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University Partner - Art Academy University in San Francisco


In February 2009 the Office of Univeristy Partners finalized an articulation agreement the Academy of Art University (AAU) in San Francisco, CA.  Founded in 1929 is the largest private school of art and design in the United States. The Academy is WASC accredited, National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) accredited and Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly FIDER) accredited.  For students who wish to move the school offers guaranteed student housing however it also has on line degree programs for Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Master of Arts.  AAU’s tuition is comparable to other art schools. For more information visit there website at

Online degree programs at the AAU include those in Advertising, Animation and Visual Effects, Architecture, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Motion Picture and Television, Photography, and Web Design.

Transfer Guide for Windward Community College

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Degree:

A maximum of thirty (30) semester units can be applied towards the Liberal Arts course requirements at the Academy of Art University.

Nine (9) units  of transfer level art classes that are related to Academy of Art University majors can also be transferred as art elective units. 

A maximum of thirty (30) units may be transferred in combination of Liberal Arts and Art Elective transfer awards.

Department Directors may transfer additional units based on portfolio review.  These units do not count towards the 30 unit maximum mentioned above.  However, a maximum of 66 units may be transferred in total towards the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Courses must be reported on an official transcript and must have a record grade of “C” or higher to qualify for transfer credit.

Transfer Guides are subject to change at the discretion of the Academy of Art University.  We reserve the right to make updates/changes at any time.  Student will be held to the catalog requirements and or the curriculum in effect during their first semester of matriculation at the Academy of Art University.

The Academy of Art University agrees to accept the following Windward Community College courses in lieu of the Academy of Art University Liberal Arts courses listed.  This transfer guide is not reciprocal. Windward Community College does not agree to accept Academy of Art University’s courses.

Academy of Art University Windward Community College

LA 108: English Composition  - Composition for the Artist
ENG 100
LA 110: English Composition – Narrative Storytelling No applicable course
LA 202: English Compostion – Research, Footnotes, Bibliog.   No applicable course
ART HISTORY (9 units):  
LA 120 Art History thru 15th  Century ART 270
LA 121 Art History thru 19th  Century Must be taken in residence at AAU
LA 222 Art History thru 20th  Century Must be taken in residence at AAU
U.S. HISTORY (3 units):
LA 270 U.S. History (1865 to the present) HIST 282


Choose any 8 of these classes to complete the Liberal Arts Requirement. Please note: The Liberal Arts courses listed represent some of the most popular classes that students can transfer into the Academy of Art University.   Not all of these classes are a requirement for all programs of study.
LA 140 Music Appreciation MUS 106
LA 175 Astronomy ASTR 110
LA 255 College Math MATH 21B or MATH 22
LA 256 College Algebra/Analytical Geom. MATH 103
LA 268 Beginning Spanish SPAN 101
LA 272 Fund of Drama THEA 101
LA 273 Intermediate Spanish SPAN 201
LA 280 Pers Journalism/ Mass Media JOUR 205
LA 290 Fund of Professional Comm ENG 209
LA 300 Public Speaking SP 251
LA 305 Philosophy: Logic PHIL 110
LA 343 Religion, Comparative REL 150
LA 359 Sociology SOC 100
LA 365 General Psychology PSY 100
LA 368 Cultural Anthropology ANTH 200
ART ELECTIVES (9 units):
There are 3 classes or 9 units of Art Electives that student must take to fulfill a Bachelor’s degree graduation requirement.  Art Elective courses are studio classes where students receive direct hands on experience.   Students choose Art Elective classes that are of interest to them and don’t necessarily have to be related to your major.  Some examples of Art Elective courses are Introduction to Ceramics, Introduction to Photography, Introduction to Graphic Design etc.


Interested transfer students should consult the Academy of Art University catalog as well as an Admissions Representative at the Academy of Art University for necessary curriculum requirements, as course requirements may change after printing of the catalog.

For more information about transferring to the Academy of Art University go to their Admission Transfer webpage at: