At the time of its founding in 1929, the vision of the Academy of Art University was to offer advertising art. However, professionals in various industries and the growing demand for innovative faculties considered the vision a limitation. As a result, the institution opened its doors to other accredited programs, which include fashion, interior architecture, animation, and interior design.
Over the past decades, the Academy has become a full-fledged finishing school from which hundreds of accomplished visual-arts creative have obtained their skills. Some of them have the best creative talent in the United States; thanks to the evolving technological development.
The fact that it is located within downtown San Francisco has given it an upper hand. It is a short distance from the historic Embarcadero neighborhood. Anyone could argue that San Francisco is also dynamic, inspiring, and America’s most beautiful city.
In the recent past, the Academy has experienced diversification in its student body. Its students come from every region within the globe. Not many colleges and universities are having this representation, a status, which has given the Academy an international vibe. It has grown to the point of being able to enroll over 18,000 students.
The Academy’s President, Dr. Elisa Stephens, is a firm believer of proper instruction, hard work, dedication, and innovation. This is the reason why the Academy keeps up with industry trends and emerging technologies. Stephens’ inspiration is in transforming aspiring students into professionals. Some of them are now working for high profile companies such as Nike, Apple, EA, and Pixar, among others.
Academy of Art University has received various accreditations from different institutions. One of the certifications is from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Council for Interior Design Accreditation also acknowledges the Academy’s Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Fine Arts degree. The students have the options of attending classes or doing them online.
The school is also very enthusiastic about athletes. It has some of the champion teams in girls’ tennis and baseball. Students can easily get creative from the hundreds of clubs and organizations it offers.