Online Freshman Discovers Hidden Potential
When Academy of Art University Online student Aaron Conkey
began his degree one year ago, he had no idea what an extraordinary experience awaited him. Working
to achieve a BFA from the
School of Animation and Visual Effects, Aaron has
discovered a treasure trove of untapped artistic aptitude within himself.
"The foundations courses have awakened something in me that I didn’t even know existed. I
never thought I could draw or sculpt, but I love it!" he exclaimed.
Aaron is overwhelmed by his new talents and excited about the possibilities they present.
"Ultimately I want to be able to create whatever I want, whenever I want, in whatever medium I
want," he said.
Academy of Art University strives to help students release their imagination. Online or on
campus, the Academy's Foundations program develops creativity, unique abilities and style,
producing some of the most success graduates in the world.
Aaron was drawn to the Academy for this very reason. Having received an Associates Degree in
web design from another school, he wanted to take his education further and do something he truly
loved. But with a wife and three children, Aaron wasn't able to relocate to San Francisco.
"Going to art school seemed impossible. Then I stumbled upon the Academy’s online program and
saw the amazing student work. It seemed perfect," he said.
Aaron is thrilled with his experience at the Academy so far.
"I am really impressed by how much the administration cares about creating the best experience for
online students. Other online programs are like mills, turning out degrees as quickly as possible
without paying attention to the actual process of education. I get a totally different feeling
here," he said.
Aaron is particularly happy with the challenging course content and professional instructors
he works with daily. He cautions online students to be prepared to work hard for their degrees.
"Make time to work. If you don’t you’re not going get the most out of it," said Aaron.
Aaron looks forward to his next few years at the Academy. He hopes to graduate early, but for
now he’s focusing on honing the gifts he’s discovered. "I want to find my individual style and my
voice. My unique thing to say," he said.