Last year in September, ten recent graduates from the Academy of Art University showcased their womenswear and menswear collections at New York Fashion Week. Industry professionals were there such as Ms. J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model and Sara Kozlowski the director of Education and Professional development at the Council of Fashion Designers of America.
The audience was impressed by the variety of silhouettes on the runway. The designers’ diverse backgrounds influenced the diversity of ideas presented at the show. Some of the designers are from China, Mexico and various parts of the U.S.such as California, Illinois, and Maine. To see each design and learn about the inspiration behind each piece, visit the Huffington Post.
It’s apparent the Academy of Art University played an instrumental part in preparing them for the show. The academy gave their students the tools and the education needed to become fashion designers, and the academy gave their graduates an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of influential, industry professionals.
The Academy of Arts University is located in San Francisco, California, and it was founded by Richard S. Stephens and his wife Ciara in 1929. During this time, the school was called the Academy of Advertising Art which had 45 students. Lessons took place in a rented loft on 215 Kearny Street. Today, the attendance rate has increased to around 12,600 students.
The academy offers various arts such as acting, advertising, animation, game development, illustration and more. Students can earn an associate, bachelor’s, or a master’s degree in their chosen field. For those who want flexibility while earning their degree, the academy offers online classes for art and design students.
Academics aside, the academy has many resources and services for students. The academy’s cafés offer healthy food alternatives to students. In addition to promoting a healthy lifestyle, students have a variety of sports to participate in. If they don’t want to join a sports team, they can participate in fitness classes and other recreational activities. Overall, the Academy of Art University has so much to offer its students when it comes to nurturing their creativity.