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American Academy of Art

American Academy of Art is college with 406 students located in Chicago, IL.

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The American Academy of Art was founded in 1923 as a school for professional artists. Our classes have traditionally placed an emphasis on drawing and design based on the classical academic tradition. We are home to a distinguished faculty committed to providing our students with artistic skills and knowledge of contemporary tools and techniques. Today, the American Academy of Art continues to build on this strong reputation of educating successful professional artists.

Our curriculum is based on developing strong foundational skills and knowledge from which students can improve their abilities as they complete challenging projects of progressive difficulty. We offer nine areas of study in our Bachelor of Fine Arts degree: Illustration, Illustration with a Specialization in Digital Illustration, Graphic Design, Multimedia/ Web Design, 3-D Modeling and Animation, Oil Painting, Watercolor Painting, Life Drawing and Photography.

All of our students start their training with the foundations program. The foundations program helps students to develop the core skills of the visual arts. In Fundamentals of Art and Life Drawing, students learn figure drawing, composition, rendering, linear perspective and color theory. A variety of materials and techniques are introduced in these courses. Class projects give students experience in the full artistic process--from concept to sketch to thumbnail to finished work. This year is critical in preparing students to think and work as artists in their area of specialization.

The Academy also places a high priority on studio time to practice and improve on the skills and concepts covered in the classroom. Students spend many hours each week in hands-on studio work as they learn to develop and convey visual images. In addition, studio time gives students an opportunity to apply their unique inventiveness within the framework of a traditional approach.

We also recognize our experienced faculty as one of our most valuable assets in the classroom. Our faculty is familiar with all stages of artistic development and able to provide guidance and encouragement to young artists. Classroom collaboration often results in greater creativity and inspiration. The students benefit from instruction and critique from faculty members who are invested in the students' artistic growth.

We include a core of humanities and sciences courses as an essential component of our curriculum. We realize that a well-rounded knowledge of other disciplines of human achievement can fuel a more diverse approach to artistic thought and expression. Our humanities and sciences classes prepare students for negotiating the professional world with strong critical thinking, assertive problem solving, and clear communication.

We are proud of the success of our graduates. Many of our alumni have established themselves in leadership positions in their fields. In the years that our students are with us, we make every effort to equip them for rewarding careers where they can have a positive impact on their culture and community

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 406
Gender 47% Male / 53% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 74% Full Time / 26% Part Time
Socio-Economic Diversity 49% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 55%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
Multi-racial 3%
International 0%
Hispanic/Latino 25%
Black or African American 13%
Asian 3%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: pre-admission summer program
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates placement services for graduates veteran's counselor
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): accelerated program independent study internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Illustration (67%), Painting (11%), Graphic Design (10%), Drawing (5%), Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects (4%), Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design (0%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions through representation by lines made on a surface. Includes instruction in eye-hand coordination; line, value, shape, and perspective; figure and still life drawing; the use of media such as pen and ink, pencil, charcoal, pastel, and brush; and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program that prepares individuals to use artistic techniques to develop and execute interpretations of the concepts of authors and designers to specifications. Includes instruction in book illustration, fashion illustration, map illustration, rendering, exhibit preparation, textual layout, cartooning, and the use of various artistic techniques as requested by clients.

Job Opportunities:

Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals creatively and technically to express emotions, ideas, or inner visions by the application of paints and related chemical color substances to canvases or other materials. Includes instruction in color and color mixing, surface preparation, composition, oil and acrylic media, watercolor media, painting techniques, and personal style development.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Craft Artists
Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators
Create original artwork using any of a wide variety of media and techniques.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Photographers
Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to apply HTML, XML, Javascript, graphics applications, and other authoring tools to the design, editing, and publishing (launching) of documents, images, graphics, sound, and multimedia products on the World Wide Web. Includes instruction in Internet theory, web page standards and policies, elements of web page design, user interfaces, vector tools, special effects, interactive and multimedia components, search engines, navigation, morphing, e-commerce tools, and emerging web technologies.

Job Opportunities:

Web Developers
Design, create, and modify Web sites. Analyze user needs to implement Web site content, graphics, performance, and capacity. May integrate Web sites with other computer applications. May convert written, graphic, audio, and video components to compatible Web formats by using software designed to facilitate the creation of Web and multimedia content.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to use computer applications and related visual and sound imaging techniques to manipulate images and information originating as film, video, still photographs, digital copy, soundtracks, and physical objects in order to communicate messages simulating real-world content. Includes instruction in specialized camerawork and equipment operation and maintenance, image capture, computer programming, dubbing, CAD applications, and applications to specific commercial, industrial, and entertainment needs.

Job Opportunities:

Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.

Administration & Faculty

President Richard H Otto
Accredited by Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
Accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Full-time Faculty 31
Student : Faculty Ratio 15 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 54 : 45
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 93.0% accepted of 243 applications

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $23,836 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $23,890
$30K-$48K $20,852
$48K-$75K $29,224
$75K-$110K $30,702
$110K+ $31,273

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $28,600, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $28,600 Same as On-Campus
Fees $420 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $6,354
Books $1,200 $1,200
Total (before financial aid) $30,220 $36,574

Students Receiving Aid

56% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 81% $6,722
Federal Scholarships/Grants 49% $4,857
Institutional Grants 10% $11,056
Other Federal Grants 30% $506
Other Loans 27% $15,825
Pell Grants 49% $4,553
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 38% $3,884
Student Loans 81% $11,997

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.aaart.edu/admissions/financial-aid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://aaart.studentaidcalculator.com.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

32% of students graduated on time.

42% of students graduated in six years.

81% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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