The Academy of Art University, previously known as Academy of Art College is a school of art that is located in San Francisco. It is a privately owned art school that was founded for profit generation. The school was founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens; it was then known as Academy of Advertising Art. The main campus of the art and design school is located on New Montgomery Street (previously known as Montgomery Street South) in the South of Market area.

The school of art regards itself as the largest owned schools of art and design in the United States of America. Current statistics show that the school has about 12600 students. The art and design schools boast of having about 283 teaching staff and about 1154 part-time teaching staff. Academy of Art University has an open admission because the school believes that anyone interested in studying design should be accredited the chance. It offers over 30 programs in various degree levels. The school also offers grants and scholarships and so far it has helped over 45000 needy students to study art and design.

The institution received regional accreditation from the WASC in 2007. And thus the school became a certified institutional member of NASAD. Currently, the school has grown and is now offering about 25 subjects in masters, bachelors, and associate degrees. They are also offering several online courses. According to the article on New Revision Post, people living with disabilities face a lot of challenges when it comes to choosing a clothing design that is suitable for their everyday needs. This is because they are in constant use of wheelchairs and they may require some assistance in their movement and some clothing designs may not suit their needs. This calls for inclusive fashion designs.