The San Francisco, California art school was founded as the Academy of Advertising Art but is now named the Academy of Art University. There are 283 full-time teachers and 1,154 part-time teachers. There are about 11,000 students and it was founded in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens.
Richard S. Stephens was a painter and magazine editor who was President of the school until 1951. His son Richard A. Stephens then took over as president until 1992. Elisa Stephens, his daughter, took over as president and the school admissions raised to its highest levels in 2000 with about 18,000 students.
The Academy of Art University owns the Automobile Museum which has 200 vintage cars. Since 2005 the school has been involved with the New York Fashion Week event. Plus it has courses online and on campus and the school has associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees in about 25 subjects.
During the Annual Spring Show at the Academy of Art University, students have the freedom to explore many companies that come to the event. The general public along with alumni and a large variety of business leaders come to the school to check out the best works from the students. The school showcases the best art from its students in over 40 areas of art. The best of the best will remain on display for a set time.
The Annual Spring Show is a great networking opportunity but in reality, the school has a focus on networking from day one. During orientation students are told that every teacher is an industry professional. An example of this is the School of Animation and Visual Effects program. There are the school’s in-house productions and Studio X. Plus, Companies such as Disney, Marvel, Nickelodeon, and others send executives to the Annual Spring Show.
The innovation and talent of students of the Academy of Art University is on full display during the Annual Spring Show. The Academy of Art University is the largest privately-owned school in the United States. Its student often find careers in movies, video games, fashion, architectural design, and many others.