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American Academy of Art

American Academy of Art
Established 1923
Type Private
President Richard H. Otto
Location Chicago, Illinois, United States
Affiliations Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology[1]

The American Academy of Art is an art school located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. It was founded in 1923 for the education of fine and commercial arts students. The American Academy of Art offers four-year, accredited Bachelor of Fine Arts degree programs in in web design, illustration, modeling, painting and others.


  • History 1
  • Curriculum 2
  • Notable alumni/students 3
  • References 4


The American Academy of Art was founded in 1923 by Frank Young to train students for careers in commercial and fine art.[2]


Enrollment is typically between 400 and 500 students. Annual tuition is currently $24,000+.

The Academy has curriculum for both Bachelors and Masters degrees. Eight areas of study are offered for a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, all of which require 126 credit hours to graduate. These programs include:

  • 3D modeling and animation
  • Life drawing
  • Multimedia/web design
  • Oil painting
  • Graphic design
  • Watercolor painting
  • Illustration / Digital illustration
  • Photography

The Academy requires all incoming freshmen to take both life drawing and art composition for the freshman year.[3]

The Academy is accredited by:

Notable alumni/students


  1. ^ "Directory Search - 1. American Academy of Art". Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  2. ^ "Academy History". American Academy of Art. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  3. ^ American Academy of Art website

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