School of Advertising

Join the Academy’s advertising school and gain the skills used by top creatives working in hot ad agencies worldwide. Learn to mix pop culture with storytelling, art, media, and design to create compelling advertising that connects with people. Master both traditional and emerging media, and graduate from the School of Advertising with a competitive portfolio that award-winning agencies demand.

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Advertising Degrees

Award-winning art directors, copywriters, and creative strategists will show you how to create ideas that connect with people. You'll develop the thinking skills and tenacity it takes to create a competitive portfolio that award-winning agencies look for.

Agency Experience Before Graduation

Social media, print, online videos, billboards, radio, websites, TV shows, and video games are just some of the forms advertising takes today. In the School of Advertising at Academy of Art University, you will learn to master all media with ideas that intrigue people. The structure of Young & Hungry reflects the conditions students will be thrust into upon graduating. While academically unconventional, it’s an extremely popular and important class that provides real-world experience and valuable lessons for entering the advertising industry

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Advertising School Overview

The advertising world is changing. Learn more about our advertising degree program and how we can help you get started in your career.

Facilities & Technology

The latest in software and equipment is essential to preparing you to enter the advertising work force, which is why we keep up with current advancements in technology and industry practices. Whatever the pros are doing and whatever the pros are using is what you will find in our classrooms and studios.

Alumni Success

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Real World Partnership


San Francisco’s ad club for professionals under 32, AD2SF runs the San Francisco Student ADDY Awards. The club also partners with Academy students for portfolio nights each semester so our students can be mentored by tomorrow’s industry leaders.

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Careers in Advertising

As one of the top art and design schools in the country, Academy of Art University advertising graduates have a range of opportunities to choose from. Our facilities, faculty, and hands-on learning approach are designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed as an advertising professional.


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Art Director
Art directors are responsible for communicating a clear, unique, and interesting idea about a product or a brand. With copywriters, they drive the advertising industry.
Content Creator
Create, edit, and curate compelling work to supplement ads. You'll work with blogs, streaming videos, magazine articles, books, songs, and movies.
Copywriters craft messages and develop stories for all media so a product or brand can have an intriguing voice. Together with art directors, they form the creative teams that drive the advertising industry.
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Learn Online

Since 2002, we have helped thousands of online art students from all over the world realize their professional and creative ambitions. Our revolutionary online courses provide the same rigorous education that we offer on campus with greater flexibility. Study on your own time, at your own pace. Take full or part-time classes. Let nothing stand in your way of pursuing your creative goals.

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