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The Academy of Art University is a San-Fransisco based art school, founded as the Academy of Advertising Art in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens. Since then, the Academy has flourished as an art school for creatives of all types, with high-profile alumni such as Raven-Symoné, Lauren Conrad, and Mobolade Ajomale. Graduates of the Academy of Art University have made their mark in the world, with projects they worked on being nominated for and winning Academy Awards, such as Get Out and Call Me By Your Name.

Recently, the School of Fashion at this university hosted its 21st runway showcase, highlighting the talents and design skills of its recent MFA and BFA graduates. These graduates came from all over the world, from China to Maine. Among the graduates who showcased their work were Hailun Zhou from Qing Dao, China, who in 2017 was selected for the CFDA Future Fashion Showcase, and Eden Slezin, who was selected for said fashion showcase as well as a finalist for the CFDA Elaine Gold Launch Pad.

The Academy of Art University is an accredited member of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. It provides an online opportunity for interior architecture and design students to earn a BFA, and the physical location offers associate, bachelors and master’s degrees in around twenty-five subjects. These include Art History, Photography, Visual Development, Web Design and Writing for Film, Television and Digital Media.

The academy calls San Fransisco “the best place for creative minds”, citing the museums in the area, such as The Berkley Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and its own Academy of Art Moblie Museum, which has a collection of historical cars valued at $70 million. Stores in the area provide discounts to Academy of Art University students, and there are many theaters and art venues near to the academy’s location such as The Fillmore, the Great American Music Hall, and the Fox Theater. It also provides athletic opportunities to its students, as the only art school in the NCAA. Its sports teams, the Urban Knights, succeed in many different sports.