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Academy of Art University Overview

San Francisco, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
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Academy of Art University thrives on tradition. We have been in San Francisco since 1929 and are always looking for new talent to help us grow. Our team is talented, cohesive and eager to learn. Becoming a member of the Academy means joining a diverse group of creatives and ... 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.

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Academy of Art University – Why Work For Us?

No matter what your role here is at the Academy, everyone has an academic focus in everything we do. We are here to support the education of our students.

Decisions are made quickly which creates a fast-pace, dynamic work environment.

We have a no-barrier admissions policy. Our students are from all over the world and from all different backgrounds. All they need is passion and a high school diploma or equivalent.

For Artists, By Artists means our students are learning from faculty comprised of art and design professionals who maintain careers on the leading edge of industry standards.

Academy of Art University is recognized for their business-ready graduates across multiple creative disciplines.


Driven. Engaging. Innovative. Do these words motivate you? If so, then we want to talk with you. Academy of Art University offers a rewarding employment experience for those who excel in a dynamic environment and who can consistently deliver high-caliber customer service. We thrive on ingenuity and pursue ideas every day that lead to extraordinary opportunities for tomorrow. Click here to explore your next career and to learn more about our incredible organization.

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

Eligible employees are offered health insurance, dental insurance, vision plan, flexible spending accounts, a 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 at businesses located around the city of San Francisco
  • Access to the University's cafes
  • Free transportation, via the Academy Shuttle, around our urban campus
  • Access to the University's gym and pool as well as athletic team events and other industry events and activitiesundefined

Academy of Art University, established in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, transforms aspiring students into professional artists and designers. For three generations, the Stephens family has been devoted to the development of aspiring artists and has held the fundamental belief that with proper instruction, hard work and dedication, students can learn the skills necessary to become artistic professionals.

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    I have been working at Academy of Art University part-time (More than 8 years)


    * Learn from & rub elbows with top experts in various artistic fields
    * Meet up-and-coming artists from all over the world
    * Enjoy an bustling work environment downtown


    * With a scattered, urban campus, it can be difficult to feel a sense of connection at times.

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


    I had two interviews for this position. The first was meeting my main contact at HR who had initially reached out to me after I applied for the position. It was a basic, easy, and straight forward interview. The interviewer was very easy to talk to and invited me back to meet the Co-Director of Financial Aid. I came back for a second interview and it was also a very standard interview. If anything, with this interview I felt that the Co-Director was working very hard to connect and be personable, which made me feel at ease. There were a lot of personal questions asked, which I personally liked. I left the interview feeling like it was meeting a new friend for the first time and felt good about getting an offer.

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Academy of Art University Awards & Accolades

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

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