Art Institute Transfer Students

Welcome Art Institute transfer students! If you’ve been affected by the recent closure of your Art Institute campus, we have a place for you. Academy of Art University is offering students like you a path to graduation through our transfer and articulation agreements. You can transfer to the Academy regardless of how many credits you still need to graduate.

Transferring to the Academy also offers a fantastic opportunity for you to explore majors that might better align with your career goals.

A Glimpse At Academy Life

What The Academy Offers You

There are a few important things you should know about transferring to the Academy from a closed Art Institute campus:

  • There are NO registration fees
  • There are NO application fees
  • You do NOT have to be in San Francisco to study at the Academy; we offer two distinct online modalities for attending the Academy remotely
  • We are a portfolio-focused university; you will graduate with a professional-level, career-ready portfolio of work
  • We offer industry collaboration opportunities that can give you a leg up when seeking employment in your chosen field

Don’t wait: Submit your fee-free application today  and join us at the Academy—on campus or online—for a creative education unlike any other.

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Online Education

Study At The Academy From Anywhere In The World

Studying art and design online at the Academy of Art University offers you the same hands-on education you’ll receive on campus, and you can do it from anywhere in the world and on your schedule. Online classes are taught by the same instructors who teach on campus—most are working professionals employed in the disciplines they teach.

Two Ways To Study Online

Our online programs are tailored to your needs and lifestyle choices. We offer both asynchronous (study on your schedule with no traditional classroom participation) or Zoom/virtual online classes where you participate in class at a set time “live” with other students who are on campus in San Francisco.

Traditional Online Courses
Asynchronous learning is all about flexibility. Asynchronous courses are a mix of video lecture content, written content, recorded audio, interactive slideshows, virtual libraries, exchanges across discussion boards or social media platforms, and hands-on work. You will complete one module a week and upload your work for critique.

Online Education

Virtual Online Courses (via Zoom)
You will attend our regularly scheduled on-campus courses from wherever you are in the world via Zoom in real time, learning alongside on-campus students. You will be a welcome participant in all classroom projects and team assignments. Best of all, your work will be critiqued by your classmates and instructors just as if you were an on-campus student.

Industry Collaborations

The Academy partners with industry-leading companies, filmmakers, and manufacturers such as GM, Adidas, Jeep, Hasbro, Audi, Pininfarina, Jaguar, NASA, Camelbak, and Volvo, to offer our students exposure to working professionals and to create valuable networking opportunities.

These cross-disciplinary collaborative classes work on real-world, industry-supplied design briefs to create concepts for the industry sponsor. You will have the opportunity to work with representatives from our corporate and agency sponsors in small collaborative teams. These classes are designed to maximize individual recognition, build portfolios, and create employment opportunities for you and your fellow students.

Explore Past Collaborations

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Students in our Studio X classes collaborated with the producer and director to create the visual effects for this Academy-Award-nominated film.

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Students from our Industrial Design, Interior Design and Architecture, and Interaction & UI/UX Schools collaborated with Subaru to envision their 2030 vehicles.

Companies That Hire Our Students

Our students are hired by some of the biggest companies in the world.

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Learn all about the Academy and your transfer options.

Webinar October 2, 2023

Webinar October 3, 2023

Webinar October 4, 2023

The Academy’s transfer program only applies to students affected by the closure of the following Art Institute campuses:

  • Miami International University of Art & Design
  • The Art Institute of Atlanta
  • The Art Institute of Austin, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston
  • The Art Institute of Dallas, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design
  • The Art Institute of Houston
  • The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston
  • The Art Institute of Tampa, a branch of Miami International University of Art & Design
  • The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta
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