Communities & Connections


Join our student-run Facebook group. With more than 4,000 members,you’ll find lots of new connections and great community.


Find students in your area and pin yourself on the AAUHOO map.

Social Media & Blogs

Check out these social media groups and pages to connect with other students in your major.

Town Hall & Other Chats

Meet your Directors and find out what’s new in your school during the Town Hall Chats.


Tap into our Alumni network using these Alumni Facebook and LinkedIn groups.

Career & Mentor Chats

Get advice from industry VIPs and star alumni. Access the archive of topics at the bottom of the page.

Summer Expo

Come visit us on campus. Meet your Directors, network with students, faculty and alumni, take a workshop and more.

Urban Knights Radio

Listen live online. Dance to your favorite tunes, hear unique talk shows, and tune into Urban Knights athletics team competitions.

Study Abroad

Find out more about our Intersession and Summer semester Study Abroad programs.

Meet Melinda Mettler

As the Academy of Art University's Director of Online Student Relations, "Fairy Godmother for Online Students," Melinda Mettler serves as an ambassador and advocate for our over 5,000 online students around the world. She provides opportunities for them to connect with fellow students, instructors, and alumni through online chats, career workshops and networking meet ups.

An Academy of Art alumna, Melinda earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, majoring in Advertising/Graphic Design. She began her career as an art director at the legendary advertising agency Young & Rubicam in New York. While still in her 20's, she won a prestigious Cannes Lion Award. Clients have included AT&T, Sunmaid Raisins, Japan Airlines, and Adidas and she has been honored with advertising awards from San Francisco to London.

Melinda has three campaigns in the permanent collection at Paley Center for Media (formerly Museum Of Television and Radio) in New York and Los Angeles. For 8 years, she was Director of the School of Advertising and in 1993 was honored as an Outstanding Alumni.

Questions or Suggestions?
Get in touch with Melinda by email or phone: 1-415-618-6107.

Quotes from Online Students About:
Summer Expo

"Thank you for organizing such an awesome event. I had an unforgettable experience, got to collaborate with other students…and enjoyed the amazing city of San Francisco."

Terry, Advertising, Durham, California


"The Expo was such a wonderful experience, everyone was super nice and we had a great time in San Francisco - can't wait to come back..... Thanks for everything!"

Trudi, Fashion, Royal Palm Beach, FL


"I wanted to say thank you so very much for hosting a spectacular Summer Expo for Academy of Art University's online students. I had a wonderful time and am so grateful that I made the trip out to San Francisco. It was great meeting my directors and fellow students face to face, seeing the Academy and soaking in the city."

Jennifer, Web Design + New Media, Fredericksburg, VA

Online Labs Live!

"If I had known about this wonderful service from my first semester it would have saved me from a lot of stress... trying to figure things out completely on my own. This is a fantastic and vital service for students."

Charl Anne, Animation, Oakton, VA

"The best part was having the ability to share my sketch file...knowing we were both looking at the same thing... it is fun discovering the different learning options the Academy provides."

Rachel, Interior Architecture, De Kalb, MO

Career Chat Series

"I'm now working part time at a local animation studio! Thanks to Academy of Art University's very helpful online career chats..."

Bonnie, Illustration, Hong Kong

Advice & Introductions

"Thanks again for connecting me with local students!  Justin has made it out each weekend and is kicking *ss! He's also going to help out with the audio and music of the production... Very cool dude!"

Arthur, Animation, Denver, CO

"Just a quick thank you for your advice on Friday. I talked to my Director and we have clarified a lot of my questions. Much appreciated!"

Martina, Fashion, Gaithersburg, MD

"Because of your efforts, my website is a true blending of all of my 'hats'…I am so grateful that you pushed me to make it happen…Your insight and vision really made the entire process bearable and do-able!"

Maren, Fine Art, San Antonio, TX

Study Abroad Programs

Intensively creative and rich in culture, our study abroad programs immerse students in the art-making process as well as the European context from which it is derived.
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