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Former Urban Knight Boosts Animation Career at Pixar with Student Passion Project

In 2019, Sullivan—who studied in the Academy of Art University’s School of Animation & Visual Effects—has been plenty creative. She’s been a storyboard artist at Pixar since 2011, with credits like Monsters University and Incredibles 2. Last February saw the release of Sullivan’s Kitbull, a short film in Pixar’s SparkShorts program. In April, Disney Publishing released Sullivan’s Mommy Sayang, a children’s book. It’s part of the Pixar Animation Studios Artist Showcase series.

Aaron Guadamuz

Aaron Guadamuz is a Bay Area native, illustrator, animator, musician, photographer and handyman who lives and works in San Francisco, CA.

School of Communications & Media Technologies

We are located in the heart of the technology revo- lution and draw from the best talent and the latest technologies to help you tell compelling stories on every media platform. From broadcast and streaming, to mobile and social: You will shoot, edit, and produce stories that inform, entertain, and engage. Our curriculum moves beyond training for traditional jobs in broadcasting to drive students towards a world of online digital content. We provide a hands-on approach where skills are learned by doing. There is a dual emphasis on interpersonal and mass communication, and a focus on skills that are immediately employable. You will produce your own content, such as video series, music videos, and podcasts, among others.

MFA Grad Puts Degree to Work in the Animation Industry

In 2010, Jesse James Dean set off driving across the country to pursue an MFA from Academy of Art University’s School of Animation & Visual Effects. Now, Dean is a full-time storyboard artist for the FOX animated sitcom Bob’s Burgers at Bento Box Entertainment in Los Angeles.

Cheering on the Academy's First Olympian

Breaking further ground in a historic season, Mobolade Ajomale of Richmond Hill, Ontario, became Academy of Art University’s first Olympic athlete after the Canadian Olympic Committee and Athletics Canada officially named him to the men’s 4x100-meter relay team in July. But the real glory was ahead in Brazil.

Net Zero Award Goes to Academy Interdisciplinary Project

In a unique effort between Academy of Art University students, alumni and instructors from three schools—Interior Architecture & Design, Landscape Architecture and Graphic Design—an interdisciplinary team won the Honors Prize in the Architecture at Zero competition in March. It’s a top achievement—and comes with a $10,000 award.

On the Job: Inside Facebook

In just 12 fast-paced years, Facebook has transformed how people around the world communicate, socialize, play and increasingly how they learn and shop. More than 1.5 billion active users. Perennially listed as one of the best places to work—something School of Graphic Design alumni employed there know.

Aviva Stanoff: Exotic & Innovative Surface Design

Aviva Stanoff creates handmade textiles for pillows, throws and other beautiful home furnishings that have been seducing luxury seekers since 2004. She draws inspiration from her life, a reverence for nature and a passion for artisanal grit. She is fearless in her design philosophy.
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