Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Accreditation
Academy of Art University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six regional associations that accredit public and private colleges and schools in the United States. WASC is located at 985 Atlantic Avenue #100, Alameda, California, 94501. Tel. 510.748.9001.
WASC Accreditation for Online Programs
Online degree programs at Academy of Art University are accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The following degree programs are not currently offered online: AA, BFA and MFA in Acting.
CIDA Accreditation (CIDA) Accreditation
Council for Interior Design Accreditation
CIDA is an independent, non-profit accrediting organization for interior design education programs at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. The BFA Interior Architecture & Design and the MFA Interior Architecture & Design programs are both accredited by the CIDA. CIDA is located at 206 Grandville Avenue, Suite 350, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-4014. Tel. 616.458.0400
National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) Accreditation
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
The Academy of Art University, Department of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited programs:
- M.Arch.(pre-professional degree + 63 graduate credits)
- M.Arch.(non-pre-professional degree + 87 graduate credits)
NAAB is located at 1101 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 410, Washington, DC 20036. Tel. 202.783.2007.
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accreditation
NASAD is the national accrediting agency for art and design and art and design-related disciplines. The Academy of Art University is accredited by NASAD to offer the degrees of Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, and Certificates. All Academy of Art University AA, BFA, MFA and MA-Art Education Programs are accredited by NASAD, except for the programs offered by these schools: School of Acting, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Multimedia Communications and Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media. The National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) is located at 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, Virginia, 20190. Tel. 703.437.0700
Academy of Art University admits students of any race, color, age, religion, and national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, physical handicap, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.