The Academy of Art University is in San Francisco, California and is a privately-owned Art and Design school. The school was founded in 1929, by Richard Steven, a painter and editor for Sunset Magazine. Currently, the president Dr. Lisa Stephen and chairman emeritus Richard A. Stephen are ensuring the continuance of the school’s outstanding reputation. The Academy of Art University began as a small school and is now considered the largest design school in the United States.
The Academy of Art University is an accredited college and offers an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree. They offer a wide range of design courses including interior design, architecture, fine art and fashion design. They also offer state-of-the-art facilities to students. Many students have gone on to work for Apple, Pixar and Zynga after graduating.
Students come from across the nation and around the world to attend the Academy of Art University. They all bring individual ideas and unique cultures to their designs. The school held their 21st runway show on September 9, 2017, and the designers impressed the audience with their inventive designs. The show featured 9 designers that were given 15 minutes to show their creations on the runway. The designs ranged from vinyl outerwear, organic denim jackets, digital print scenes and Samurai inspired outfits. Each designer had their own style and inspirational story about how and why they created their clothing line.
Many of the designers drew inspiration from their home towns and culture. For instance, Saya Shen used landscapes and snow forms from China to create the fabrics in her collection. Joanna Jadallah created the colors and fabrics for her designs based on the story of her ancestors fleeing from Palestine. Jelly Shan drew inspiration from her trip to China. She saw religious artifacts and created the colors for her collection based on their beauty.
Since the Academy of Art and Design opened its doors, they have been a staple for emerging designers. When they hold the yearly runway show designers achieve recognition from fashion legends. They have allowed many aspiring designers to launch their careers.