The Academy of Art University is a private educational institution located in San Francisco. It was opened in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens who had been the creative director at Sunset Magazine. Many professional artists and designers have graduated from this university in the past 90 years. One of Stephens’ beliefs was that people who want to attend art school shouldn’t need to have an art portfolio in order to do so.
Avengers: Endgame was released to critical and viewer acclaim. On just its first day this movie made $156.7 million. In just 11 days ticket sales exceeded $2 billion. Several Academy of Art University’s alumni helped create the visual effects in this movie which stunned audiences. Among the alumni who helped create the VFX of Endgame were Megan Dolman (Industrial Light & Magic), Scott Brisbane and Vanessa Cook (Weta Digital), Matt Smith and Jan Philip Cramer (Digital Domain), and Heriyanto Tio (Framestore).
The Academy of Art University offers several degree programs. Among their schools are acting, architecture, fashion, fine art, graphic design, photography, advertising, and game development. They currently have 11,071 students with 4,020 of them in postgraduate programs. They accept everyone who applies to become a student as they still don’t want to turn anybody away from an education.
This university has had alumni contribute to many other films besides Avengers: Endgame. Among these movies are Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, The Little Mermaid, Shrek 2, Avengers: Infinity War, Terminator 2, and The Lion King. The types of jobs they train people for include digital artist, animator, compositor, motion editor, and lead matte painter.
Graphic Design USA recently released its ranking of the best graphic design schools in the nation. They named the Academy of Art University among those at the top of this list. Their criteria included how well an educational institution prepared student for life as a professional. The Academy of Art University also earned this designation in both 2017 and 2018. Other organizations have ranked them highly as well such as Communication Arts and Adobe Design.