Launched in 1929 in San Francisco, California by Richard S. Stephens, the creative director of Sunset Magazine, the Academy of Art University, is made for aspiring artists to be dedicated, be hardworking, and have proper instruction, to learn the skills required to become professionals. Stephen also believed that there should be acceptance of all students, regardless of an art portfolio, into the Academy of Arts University.
With his daughter, Dr. Elisa Stephens, being the President, the Academy of Art University is carrying on her father’s wishes in even more innovative ways. Keeping up with industry trends and emerging technologies, the university has grown to more than 18,000 students. It is now the biggest accredited, private design and art university within the US.
One of the current industry trends that the Academy of Art University is keeping up is participating in the New York Fashion Week (NYFW). The recent NYFW occurred on September 9, 2017, at Skylight Clarkson Square. Two menswear and five womenswear collection were debuted by ten recent graduates in MFA and BFA. And the likes, such as J. Alexander from Next Top Model, were impressed with this next generation of fashion stars. These recent grads showcased amazing, innovative creations, and they were recognized for their work in rewarding ways, such as the gaining of prestigious interns.
The Academy of Art University is continually thriving in transforming aspiring artists to reaching/exceeding their dreams. Their list of specialty majors includes the following: Web Design & New Media, Visual Development, Photography, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Multimedia Com., Motion Pictures & Television, Landscape Arch., Jewelry & Metal Arts, Interior Arch. & Design, Industrial Design, Illustration, Graphic Design, Game Design, Fine Art, Fashion, Art History, Art Education, Architecture, Animation & Visual Effects, Acting, and Advertising. Their offers are accredited in M.Arch, MFA, MA, BFA, BA, and AA degree programs. They also provide teacher grants, pre-college programs, and art education.
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