American Academy of Art

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American Academy of Art
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PresidentRichard H. Otto
Academic staff
30+ full time
Location, ,
AffiliationsAccrediting 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 web design, illustration, modeling, painting and others.

The school's Bill L. Parks Gallery is open to the public and features exhibitions of works by students, faculty, visiting arts and works from the Academy's permanent collection.[2]


The American Academy of Art was founded in 1923 by Frank Young and Harry L. Timmins to train students for careers in commercial and fine art.[3]


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

The Academy has curriculum for bachelor's 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.[4]

The Academy is accredited by:

Notable alumni/students[edit]


  1. ^ "Directory Search - 1. American Academy of Art". Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology. Retrieved 2008-03-23.
  2. ^ "Bill L. Parks Gallery". American Academy of Art. Retrieved 15 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Academy History". American Academy of Art. Archived from the original on 16 April 2008. Retrieved 23 March 2008.
  4. ^ American Academy of Art website

Coordinates: 41°52′38.8″N 87°37′28.5″W / 41.877444°N 87.624583°W / 41.877444; -87.624583