Real World Partnerships

As one of the top art schools in the country, Academy of Art University is recognized for graduating professionally ready talent across multiple creative disciplines. Our industry partners – established and emerging companies, artists and designers – continually seek to hire, mentor, and collaborate with our students and graduates.

Designing Jaguar

Our industry partners—established and emerging companies, artists and designers—continually seek to hire, mentor, and collaborate with our students and graduates.

Disney Animation Studios

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made.

Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, stretching from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013’s Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio’s timeless creations are Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, Big Hero 6, Zootopia, and the upcoming feature Moana.


San Francisco’s ad club for professionals under 32, AD2SF runs the San Francisco Student ADDY Awards. The club also partners with Academy students for portfolio nights each semester so our students can be mentored by tomorrow’s industry leaders.

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