The Academy of Art University, previously known as the Academy of Advertising Art, has made a prominent name for itself across a variety of fields. This phenomenal school for the arts has produced talent in liberal arts, in fashion, in design and in entertainment. Its urban campus sits in the heart of “The City by the Bay.” Of course, this is San Francisco, and the school has more than 12,400 students. Academy of Art University was founded by a painter named Richard Stephens, and the school has been passed-down through the Stephens family.
David Arriaga, a former-graduate of the school, was honored for his work in the film “Cocoa.” “Cocoa” just so happened to earn a win for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 2018 Oscars. While studying at AAU, Arriaga studied in illustration and in artistic direction. Being the senior director at a major studio is a big deal as Arriaga played a huge role in bringing this film to life. Designing elements within the film, providing detailed drawings and providing cultural history of Mexico took a lot of hard work. “One of the best things that aspiring artists can do is to build-up a solid portfolio,” said Arriaga.
In addition to that specific win, “Coco” won another Oscar for Best Original Song thanks to its mariachi-inspired tune. The Academy of Art University has done an amazing job in the fashion industry. The school has talent that displays it work at the prestigious New York Fashion Week. Of course, Academy of Art University has well-represented itself as it has participated at this exclusive event for a number of consecutive years.
Certificates, online programs, online degrees and undergraduate degrees can be obtained from this institution. The school has exhibits, has housing, has galleries and is state-of-the-art. All in all, the Academy of Art University is at the apex of its class because it’s setting new standards in a multitude of fields.