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Academy of Art University Overview

San Francisco, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
College / University
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Academy of Art University, founded in 1929, believes that the best teachers are actual working creatives. Classes are available online and in San Francisco to guide students to professional futures in 31 areas of art and design. Our faculty is comprised of art and design ... Read more

Mission: Academy of Art University prepares aspiring professionals in the fields of design, communication and the arts by delivering excellent undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificate and portfolio programs.

Academy of Art University – Why Work For Us?

If you have always dreamed of living and working in a world-class city, while honing your professional skills in a dynamic, innovative, and engaging work environment, come explore opportunities with Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

As the largest, accredited, private art and design university in the nation, Academy of Art University attracts students worldwide, and is dedicated to the career preparation of artists and designers across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Academy of Art University has a no-barrier admissions; all that's required is a passion for learning and developing skills as an artist.

Our highly sought after graduates are hired by prestigious creative companies worldwide.


If you have a passion for education, a desire to work hard, and the mindset to get the job done, we may have a great opportunity for you!  Each and every individual in our organization plays an important role, and every single person is essential to the cultivation and success of our graduates. Whether part of the Admissions or Marketing teams, the mission is the same: to inspire, motivate, and engage students in pursuing their creative dreams.  In an effort to foster growth, we filled 84% of management positions internally in 2015.

Work in a fast paced, high-growth, dynamic environment and contribute to the success of the Academy of Art University, the world’s largest private art and design educational services provider.  


At Academy of Art University, we believe our employees are our most valued asset, and we strive to offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits program. While health care is an important component of any benefits program, Academy of Art University also offers a wide array of other benefit options.

Eligible employees are offered health insurance, dental insurance, vision plan, flexible spending accounts, 401k plan, life and AD&D insurance, long term disability, and a commuter benefit program. Eligible employees also have the opportunity to take one undergraduate course each semester tuition-free.

Other benefits include:

  • Discounts around San Francisco
  • Student and faculty cafes
  • Free shuttle system around our urban campus
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For three generations, the Stephens family has been devoted to inspiring yours. Like the city it’s called home since 1929, Academy of Art University has always existed on the vanguard of innovation and creativity. The Academy and San Francisco have grown up together and served as mutual sources of inspiration and talent. 

As we look to the future, we always look to keep the same sense of innovation, diversity, and wonder that makes our city one of the greatest in the world.

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    "There's a lot of room for growth, and the staff is amazing, the staff that I know."

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    I really enjoy my job and love my peers. I'm constantly being challenged and busy so I'm never bored. I appreciate the opportunity for continued growth. I've learned what you put into your career is what you get out of it, and my hard work has definitely been noticed. It's nice to know, that students that have a passion for Art, are the ones that excel and I'm part that, indirectly. The shuttles and locations are also a huge plus.


    The benefits are great for employee only coverage, but are a little expensive to cover dependants. That's all I can think of.

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    I applied through a recruiter. The process took a week. I interviewed at Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA) in January 2017.


    The process was great, the recruiter was very easy to speak with. I was asked a series of questions regarding hourly availability to see if it was a match and was informed of the contractual parameters for the position.

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    • They asked regarding preferred salary, it seems like they are working out competitive rates for the position.   1 Answer
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Academy of Art University Awards & Accolades

  • Community Engagement Award, The Pacific West (Pacwest) Conference, 2013

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