The Academy of Art was funded and started in the year 1929. Richard Stephens and his wife started the University in a small rented loft with a total of 45 students. The original name was the Academie of Advertising Art, named by Richard and Clara. Starting the year 1946, the Academy was relocated to larger building and consisted of 250 students. The son of Richard and Clara took over the University in the year 1951. Over his years of being founder, the student body went from 250 to over 5,000. Presently Elisa Stephens is President of the University. She is the granddaughter of the original founders of the Academy. Elisa continues to make the University more successful every year. The Academy of Art has a deep rooted history in the city of San Fransisco.
This University offers their students creativity and a variety of art classes. They offer a variety of programs in their Academics. There are courses that prepare you for college and demos of classes. Some students have the chance to study abroad as well. The diverse social media center is offered too. Lastly, there are the Graduate and Undergraduate degrees available for students. The wide variety of classes available is are appealing to students. All the way from acting to fine art.
The Academy of Art University was highlighted at the New York Fashion Week in September 2017. The Academy was holding its 21st showcase on the runway. Art graduates showed two collections of men’s clothing and five collections of women’s clothing. The designers put in dedication and passion in their works of art. The major fashion event was held at Skylight Clarkson Square. New York Fashion Week is the future of fashion with new creative designs every season.
The Academy of Art has teachers with a vast knowledge of design and art skills. The University’s community consists of Directors, employees, educators, and students. The Strategic Plan for the years 2016 to 2020 focuses on giving students the most creative education they can want. The University knows that the heart of the school’s success is their students.