Academy of Art University, an Epitome of Art and Design

The Academy of Art University from San Francisco annually organizes a New York Fashion Week through the School of Fashion. On 9th September this year, the school hosted its 21st fashion week. Held at the Skylight Clarkson Square, the event attracted ten BFA, and MFA graduates who showcased two menswear and five ladies wear as well as two of their collaborations.


The audience highly appreciated their diverse talent considering their distinct backgrounds. The designers satisfactorily showcased their class and workshop work in just 15 minutes. The graduates included Eden Slezin from Bay Area, Dina Lam from Los Angeles, Carlos Rodriguez from Mexico, Joanna Jadallah from Chicago, Cana from New York, Also from China there was Hailun Zhou, Saya Shen Ryan Yu, Jelly Shan and Saya Shen. Among the spectators was the Ms. J Alexander, a legendary from America’s Next Top Model and Sara Kozlowski of CFDA.


Founded in 1929 by Richard Stephens, Academy of Art University began as a school for advertising arts. Over the years the school has been transforming its students into professional designers and artist. Richard believed that willing artist could be turned into professionals through proper training and hard work. The Stephens family have devoted to continuing with mission and passion of their founder. The current chairman Emeritus Stephens and president Elisa Stephens have dedicated their effort to the success of the school.


Based in San Francisco, Academy of Art University has continued to promote innovation and creativity. Through its modules, the curriculum of current industry professionals, and update facilities, the schools produce graduates that are marketable globally. Most of them are hired by renowned companies like Apple, Nike, and Pixar among others. Currently, Academy of Art University boosts over 18,000 students and close to 1500 professional teaching staff.


The school passion and commitment saw them embark on a mission to offer an online art education from 2002. Furthermore, it is the biggest accredited private university teaching art & design. Also, every year the university holds a show and gallery exhibition for over 70 student and alumni in San Francisco. The University is accredited by art and design boards including CIDA, NAAB, CIC WSCUC and NASAD.


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