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Academy of Art University Fosters Innovation by Preparing Servicemembers for a Career in Art and Design.

Military & Veteran Students

Academy of Art University embraces the military by transitioning aspiring Servicemembers into professional artists and designers. You'll have help every step of the way. Academy of Art University is approved for Military Tuition Assistance and GI Bill® benefits.

With gratitude and respect to the men and women who serve our nation your application fee will be waived at Academy of Art University. Our Military Scholarship may be provided to U.S. Servicemembers (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Coast Guard) as an opportunity to start preparing for a career in art and design.

Academy of Art University is Approved for Military Tuition Assistance and GI Bill Benefits

You'll have help every step of the way with dedicated veterans representatives.


Principles of Excellence

The Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Education shall establish Principles of Excellence (Principles) to apply to educational institutions receiving funding from Federal military and veterans educational benefits programs, including benefits programs provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Tuition Assistance Program. The Principles should ensure that these educational institutions provide meaningful information to servicemembers, veterans, spouses, and other family members about the financial cost and quality of educational institutions to assist those prospective students in making choices about how to use their Federal educational benefits; prevent abusive and deceptive recruiting practices that target the recipients of Federal military and veteran educational benefits; and ensure that educational institutions provide high-quality academic and student support services to active-duty servicemembers, reservists, members of the National Guard, veterans, and military families. Learn More.


8 Keys to Veterans' Success

As part of the Obama administration's ongoing effort to foster postsecondary educational opportunities and dramatically improve employment outcomes for returning servicemembers, the Department of Education (ED) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today a challenge to educational institutions to adopt best practices supporting educational success. More than 250 community colleges and universities across the country have immediately answered the call to implement the “8 Keys to Success” to help Veterans on campus.

"We're announcing what we call '8 Keys to Success' - specific steps that schools can take to truly welcome and encourage our Veterans," President Obama said. "And so far, more than 250 community colleges and universities have signed on, and today I'm calling on schools across America to join us in this effort. Let's help our Veterans get that degree, get that credential, and compete for the high-skilled jobs of tomorrow."

Academy of Art University has voluntarily affirmed our support for the 8 Keys!


With gratitude and respect to the men and women who serve our nation your application fee will be waived at Academy of Art University.


GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

Military & Veteran Resources

As a member of the military and veteran community, you have needs that go beyond continuing your education. That's why we believe it is important that you are aware of all benefits available to you.

Local Events

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ESO Information

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Student Veteran Testimonial

"After seven years in the Army and two combat tours in Iraq I was ready for a change. During my time at the Academy I developed my skills as a photographer and explored ways to use art to reflect on my military experience. I was also fortunate enough to use the Post-911 GI Bill along with the Yellow Ribbon Program to pay for my tuition."

- Ryan McClymont

"There were many choices for on-site film and television programs, but my employment as a defense contractor to the US ARMY, at a remote base, prevented me from attending any of those. Initially, I was concerned about how a distance education would serve me and how well Academy of Art University's program compared to traditional film programs. I quickly discovered that the curriculum, faculty, and hands-on projects, were, in many ways, more demanding and challenging than I anticipated. It was a challenge to be sure, but the experience was invigorating and allowed me to work at my own pace to direct and produce my final thesis project, and award winning short film, 'Mirage at Zabul Province.'"

- Nathan Bettisworth

US Army Veteran & Alumni: Daryn Labier

An Academy of Art University Open House is coming to a city near you!

Join us for a day of creativity, learning, and a look at what your future could hold.

Learn more about admissions, financial aid, military & veteran education benefits, flexible online classes, career opportunities, student life, pre-college art experience classes for high school students, and so much more!

Complete your application and registration for spring, summer, or fall classes and discover your talent in one of 30+ areas of study. Meet industry experienced Academy alumni and have an opportunity to get feedback on your work.

For event locations, dates, and times, please visit our Open House Events.

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