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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.

Company Updates

  • Scott Borrero: From Student to Top Photographer | Academy of Art University

    Academy alumnus Scott Borrero was named the first-ever winner of AdoramaTV's original reality photography competition web series, Top Photographer with Nigel Barker. Borrero credits his hard work ethic, his love of photography and the skills he learned at Academy of Art University with helping him achieve rapid success as a photographer and artist.

  • School of Graphic Design Leadership Changes " Academy of Art University News

    Academy of Art University announces the transition of Mary Scott, who has served as Director for the School of Graphic Design for 17 years. In her new role as Chair Emeritus, Mary will serve as senior advisor to the school, provide portfolio design guidance to students and work closely with her successor, Phil Hamlett, to ensure a seamless transition of leadership.

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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
  • University gyms, athletic team events, and other industry events and activitiesundefined

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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    "Great job for work-life balance!"

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    The job is low-stress with creative atmosphere. I have great coworkers. This position is perfect if you're looking for a day job while you pursue your dreams in the career you want outside of your day job. I'm not bringing my work home with my at all. When I clock out, I mentally clock out of work too. I never bring home any drama from work or any projects and the department is very strict on allowing us to use our off time (breaks, lunches, off-the-clock) as OFF time.


    This position is not a route to build a career unless you would like to work in school admissions

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    The management for my department is great! They really listen to our needs and make decisions best for our department. I really appreciate it.

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    I applied online. I interviewed at Academy of Art University (San Francisco, CA).


    I applied online and got a call a few days later from the internal recruiter. We did a phone call, then a skype interview, and then I was invited for an on site interview. They were extremely responsive and quick during the process, but then when I was no longer under consideration, I never received any communications. I even emailed the recruiter to ask if I was still under consideration, and did not receive any response. I found it quite rude that they did not provide any follow up or respond to my inquiry.

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Academy of Art University Awards & Accolades

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

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