Academy of Art University

San Francisco, CA
Student Size
College Type
For Profit

About Our College

The Academy of Art University (AAU or ART U), 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.[2] In fall 2020, it had 202 full-time teachers, 621 part-time teaching staff, and 8,928 students;[3] it claims to be the largest privately owned art and design school in the United States.[4] 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.[5]

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