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Fine Art

Concentrations: Painting & Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture

The Academy of Art University's School of Fine Art is internationally renowned. Our program offers a top painting school, sculpture school and printmaking school all under one roof. The program encourages personal interpretation and exploration in numerous media while building technical expertise and professionalism.

The Academy offers the most prestigious faculty and most impressive resources of any fine arts program in the nation. Our classes are taught by successful, practicing artists who inspire our students' individual visions and nurture their technical mastery. The School of Fine Art has become an epicenter for both contemporary and traditional training in the development of fine artists.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Students in the Master of Fine Arts program will concentrate on painting, printmaking, or sculpture with a focus on technical and conceptual development. The program encourages interpretation and exploration of imagery in figurative or non-objective art or a combination of both. Our classes are taught by a faculty of professional artists and focus on combining technical mastery with personal vision.

Each student's independently conceived portfolio or body of work is critically appraised and subject to evaluation by a committee of faculty and professionals at the student's MFA Final Review.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Our expansive fine arts curriculum provides students with the opportunity to specialize in their area of choice while also exploring their interests in other mediums. The curriculum offers non-figurative and figurative painting, drawing, printmaking, jewelry design, and more. We also have separate sculpture center, with its own developed curriculum and designated faculty.

We provide students with the creative and technical skills needed to thrive in today's art world. Students will leave with professional level portfolios of well-crafted artwork, providing them with a solid foundation for careers aligned with fine arts. Courses are taught by a faculty of established artists and consist of lectures, rigorous studio work, critiques, and guest artists.

Associate of Arts (AA)

Students begin the program by learning the fundamentals: realism-based drawing and painting, design concepts, value, form, color and composition, and begin to develop a unique style and direction. The program encourages personal interpretation and exploration in numerous media while building technical expertise and professionalism. Students are taught to market their work and promote their talent. The resulting portfolio or body of work is exhibited in the Academy's spacious galleries. All courses are taught by a faculty of successful, practicing artists who inspire students' individual visions and nurture their technical mastery.

Career OpPortunities


  • Commission Painter
  • Exhibit in Galleries
  • Gallery Owner
  • Museum Curator
  • Art Critic
  • Art Educator
  • Prototype Designer
  • Gallery Artist
  • Portrait Artist
  • Sculptor
  • Printmaker
  • Fine Jewelry and Ceramics Designer
  • Background Painter for Animated Film
  • Scenic Artist (Film or Theater)
  • Muralist
  • Teacher/Educator
  • Artisan/Craftsperson
  • and more!

Firms Hiring Our Grads


Christopher Hale Galleries, Waterhouse Gallery, HANG ART, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, Dolby Chadwick Gallery, Hesby Gallery, Ella Richardson Fine Art, Artists Guild of San Francisco, Disney, Silicon Graphic, Inc., Industrial Light & Magic, DreamWorks Animation, Banana Republic, Greenhouse Gallery of Fine Art, Thomas Reynolds Gallery, Peterson Cody Gallery, John Pence Gallery, The Garden Gallery, Eric Powell Art, Bruce Wolfe Sculpture Studio, Chloe Gallery, Lee Youngman Gallery

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