Academy of Art University

“Built for artists by artists” is the motto of San Francisco-based Academy of Art University. The school boasts more than 12,000 students, and it is giving those students real opportunities to pursue their artistic passions.

In September, New York Fashion Week was held. Ten recent BFA and MFA graduates from the university’s School of Fashion were among those showcasing their collections.

The collections reflected the individual spirits of their creators, and they impressed the crowd that included notables such as Ms. J Alexander from America’s Next Top Model. For the students involved, the show reflected their extensive education and work along the way. It was a chance to show to the entire world, including potential career mentors, what they can achieve.

Other graduates from the university have had success in a variety of fields. Notable alumni include film director Rudy Soedjarwo, cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, reality star Heidi Montag, fashion designer Kara Laricks, and actress Lauren Conrad.

The students who participated in drew inspiration from a variety of places. Dina Marie Lam, MFA Fashion Design, drew inspiration from her feelings surrounding the loss of her aunt. This led her to seek to convey a sense of transition with her collection.

Chicago-born but California raised, MFA Menswear Design student Joanna Jadallah turned to her heritage for inspiration. She drew on her Palestinian ancestry to create a collection using cashmere knits, lambskin leather and other materials.

The students showcasing their collections at New York Fashion Week were just a small slice of what Academy of Art University is. Students across the university benefit from instruction by notable instructors such as actress Diane Baker, animator Tom Bertino, journalist Richard Hart, creator of Myth Busters Adam Savage, and former designer for Alexander McQueen Simon Ungless. with such a lineup of talent, it is unsurprising that the university counts itself as the largest privately owned art and design school in the nation.

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