Academy of Art University
|Academy of Art University|
|Motto||Built by artists for artists|
|Location||San Francisco, California, United States|
|Campus||Urban and online|
|Colors||Black and Red|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II for cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, track and field|
The Academy of Art University (formerly Academy of Art College), a for-profit university owned by the Stephens Institute, was founded in San Francisco, California in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens. With an enrollment of over 18,000 students, the academy is reportedly the largest art and design school in the United States.
In 1929, the Academy of Art University was established in San Francisco as the Academy of Art Advertising by Richard S. Stephens, a fine arts painter and the creative director for Sunset. Assisted by his wife, Clara Stephens, Stephens opened the new school in a rented loft at 215 Kearny Street to teach advertising art. Over the next few years, he hired a faculty of practicing art and design professionals and formulated the school's philosophy to hire established professionals to teach future professionals. In 1933, the curriculum was expanded to include Fashion Illustration, and a Fine Art Department was added in 1936.
Stephens' son, Richard A. Stephens, took over direction of the school after graduating from Stanford University in 1951. During the son's tenure, the academy expanded its enrollment from 50 to 5,200 students. Richard A. Stephens oversaw continued expansion of department majors, starting with the addition of a Foundations Department, which offered courses in the basic principles of art and design, along with other Fine Art departments. In 1966, the school was incorporated as the Academy of Art College, and the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education granted the school the authority to confer the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree that same year. In 1977, the Academy of Art College added the Master of Fine Arts program to its degree offerings, marking the inauguration of its graduate school, with the state of California later approving the Master's program in 1983. In 1992, Elisa Stephens, granddaughter of the school's founder, succeeded her father, Richard A. Stephens, as president of the school.
The Academy of Art University offers both on-campus (traditional instructor-led) and distance education (online) degrees and certificate programs in its fine arts programs. The university offers Associate of Arts (AA), Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) for undergraduate degree programs, Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA) and Master of Architecture (M.Arch) for graduate degree programs, and certificate programs for personal enrichment. The Academy of Art University offers degree and certificate programs in 23 majors.
In May 2007, Academy of Art University received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), one of the six major regional accreditation commissions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Degree programs offered by Academy of Art University are also accredited nationally by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Academy is also an institutional member of the Career College Association (CCA) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
The on-campus Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree programs offered by the Academy in Interior Architecture & Design is accredited as a Professional Level Program by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (formerly "FIDER," the Foundation for Interior Design Education and Research). Accreditation was extended by the Council for Interior Design Accredition in 2008 to the online BFA and MFA Interior Architecture & Design programs.
The on-campus Master of Architecture program offered by the Academy's School of Architecture has been accredited as a Professional Level Program since 2006 by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). In 2010, the Bachelor of Fine Art-Architecture program did not receive candidacy from the NAAB accreditation commission but remains accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). The program applied again for candidacy in October 2012 and had a favorable on site visit by a NAAB evaluation team. The NAAB Board will decide at its January, 2013 meeting whether or not to grant candidacy. The Master of Architecture program has been accredited since January 1, 2006, and the next visit for evaluating continuing accreditation will take place in 2013.
The Academy of Art University holds classes in over 40 buildings located throughout the eastern and southern sections of San Francisco, making them one of the largest property owners in San Francisco. A handful of these buildings are significant historical structures bought by the Academy to preserve them from demolition or irreversible commercial redevelopment. As part of its goal to encourage education in the arts, the Academy purchased art studios that were once owned by the non-profit San Francisco Art Institute to keep them from being converted to other uses. Residence facilities and all academic buildings are linked by an extensive school shuttle bus system used by both students and employees of the school.
The Urban Knights are the athletic teams for the university. The university is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division II level and sponsors fourteen sports, six for men and eight for women. The Academy of Art University began its athletic program in 2008 and soon after applied to join NCAA Division II. It became a member of the Pacific West Conference in 2009 in the same year the university began its first year of NCAA candidacy membership. As part of the multi-year transition process, the Academy of Art was not eligible for NCAA Division II postseason competition, though it was eligible for the PacWest Championships and Commissioner's Cup. AAU became a provisional member for the 2011–12 academic year; and became a full member of the NCAA Division II in the 2012–13 academic year after the university met the required NCAA obligations. In 2013, the school's women's track team claimed the championship of the NCAA Division II national indoor track meet. Its women's basketball team won the PacWest Women's Basketball Tournament and played in the NCAA Division II Western Regional.
- Asencio, figurative painter represented by Crown Thorn Publishing, graduated from the Academy of Art University.
- Chris Milk, music video director for artists U2, Green Day, Kanye West, Gnarls Barkley, John Mellencamp, Modest Mouse, and Chemical Brothers, among others.
- Alejandro Lalinde, cinematographer of music videos for such talents as Ne-Yo, LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, and Nas, among others.
- Deanne Fitzmaurice, a BFA graduate of the Academy and a staff photographer for the San Francisco Chronicle, won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography for her photo essay of efforts by Children's Hospital Oakland to treat an Iraqi boy for life threatening injuries sustained in an explosion.
- Kara Laricks, fashion design
- Mari Matsumoto, an MFA School of Fashion graduate of the Academy who was mentioned by Forbes Magazine as one of "five future fashion designers to watch."
- Natasha Shah, Malia McGlothlin Pawsey, Jessica Thompson, Jennifer Bolanos, and Tianyu Li – featured on the Home and Garden Television (HGTV) show Designer Finals.
- Lanny Liu, illustrator of webcomic Single Asian Female
- Lee Cheol-ha, a MFA School of Motion Pictures & Television, director of the feature films in South Korea.
- Jason Sperling – creator of the “Get a Mac” ads received an Advertising MFA (1998) from Academy of Art University.
- Kourtny Hicks – member of the iPod Nano Design team
- Ian Takahashi – Cinematographer on Sleeping Dogs Lie
- Chris Cortez – Winner of The Cut, Tommy Hilfiger’s CBS reality show
- Anna Sheffield – Creator of the Bing Bang jewelry line
- Moby Francke – Art lead at Valve Software; Team Fortress 2 art director
- Lauren Conrad and Heidi Montag - stars of The Hills, who became acquainted as freshmen at Academy of Art University in 2004
- Chris Morley - Emmy Award Nominated for Best Visual Effects in a Supporting Role 2012 for Hemingway & Gellhorn
- Steven Ellison - Music Producer and Rapper who performs under "Flying Lotus"
Notable faculty and staff
- Tsutomu "Tom" Matano, Director of the School of Industrial Design/ "Father" of the Mazda MX-5
- Diane Baker, Executive Director of the School of Motion Pictures & Television / Acting and veteran Hollywood actress
- Jan Yanehiro, Director of the School of Multimedia Communications and televisions first Asian-American broadcaster.
- Lindsey Yamasaki, former basketball player at Stanford and the WNBA who currently coaches the Academy's women's basketball team
- Terryl Whitlatch, illustration instructor who has worked extensively as a creature designer on the Star Wars prequels, where she worked directly with George Lucas
- Eli Harris, illustration instructor who was part of the Sketch Travel book project, along with Enrico Casarosa.
- Jeremy Roland, Game Design instructor and Lab Supervisor who wrote the book Mudbox 2013 Cookbook and has worked in games, film, television broadcasting, music videos, and architecture.
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- John Cote (November 15, 2010). "Academy of Art land use violations ignored". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "NCAA Division II Changes". St. Mary's University, Texas. August 1, 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
- "NCAA gives PacWest, Academy of Art, Dominican vote of confidence". Pacific West Conference. August 2009. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
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- "New members for 2012–13 could include Association’s first Canadian school". NCAA. July 13, 2012. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
- "W. Indoor Track and Field". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Art U unleashes 49-19 second half to capture PacWest Tournament Championship". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Official Athletics Website". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Artworks of Henry Ascencio". Crown Thorn Publishing. Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- Katie Baker (November 17, 2009). "Ask The Appeal: Does Academy Of Art University Have Any Notable Alumni?". San Francisco Appeal. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Chris Milk Official Site". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 7, 2008.
- "The 2005 Pulitzer prize winners – feature photography: Deanne Fitzmaurice.". The Pulitzer Prizes, Columbia University. Retrieved December 17, 2006.
- "Operation Lion Heart". San Francisco Chronicle. 2005. Retrieved December 24, 2006.
- Dunhill, Heather. "Qs for Fashion Star's Kara Larick". Heather Dunhill's Fashion IQ. Sarasota Magazine. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
- Sarah Gish (March 20, 2012). "My essentials: Kara Laricks of ‘Fashion Star’". Ink Magazine. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- S. Tang (September 15, 2006). "Connoisseur's guide: Ones to watch". Forbes Magazine. Retrieved December 17, 2006.
- Designer Finals, Home and Garden Television (HGTV). See Designer Finals interviews of Natasha Shah (episode 105), Malia McGlothlin Pawsey (episode 108), Jessica Thompson (episode 110), Jennifer Bolanos (episode 205) and Tianyu Li (episode 209).
- Pang, Angela. "New Comic Strip Seeks Single Asian Female Perspective." AsianWeek. November 10, 2006. Retrieved June 22, 2011.
- "Cheol-ha Lee". IMDB. June 16, 2008. Retrieved March 5, 2007.
- "2009 Sonoma International Film Festival". ScreenDaily. Retrieved March 28, 2009.
- "Sonoma Film Festival Selections". indiewire.com. Retrieved March 29, 2009.
- "Lee Cheol-Ha Video - Clips from Films Directed and Interviews Lee Cheol-ha". OV Guide. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Academy Alum's 'Get a Mac' Named Campaign of the Decade". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Jason Sperling: Senior VP, Group Creative Director". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Academy of Art Alumni Newsletter". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- Heather Knight (October 24, 2003). "Academy of Art student hopes his 5-minute film hits the big time". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- Roger Caitlin (September 9, 2005). "BRIDGEPORT MAN WINS `THE CUT'". Hartford Courant. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Jewelry Artist Anna Sheffield". W Magazine. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Moby Francke". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Valve's Francke: Game Art Direction In Its 'Infancy'". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Lecture by Moby Francke". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Lauren Conrad Biography". People Magazine. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Heidi Montag". People Magazine. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt". The Daily Beast. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Awards and Nominations for Hemingway & Gellhorn". Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- Jason Lipshutz (April 24, 2010). "Electronica act Flying Lotus cleared for takeoff". Reuters. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- John O'Dell (November 27, 2002). "Auto designer shifts gears; Mazda's former design director takes on a new challenge at a San Francisco art college". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Executive Director of the School of Motion Pictures & Television / Acting". Academy of Art University. Retrieved 2009-08-24.
- Susan King (August 26, 2009). "For Diane Baker, one scene leads to 50 years". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- Peter Hartlaub (July 22, 2010). "Yanehiro, Hart now at Academy of Art in S.F.". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "2008–2009 Women's Basketball Coaching Staff". Academy of Art University. Retrieved 2008-09-20.
- Josh Flynn (December 28, 2010). "Ready to Win". Slam Online. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "Artist Interview with Terryl Whitlatch". Copic. March 15, 2011. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- "BANAL OBSESSIONS: NEW WORKS BY ELI HARRIS". Juxtapoz. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
- Jeremy Roland (2012). Mudbox 2013 Cookbook. Packt Publishing Ltd. Retrieved October 16, 2013.
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