Richard Stephens founds the Academy of Arts University in San Francesco, California 1929.The institute has a vast number of teaching staff, both part time and full time.It is also among the largest privately owned university. The founder, Richard, was a painter and worked as a magazine editor. At the beginning; the institute began as one for advertising art but evolved with time. Elisa Stephens took over the mantle of leadership in 1992 and had boosted the number of students enrolled. The institute hosts/ takes part in the New York fashion week twice a year.
The institute interior is marked with beautiful, art and design pieces accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation Board. The college offers Bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in more than 27 courses. The school also facilitates online learning. The university program is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges as per 2007.
The college actively takes part in the Pacific West Conference sports with the school team nickname as the Urban Knights. The school sports teams are ranked high in the division championship and are listed fourth. One of the school’s athlete; Jordan Edwards has received seven NCAA honors. The school has produced various successful alumni such as Rick Backer, Scott Borrero, and Lauren Conrad among much more.
This year, the academy took part in the New York fashion week with some of its graduates making a name in the event. Ms. Alexander of American next top model and Sara Kozlowski a director in the education sector were some of the audience who were pleased by the pieces of work showcased. Among the most impressive pieces were done by; Hailun Zhou, MFA Fashion Designer, her inspirations were from observations and photographs taken on a creative concept class. She created her piece from various materials put together such as vinyl and PVC fabrics.
Eden Slein, MFA Fashion Design, his design inspirations were from “life and loved.” Eden created his piece using fabrics from Denim and rubber bike tubes in support of sustainability. Diana Marie Liam, MFA Design, her inspirations were from her aunt’s emotions. She used soft and warm fabrics to evoke the emotions. Carlos Rodriguez, BFA Fashion, he creates materials with traditional and machine embodiment to bring out a contemporary taste. Saya Shen, MFA fashion design, her designs were inspired by snowy, trees and ocean waves photography she had previously taken. Joanna Jadallah, MFA men’s ware Design, her designs inspired by the strength of her ancestors who left everything behind in Palestine. She used lightweight wool, lambskin leather, and cashmere knits as her fabrics. These were among some of the major acts in the event.