The Academy of Arts University was established in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, then creative director of Sunset Magazine and is now the largest privately owned art and design school in the U.S. It has open admissions and an admission acceptance rate of 100%. The university not only provides basic education but also practical experience by organizing a Fashion Show where its graduating students showcase their creations to professionals from the design industry and also experience the runway. Moreover, it also participates in New York Fashion week.
The school is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The degrees it offers are accrefited by their respective boards. It offers Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees in about 25 subjects and also offers online courses. Students from diverse backgrounds in terms of their professions, ethnicity, cultures, nationalities are welcomed by the University thus enhancing creativity and boosting confidence.
Students are given the oppotunity to participate in various athletic, fitness and recreation and other extra curricular activities. There are various clubs and organizations at the campus too.
The University’s faculty of current industry professionals, state of art facilities and updated technology all blend in together to polish the aspiring students and produce professional artists and designers. Graduates from the University have been hired by companies like Apple, EA, Nike, Pixar and many more. Amongst the alumini are some well known names:
– Ascensio – a figurative painter
– Rich Baker winner of an Academy Award for Best Make up and Hairstyling
– Kara Laricks – a Fashion Designer
– Bilal Lashari – a Pakistani Fashion Designer
and many more.
A 2016 alumnus Brandon Kee imptessed judges in the 16th season of ‘Project Runway’ a popular television series that he competed in. Simon Ungleo, Academy of Arts School of Fashion executive director, said about Brandon “He has a highly developed skill set and that came through in his quiet confidence [of] getting the job done.
With the commitment of the current head and hardwork of students the Academy of Arts University is all set to make a mark in the Art and Design world.