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American Academy of Art



American Academy of Art
332 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604-4302


American Academy of Art is a private arts school located in downtown Chicago. Founded in 1923, the American Academy of Art provides professional artists with tools and techniques they need to build a successful career. Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, the academic program at Illinois art school combines a foundation in drawing and design with a core curriculum that emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.

American Academy of Art offers seven areas of study leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree: illustration, design, web design, 3-D modeling and animation, oil painting, watercolor painting, and life drawing. All students complete a core curriculum of humanities and sciences courses along with hands-on learning in the studio. Students have access to shared housing in various apartment complexes within 10 miles of the American Academy of Art campus.

Quick Facts:

  • Faculty members at American Academy of Art have been trained in the nation's top art schools and recognized within their fields through publications and awards.

  • The Bill L. Parks Gallery on campus features exhibitions of work by students, faculty, and visiting artists.

  • Studio classes at American Academy of Art are limited to 25 students, and humanities and sciences classes are limited to 30 students.
  • This school profile has been compiled and updated by The CollegeBound Network. The school is not affiliated with The CollegeBound Network and shall not be considered a sponsor of this program.
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