The Academy of Art University is an art school in San Francisco, California, United States of America. It is a private institution, and the largest of it’s nature in the United States It’s student base is made up of 12,000+ students; 8,000 of which are undergraduates. It is an accredited University, according to the Western Association of of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
This school is an incredibly prestigious one, as it has attracted a long list of notable alumni. For instance, former Disney Channel actress, Raven Simone and ‘The Hills’ actress Lauren Conrad. The Academy of Art University also competes in NCAA II sports, and the ‘Urban Knights’ have done incredibly well in both Cross Country and Track and Field competitions. Perhaps the school’s most notable achievement, however, is their bi-annual participation in New York Fashion Week or NYFW.
The most recent debut of the school’s fashion clout was this September, at NYFW and the school’s 21st runway showcase. Ten recent Bachelors of Fine Arts (BFA) and Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) students had designs and collaborations on display. Because the Academy of Art University has a diverse enrollment, the designs from its School of Fashion reflect this diversity. Critics noted that even though several designs came out of the school, all of them had starkly different looks. Students from California, China, Maine, and Mexico all represented their heritage in their runway designs; coupled with the urban attitude of San Francisco, where they currently live.
Many of the Academy of Art University’s student’s designs also challenged traditional gender roles in the fashion world and beyond that realm. San Francisco is an incredibly progressive city, and their designs reflect this, even if they originally hail from all corners of the globe. Critics also note that while these students are unknown now, their designs are good enough that they won’t be for long. Finally, it is concluded that the Academy of Art University’s showing at the September 9th New York Fashion Week was an incredibly strong one for the school, as well as promising for the young designers and students that partook as well.