New York Fashion Week is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated annual events in the world of fashion. From models and designers to trendsetters and college fashionistas, thousands of people spend nearly their entire year in preparation for this week-long event. This year, the Academy of Art University held its 21st annual runway show at Skylight Clarkson Square. Designs from ten of the university’s most recent graduates were on display, giving students an opportunity to showcase their talents and place their work in front of some of the influential leaders in the fashion industry.
Based in San Fransisco, California, the Academy of Art University is a for-profit art school currently serving more than 12,000 students. When Richard S. Stephens founded Academy of Art College in 1929, the institution had a primary focus on advertising art. In 1992, Stephens granddaughter, Elisa Stephens, became president and the school’s enrollment increased significantly. For their commitment to providing quality art education, Academy of Art University received regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2007.
With more than twenty-five subjects and degree programs to choose from, the Academy of Art University has something for anyone with a desire to embrace their creativity. Their no barrier admissions policy allows students to enter the university with no pre-requisites other than a willingness to learn. The school’s faculty and staff are composed of several art professionals determined to help other aspiring artists unleash their full potential.
In 2002, the university began offering online programs, making their programs accessible to the far more thriving artist. Aside from their achievements in art education, the Academy of Art University is the only higher arts education institution to host an NCAA athletics program in the United States. The school also owns the Academy of Art University Automobile museum which acts as both a hands-on tool for students, as well as a learning experience for the public.