The Academy of Art University, formerly Academy of Art College and Richard Stephens Academy of Art, is a private for-profit art school in San Francisco, California. It was founded as the Academy of Advertising Art by Richard S. Stephens in 1929. In fall 2020, it had 202 full-time teachers, 621 part-time teaching staff, and 8,928 students; it claims to be the largest privately owned art and design school in the United States.
The school has open admissions and an admission acceptance rate of 100%. In 2016, its accreditor expressed concern over low graduation rates; 37% of students who enrolled in 2010 graduated by 2017.
The school is one of the largest property owners in San Francisco, with the main campus located on New Montgomery Street in the South of Market district.
Highest paying job titles at Academy of Art University include Project Coordinator, Senior Accountant, and Sr. Business Intelligence Analyst