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Academy of Art University Scholarships


Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art and design university in the nation. Founded in 1929 by artists for artists, the Academy offers accredited AA, BA, BFA, B.Arch*, MA, MFA and M.Arch degree programs in 23 areas of study, as well as continuing art education, pre-college art experience programs and teacher grants. With state-of-the-art campuses online and in San Francisco, the Academy equips students for rewarding, creative professional futures.

Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD) and NAAB (B.Arch*, M.Arch).

*B.Arch is currently in candidacy status.

Academy of Art University requires all students in undergraduate degree-seeking programs to have a high school degree or an equivalency. And admission to the graduate programs requires official transcripts indicating at least the completion of a bachelor's degree, submission of a portfolio of work (portfolio requirements vary by discipline), a statement of intent outlining graduate study goals, a resume and two letters of recommendation.

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Summer Portfolio Grant

Scholarship Description
Every year, the Academy of Art University awards over 300 Portfolio Grants to assist Undergraduate students to pursue their education in the industry of Art.
A limited number of tuition grants are available awarding 75%, 50%, or 25% toward total tuition cost of up to two classes within the 4 required classes for the Fall semester.
Number of Awards
Renewal Criteria

Award Criteria Requirements:

Financial need
Class Standing
Applicants must be enrolled for the first-time at Academy of Art University as an undergraduate student; be enrolled full-time for both Summer and Fall semesters; be degree-seeking; and demonstrate successful completion of Summer semester. Previous Academy of Art University Pre-college Art Experience participants are encouraged to apply.
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