Enlist In Your Creative Future

Academy of Art University is the place to pursue your creative passions before, during, or after your military service. We offer an accredited university education in design, communication, technology, and the arts, with no prior artistic experience required. With over 900 classes to choose from, you’ll be building a career-ready portfolio from day one to prepare you for jobs in the industry of your choice. You can study with us on campus, online on-demand, or in real time via Zoom.

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The Academy Experience: Veterans’ Voices

We sat down with a number of our veteran and active-duty students and graduates to hear why they chose the Academy and how the school has changed their lives. The Academy has a long history of welcoming those who serve and their families. Our “No Barriers” admission policy opens the doors to anyone who believes in their artistic potential.

The Academy: By The Numbers


Unique Art & Design Schools


Military-Affiliated Students
(Fall 2023)


STEM + Art Degrees

Why We Value Veterans

We believe artists and soldiers share the same traits: passion, dedication, discipline, and vision. The Academy was founded by Navy veterans and has always strived to give back to those who have served our country. Since its inception, the Academy has helped thousands of veterans fulfill their dreams of becoming working artists and designers. Veterans are an integral part of our student population, adding their important perspectives to all aspects of Academy life.

What We Offer

Military Veterans

Academy of Art University offers a wide variety of tuition assistance programs, as well as other veteran-specific benefits, including:
– Military Tuition Assistance and Veterans GI Bill® benefits
– The Academy Military Scholarship
– A dedicated Veterans Resource Center
– Yellow Ribbon Program
– ROTC Scholarships
– OneVet OneVoice Work/Study opportunities
– Military Friendly® school

Military Spouses

The Academy recognizes that spouses are not only partners in life, but partners in education as well. That’s why we offer the same benefits we provide to our veterans to their spouses and dependents (if eligible). From access to dedicated counselors and facilities to veteran-specific financial aid opportunities, the Academy fully supports the education goals of military spouses.

It Starts Here

Whether you want to pursue a career in art and design or just fulfill a creative dream, the Academy has classes for you.