International Admissions

From your first day as a student at the Academy, you will be immersed in art and design classes. We believe that gaining the skills you need to pursue an art and design career should not be based on how well you speak and write English.

Most of our “hands-on” on-campus and online classes—taught by working professionals—are designed to meet the needs of both native speakers and international students. To help you succeed, we place support teachers in many of our classes. Their sole function is to support our international students during and after class with help understanding concepts and ensuring homework reflects your understanding of the skills you are learning.

At the same time that you are studying art and design, we will work with you to acquire a command of written and spoken English. If needed, you will also be enrolled in our unique English For Art Purposes (EAP) program.

English For Art Purposes Classes (EAP)

In these intimate EAP classes, you’ll study both written and spoken English, and learn to:

  • Express yourself clearly in critiques
  • Understand lectures
  • Improve your reading skills and vocabulary

We also offer free conversational and writing workshops after you have finished your EAP classes so that you can continue to improve your English throughout your time at the Academy.

STEM at ArtU

Academy of Art University offers over 30 STEM art and design degrees.

At the Academy, we integrate art and design thinking into all of our STEM majors to provide our students with a true STEAM (STEM + Art) education.

For international students with F-1 immigration status pursuing a STEM degree, the US offers an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) beyond the standard 12-month allotment.

Apply Online or By Mail

Incoming international students can apply online or by downloading either the International Undergraduate Form or the International Graduate Form and printing an application and mailing it to:

Academy of Art University
Attn: International Admissions

79 New Montgomery Street

San Francisco, CA 94105



Things You’ll Need…


Things you will need


Official Bank Letter


English Proficiency








Transfer Student Information

The Academy warmly welcomes International Students who wish to transfer into one of our 22 art and design schools. Whether you are transferring from another United States institution or an international school, the application process is simple and quick. Don’t wait to pursue your creative dreams.

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