The Academy of Art University was established in San Francisco, California, in 1929. It was founded by Richard S. Stephens. He ran the University until his son Richard took over, in 1951. The school offers a large variety of course studies, and several different degree programs.
The University takes part in the always highly anticipated Fashion Week. Fashion Week is a bi-annual event held in New York City. It’s the time and place where new talent can get discovered, and where designers can show off their newest fashion lines. Designers prepare for Fashion Week for months, just to get their several minutes of fanfare on the runway.
Many well known people have graduated from The Academy of Art University, and many of them return to the university as a staff member. Over the years, the list of returning graduates include Diane Baker, Richard Hart, Michael Brandt, Tim McGovern, Adam Savage, Art Spiegelman, and many more.
University attendees can choose to obtain an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree. Courses can be taken online or on campus. The University offers an architecture program, and it is accredited by the National Architectual Accrediting Board. Additional accreditations have been received from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, and more.
Students are urged to visit the many fine art shows, exhibits and museums that are located in San Francisco. One of the museums is the non profit Academy of Art University Automobile Museum. Some of the automobiles are owned by the university, some are owned by members of the founding family, and some by other private owners. It is believed that the value of the autos on display exceeds $70 million.
The museum is open to the public during its regular operating hours. It is non profit, and two charitable organizations are the recipients of the proceeds. The recipients are the Rotary Club and the Boys & Girls Club.