Online Architecture Degree

The School of Architecture offers accredited undergraduate and graduate online architecture degree programs taught by experienced and practicing architects. Our online classes are designed to teach the full creative spectrum of designing and making—from initial idea to the technical complexities of contemporary building construction. 

The online architecture program balances the intellectual, artistic, and technical abilities necessary for professional practice. As a student, you have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of architecture from architects, artists, engineers, and construction professionals through the online system. You are also encouraged to engage both theory and practice, achieving a balance between conceptual thinking and practical problem solving. A holistic understanding of basic design principles, history, theory, and technology is emphasized under the direction of a faculty of professional architects. 

Design studio critiques are critical to the success of any prospective architect. For our online students, we keep this tradition by using web conferencing to interact with you. We also bring online guest reviewers and critics to participate in the design process. Communication and collaboration between students and instructors are key features in making the online educational process engaging and exciting. 

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How Online Courses Work at the Academy

The Academy provides the coursework—including beautifully produced videos, narrated slideshows, digital documents, interviews with experts, livestreams and more. As you complete assignments, you simply upload your work to the Academy’s custom-designed Learning Management System (LMS) where it’s shared with your class, and your instructor can leave visual markups, video, written and recorded feedback. Online courses at Academy of Art University are offered in 7.5 and 15 week formats.

Your Information Hub

Visual, interactive and dynamic. You will find all your classes, profiles, news, assignments, grades, ESL support, support, and more in the Learning Management System (LMS). All tailored to make your online education rich and engaging.

Your Collaborative Space

Freely exchange thoughts, post work, and provide or receive constructive feedback—just like you would in a campus environment. You and your peers support and push each other, creating long-lasting connections that live beyond the course. You may not be on campus, but you’re not alone.

Your Studio & Gallery

Submit your artwork for evaluation, and if you’d like, include audio, video, and/or written descriptions of the work, and instructors can provide detailed feedback in the same way.

Enrollment is Now Open

Next semester is just around the corner

Learn Online

Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Our online programs are purpose-built to deliver art and design courses. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Combine online and on-site classes.

3 Reasons Our Online Platform is Best

Custom Content
Created in-house by industry experts and exclusive to the Academy, the classes are a mix of lecture content, video, written content, recorded audio, interactive slideshows, and hands-on work. We built this from the ground-up and geared specifically towards art and design. We’re constantly innovating our curriculum created by instructional designers and industry professionals, as well as building new courses, reworking old ones, and adding features to our LMS based on student feedback.
Dedicated Support
Over 100 Academy of Art employees create and support online programs, dedicating more resources into production than any other. They work 24 hours a day to offer 900+ online courses spanning 35 online majors, using 1,500 instructional videos per semester to teach students from 50+ countries.
Community Support
AAUHOO, a student-run Facebook group, has more than 6,000 members and welcomes you to join this thriving online community. Other channels and venues for student socialization and interaction include online social media & blogs; online library, music library, learning tutorials; career advice, support & mentor chats, one-on-one sessions with your director, on-demand demonstration videos, town hall meetings, VIP guest speaker series and archives, director Q&A, VIP guest speakers, live-streamed events & presentations, workshops, support, digital portfolio showcase, and much more.
“I am so grateful there was the online program, this made the impossible, possible. I got a great education which is a view shared by my husband who runs a 48 person architecture firm.”

Judy Roessner Graduate School of Architecture Alumna, Sixthriver Architects

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