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Academy of Art University Tops the Rookies '18 Global School Rankings

Academy of Art University, a San Francisco art school, is rated as the Best Digital Illustration School in America and a top 3D Motion Graphics School among 581 schools from 87 countries by the Rookies which has recently announced its 2018 rankings of the Best Creative Media & Entertainment Schools in the World.

Graphic Design Students Win Prestigious Design Competition

November 8, 2018

Academy of Art University is thrilled to see two of its students from the School of Graphic Design chosen as winners of the 59th Annual Communications Arts Design Competition.

Academy of Art University’s 23rd Non-Profit Fine Art Auction

October 19, 2018

Academy of Art University will host its 23rd Annual Faculty + Alumni Fine Art Auction on Saturday, November 3rd at The Cannery in San Francisco, CA. This time-honored auction is dedicated to supporting the emerging artists, as half of the proceeds will go to the Academy’s Fine Art Scholarship for its top students, and the remaining funds will go directly to the artists.

Academy of Art University Showcases Top Student Art and Design Talent at 2018 Spring Show

May 15, 2018

Academy of Art University’s 2018 Spring Show officially opens on Thursday, May 17, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., to showcase the finest student work from the Academy’s emerging talents in all areas of art and design.

Academy of Art University Grad Showcases Animation Expertise in Avengers: Infinity War

May 10, 2018

With a 92% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an impressive 8.9/10 rating on IMBD, Avengers: Infinity War is shattering records left and right. According to Disney, the action-packed animated hit brought in an estimated $640.9 million dollars at the worldwide box office during opening weekend—battling its way to the top of the charts as the biggest worldwide opening weekend movie in history.

Academy of Art University to Host 2018 Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony

April 23, 2018

The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University will host its annual Graduation Fashion Show and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The invitation-only event begins with select graduating students from the M.F.A. and B.F.A. programs presenting their work to industry professionals. The programs include: fashion design, textile design, knitwear design, 3D design and pattern making, costume design, journalism, styling, product development, visual merchandising, fashion merchandising, and fashion marketing. The fashion show portion of the event will include womenswear, menswear and childswear collections; several of the collections were created through collaboration by students within the fashion, knitwear and textile design programs.

Academy of Art University to Host Panel Discussion on Inclusive Design: Redefining the User Experience

April 17, 2018

On April 27, Academy of Art University will host a first of-its-kind panel discussion titled “Inclusive Design: Redefining the User Experience,” in the theatre at 79 New Montgomery Street from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Academy of Art University Announces Leadership Changes in School of Graphic Design

February 10, 2017

Academy of Art University, the largest accredited private art and design university in the nation, today announced that School of Graphic Design Executive Director Mary Scott has decided to transition from her position and will assume the role as Director Emeritus, effective immediately. As a result, department Graduate Director Phil Hamlett will assume the role as Director MFA/BFA and Anitra Nottingham will continue as Online Director MFA/BFA.

Academy of Art University School of Industrial Design Students Awarded Prestigious Phil Hill Scholarships at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

August 22, 2016

Academy of Art University, in partnership with the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, has awarded the annual Phil Hill Scholarships to two promising automotive design students attending the university’s School of Industrial Design.

Oculus Rift Founders to be Honored at Academy of Art University Annual Media Awards

May 11, 2016

Academy of Art University on Friday, May 13, will present the Visionary Award to Colum Selvin, General Manager of Oculus Rift, on behalf of Oculus Rift founders Brendan Iribe and Palmer Luckey, at the university’s annual Media Awards event.

Branding Campaign for SFFD 150th Anniversary

March 29, 2016

Academy of Art University today announced the branding campaign and official logo for the San Francisco Fire Department’s historic 150th Anniversary. The campaign was created by Academy graphic design students and will be an integral part of all SFFD anniversary events and programming held this year.

World-Renowned Architect Grover Dear Joins Academy of Art University as Executive Director of the School of Interior Architecture & Design

February 17, 2016

Academy of Art University is pleased to announce that Grover C. Dear Jr.—a 45-year veteran of the architectural profession who launched his career at I.M. Pei & Partners—has joined the faculty leadership as the new executive director of the School of Interior Architecture & Design.

Academy of Art University Students Present Quintessentially San Francisco Photography Exhibit at Newly Unveiled Gallery of Art at Fairmont San Francisco

December 21, 2015

Academy of Art University and Fairmont San Francisco have partnered to celebrate and showcase the work of young artists in the new Gallery of Art located on the Fairway level of the landmark hotel.

Academy of Art University Congratulates Executive Director of Motion Pictures & Television on the Premier of His Documentary

December 3, 2015

James Egan, Academy of Art University’s Executive Director of Motion Pictures & Television is in New York City for the premier of “Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story,” a documentary he produced along with best-selling author Michael Connelly (“The Lincoln Lawyer” and TV series “Bosch”).

Academy of Art University Athletes to Volunteer at the San Francisco Children’s Toy & Book Festival at City Hall on Dec. 2, 2015

December 2, 2015

Academy of Art University student athletes will lend fire fighters a hand today by distributing toys to 1,200 children at the San Francisco Children’s Toy & Book Festival at City Hall.

Academy of Art University Bachelor of Architecture Program Receives Accreditation

January 1, 2015

The School of Architecture at Academy of Art University today announced that its Bachelor of Architecture program has been granted accreditation from the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB).

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