Online Education

For nearly two decades, Academy of Art University has been offering accredited online art and design degree programs. As an early pioneer in remote learning, our online programs are designed to provide the same quality education that our on-campus students receive, but with greater flexibility. You’ll learn from expert instructors who will equip you with work-ready skills and help you succeed in your future career. Choose from 120+ undergraduate and graduate degrees offered 100% online by one of the nation’s top art and design schools.

Earn your art and design degree from anywhere in the world

Academy of Art University is ranked as one of the top art and design online programs in the world. Our accredited online courses utilize custom-built content taught by instructors who are top industry professionals to give you the flexibility to earn your degree on your own terms.

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Online Learning Options

At Academy of Art University you can earn an accredited art and design degree in three ways: traditional online courses (asynchronous learning), virtual onsite courses (synchronous learning), and by attending classes on-campus in San Francisco. No matter what you choose to study, we offer the courses in a learning method that works best for you.

MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

Mark Cofer

Mark Cofer is a music composer who has created music for Broadway shows and TV spots for a number of films, including the 2015 Rocky Balboa spin-off, Creed, and, The Magnificent Seven. He took Academy of Art University’s online program from his home Nashville and was one of the first graduates of MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media program. Studying online allowed him to balance spending time with his daughter while also cultivating his skills. Apart from composing music for TV, shows, and films, he is also teaching Music Editing for Visual Media courses at Academy of Art University.

MFA Fashion Design

Maria Aalto

Maria Aalto won the Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between Design Contest in the Graduate student category while she was taking the Online MFA Fashion Design program from her home town in Iowa. She showcased her work at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and interned at the office of Comme des Garçons in New York. The capability of learning fashion from industry experts 100% online led her to the Academy’s MFA Fashion Design program.

MFA Photography

Greg Beams

Gregory Beams is a professional fine art photographer who creates staged large-scale photo-cinematic images of surreal urban scenes and isolated characters. He completed his MFA in Academy of Art University’s online program from his home in Seattle. His work was featured at the Sutter gallery in San Francisco. The Academy’s online program allowed him to find his voice, and with that, his photographs and his career changed for the better.

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