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History of the Academy

Founded in 1977, the Art Academy offers unique programs in design, drawing, painting, and photography, with emphasis on creative expression. Classes are small, taught by working artists from the front ranks of the art community. The programs combine studio-intensive training with special-focus workshops and independent use of facilities. Located on a tree-lined bluff overlooking the bay - just 15 minutes from downtown - the Art Academy offers its students easy access to galleries, museums, and lively cultural events.

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Application Information

Class size is kept small to ensure that each student has access to equipment and ample opportunity to work with instructors. The Art Academy fills introductory classes and special-focus workshops by lottery. Admission to advanced classes is based on a jury system, using interviews and slides of applicants' work.

Admission Guidelines

Admission to the Art Academy is by application only. Advanced classes also require a set of five 35mm slides and descriptive information of the applicant's work. Final selection for advanced classes is determined by an interview with a panel of artists.

All applications must include full payment and slides, if required.

Click here to download the application form. Complete the information and then mail it back to the Art Academy. You'll need Adobe Acrobat Reader (or Exchange) to view and print the application.

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Application Deadline

Completed applications and fees for all fall classes must be received by 5 p.m., July 26. Candidates are notified of a decision in mid-August and have until September 1 to respond to an offer of admission. Candidates who are placed on the wait list may be invited to submit supplemental information for further review.

Fees and Expenses

Although fees vary from class to class, applicants should plan for the following range of fees and expenses per session:

Tuition (2 classes)..........$1,550
Processing Fee..................$25
Total Fee....................$2,400


The Art Academy awards scholarships to the most prepared, talented, and experienced applicants. A panel of artists reviews scholarship applications and interviews applicants, then awards scholarships based on artistic merit.

To apply for a scholarship:

  1. Request an application.
  2. Submit the completed application form by the deadline.
  3. Submit slides of your portfolio with a description sheet.
  4. Arrange for an interview with the panel of artists.

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For More Information

To find out more about the Art Academy or to arrange a special tour, please contact the Academy in one of the following ways:

Fax: 200.555.1313
Online order form: Click here to request printed information.
Telephone: 200.555.1212. Office hours are M-F, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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