Academy of Art University Receives NAAB Accreditation for Architecture School

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The Academy of Art University's architecture school recently received official accreditation for its Masters in Architecure program from the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB). The NAAB is the only institution that grants universities official status to offer this degree.

The Academy of Art University is proud to announce that its MFA Architecture School program has been officially accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).

With this accreditation, the Academy will now be able to offer the official professional degree of the architecture industry, the Master of Architecture (M.Arch.). NAAB is the only institution that grants universities the official status to offer this degree. In most states, this degree is required for licensure as an architect. By offering this accredited degree program, the Academy is giving its students the prestige and flexibility they will need to practice at the top level of architecture.

The Academy of Art University is following up on accreditation by investing many resources into its architecture school program, including hiring esteemed faculty into the architecture department: Dr. Richard Smith, who will teach architecture studios; Peter Wong, who will teach perspective, and two structural engineers, Randy Collins and Francisco Castillo, have all joined the architecture school faculty. In addition, thorough curriculum reviews will be conducted through the fall and spring semesters, which will lead to curriculum expansions and updates, as well as additional facilities.

The NAAB accrediting board was impressed with the overall experience the architecture school offers its students, as well as the proven success in placing students at top firms. Graduate students in the architecture program currently work in some of the best and most sought-after internship positions in the field.

About the Academy of Art University (http://www.academyart.edu)

Founded in 1929 by artists for artists, the Academy of Art University offers professional study at the AA, BFA and MFA levels in the fields of art and design. The curriculum integrates the talents of students with their personal visions and aspirations, with the overarching goal of preparing them for professional employment in art and design careers.

With 9,000 students attending courses in 31 academic facilities located in the heart of San Francisco — and a cyber campus reaching around the world — the Academy is the largest private art and design school in the country.

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