstations. The Center also houses two animation labs where students can pursue traditional animation. Facility software includes: After Effects, Image Ready, Photoshop, Premeire, Maya, Flash, Fireworks, Flint, 3dmax, Combustion, Commotion, Lightwave, Dreamweaver, US Animation, InDesign, Image Modeler, Quark, QuickTime Pro and Effect.

Faculty Description:
The faculty of the Academy of Art University is unique in that it is comprised 90% of top working art and design professionals who share their practical experience with our students. The Academy draws it faculty from the leading firms in the industry, including Pixar.

Alumni Information:
The Academy has a vast alumni network of students who have graduated and been placed at top design firms. Companies that have hired Academy graduates include: Disney, Pixar, Warner Brothers, Industrial Light and Magic, DreamWorks, LucasArts, Hallmark, Sega, Electronic Arts, ESC and Wild Brain.

Career Placement Information:
The Career Services Office at the Academy offers assistance to all students and alumni in developing successful careers in the art and design industry. AAU's high professional and industry standards result in more than 80% of graduates working in art & design. Graduates have gone on to achieve successful careers with several prestigious companies, including Walt Disney, Pixar, and Industrial Light & Magic.

Resources available to students include: Workshops on resume writing and interview techniques -information on industry practices and examples of professional portfolios -career days which offer presentations by industry leaders and recruitment drives; recent participants include Disney, Sony and Columbia TriStar -internships -job listings also available.

Other Pertinent Information:
Established in 1929, the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, is the largest private art & design school in the nation, offering accredited degree and certificate programs that can be taken both on campus or online. Its 13 departments include: Advertising (Account Planning, Art Direction, and Copywriting); Animation/Visual Effects (2D & 3D Animation, Storyboard Art, Background Painting, Visual Development, Games, Visual Effects/Compositing); Architecture (MFA ONLY); Computer Arts/New Media (Digital Imaging, Motion Graphics, Wed Design, Digital Video, Interactive Design, New Media, ); Digital Arts & Communications (Usability, Interactive Modeling, Information Architecture, Prototyping/Testing, Interactive Information Graphics, Client and Service Side Internet Design, Creative Programming); Fashion (Design, Illustration, Knitwear, Merchandising and Textiles); Fine Art (Drawing/Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Jewelry Making); Graphic Design (Branding, Corporate Identity, Packaging, and Print); Illustration (2D Animation, Cartooning, Comic Book Illustration, Children's Books, and Editorial); Industrial Design (Automotive, Product, Furniture, and Toy Design); Interior Architecture and Design (Commercial & Residential Design); Motion Picture & Television (Acting, Cinematography, Directing, Editing, Producing, Screenwriting, and Special Effects); Photography (Advertising, Documentary, Fine Art, Photo Illustration, Photojournalism, and Portraiture).

Prospective students are invited to visit the campus in San Francisco to learn more about the dynamic college. Tour and general information can be obtained at or by calling 1-800-544-2787 or 415-274-2222.

Program Categories:
2D Animation, 3D Animation, Computer Animation, Traditional Animation, Video Games, Game Design, Game Art, Visual Effects, Background Painting, Cartooning, Character Animation, Maya Character Animation, Character Design, Digital Compositing, Photoshop Compositing, Compositing, Animation Modeling, Storyboard, and more!

Last Edited: Tuesday April 15, 2008

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