Excellence in Fashion Styling

    The School of Fashion’s styling alumni are making names for themselves

    The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University defines fashion styling as “creating fashion imagery and outfits based on a concept.” As the only accredited B.F.A. fashion styling degree in the United States, Academy graduates develop to be industry-ready professionals with a keen sartorial eye, business acumen and versatility for a fast-changing market.

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    CFDA: A Platform for Emerging Talent

    Recognition from the Council of Fashion Designers of America provides School of Fashion students with opportunities, awards and industry connections


    B.F.A. fashion design alumna Zhouyi Li showcased her womenswear collection at CFDA x NYCEDC 2018 Fashion Future Graduate Showcase this past July. Photo courtesy the CFDA.

    As leaders in the global fashion economy, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) is always looking to the future with “strengthen the impact of American fashion” as their mission. In recent years, the CFDA has consistently looked to the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University to find the next wave of creatives to uphold and, simultaneously, evolve the industry. 

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    New School of Fashion Program to Focus on Footwear & Accessories

    Students to develop 2-D and 3-D design skills in latest accredited major offering

    Photo4_Student Nancy Zhao, BFA Fashion Design, is making a sneaker shoe. Photo by Danielle Rueda

    Student Nancy Zhao, B.F.A. fashion design, making a sneaker shoe. Photo by Danielle Rueda.

    No outfit is complete without the right pair of shoes and a killer bag to match. 

    Footwear and fashion accessories are major sources of revenue for the fashion market, sometimes keeping brands afloat among the competition. Yet, very few design schools offer specialized programs to educate the development of such goods; in the U.S., only three schools offer a degree in accessory design. Now, starting in Fall 2018, the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University is offering new degree programs in footwear and accessory design; both programs have accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

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    Fine Art Inspiration

    Game development student LiGang Zheng  named Rookie of the Year award winner for Digital Illustration


    "Black Dream" by LiGang Zheng.

    As a recipient for this year’s Rookies awards, LiGang Zheng can consider himself one of the best rising artists in the world.

    “I couldn’t believe I won, it was a big surprise,” said Zheng, a B.F.A. game development student at Academy of Art University. “I think it’s very hard to win [a Rookies award], because [the student work] is very good.”

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    Last Call for the Caldecotts

    Caldecotts at 540 Powell

    Caldecott Medal-winning books on display at 540 Powell. Photo by Erasmo Guerra.

    Named after the 19th century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the prestigious Caldecott Medal is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

    The Academy of Art University Library has each of the 81 Caldecott Medal-winning books, spanning the entire history that the award has been in existence since 1938. In a joint effort between the library and the School of Illustration (ILL), 40 of these titles have been on display recently in two separate exhibits—20 at 540 Powell, in the lobby across from the campus host desk, and 20 at the entrance of the library at 180 New Montgomery.

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    Rob Fisher Takes the Wheel of the Academy’s Automobile Museum

    The new CEO looks forward to encouraging Academy students to visit and enjoy the rare and vintage collection


    Robert Fisher, CEO of the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum. Photo by Bob Toy.

    As the new CEO of the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum, Rob Fisher is determined to make the museum more accessible to Academy students and the San Francisco community at large.

    On a recent tour of the museum, located on the ground floor of the School of Industrial Design, a building that was once a car Dodge-Plymouth dealership, Fisher recalled a conversation with a student: “I parked out here the other day. (And, if you’re curious, he drives an Audi R8 to work.) I spotted a student sitting on a bench and I asked, ‘Are you a student here?’ Yeah. ‘Have you ever come to the museum?’ No, but I’ve always wanted to. ‘Well, why don’t you come by?’” Fisher said, “Two days later, they were here—and they brought a friend.”

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