More than 90 years ago today the Academy of Art University was founded in San Fransisco by Richard Stephens. The institution started out as an advertiser of art and was able to formally change into an educational facility for art and design a few decades later. The academy has grown by a considerable amount over the years and today they boast student numbers of more than 11,000. The Academy of Art University is known as one of the largest privately-owned design schools in the country with almost 1500 working staff members from full to part-time.
Richard’s daughter, Elisa Stephens, has since taken over at the institute as the president, a role she has been nurturing since 1992. Elisa has made many contributions to the Academy of Art University over the years, including the diversity of programs available at the institute for art and fashion. Many of the courses at the academy are also available online for students with master degrees available.
Over the years, the Academy of Art University has been home to many of the great artists and fashion designers of the generation. Many of these former students now turned professional have returned to the academy to share their insights and experiences. Students at the academy also have the privilege of joining in various events and partaking in business opportunities.
Avengers Endgame has become the highest-grossing movie of all time, which had the help of several former art and design students from the Academy of Art University to create its visual effects, including Vanessa Cook, Ioanna Mailli, Jan Philip, and Anuj Anand. The approach taken at the Academy of Art University is very much hands-on to give students a feel for what a professional career will be like. The various facets of being a professional in art or design are fully covered at the academy, from business networking, resume building, and numerous tools for research and learning.