General Admissions Questions

Q: Do you offer interviews?

A: Yes. An admissions interview is not required for admission to the University. However, if you feel that an interview would help our admissions representatives get a better sense of your strengths as a candidate, we encourage you to set up an interview by contacting the International Admissions Department.

Q: I earned a Bachelor′s degree from another institution; can I apply for a second bachelor's degree?

A: Yes. Our Second Degree program is designed for students who may have majored in a different subject, but would now like to pursue an education and career in art & design. Admission is guaranteed for Second Degree applicants.

Q: Is a portfolio required for admission?

A: A portfolio is not required for undergraduate admission. We believe that aspiring artists and designers have the right to pursue their dream with or without a portfolio. But if you have a portfolio, we encourage you to submit it. Department Directors may transfer or waive major/foundation classes in their individual departments based upon portfolio review.

Application Questions

Q: Is there a separate application for International students?

A: Yes. International students must complete the International Undergraduate Application or International Graduate Application.

Q: What is a transcript?

A: A transcript is an official record provided by your secondary school or college/university that shows your academic performance during your attendance there, and provides information about your current academic status. The transcript may include grades in various subjects and/or results from internal or external examinations (e.g. GCSE, national examinations in your country, etc.).

Q: Can I submit a photocopy of my transcript?

A: No. You must submit an official transcript.

Q: Do you accept official transcripts and financial documents in a foreign language?

A: No. All documents must be in English, or have been officially translated.

Financial Questions

Q: Do international students and U.S. Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) pay more tuition?

A: No. All students at the Academy of Art University, whether or not they are U.S. Citizens, pay the same tuition.

Q: I am an international student: am I eligible for U.S. financial aid?

A: No. U.S. federal and state financial assistance is not available for international students.

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Unit Costs (3 units per class)

Undergraduate Tuition
$765 per unit
Graduate Tuition
$865 per unit

Living Expenses per Year

Tuition (Undergraduate)
Registration Fee
Student Activity Fee
Course Fee
(average) $1,638

Financial Aid

How To Apply For Financial Aid

Financial Aid Information

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Thank you for your interest in campus housing at Academy of Art University. Housing is guaranteed to all new students and continuing students who are new to campus housing.

At this time, all housing applications are processed online. In order to be eligible for housing, you must fulfill the following requirements:

After a 48-72 hour clearance period, you will be emailed a designated window to self-select your room online.

New Applicants: Proceed to the new student housing application ›

Meal Plans

Meal Plan # of Meals/Week Costs
Platinum 19 $220.00
Gold 14 $170.00
Platinum 10 $100.00

Benefits to On Campus Housing