School of Fashion Announces Textile Design as a Specialized Degree

    The next generation of designers will now be able to hone their craft in NASAD-certified programs


    Hae In Kim drying her print with a blow dryer. Photo by Jennifer Jeon.

    Responding to the growing market need for textile, surface and graphic print designers, the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University has created the associate, undergraduate and graduate degrees in the specialized field of textile design, which were recently certified by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). These research-based programs focus on comprehensive design development to empower the next generation of designers.

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    School of Jewelry & Metal Arts Exhibition Opens at 435 Jefferson Gallery


    Precious metals and smiling faces were aglow at the 435 Jefferson Gallery on Nov. 3, when a cross-section of works by jewelry and metal arts M.F.A. students and alumni went on view in the exhibition Past, Present, Future.

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    Guest Artist Ira Sherman Holds Pneumatic Hinge Workshop for Academy Students

    Over the weekend of November 12–13, 15 students from Academy of Art University Schools of Jewelry & Metal Arts (JEM) and Fine Art – Sculpture (FASCU) took a break from their coursework to participate in a special techniques workshop hosted by JEM and the Jewelry & Metal Arts Club.

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    Wallace Chan Surprises JEM Students

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    (L–R) International artisan jeweler Wallace Chan, School of Jewelry & Metal Arts Director Charlene Modena and Academy of Art University President Elisa Stephens. Photo by Maureen Brady.

    Internationally renowned artisan jeweler Wallace Chan surprised Academy of Art University’s School of Jewelry & Metal Arts (JEM) with a visit on Nov. 7.  Chan’s exciting visit caught the students off guard as he casually approached the studio classrooms.

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    Fashion Campaign Brings Gladys Perint Palmer & Alumna Zhangchi Wang Full Circle

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    Gladys Perint Palmer’s illustration of former student Zhangchi Wang’s design adorns a tram in Hong Kong. Photo courtesy of Gladys Perint Palmer.

    Some coincidences are so amazing that it’s hard to believe they happened by chance. The series of events linking Academy of Art University Executive Vice President of Artistic Development Gladys Perint Palmer and her former student, Zhangchi Wang, to a promotional campaign for Asia-based retailer Joyce, falls into this category.

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    Academy Grad Helps People With Disabilities Find Stylish, Accessible Clothing

    Twenty-four years ago, Stephanie Thomas was competing in a beauty pageant when the director of the event asked her a question that changed her life: “Why do you never button your left cuff?” Thomas, who graduated from Academy of Art University with an M.F.A in fashion journalism in 2013, was born without a right thumb and is also missing toes on both of her feet. 

    “I’d never really thought about it before,” said Thomas “But then it dawned on me—‘Duh, I don’t have a right thumb,’ so I never button my left cuff because it takes too long.”

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