We've been offering an innovative online arts education since 2002.

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We hold over 70 student and alumni art shows and gallery exhibitions in San Francisco each year.

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Our diverse student and alumni community represent over 112 countries.

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Students thrive in 17 housing facilities throughout San Francisco.

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Our NCAA sports program has 16 fierce intercollegiate teams.

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We are the first art university that has been invited to showcase student work at New York Fashion Week biannually.
The 2010 & 2012 World Series-winning San Francisco Giants used vehicles from our Classic Car Museum for the city's official victory parade.
The Academy's Athletics became the first program in the history of the NCAA to win a National Championship (Women's Track & Field) in its first year of eligibility.


Notable Alumni

Jason Sperling (Advertising, '93) led the creative team at Media Arts Lab that created the iconic "Mac vs. PC" ad campaign, which won numerous industry awards, including Adweek's "Campaign of the Decade" and a Cannes Gold Lion.
Students from the School of Industrial Design created a user interface for NASA so astronauts in space can remotely operate land-based robots.
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School of Photography alum Deanne Fitzmaurice won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for her photo essay on an Iraqi child's war torn experiences. 
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School of Interior Architecture & Design alum Denise Cherry was the principal designer of Facebook's award-winning corporate HQ remodeling project.
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Chris Milk (Motion Pictures & Television) has directed videos for Kanye West, U2, Modest Mouse, and others.
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School of Industrial Design alum Tom Luedecke was the lead designer on Kobe Bryant's line of Nike shoes.
Diego Galtieri (Animation & Visual Effects, '03) won a visual effects Emmy for his work on NBC's Heroes.
Cristina Palomo Nelson (Fashion, '10) is the co-founder of the shoe label Freda Salvadore.
Whitney Martin (Illustration, '95) was a storyboard artist on Fox's hit series King of the Hill.