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Academy of Art University Gives Students Real World Runway Exposure

The Academy of Art University is a private school in San Francisco, California. It was founded in 1929, and currently claims to be the largest privately owned art and design school in the United States. It has around 12,600 students and almost 1500 teachers.

Recently, students graduating from the Academy of Art University were able to present their creations to professionals in the design and fashion industry. This is an annual event that gives students the opportunity to experience a real runway and all the pageantry that goes along with it. This is a way to help students prepare for their future outside of college.

The Academy of Art has a 100% acceptance rate. It has accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and is an institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The school offers around 25 subjects and allows students to earn associates, bachelors, and masters degrees in them. It also offers some online courses.

At their spring show, their graduating class had students from China, Taiwan, Indonesia, Nigeria, Mexico, Vietnam, South Korea, and of course the United States. This thoroughly diverse population is similar to the population of the fashion world. All walks of life are pulled towards a career in fashion design.

About 58% of the Academy’s students are female, and they boast a diverse culture. They have students from 112 different countries in total. Despite being an art school, their sports teams are members of the Pacific West Conference, and compete in a total of nine different sports.

They try to provide their students with as much confidence as possible. That is where their annual spring runway show comes into play. The experience has helped some students prepare for things like competing on the Lifetime television series “Project Runway“. Students that graduate from the Academy of Art University come away with highly developed skill sets and confidence to get the job done. They also do their best to give students help in finding their own fashion identity, aesthetic and vision. All of which are important aspects in fashion.


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