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The Academy of Art University continues to foster next-generation of fashion talent

The School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University held its 21st runway show in September of last year. The University’s mission is to prepare these aspiring professionals in the fields of design, communications, and the arts. In order to accomplish that goal, students showcase their talent at fashion shows such as New York Fashion Week.

In 1929, the Academy of Art University was founded by Richard S. Stephens to give students the opportunity to be successful in advertising art. Then in 1951, Richard A. Stephens took over the university from his father and in 1992, the family tradition continued with daughter Elisa Stephens as she established herself in the role of university president. Since her tenure, the university has increased in student numbers and in 2005, the university started participating in the New York Fashion Week.

The growth of the university continued with the last runway show exhibiting recent graduate’s work. Graduates of the school debuted five collections for women and two collections for men. Two groups of graduates collaborated to show their talent on stage at Skylight Clarkson Square, the official arena for New York Fashion Week.

During fashion week, all the hard work paid off. Simon Ungless, the Executive Director of the School of Fashion, commented that each graduate showed their individual talent, but they all worked together to form a full collection. Audiences were impressed with the range of diversity from each of the designers that showcased silhouettes and craftsmanship techniques.

The Graduate Director of Fashion at the Academy exclaims that these are the designers that will lead the next generation of creative influx in the field. The Academy of Art University continues to foster emerging talent, who are privy to state-of-the-art facilities and curriculum tailored in several areas of study. Students exposed to training at the university increase their chances of success as the company has a history of companies like Apple, Nike, Zynga, and more that end up hiring talent from the school.

All the hard work these students did is showcased within 15 minutes on the runway, but the exposure to potential career mentors is well worth the hours, workshops, internships they go through to prepare for this moment.

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Excelling in the Arts: The Academy of Art University

In 1929 Richard S. Stephens opened the Academy of Advertising Art in San Francisco, California. He had a vision for a school that would teach skills to aspiring designers and artists that would allow them to work in their chosen field, regardless of previous art training. Stephens original school has since morphed into the Academy of Art University, an art and design school which is privately owned. Since 1929, the school has grown to over 12,000 students. It also boasts an impressive collection of Oscar-nominated alumni.


One such alumnus is Daniel Arriaga. Arriaga led a team of artists who created the images for the Oscar-winning film, “CoCo”. “CoCo” won the 2018 Oscar for Best Animated Feature, beating out other films with Academy of Art University alumni involvement, such as “Boss Baby” and “Ferdinand”. Arriaga had a personal interest in this film, as it is based on his cultural heritage. This helped him lead a team of artists to create a visually appealing and emotionally stunning film.


While “CoCo” may be the most widely known recent Oscar winner, the Academy of Art University has a wide array of Oscar-nominated work from other alumni. Just for 2018 Oscar-nominated films, they had alumni who worked on blockbuster films such as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2”, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, and more. Their student’s success and talent are evidenced by their large number of nominated films.


While the Oscars is an easy measure of success, The Academy of Art University boasts many other alumni who have had success. Their alumni have gone on to design video games, advertising, act, design architecture, create fine art, design fashion, web design, and so much more! The impact of their artists can be seen all around us in film and media, as well as advertising and fashion. There is no doubt that the Academy of Art University is the place to go for those who want to seek a fulfilling and successful creative career.


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