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Registration & Admissions

Welcome to Online Education at the Academy of Art University! The Academy is proud to offer to you online the same rich, stimulating educational experience we provide in the classroom twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.


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New Students

New students must apply and be accepted to the Academy before they may register for classes. Students may apply online or by phone. For more information about admissions at the Academy, contact the Online Admissions Office at onlineadmissions@academyart.edu.

Online: Apply Online
Phone: 1.800.544.2787

New students may register for classes by phone through an Admissions Advisor.

Domestic Undergraduate Admissions: 1.800.544.2787 or 415.274.2219
Domestic Graduate Admissions: 1.800.544.2787 or 415.263.8874
International Admissions: 1.800.544.2787 or 415.274.2208

Continuing Students

Continuing students may register for classes online or by phoning Student Services.

Register Online: Learn How
Undergraduate Student Services: 1.800.544.2787 or 415.618.6508
Graduate Student Services: 1.800.544.2787 or 415.274.8617

When registering online, please note that online course numbers have a section suffix that includes the letters "OL." To enroll in an online course, make sure the course you choose in the registration system has an OL section suffix .

For assistance with the online registration system, please contact the Online Help Desk.

For assistance or questions regarding your enrollment, please contact the Self Service Help Desk.

Phone: 1.888.703.2787 or 415.618.6500
Email: studentselfservice@academyart.edu

Admissions Requirements

To apply for our degree programs, you will need the following:

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

  • Proof of graduation from a Bachelor's program (or the equivalent in another country (official college transcripts)
  • A portfolio representing the student's work in the area of study for which the student is applying
  • A letter of intent that explains why the prospect wants to join the MFA program
  • A resume and letters of recommendation

Visit the Graduate Admissions for more information.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

  • Domestic Students: Proof of high school graduation (diploma or GED/CHSPE)
  • International Students: English translated official high school transcript

Visit the Undergraduate Admissions for more information.

Contact Information

If you have any additional questions, please fill out the request form or phone:

Online: Request Information
Telephone: 1.800.544.2787