Each year, The Academy of Art University its showcase for spring and fall 2018 collections. Ten BFA and MFA graduates show the world what that had to offer in fashion design.
Among them were the likes of Hailn Zhou from Oing Dao, China, who displayed outerwear and dresses made of vinyl and PVC. Eden Slezin from the Bay Area introduced organic denim and recycled rubber bike tubes to the fashion eye. Still others brought inspirations from ancestry, the art of Japanese wrestling and the function of light to the fashion floor. All of this made for an amazing night of fashion and talent that is an offspring of the university.
Based in San Francisco since 1929, The Academy of Art University is the higher-learning choice of approximately 12,600 students. It employs nearly 300 full time teachers and over 1100 part time teachers. This supports is claim to be the largest privately owned art and design school that is located in the United States.
The university offers a variety of learning opportunities and several departments including acting, graphic design. Photography, music production and sound design for visual media, and writing for film and television just to name a few. Classes are offered on campus as well as online. Associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees are given in approximately twenty-five subjects. Also offered is the Pre-College Art Experience, which offers free classes to high school students in order to assist them in making that all-important decision concerning their future.
The success of the institution’s alumni speaks for itself. School of Photography alumni, Deanne Fitmaurice won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 exploring war torn children in Iraq. Alumni Tom Luedecke led his team to design Koby Bryant’s line of shoes for Nike. Diego Galtieri, a 2003 graduate of the School of Animation and Visual Effects, won an Emmy Award for his work on the NBC hit show, “Heroes.” Recently, alumni Paxton Maddison co-created the “Haines Tuxedo” for The North Face. Other notable alumni include Academy Award winner, Rick Baker, film directors, Rudy Soedjarwo and Vicky Jenson, and actress Raven-Symone.