Anyone who uses shops uses social media or picks up magazines in the checkout aisle has heard of New York Fashion Week. It is the platform that helps launch new names and the latest trends in the fashion industry and connects models, designers, and fashion lovers from all over. For the Academy of Art University, a fashion school based in San Francisco, California, 2017 marked the 21st annual runway fashion show, which the school holds in honor of New York Fashion Week. On September 9, 2017, ten recent graduates of the schools BFA and MFA programs were giving the opportunity to showcase their work to fellow students, and some of the biggest names in the world of fashion and design.
Each piece boasted an unmatched amount of detail and was designed and created by graduates of the Academy of Art University. Founded by magazine editor Richard S. Stephens in 1929, the Academy of Art University currently serves more than 12,000 degree-seeking students. Formerly named the Academy of Art College, the schools originally focus was helping students advance in the areas of advertising art. After just over 30 years of leadership, Stephens passed the torch to his son, who later passed it to his daughter, Elisa Stephens. Under her leadership, the school saw a major increase in new student enrollment.
When seeking a college degree, one of the most important deciding factors is the school’s accreditation. The Academy of Art University is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. To help young aspiring professionals achieve their educational goals, the Academy of Art University maintains an all-inclusive admissions policy. Students wishing to enter into one of their art programs must simply have a desire to learn and the will to succeed. No student is turned away at the Academy of Art University.