Academy of Art University
Academy of Art University welcomes students from all around the world – in San Francisco and online In fact, 36% of their current students hail from 115 countries worldwide, and attend the Academy in order to take advantage of their unique offerings. Online or onsite, their students near and far learn in a comprehensive and versatile learning environment from a faculty of working professionals. Like the city it’s called home since 1929, Academy of Art University has always existed on the vanguard of innovation and creativity. The Academy and San Francisco have grown up together and served as mutual sources of inspiration and talent. The Academy of Art College was established in San Francisco in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens, a fine art painter and Creative Director for Sunset Magazine. Assisted by his wife, Mrs. Clara Stephens, he opened the new school in a rented loft at 215 Kearny St. to teach advertising art. Within a few years, a distinguished faculty of practicing art and design professionals helped formulate the school’s philosophy—hire established professionals to teach future professionals. In 1933 the curriculum was expanded to include fashion illustration, and in 1936 a fine art department was added.
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