Academy of Art University - Master's Degree

Academy of Art University, located in San Francisco, California, United States offers undergraduate and graduate studies. The Academy offers the following degrees on campus: Acting; Advanced Architectural Design; Automotive Restoration; and Writing & Directing for Film; and a range of others on-campus and online.

  • Average Tuition USD 38,354

School Description

Academy of Art University’s history dates back to 1929 when Richard S. Stephens, Art Director for Sunset Magazine and his wife Clara, founded the Académie of Advertising Art in a rented loft with just 45 students. In 1946, the Academy moved to a new location and also expanded its curriculum to include courses in Advertising and Commercial Art, Fashion Illustration, Cartooning, and Lettering & Layout. Over the years the Institute continued to expand; it introduced its first graduate program – a Master of Fine Arts – in 1977.

The Academy received an accreditation from NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) in 1985. Today it has over 5,000 students enrolled in its campus and online programs through its departments of Acting; Advertising; Animation & Visual Effects; Architecture; Art Education; Art History; Fashion; Fine Art; Game Development; Graphic Design; Illustration; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture & Design; Jewelry & Metal Arts; Landscape Architecture; Motion Pictures & Television; Multimedia Communications; Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media; Photography; Visual Development; Web Design & New Media; and Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media.

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  • 79 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105, United States

    Advertising

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages in various media intended to promote and sell products, services, and brands; and that prepares individuals to function as advertising assistants, technicians, and managers. Includes instruction in advertising theory, marketing strategy, advertising design and production methods, campaign methods and techniques, media management, related principles of business management, and applicable technical and equipment skills.

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    Animation

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    A general, undifferentiated program that focuses on the use of computerized digital images as the primary medium of expression in the visual and performing arts, and that may prepare individuals for a wide variety of careers using new media, including graphic design, digital animation, motion graphics, 3D visualization, game and interactive media design, music and sound design, video production, web design, photography, and other fields.

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    Architecture

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of architecture and to conduct research in various aspects of the field. Includes instruction in architectural design, history, and theory; building structures and environmental systems; project and site planning; construction; professional responsibilities and standards; and related cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.

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    Art History

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

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    Communication

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    Instructional content for this group of programs is defined in codes 09.0100 - 09.0199.

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    Design

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    A program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.

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    Drama

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the general study of dramatic works and their performance. Includes instruction in major works of dramatic literature, dramatic styles and types, and the principles of organizing and producing full live or filmed productions.

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    Film Studies

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    A program in the visual arts that focuses on the study of the history, development, theory, and criticism of the film/video arts, as well as the basic principles of film making and film production.

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    Fine Arts

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

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    Graphic Design

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

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    Landscape Architecture

    USD 22,086 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of landscape architecture and research in various aspects of the field. Includes instruction in geology and hydrology; soils, groundcovers, and horticultural elements; project and site planning; landscape design, history, and theory; environmental design; applicable law and regulations; and professional responsibilities and standards.

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    Media Production

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the development, use, critical evaluation, and regulation of new electronic communication technologies using computer applications; and that prepares individuals to function as developers and managers of digital communications media. Includes instruction in computer and telecommunications technologies and processes; design and development of digital communications; marketing and distribution; digital communications regulation, law, and policy; the study of human interaction with, and use of, digital media; and emerging trends and issues.

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    Performing Arts

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the creation and interpretation of works and performances that use auditory, kinesthetic, and visual phenomena to express ideas and emotions in various forms, subject to aesthetic criteria.

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    Photography

    USD 18,840 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

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    Academy of Art University went green in 2010, by converting its entire shuttle fleet to bio-diesel, switching to LED lighting, and implementing campus-wide composting and recycling.

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          • Testimony
            1998-2002, MFA, computer arts

            Try as much as you can in the school. The school has everything you need and well prepared before you jump into be a professional artist.

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            2009-2012, Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Representational Painting

            AAU has very high standards for technical ability. My favorite moment was participating in the Italy Study Abroad program, a rigorous schedule of plain air painting, drawing, and attending some of the world's infamous collections of art.

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            2010-2014, Directing for Film and Television

            AAU is an awesome film school. i choose it because the classes are taught by industry professionals at the top level. If you're going to spend the money, learn from the best.