About Online

The hallmark of the Academy of Art University's online education program is flexibility. You can complete your degree online, full-time or part-time, whenever and wherever it is convenient to you. You can also complete your degree by taking some classes online and others at our campus in San Francisco. And for those who simply want to take a class or two, we offer the opportunity to complete an Online Award of Completion program for personal enrichment.

In this section you'll find information about the Academy's online education program information, as well as tuition and financial aid, accreditation, admission requirements, frequently asked questions, and more. If you'd like to learn more about our degree programs and academic departments, please visit the Schools section. To see what makes up the Academy's unparallelled art education program, visit the Innovative Learning section.

There are two important dates in the history of the Academy of Art University: 1929, when the school was founded; and 2002, when the Academy began to integrate online education into the curriculum. The online program has been ambitious from the beginning, offering both BFA and MFA degrees in every subject we offer on campus, taught by the same great instructors who comprise our on-campus faculty.

The Academy of Art University is one of the fastest-growing universities in the world, and the online program is growing with it. We've added new degree programs in Multimedia Communications and Game Design, with more on the way. We've helped tens of thousands of students from countries all over the world begin exciting new careers and achieve their dreams while making the world a little more colorful along the way.