The Academy of Art University (formerly Academy of Art College) is the largest private school of art and design in the country. It was established in San Francisco in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens.

Academy of Art University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) to offer degrees of Associate of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Certificates. The BFA Interior Architecture & Design program is accredited by The Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER) as a Council for Interior Design Accreditation Accredited Professional Level Program. The Master of Architecture Program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

Online degree programs at the Academy of Art University are also accredited. All online Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Arts programs are accredited by the WASC.

The Academy is an institutional member of the Career College Association (CCA).

Ranking Profile:

- Ranked 843rd in the country and 2552nd in the world (Ranking Web of World universities, January 2010).

* Next: University of California, San Francisco

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
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UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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