American Academy of Art

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About American Academy of Art

The American Academy of Art is located in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The campus is two blocks from the Art Institute of Chicago on the western edge of Grant Park. At the center of Grant Park visitors can see Buckingham Fountain. At the southern end of the park is the Museum Campus, the site of the Field Museum, the Adler Planetarium, and Shedd Aquarium. In addition, Grant Park offers shaded walking trails and a paved multi-use path running along Lake Michigan for the entire length of the park. Millennium Park is a portion of Grant Park, and serves as the "front lawn" of downtown Chicago. The principal feature of Millennium Park is the Pritzker Pavilion, home of the Grant Park Music Festival, the nation's only remaining free, municipally-supported, outdoor, classical music series.

The American Academy of Art offers four-year BFA degrees in four areas of commercial art study. 3D modeling and animation incorporates traditional skills such as sculpture and drawing with 3D digital skills including Web and interactive media design. Multimedia/Web design trains students in the use of computers to manipulate images, prepare print layouts and create Web designs using typography, photography, illustration, Web programming, interface design, video and animation. Design teaches students to combine typography and images to create designs such as print advertisements and television storyboards. Illustration trains students in a wide range of drawing media and techniques to create illustrations for advertising and editorial use. All programs offer internships in the last semester of study and require creation of a Senior portfolio for graduation.

Currently the Academy does not offer any school-funded scholarships or grants. The Academy does participate in federal student financial aid programs. Students are encouraged to meet with the Financial Services staff even before enrollment is confirmed for assistance in the development of a plan to meet the cost of education.

Since 1923 the Academy has trained successful artists in both commercial and fine art. Students are given intensive training in fundamentals, small class sizes, and many hands-on studio classes. The Academy also provides Career Services offices to assist graduates in their job searches. According to the Academy Mission Statement, "Academy graduates will have the professional skills and vision, the knowledge of other disciplines of human achievement, and the attitudes toward lifelong learning needed to succeed in a constantly evolving global job market while contributing to their communities."

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