Academy of Art University

Photo: Courtesy of Academy of Art University

Photo: Courtesy of Academy of Art University

Location: San Francisco, California, USA


Undergraduate & Graduate: Costume Design; Fashion Design; Fashion Journalism; Fashion Marketing; Fashion Marketing & Brand Management; Fashion Merchandising; Fashion Merchandising & Management; Fashion Product Development; Fashion Styling; Fashion Visual Merchandising; Footwear & Accessory Design; Knitwear Design; Textile Design. 

Annual Tuition:

Undergraduate: $22,008.

Graduate: $24,744.

Famous Alumni: Ryan Roche.

Graduation rate: 40% (For all undergraduate) 

Classes are taught in: English

Percentage of international students: 36%

What the Students Say: 

"AAU teaches you how to think out of the box and really push yourself in the fashion industry."

"Academy of Art gets a lot of hate simply because a lot of kids complain and fail to see the point of doing work. Overall as someone who has been to another fashion school the school does prepare you for industry. The classwork is relevant and actually does help you in the real world. You get a Bachelor of Fine Art, aka a lot of portfolio-based art classes."

"The only downfall is SF isn't a fashion hub and there isn't an industry there. Overall, it's what you make of it."

"Anyone gets in, but not every stays. People transfer, some withdraw when they feel like they've gotten enough of schooling for a job, and some just can't handle the workload."

Spring 2019 show. Photo: Randy Brooke/Getty Images

Spring 2019 show. Photo: Randy Brooke/Getty Images

The Bottom Line: This school in the heart of San Francisco has an impressively wide range of fashion concentrations from design to journalism to styling at both the undergraduate and graduate level. It also offers online courses and has a big graduate fashion show. Students tended not to be as satisfied with financial aid advising or job search help as they were at some other schools on this list, and said the workload could be overwhelming at times.

More Info:

The 25 Best Fashion Schools in the World in 2018: See the full list.

Last updated December 2018.