Academy of Art University

Introduction

Like the city it’s called home since 1929, Academy of Art University has always existed on the vanguard of innovation and creativity. The Academy and San Francisco have grown up together and served as mutual sources of inspiration and talent—take a look back at notable moments in the Academy’s history in San Francisco.

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What We Believe

No-Barrier Admissions

All that's required is a passion for learning and developing your skills as an artist.

A Community of Support

We challenge our students to reach their full creative potential in an atmosphere of support and deep collaboration.

Ethics in Art

We hold ourselves to—and strive to instill in our students—the highest ethical standards of personal and professional integrity.

Learn From Professionals

We believe that the best teachers are actual working creatives. Our faculty is comprised of art and design experts who maintain careers on the leading edge of industry trends.

An Urban Citizen

Informed by our home in San Francisco, we aim to give back to the culture in the spirit of generosity and compassion.

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Our Leadership

Richard S. Stephens

The Academy of Art College was established in San Francisco in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, a fine art painter and Creative Director for Sunset Magazine. Assisted by his wife, Mrs. Clara Stephens, he opened the new school in a rented loft at 215 Kearny St. to teach advertising art. Within a few years, a distinguished faculty of practicing art and design professionals helped formulate the school’s philosophy—hire established professionals to teach future professionals. In 1933 the curriculum was expanded to include fashion illustration, and in 1936 a fine art department was added.

Dr. Richard A. Stephens

Richard and Clara's son, Dr. Richard A. Stephens, moved into the role of President in 1951, and his guidance led to the expansion from 50 students to more than 5,000, with significant expansion of department majors. In 1966 the school was incorporated and granted authority to offer a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Art by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education of the State of California. The graduate program was inaugurated in 1977 and approved by 1983.

Dr. Elisa Stephens

Dr. Elisa Stephens, granddaughter of our school’s founder, succeeded her father as President of Academy of Art University in 1992. Dr. Stephens has been committed to expanding the Academy’s curriculum to stay current with new technologies and industry trends, as well as developing state-of-the-art facilities and resources. In 2004, the name of the school was changed from Academy of Art College to Academy of Art University in recognition of its depth, scope, and quality of education.

Today the University is the largest private school of art and design in the country. Students now have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Architecture (with "B.ARCH in candidacy status"), Associate of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Architecture, Art Teaching Credential, certificate programs, and continuing art education courses in 28 areas of study.

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Facts About Us

  • We've been offering an innovative online arts education since 2002.
  • We hold over 70 student and alumni art shows and gallery exhibitions in San Francisco each year.
  • Our diverse student and alumni community represent over 112 countries.
  • Students thrive in 17 housing facilities throughout San Francisco.
  • Our NCAA sports program has 16 fierce intercollegiate teams.

We are the first art university that has been invited to showcase student work at New York Fashion Week biannually.

The 2010 & 2012 World Series-winning San Francisco Giants used vehicles from our Classic Car Museum for the city's official victory parade.

The Academy's Athletics became the first program in the history of the NCAA to win a National Championship (Women's Track & Field) in its first year of eligibility.

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Master

Master (MFA) Photography

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

Turn your passion into a career. At the Academy of Art University’s School of Photography, you have every opportunity and resource to advance your passion into a finished body of work. Learn from a faculty of working professionals and begin your new adventure today. [+]

Turn your passion into a career. At the Academy of Art University’s School of Photography, you have every opportunity and resource to advance your passion into a finished body of work. Learn from a faculty of working professionals and begin your new adventure today. Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree The MFA program provides advanced practice and intensive study of the photographic medium. Core curriculum covers historical perspective, advanced theoretical and conceptual development in traditional, experimental and digital photography capture, post-production and output. The program culminates with a formal thesis project and complete body of work that supports the thesis and showcases each student's unique vision and talent. MFA Photography Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Photography Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Produce an advanced-level thesis project within a digital or traditional specialization, demonstrating mastery and synthesis of the skills taught in the program. Thesis Project Development Propose a solid concept suitable for refinement and development. Select an appropriately challenging and feasible project. Present a cohesive body of work Successfully articulate the end result of the project. Demonstrate sufficient preparation for their project (research, problem solving) Conceptual and Design Skills Make creative decisions that optimize conceptual impact, cohesiveness and personal style Integrate conceptual and technical elements of photography to convey a story, idea, or emotion Effectively deploy design elements within the composition and presentation of the imagery. Technical Skills Utilize effective lighting styles, techniques and equipment appropriate to art for commerce, photojournalism/documentary, or fine art applications, as determined by projects and professional focus Master exposure, lighting ratios, and post–production skills as appropriate to the project. Communication and Analysis Communicate ideas and proposals clearly, verbally and in writing, including defending work and choices made during capture, output and presentation Demonstrate professional behavior throughout the review process Critique their photographs with an understanding of technical, aesthetic, and historical context Build on feedback to improve their body of work Professional Readiness Assemble a cohesive portfolio, which shows a unique personal view and style. Produce and present professional quality materials Clearly articulate future plans and goals in the area of photographic specialty Effectively library and archive complete body of work Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to: Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Advertising

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

Drawing on your life experiences, coupled with the artistic and technical skills you gain, you’ll be prepared for a career as an art director, copywriter, or creative strategist. A mastery of advanced advertising principles and concepts are brought to life by working independently and collaboratively on your unique portfolio. [+]

Drawing on your life experiences, coupled with the artistic and technical skills you gain, you’ll be prepared for a career as an art director, copywriter, or creative strategist. A mastery of advanced advertising principles and concepts are brought to life by working independently and collaboratively on your unique portfolio. MFA Advertising Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Advertising Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Strategic Communication Develop strategic elements focused on the target customer, the product/service, and the market Gather, assess, and apply relevant information, including historical research, to strategic work Visual Communication Use appropriate visual media, including freehand drawing, to convey essential elements Apply appropriate design principles to strategic and creative work Verbal Communication Convey creative ideas, concepts, and brand tone through engaging and sophisticated language at each stage of the creative process Communicate verbally and in writing with a unique and versatile voice Conceptual Thinking Communicate relevant objectives through the use of appealing aesthetic choices Think conceptually and execute projects beyond traditional advertising media Consider diverse points of view, and reach well-reasoned conclusions as part of the conceptual and design process Professional Readiness Present a sophisticated and original portfolio to acquire a job within the industry. Articulate career goals and plan to achieve them Communicate strategic conceptual and artistic goals at a professional level Submit work according to professional presentation standards Collaborate with other members of a creative team Specialty Skills: Creative Strategy Analyze social and cultural trends to identify patterns and potential implications Evaluate a brand’s position from multiple perspectives Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to: Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Animation & Visual Effects

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post production. [+]

The MFA in Animation & Visual Effects program focuses on developing skills in any one of the many areas of expertise within the animation and visual effects industry. The program educates students in all aspects of animation and visual effects, from ideation to post production. Communication, collaboration, and time management skills are emphasized throughout the program to ensure graduates are acclimated to the intense professional culture that awaits them. MFA Animation & Visual Effects Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Animation & Visual Effects Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project Produce a professional-standard project, with topical content for the industry, showcasing technical and artistic ability. Technical Skills Demonstrate facility with animation technology and software. Presentation Skills Clearly discuss work and workflow process with a review committee, using industry terminology. Effectively pitch ideas to the review committee Create visually compelling, professional quality presentation materials Preproduction Skills (Project Development) Execute projects that demonstrate attention to: research, analytical thinking, detail, flexibility in problem solving, and revision. Collaboration Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects Professional Readiness Present a comprehensive demo reel / portfolio demonstrating professional-level achievement of specialty skills Demonstrate accountability for planning complex projects, prioritizing tasks and meeting project milestones. Document project workflow. Specialty Skills: Traditional Animation Demonstrate strong drawing skills and facility with anatomy, proportion, figure, animals, perspective, color and design, and composition Develop visual stories that support comedic or dramatic situations Stage stories through effective camera placement choices Draw convincing characters, layouts, storyboards, and animatics Apply the principles of animation to create animated movement and performances Specialty Skills: Storyboarding Demonstrate strong drawing skills and facility with composition, and color and design Create value studies that set the mood for each scene, applying an understanding of light source. Demonstrate continuity in visual storytelling through effective camera placement choices Specialty Skills: 3D Animation Apply the major principles of animation Create pieces that showcase expression and emotion Stage stories through effective camera placement choices Specialty Skills: Modeling Convincingly model forms in 3-dimensions that demonstrate a thorough understanding of anatomy and sculptural form. Display a range of modeling skill sets including hard surfaces and organic. Create textures that will be applied to the surface of models. Produce industry-standard turnarounds and wireframes Specialty Skills: Visual Effects Design digital effects that meet the needs of the imagery. Create believable images by combining elements from different sources Compose shots for narrative power Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to: Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Architecture

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The NAAB accredited Master of Architecture is a holistic professional program offered in two tracks. Dedicated to the relationship of theory, up to date technical developments, advanced architectural design and the practice of making and building, the program has an exceptional profile. [+]

The NAAB accredited Master of Architecture is a holistic professional program offered in two tracks. Dedicated to the relationship of theory, up to date technical developments, advanced architectural design and the practice of making and building, the program has an exceptional profile. Through knowledgeable and practicing faculty, we enable our students to become responsible leaders in their field, who have the skills to envision, design and construct a desirable and viable future, and therefore actively contribute towards the evolution of society. M. Arch Track I Unit Requirements Major 48 units Directed Study 6 units Electives* 9 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval Architecture M. Arch Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units (Track I) or 87 units (Track II) M. Arch Track II Unit Requirements Major 66 units Directed Study 6 units Electives* 15 units TOTAL 87 units *Per director approval MARCH Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Design: Demonstrate development of design exploration and understanding throughout the program Visual Communication: Visually communicate ideas through hand sketching/ drawing, including hand drawn concept sketches, design process sketches and diagrams Visually communicate ideas through architectural drawings (digital or otherwise): site plan, plan, section, elevation, and 3D representation Produce accurate physical models of design ideas Written Communication: Effectively summarize the project and process in a well-crafted proposal and thesis book Presentation Skills: Professionally present the thesis proposal and final project Building Systems, Materials and Methods: Demonstrate understanding of material systems and construction details Demonstrate understanding of building systems (including structural systems, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems) Demonstrate understanding of environmental control systems Demonstrate understanding of building codes and accessibility Apply sustainability concepts in their project Thesis Proposal Development: Clearly define the mission of their project Present research that defines the need and desirability of the project Provide a profile of the user group Comprehensively define and analyze the proposed site area and its context Present and analyze relevant precedents for the project Develop a general project concept related to the site analysis and program Effectively present the suitability of the proposed program on the proposed site Produce a spatial/ functional program online Thesis Project: Produce a comprehensive architectural and building solution to the mission statement Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to: Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

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Master in Art History

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The Art History MA degree is designed to give students an advanced understanding of western art history. The program offers specializations in ancient art, medieval art, renaissance art, baroque art, 18th and 19th century art, and pre-war modern art. [+]

The Art History MA degree is designed to give students an advanced understanding of western art history. The program offers specializations in ancient art, medieval art, renaissance art, baroque art, 18th and 19th century art, and pre-war modern art. The art historical curriculum is paired with six credits of fine art studio classes, which allow our students to become familiar with traditional methods of fine art production including painting, printmaking, and sculpture. This marriage of art history and fine art studies offers a perspective through which art and its historical trajectory can be uniquely evaluated and appreciated. MA Art History Unit Requirements Major 30 units Studio 6 units TOTAL 36 units MA Art History Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units Reading Proficiency in one of the following languages: French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Greek or Spanish* * If proficient in another European language that is not listed, consult with Admissions Office. NOTE: Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in at least one European Language prior to midpoint. European Language coursework cannot apply toward the Master's Degree. MA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Art Historical Knowledge Demonstrate advanced specialized knowledge of a specific period or field of art history, including the creative process and related intellectual issues, through a final written thesis. Research and Analysis Research and persuasively analyze/argue an art historical issue and/or theoretical position Apply theoretical and methodological approaches to the interpretation of Western art and architecture. Conduct independent scholarly research, highlighting a joint understanding of art historical issues and the creative process through a written thesis in the student's chosen area of specialization. Communication Skills Clearly express their ideas through scholarly writing and researched presentations. Demonstrate reading proficiency in at least one Western European language. Professional Readiness Apply acquired specialized as well as broader art historical knowledge and research skills in a variety of contexts (scholarly, educational, curatorial, connoisseurial). Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Arts Education

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

Prepares students to become successful Art teachers in a K-12 classroom in the United States. [+]

Prepares students to become successful Art teachers in a K-12 classroom in the United States Program meets requirements of both National and California Art Education Standards One semester Student Teaching mentored by a master teacher in a Bay Area Public School After completion of all coursework and student teaching requirements and passing all four California Teacher Performance Assessments tests (CALTPAs); students are recommended for a California K-12 Art teaching credential Capstone project – Advocate! Students create a dynamic arts advocacy presentation to educate the public as to the importance of Arts Education for the 21st century creative economy. MAT Art Education Track I* Unit Requirements (available only to AAU-BFA Art Education students) Major 21 units Studio Art Core 3 units Directed Study 6 units TOTAL 30 units *Please check Entry Requirements for Details MAT Art Education Track I Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 30 units MAT Art Education Track II Unit Requirements Major 33 units Studio Art Core 3 units Directed Study 6 units TOTAL 42 units *Per director approval MAT Art Education Track II Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 42 units Master of Arts in Teaching Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Teaching Skills Make subject matter comprehensible to students Gauge student learning using a variety of assessment strategies Engage and support all students in learning Plan instruction and design learning experiences for all students Create and maintain an effective environment for student learning Develop as a professional educator Professional Readiness Create a professional portfolio suitable for seeking employment as a credentialed art educator in the state of California Develop a comprehensive plan to effectively advocate for Art Education in the 21st century Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to: Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design. Entry Requirements Submit the following: Application: Complete the online application (A non‐refundable and non‐deferrable $50 application fee is required) Proof of Earned Bachelor's Degree or Higher: Official Transcripts must show the granting of a Bachelor's degree or higher with a minimum GPA of 2.5. International transcripts must be accompanied by an English translation. Statement of Intent: Contact Admissions for details CBEST Test Results: Official results of passing the California Basic Education Skills Test (CBEST) CSET Test Results: Official results of passing the California Subject Matter Examination Test (CSET) in Art NOTE: Candidates must successfully pass both parts of the CSET in ART: Subtest 1 and Subtest 2. TB Health Certificate Clearance: Official results of the TB Health Certificate clearance Certificate of Clearance from Department of Justice (DOJ) & Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): Official documentation of the fingerprint clearance from the DOJ and FBI Resume: An outline of educational and professional experience Letters of Recommendation: Three verifiable letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources CPR and First Aid Workshop Certificate: Official documentation proving successful completion of an approved CPR and First Aid workshop/class NOTE: The CPR/First Aid Workshop or class must be approved by the California Emergency Medical and Safety Authority (EMSA) NOTE: Completion of the CPR/First Aid Workshop must be completed prior to second semester courses that require fieldwork In addition, applicants to the MAT Art Education Track I must also demonstrate: Successful completion of the following courses with a grade of B- or higher: ARE 205 Developmental Psychology ARE 225 History of Art Education ARE 310 Curriculum Development for the Art Classroom ARE 460 Senior Seminar in Art Education ARE 615 Integrating Technology into Art Education Settings Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Costume Design

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA Fashion curriculum refines and focuses your individual artistic vision with advanced coursework in design, merchandising, textiles, and knitwear. Studio courses hone your knowledge of industry standards, combining design excellence with the mastery of the latest digital tools. [+]

The MFA Fashion curriculum refines and focuses your individual artistic vision with advanced coursework in design, merchandising, textiles, and knitwear. Studio courses hone your knowledge of industry standards, combining design excellence with the mastery of the latest digital tools. Graduate candidates are guided through a Directed Study which culminates in the production of a fashion collection and portfolio, or merchandising project. MFA Costume Design Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Costume Design Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Costume Design - Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Costume Design Thesis Create a body of work that will be built into a portfolio, representing an advanced level of achievement, targeted towards the film industry. Conduct research to develop creative concepts and build a visual story. Demonstrate a consistent level of design quality from pre-production through the shooting of the film. Conduct specific research based on a given script that shows a clear understanding of the costume needs for the story. Design costumes that support the needs of the story and characters. Communicate design ideas 2-dimensionally using traditional and/or digital media. Develop a 2D design concept into fully realized 3D costumes for a produced film. Apply advanced 3D design techniques to create clothing to a professional standard. Collaboration Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects. Professional Readiness Create a relevant and original portfolio and collateral materials which can be used to market themselves to the industry Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Fashion

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA Fashion curriculum refines and focuses your individual artistic vision with advanced coursework in design, merchandising, textiles, and knitwear. Studio courses hone your knowledge of industry standards, combining design excellence with the mastery of the latest digital tools. [+]

The MFA Fashion curriculum refines and focuses your individual artistic vision with advanced coursework in design, merchandising, textiles, and knitwear. Studio courses hone your knowledge of industry standards, combining design excellence with the mastery of the latest digital tools. Graduate candidates are guided through a Directed Study which culminates in the production of a fashion collection and portfolio, or merchandising project. MFA Fashion Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Fashion Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Fashion - Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of their thesis project Specialty Skills: Design Design Thesis: Create a body of work that will be built into a portfolio, representing an advanced level of achievement and targeted to a specific market segment. Conduct research to develop their creative concept and build a visual story. Demonstrate good understanding of their market Communicate their design ideas 2-dimensionally using traditional and/or digital media Create advanced flat technical specification drawings by hand and by computer. Design collections demonstrating a sophisticated understanding of fashion design and advanced technical skills. Specialty Skills: 3-Dimensional Design/Technical Design/CDFP Thesis: Create a body of work that will be built into a portfolio, representing an advanced level of achievement and targeted to a specific market segment. Apply advanced 3D design techniques to create clothing to a professional standard Specialty Skills: Applied Textile Design Thesis: Create a body of work that will be built into a portfolio, representing an advanced level of achievement and targeted to a specific market segment. Demonstrate thorough knowledge of repeats and engineered prints both on paper and fabric. Design surface patterns for a wide variety of end products at an advanced level. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of computer software used in the industry. Specialty Skills: Knitwear Design & Construction Thesis: Create a body of work that will be built into a portfolio, representing an advanced level of achievement and targeted to a specific market segment. Program and operate computerized industrial knitting machines. At an advanced level: Develop their original design concepts from knit swatches through to garment design, illustrated and rendered to industry standards. At an advanced level: Construct fully-fashioned as well as cut-and-sew knit garments to industry standards. Specialty Skills: Fashion Merchandising Merchandising Thesis: Research, plan, and write advanced-level project inclusive of a 3-year business plan based on selling product or services. Projects must include a visual component and marketing collateral and may include a prototype. Gather, analyze and organize relevant data to support their projects. Analyze case studies/and or project work, demonstrating critical thinking skills Make assumptions based on quantifiable research and statistics. Establish realistic financial goals for a fashion business, retail or wholesale Correctly identify key points in the supply chain and demonstrate that they understand the relationships between its members. Demonstrate command of visual merchandising presentation for fashion product and services. Identify trends and determine what merchandise can be developed, marketed and sold. Written Communication: Express concepts and strategies clearly using professional terminology Verbal Communication: Clearly convey ideas and concepts using specific fashion industry language Collaborative Skills Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects. Professional Practices Create a relevant and original portfolio and collateral materials which can be used to market themselves to the industry Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Fashion Journalism

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MA Fashion Journalism program is designed to give students advanced training in the mastery of journalism for print, web, and other platforms. The 42-unit program concludes with a final thesis project and students will graduate with a robust portfolio of writing samples reflective of the voice and perspective they are ready to bring into this exciting industry. [+]

The MA Fashion Journalism program is designed to give students advanced training in the mastery of journalism for print, web, and other platforms. The 42-unit program concludes with a final thesis project and students will graduate with a robust portfolio of writing samples reflective of the voice and perspective they are ready to bring into this exciting industry. MA Fashion Journalism Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 6 units Graduate Liberal Arts 3 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 42 units *Per director approval MA Fashion Journalism Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 42 units MA Fashion Journalism - Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of their thesis project Research, plan, and write a thesis consisting of one of the following: a series of three to five feature articles for print or online publication; a functioning fashion website; three to five test shoots exploring a particular genre or set of styles, demonstrating basics of styling; or a project that converges two or more of the above categories Visual Communication Apply basic design principles to creative work Verbal and Written Communication Write compelling material for print, online, or broadcast media Clearly convey ideas and concepts using specific fashion industry language Effectively pitch ideas Conduct effective interviews Develop both a personal voice and the ability to adapt voice to fit a variety of print/online publications Fashion Journalism Conduct in-depth research to develop material for print, online, or broadcast media. Demonstrate ability to undertake editorial “packages,’’ combining various journalistic features Collaborative Skills Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects. Professional Practices Create a relevant and original portfolio and collateral materials which can be used to market themselves to the industry Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Fine Art

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The Master of Fine Art program provides students a framework for advanced study in drawing and painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Students are focused on technical and conceptual development in figurative, abstract or landscape work. [+]

The Master of Fine Art program provides students a framework for advanced study in drawing and painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Students are focused on technical and conceptual development in figurative, abstract or landscape work. The School of Fine Art provides graduate students with studio space, exhibition galleries, and world class facilities. MFA Fine Art Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Fine Art Degree Requirements Successful completion of a Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project Produce a body of professional-level artwork warranting a professional gallery exhibit, demonstrating personal vision, rigor and cohesiveness in style, group and concept Visual Communication Work with appropriate skill in a chosen medium or mediums. Planning and Conceptual Development Conduct project-related research Explore ideas and articulate concepts. Choose appropriate materials and techniques to support concepts. Critical Analysis Critically evaluate personal work using objective criteria: describing facts, analyzing composition, interpreting content, and judging results. Communication Skills Give clear and concise professional presentations (verbal and visual). Professionally present ideas in writing. Professional Readiness Produce a gallery-ready professional portfolio. Produce professional promotional materials. Specialty Skills: Printmaking Demonstrate proficiency in relevant printmaking techniques Demonstrate editioning skills Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Game Development

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA Game Development program allows students to further their careers by synthesizing traditional art and design fundamentals with today’s groundbreaking technologies. Students level up their skill through hands-on prototyping of game mechanics and art creation, followed by creating a thesis project and an industry-quality portfolio. [+]

The MFA Game Development program allows students to further their careers by synthesizing traditional art and design fundamentals with today’s groundbreaking technologies. Students level up their skill through hands-on prototyping of game mechanics and art creation, followed by creating a thesis project and an industry-quality portfolio. MFA Game Development Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Game Development Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project Create a thesis project that demonstrates a mastery of interactive game design and specialized knowledge of game art or game and level design. Visual Communication Critically evaluate the aesthetics, meaning and effect of imagery. Technology Demonstrate mastery of the tools and technology related to area of specialty Demonstrate familiarity with contemporary game production technology and processes by completing game documents and a playable level Presentation Skills Present their ideas and solutions in a cogent and well-organized manner. Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Create project schedules and milestones and manage resources to meet project goals Research and generate workable solutions under a deadline. Demonstrate a sophisticated level of understanding of game art or design Professional Readiness Produce a professional demo reel or portfolio which meets industry standards. Work cooperatively and effectively in a production environment. Specialty Skills: Game Art Model, texture and light 3-dimensional forms that are genre and format specific. Implement industry and hardware budgets and prepare files for production. Implement concepts in 2D or 3D within budget and to project specifications Specialty Skills: Game & Level Design Communicate abstract ideas using game design documents and 2D maps Create playable games with both vector and 3D technology Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Graphic Design

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

With its focused thesis development process, the School of Graphic Design’s MFA program emphasizes advanced study of the field and encourages students to extend their design skills into content creation, authorship, entrepreneurialism, and social innovation. [+]

With its focused thesis development process, the School of Graphic Design’s MFA program emphasizes advanced study of the field and encourages students to extend their design skills into content creation, authorship, entrepreneurialism, and social innovation. MFA Graphic Design Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Academic Study 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Graphic Design Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Critical & Creative Thinking Conduct appropriate research to identify problems and potential solutions Initiate appropriate level of audience involvement and participation Demonstrate the resourcefulness and flexibility necessary to conceive and execute design solutions Conceptual Skills Create compelling and engaging visual communications that convey appropriate messages and ideas Address problems through a design process Develop design solutions that function effectively within a defined context (social, cultural, technological, economic, etc.) Formal Skills Create visual communications demonstrating competent formal design skills which include: hierarchy, typography, aesthetics, composition and construction of meaningful images Demonstrate competence in media, materials, tools, technology, and techniques Professional Readiness Demonstrate sound organization and design project management skills Effectively present and communicate ideas Demonstrate the skills necessary for chosen career path through the presentation of a competent body of work MFA Thesis Project Produce a comprehensive graduate thesis project that successfully utilizes design to solve for an identified problem Propose a graduate thesis project that identifies a problem, and has the potential for successful development using design Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Illustration

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA Illustration Graduate School curriculum emphasizes visual communication and a mastery of technical and conceptual abilities and involves intensive education in the formulation of ideas, problem solving and artistic skill. [+]

The School of Illustration's MFA program provides advanced study in the illustrative arts with an emphasis on personal style using the most appropriate tools. Art skills and the development of oral, written, and visual presentation skills play a daily role throughout the program. Students graduate with a vibrant portfolio and are well equipped to perform at a high level as they embark on professional careers as illustrators. MFA Illustration Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Illustration Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes The MFA Illustration Graduate School curriculum emphasizes visual communication and a mastery of technical and conceptual abilities and involves intensive education in the formulation of ideas, problem solving and artistic skill. Students are asked to stretch their talents and refine the skills that will enhance their art, broadening the opportunities for their work. Development of the individual's style and viewpoint is a focus of graduate studies in Illustration. Graduate students receive classical art instruction and an exposure to new media. The graduate student will develop a portfolio that demonstrates a personal style and a high level of professional skills. A refined illustrative style and voice will culminate in the graduate student's individual focus for their Final Project in areas such as editorial, advertising, graphic novel and children's books. The Final Project is exhibited to the public upon approval of the Final Review committee. MFA graduates of the School of Illustration will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Plan a portfolio of works directed towards legitimate markets Produce a professional-level portfolio consisting of 15 works directed towards legitimate markets Artistic Ability Demonstrate the skills necessary in the chosen medium or mediums to successfully complete their thesis project Create compelling images Maintain a consistent “language” or “signature style” Research and Conceptualization Skills Clearly identify their audience Conduct research for reference Presentation Skills Professionally present and discuss their work with a review committee. Professional Readiness Develop both digital and print materials to market themselves and their work Demonstrate an understanding of current trends and visual industry standards by describing how their work will address a specific market Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Industrial Design

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The School of Industrial Design's MFA program provides advanced study within focused fields of physical design. In addition to classroom and collaborative coursework, each student works toward producing a final thesis project. [+]

The School of Industrial Design's MFA program provides advanced study within focused fields of physical design. In addition to classroom and collaborative coursework, each student works toward producing a final thesis project. MFA Industrial Design Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Industrial Design Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of their thesis project Explain the relevance of their project to their professional goals Complete an approved body of work which represents an advanced level of achievement in their area of focus Research & Analysis Clearly define the problem/opportunity, hypothesis, main objectives, and product requirements in their project brief Conduct adequate research and communicate findings using appropriate supporting materials Visual Communication Produce work that demonstrates proficiency in branding, graphics, drawing, rendering, 3D modeling, and model making Design Process Explore materials, color, form, manufacturing, ergonomics/human factors, and sustainability Incorporate understanding of costs, bill of materials, and specifications into design planning process Use innovative processes and design methodologies to develop conceptually strong projects (including brainstorming, mapping, sketches, and synthesis/testing of many ideas) Explore secondary designs: packaging, engineering, user interface, and/or user experience Presentation Skills Give clear and concise professional presentations (verbal and visual) Accurately present their ideas in writing Professional Readiness Produce a professional portfolio of work demonstrating their skills to a potential employer Organize a final, stand-alone gallery exhibit of their completed thesis project Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Interior Architecture & Design

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA program focuses on advanced techniques and theory of interior architecture and design. The curriculum—designed and taught by industry professionals—focuses on research, concept and design development, traditional and digital media, innovative ideas, and global issues. [+]

The MFA program focuses on advanced techniques and theory of interior architecture and design. The curriculum—designed and taught by industry professionals—focuses on research, concept and design development, traditional and digital media, innovative ideas, and global issues. MFA Interior Architecture & Design Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Interior Architecture & Design Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units A minimum of thirty semester credits of college-level liberal arts and sciences (general education) must be completed (NOTE: this will include credits earned from the student’s bachelor degree) MFA Program Learning outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Project Present an idea/project worthy of the MFA degree Produce an innovative project that contributes to the design community, demonstrating advanced interior architecture and design skills Interior Design Skills Meet industry standards in response to professional ethics, global issues and technological advances Demonstrate creative approaches to layout, spatial organization, use of material, lighting, and relationship of interior design and furnishings to the architecture of the building Demonstrate an understanding of building codes, safety, health and welfare, ADA and Universal Design principles by correctly applying professional standards to space planning and layouts Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, principles and theories of sustainability as they pertain to building methods, materials, systems and occupants by incorporating sustainable solutions into interior designs Create construction drawings and documents Demonstrate an understanding color principles, theories, and systems in interior design Research and Problem Solving Conduct research and synthesize findings to generate multiple concepts and design responses to programmatic requirements. Interact with multiple disciplines representing different points of view and perspectives. Demonstrate an understanding of movements and traditions in interior design, architecture and furniture by applying precedents to inform design solutions. Presentation Skills Integrate oral and visual material to present ideas clearly. Technical Design Skills Effectively apply principles of two and three dimensional design through both traditional and digital media. Effectively apply color in all aspects of visual communication Professional Readiness Produce a professional portfolio that meets industry standards Create a business plan demonstrating familiarity with business and professional practices Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Jewelry & Metal Arts

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts program emphasizes advanced studio coursework and concept development. Students focus on learning fabrication skills, modular casting, laser cutting techniques, and exploring cross-cultural themes before embarking on individual Directed Study paths. [+]

The MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts program emphasizes advanced studio coursework and concept development. Students focus on learning fabrication skills, modular casting, laser cutting techniques, and exploring cross-cultural themes before embarking on individual Directed Study paths. MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives 6 units TOTAL 63 units MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree. Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project. Produce a cohesive body of work demonstrating personal vision and professional level achievement in concept and execution. Visual Communication Work with advanced level skill in chosen mediums and techniques. Research and Concept Development Explore ideas, articulate concepts, and conceive solutions. Apply project-related research to design solutions. Critical Analysis Critically discuss work using objective criteria: describing facts, analyzing techniques, interpreting content, and evaluating results Discuss work within the context of historical movements and contemporary trends in the thesis proposal, final paper, and directed study journals. Presentation Skills Give clear, concise presentations supported by appropriate visual materials. Professional Readiness Professionally present and exhibit artwork. Manage workload to meet deadlines. Produce a portfolio and collateral materials suitable for chosen career path. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Landscape Architecture

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA program provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in Landscape Architecture. [+]

Master of Arts (MA) Degree MA Landscape Architecture Unit Requirements Major 36 units TOTAL 36 units MA Landscape Architecture Degree Requirements Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units MA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Design Solutions Demonstrate basic command of the key principles, systems, and elements of design that inform two- and three- dimensional design and composition Produce defensible design and planning solutions that reflect an awareness of the historical, ecological and climatic factors of a given site Creatively solve design problems Research and Design Process Conduct sufficient research and analyze findings at appropriate junctures in the design process Explore sufficient concepts and alternatives, and test them against relevant criteria and standards Natural Systems Identify and evaluate key features and processes found on a site (such as soil types, individual plant species, plant communities, wildlife, climatic conditions, and hydrology) to determine design opportunities and constraints Human and Social Factors Demonstrate an understanding of the complexities that exist between human behavior and outdoor space in design proposals Technical Systems and Materials Apply the principles of sustainability to design technically accurate and ecologically sensitive grading and drainage plans and irrigation systems Select and evaluate materials that will both enhance the aesthetic and ecological qualities of a given site and provide for the programmatic requirements of the client and/or user group History, Theory, and Criticism Demonstrate an awareness of fundamental design traditions, ideas, and influences in design proposals Visual and Verbal Communication Consolidate research and present ideas in a concise and convincing verbal presentation Select appropriate representational media, including computer graphics and freehand drawing, to express essential information throughout the design process Professional Readiness Produce a professional portfolio demonstrating their skills and design process Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree The MFA program provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in Landscape Architecture. Track I is available to students who have already obtained an undergraduate professional degree, such as a BLA or BArch. Coursework emphasizes theories of open urban spaces, collaborative and interdisciplinary methods of design and implementation, sustainability, and advanced digital rendering techniques. Track II is available to students with a BA or BS degree, who have limited or no experience with art and design. Coursework focuses on establishing the fundamentals of drafting, site engineering, planting design, ecological systems, site analysis and site design, and regional planning and analysis. MFA Landscape Architecture Unit Requirements Track I Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units Track II Major 51 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 87 units *Per director approval MFA Landscape Architecture Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units or 87 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: DESIGN SOLUTIONS Demonstrate command of the basic principles , systems, and elements of design that inform two- and three- dimensional design and composition. Produce defensible design, planning and management solutions that reflect knowledge of the cultural, historical, ecological and climatic factors of a given site. Demonstrate effective and appropriate design choices at a variety of scales for pedestrian and vehicular circulation, grading, drainage, and storm water management. Creatively solve design problems RESEARCH AND DESIGN PROCESS Conduct sufficient research and analyze findings at appropriate junctures in the design process. Explore sufficient concepts and alternatives, and test them against relevant criteria and standards Work effectively with the natural forms, processes and elements of an indigenous landscape during the entire design process. Prepare a comprehensive program for a landscape architectural project, including assessment of client and user needs, a critical review of appropriate precedents, an analysis of site conditions, a review of the relevant codes, laws and standards and assessment of their implication for the project. NATURAL SYSTEMS Identify the indigenous components and processes found on any site (soil types, individual plant species, plant communities, wildlife, climatic conditions, and hydrology) and determine the resultant design opportunities and constraints. Apply principles and strategies of sustainability to design work. HUMAN AND SOCIAL FACTORS Demonstrate understanding of the diverse needs, values, behavioral norms, physical ability, and social and spatial patterns that characterize different cultures and individuals and the implication of this diversity for the societal roles and responsibilities of landscape architects. Demonstrate understanding of the theories and methods of inquiry that seek to clarify the relationship between human behavior and the physical environment. TECHNICAL SYSTEMS AND MATERIALS Apply the principles of sustainability to design technically accurate and ecologically sensitive grading and drainage plans and irrigation systems. Select and evaluate materials that will enhance the aesthetic and ecological qualities of a given site as well as provide for the programmatic requirements of the client and/or user group. Estimate cost of materials and installation. Develop innovative construction details that solve complex structural, functional, aesthetic/environmental issues. Demonstrate site design and implementation strategies applying appropriate technologies, materials and methods. HISTORY, THEORY, AND CRITICISM Demonstrate understanding of prevailing traditions (western, non-western, regional, and vernacular) in the built environment and the various factors (climatic, cultural, socioeconomic, and technological factors) that have shaped them. Display a working knowledge of the theoretical foundations of and central ideas in landscape architecture. PUBLIC POLICY AND REGULATION Recognize the design opportunities and limitations of building and construction codes. Demonstrate understanding of the landscape architect’s responsibility as determined by registration law, codes and regulations, professional service contracts, zoning and subdivision ordinances, environmental regulation, historic preservation laws, and accessibility laws. VISUAL AND VERBAL COMMUNICATION Consolidate copious research and present complex ideas in a concise and convincing verbal presentation. Select appropriate representational media, including computer graphics and freehand drawing, to express essential information throughout the design process Make technically precise drawings, recognizing their importance as legal documents. PROFESSIONAL READINESS Work in collaboration with other students in pursuit of complex design solutions . Demonstrate understanding of the need for landscape architects to provide leadership in the design and construction process and on issues of growth, development, and aesthetics in their communities. Demonstrate understanding of the basic principles and legal aspects of practice organization, financial management, business planning, time and project management, risk mitigation, and mediation and arbitration as well as an understanding of trends that affect practice, such as globalization, outsourcing, project delivery, expanding practice settings, and diversity. Produce a professional portfolio demonstrating their skills and design process. Demonstrate understanding of the ethical issues involved in the development and application of professional judgment in landscape architectural design and practice. Demonstrate basic command of construction documentation and administration. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Motion Pictures & Television

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The School of Motion Pictures & Television's MFA program offers advanced, multifaceted study of the film arts. Areas of emphasis include story structure, cinematography, directing, editing, and various producing aspects. Students produce a reel of work that reflects their refined talent and professional readiness. [+]

The School of Motion Pictures & Television's MFA program offers advanced, multifaceted study of the film arts. Areas of emphasis include story structure, cinematography, directing, editing, and various producing aspects. Students produce a reel of work that reflects their refined talent and professional readiness. MFA Motion Pictures & Television Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives 6 units TOTAL 63 units MFA Motion Pictures & Television Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Propose a thesis worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis Complete an approved body of work which represents an advanced level of achievement in their area of focus (cinematography, directing, editing, producing, production design, or screenwriting) Storytelling Apply their specialty skills to communicate stories and ideas effectively in films Research Conduct necessary research for film projects. Communication Skills Explain their projects and thesis proposal clearly and specifically to a review committee, using professional terminology. Produce comprehensive Midpoint and Final Review Books that include all required elements for their focus area. Collaboration Skills Demonstrate evidence of working in creative teams on multiple projects. Professional Readiness Create a compelling demo reel or portfolio to market themselves for industry opportunities (as appropriate to their professional goals). Develop marketing plans for their careers. Specialty Skills: Cinematography Work effectively with various film and digital cameras, lenses and accessories. Design and execute creative lighting schemes and choices that serve the story. Apply principles of composition and camera movement to enhance the story (working with the director). Specialty Skills: Directing Guide a crew in preproduction, production, and postproduction to execute effective choices that serve the story. Elicit engaging and believable performances from actors. Specialty Skills: Editing Demonstrate proficiency in the technical skills involved in editing. Creatively problem-solve to assemble scenes and sequences that generate interest and emotional impact. Organize the proper workflow and demonstrate basic trouble shooting skills and professional responsibility. Apply high level analytical skills to make creative decisions about such areas as editing for performance of an actor, genre cutting and stylistic elements. Specialty Skills: Producing Acquire or originate and develop material on two approved projects, acting as creative producer; OR Assemble the creative team and produce 6 television spec commercials for multiple professional clients in close collaboration with the School of Advertising; OR Assemble the creative team and produce 3 spec music videos for professional recoding companies and their contract performers. Supervise complex film projects from development through exhibition, ensuring delivery requirements have been met. Demonstrate familiarity with negotiating film contracts (for actors, crew, locations, equipment, lodging, transportation, and catering). Demonstrate understanding of the legal aspects of film production, including copyrights, trademarks, music licensing, working with minors, unions, finance and distribution. Demonstrate understanding of film marketing including market research, target audience, promotional tie ins and product placement, press kits, and social marketing. Supervise appropriate publicity campaign. Specialty Skills: Production Design Competently communicate design concepts through basic drawing skills and visual presentations Collaborate with the cinematographer and director to develop a cohesive visual style Assemble and lead art department crews Effectively manage department budgets Design effective sets and locations including creating and dressing sets, choosing locations, and selecting and managing props Supervise day to day operations of the art department, set decorations, props, and locations; oversee costume, hair, and make-up design to support the “look” of the film set design, locations, props, costuming, hair/make-up to ensure visual continuity in the film set design, locations, props, costuming, hair/make-up to ensure visual continuity in the film Specialty Skills: Screenwriting Write shorts and features that demonstrate compelling story and character development. Pitch their stories effectively. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Multimedia Communications

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MA program provides advanced study for students pursuing careers in multimedia communications. Coursework focuses on short-form production, on-camera performance, multimedia writing, and journalism for broadcast as well as for streaming mobile devices, and entrepreneurship. [+]

The MA program provides advanced study for students pursuing careers in multimedia communications. Coursework focuses on short-form production, on-camera performance, multimedia writing, and journalism for broadcast as well as for streaming mobile devices, and entrepreneurship. Students graduate from the program with a comprehensive portfolio or reel that showcases their talents refined through a concentrated curriculum. MA Multimedia Communications Unit Requirements Major 33 units Electives* 3 units TOTAL 36 units *Per director approval MA Multimedia Communications Degree Requirements Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units MA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Production Skills Produce broadcast-ready video content that adheres to professional standards Use and create interactive content and web designs to promote and enhance media projects Depending on the student's specialization: ability to present oneself on camera professionally in various kinds of scripted, live, and impromptu settings in the studio and on location; or, the ability to direct on camera talent in the studio and on location. Conceptual Thinking Identify, research, and evaluate relevant information as appropriate to chosen media specialty. Apply creative business and technological solutions for formatting, distributing, and marketing content across all major media platforms Apply creative business strategies in the presentation and promotion of projects. Discuss, analyze, and forecast media trends, and use data and information to support media forecasts. Written and Oral Communication Develop scripts, features, articles and other written content for in-depth and continuous coverage of a media specialty. Demonstrate mastery of various types of interview techniques appropriate to a target audience or media genre. Develop sophisticated concepts for a media project and to professionally pitch these ideas. Visual Communication Rapidly visualize story ideas in the pre-production stage, for individual projects and larger-scale projects or series. Apply advanced design principles to various types of video, print, and interactive media. Professional Readiness Produce a professional reel to acquire a job within the media industry or corporate environment Meet deadlines and submit work according to professional presentation standards. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise. [+]

The MFA program provides advanced training in music and sound design. Students are guided through the completion of a final thesis project that reflects their breadth of music and audio expertise. MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Students will conceive and complete an original MFA thesis which represents an advanced level of achievement in the field of music creation or sound design for visual media. Music Composition Advanced understanding of the language of music: harmony, melody, and rhythm. Orchestrate and arrange music at a professional level Write or edit music for different visual environments (such as film, television, animation, games, multimedia, and commercials) at a professional level Soundtrack for Visual Media Create music or sound which supports or heightens the emotional impacts of visual images (or visual material). Production Skills and Technical Knowledge Demonstrate expert-level proficiency with software related to contemporary music production techniques. Professional Readiness Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing music for client needs. Collaborate effectively with a creative team on a given project, such as a film, television show, animation, game, multimedia project, or commercial. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Music Scoring & Composition

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

Write or edit music for different visual environments (such as film, television, animation, games, multimedia, and commercials) at a professional level. [+]

MA Music Scoring & Composition Unit Requirements Major 33 units Graduate Liberal Arts 3 units TOTAL 36 units *Per director approval MA Music Scoring & Composition Degree Requirements Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units MA Music Scoring & Composition Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Music Composition Demonstrate an understanding of advanced concepts in the language of music: harmony, melody, and rhythm Orchestrate and arrange music at a professional level Write or edit music for different visual environments (such as film, television, animation, games, multimedia, and commercials) at a professional level Production Skills and Technical Knowledge Demonstrate proficiency with software related to contemporary sound production techniques Professional Readiness Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing music for client needs Complete a final project which reflects professional goals Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Photography

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA program provides advanced practice and intensive study of the photographic medium. Core curriculum covers historical perspective, advanced theoretical and conceptual development in traditional, experimental and digital photography capture, post-production and output. [+]

The MFA program provides advanced practice and intensive study of the photographic medium. Core curriculum covers historical perspective, advanced theoretical and conceptual development in traditional, experimental and digital photography capture, post-production and output. The program culminates with a formal thesis project and complete body of work that supports the thesis and showcases each student's unique vision and talent. MFA Photography Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Photography Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Produce an advanced-level thesis project within a digital or traditional specialization, demonstrating mastery and synthesis of the skills taught in the program. Thesis Project Development Propose a solid concept suitable for refinement and development. Select an appropriately challenging and feasible project. Present a cohesive body of work Successfully articulate the end result of the project. Demonstrate sufficient preparation for their project (research, problem solving) Conceptual and Design Skills Make creative decisions that optimize conceptual impact, cohesiveness and personal style Integrate conceptual and technical elements of photography to convey a story, idea, or emotion Effectively deploy design elements within the composition and presentation of the imagery. Technical Skills Utilize effective lighting styles, techniques and equipment appropriate to art for commerce, photojournalism/documentary, or fine art applications, as determined by projects and professional focus Master exposure, lighting ratios, and post–production skills as appropriate to the project. Communication and Analysis Communicate ideas and proposals clearly, verbally and in writing, including defending work and choices made during capture, output and presentation Demonstrate professional behavior throughout the review process Critique their photographs with an understanding of technical, aesthetic, and historical context Build on feedback to improve their body of work Professional Readiness Assemble a cohesive portfolio, which shows a unique personal view and style. Produce and present professional quality materials Clearly articulate future plans and goals in the area of photographic specialty Effectively library and archive complete body of work Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Sound Design

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the singular elements and overall combinations of sound design. [+]

MA Sound Design Unit Requirements Major 30 units Graduate Liberal Arts 6 units TOTAL 36 units *Per director approval MA Sound Design Degree Requirements Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 36 units MA Sound Design Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Listening Skills and Critical Thinking Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the singular elements and overall combinations of sound design Soundtrack for Visual Media Create sound which supports or heightens the emotional impact of visual imagery Production Skills and Technical Knowledge Demonstrate proficiency with software related to contemporary sound production techniques Professional Readiness Think critically and demonstrate flexibility in creating or editing audio for client needs Complete a final project which reflects professional goals Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Visual Development

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The Visual Development MFA program provides advanced coursework in still life painting, figure drawing, character design, concept painting, layout design for animation, and other core skills of professional visual developers. [+]

The Visual Development MFA program provides advanced coursework in still life painting, figure drawing, character design, concept painting, layout design for animation, and other core skills of professional visual developers. The goal of each graduate student is the completion of a signature thesis book showcasing design work for a story-based project. MFA Visual Development Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Visual Development Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree Demonstrate the feasibility of their thesis project Produce a professional-standard project, with topical content for the industry, showcasing artistic ability Artistic Ability Demonstrate strong drawing and compositional skills Create value studies that demonstrate an understanding of lighting, composition, and space Research and Critical Thinking Apply visual research to design solutions Demonstrate an understanding of the production pipeline by presenting an effective timeline at the Midpoint Review (MPR only) Collaboration Collaborate effectively to produce creative projects Visual Development Apply color and design elements consistent with the overall look of the film. Design elements to support the narrative Demonstrate continuity in visual storytelling Presentation Skills Create visually compelling, professional-quality presentation materials Pitch ideas clearly and professionally Professional Readiness Produce a professional-level digital and print portfolio suitable for seeking employment within the industry Demonstrate accountability for planning complex projects, prioritizing tasks and meeting project milestones. Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Web Design & New Media

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA program provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in web design and new media. Progress in the MFA degree is measured through a rigorous process, both at the midpoint and final reviews. [+]

The MFA program provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in web design and new media. Progress in the MFA degree is measured through a rigorous process, both at the midpoint and final reviews. Studio courses develop creative and technical acumen, with attention to mastering user experience design, while advanced courses provide a focused learning environment for building final thesis projects. Students will graduate with a portfolio and comprehensive thesis project showcasing their talent. MFA Web Design & New Media Unit Requirements Major 27 units Directed Study 18 units Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units Electives* 6 units TOTAL 63 units *Per director approval MFA Web Design & New Media Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Thesis Project Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: MFA Thesis Project Present a clearly defined design project worthy of the MFA degree Provide proof of concept demonstrating the feasibility of the project Produce a final thesis project demonstrating design thinking, and visual communication and technical skills Design Thinking Conduct appropriate market research and apply findings to design decisions Demonstrate knowledge of thesis topic and identify resources for content development Identify appropriate platform(s) and adapt designs accordingly Visual Communication Effectively utilize grid, hierarchy, typography, color, and composition Demonstrate interactive design principles as appropriate to the project Technical Abilities Demonstrate an understanding of the technical skills necessary to execute the thesis project. User Experience Clearly define the target audience demonstrating a consideration of both primary and secondary users Develop final testing plan based on initial explorations Apply testing results to refine project throughout the design process. Professional Readiness Effectively articulate and defend ideas and processes Demonstrate organizational skills in the thesis proposal and record of thesis project development process Develop and demonstrate the skills required for the chosen professional path, as demonstrated in the thesis project, portfolio and personal website Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

Master in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media

Campus Full time September 2016 USA San Francisco

The MFA in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media is an intensive program that concentrates exclusively on writing, pitching and the business side of being a professional writer. In this highly collaborative environment, you will write two screenplays, three spec television scripts and a spec pilot. [+]

The MFA in Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media is an intensive program that concentrates exclusively on writing, pitching and the business side of being a professional writer. In this highly collaborative environment, you will write two screenplays, three spec television scripts and a spec pilot. You will also be a staff writer on two web series. So if your goal is to complete a marketable body of work that is ready for literary representation, script sales or options, open writing assignments and staff positions, our program will give you the creative edge you need. MFA Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media Unit Requirements Major 60 units TOTAL 60 units MFA Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media Degree Requirements Successful completion of Final Review Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA Minimum grade of C in all required 60 units MFA Program Learning Outcomes Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria: Research Effectively conduct in-depth research and apply results to create authentic story worlds, characters and dialogue Story Development Skills Generate story ideas for feature films and television that grab the interest of industry readers Develop compelling stories that are fresh, imaginative, and marketable Apply essential screenwriting tools to develop stories that are structurally sound Create well-defined sympathetic or empathetic characters Critical Thinking Analyze story/script problems and find creative solutions Written Presentation Skills Write compelling loglines and premises Write themes that reflect a strong point of view Write well-developed treatments or outlines and synopses Screenwriting Skills Write scripts that demonstrate command of story structure, scene structure, character development, action description, dialogue and subtext Pitching Skills Pitch stories effectively and professionally Collaboration Effectively collaborate on multiple projects Professional Readiness Complete polished, properly formatted, error-free scripts that are ready for seeking representation and employment in the industry Present a strategy for accessing agents, managers and producers Visit www.academyart.edu to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status. [-]

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