Earlier this September at the New York Fashion Show (NYFS) a dazzling display of creativity and competence was seen from the members of the Academy of Arts University. This was the 21st runway performance held by the university and the success they have found is a testament to the principles the university relies on. The incredibly diverse student body had ten members represented at NYFS and with five women’s wear collections, two men’s wear collections and two collaborations showcasing every aspect at the event.
Academy of Art University, formerly known as Academy of Art University came to be in 1929 in San Francisco. Since its foundation it has gone on to perform at the NYFS twenty-one times. As of 2018 it has just north of twelve thousand students and over one thousand faculty members making it the largest private design school in the continental US.
Originally founded by Richard S. Stephens as an institution dedicated to advertisement artwork it has gone on to develop a much broader field of coursework. It now offers Associate’s through Master’s degrees in twenty-five subject areas ranging from Fine Arts to Architecture. Procuring Regional Accreditation in 2007 from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges has led to an even greater influx of highly qualified individuals. Alumni from the Academy of Arts have gone on to do a number of notable accomplishments. Members of the school have gone on to do everything from competing in the Olympics to wining the Pulitzer Prize.
As seen in the New York Fashion Show this year the school does not pull any punches and continues to produce some of the worlds most talented and forward thinking designers to walk the earth. Perhaps the most notable accomplishment the Academy of Arts has brought to the table is the ability to enable its students to break through cultural barriers and cooperate to produce stunning works from their collective artistic vision.