Spring Show

The most exciting art & design exhibition of the year

Spring Show is the annual student art and design exhibition showing the best of the best student work from all 22 different schools at Academy of Art University.

From paintings and sculptures to fully developed video games and car models, there is no shortage of talent and skill on display.

For the first time in our history, the 2020 Spring Show will be done virtually—bringing thousands of students, industry leaders, educators, and community members together to celebrate student accomplishments and make career connections with people around the globe.

2000 +
Student work presented
1000 +
Industry leaders attend every year
75 +
Creative disciplines

What to expect at Spring Show

  • See the best of the best student work spanning all our 22 different schools at the Academy in one central location
  • Discover how an accredited degree from the Academy can help turn a passion into a profession. 
  • You’ll meet industry leaders and recruiters who will review your portfolios and provide  feedback on your work. Be ready; companies have been known to hire graduating students on the spot!

Why is Spring Show important?

Simply put, our goal at Academy of Art University is student success. We want you to get good jobs when you leave here. We want you to get the most out of your career, and to live a purpose-filled life of your own choosing and making. Students have access to a job board listings to find career opportunities where at least 20 new employment opportunities are posted daily by top art and design companies. While we pack the student experience with a number of career-building opportunities, our Spring Show event is the most effective. This is due, in part, to strong, long-time relationships we have with a number of industry leaders and innovative companies. These opportunities give Academy students a distinct advantage as they embark on their professional journeys. Spring Show also helps career-seekers in the following ways:

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Spring Show 2020

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Companies that hired our graduates

We look at Academy of Art University as one of the premier design schools especially on the west coast and we’re always trying to have close ties with those schools and find talent for our future design programs. – Andre Frey, Mercedes Benz Advanced Design

I come to Spring Show every year. There are such diverse skill sets here that I have never seen in any other school. We are looking for people who stand out and games that stand out, and Spring Show is the best place to actually find all of. It just blows my mind how creative everybody is here. – Dave Markowitz, Lead Animator at Jam City

We love seeing new talents and we can help them navigate the beginning of their career. – Ralph and Diane Waterhouse, Owners of Waterhouse Gallery

What alumni are saying


Message from faculty


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