Reimagining Automotive Brands

    IND’s Corporate Sponsored Project encourages interdisciplinary work and provides students with brand experience


    Team members (L–R) Kevin Chen, Mitchell Galik, Max Benon and Enes Olcay present their design during their IND 494 presentation. Photo by Nina Tabios.

    Every year, the School of Industrial Design (IND) at Academy of Art University organizes an IND 494 class, or a Corporate Sponsored Project, to mimic a real-world scenario for its student designers. And every year, prepping for the final presentation goes down to the wire.

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    JEM Alums’ Art Graces the Pages of 'CAST'

    Art lovers have plenty of choices when it comes to buying coffee table books. But CAST: Art and Objects Made Using Humanity’s Most Transformational Process, brings something new to the genre. Touted by as “The Most Beautiful Art Coffee Table Book of 2017,” CAST celebrates pieces made through the process of casting—pouring material into a mold. The 448-page tome by artists Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Sterling features 800 images of a wide variety of contemporary and traditional cast creations.

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    Creating Timeless, Contemporary Architecture

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    An image from De Moura Castro’s Lygia Pape Pavilion presentation. Image courtesy of Maria Paz De Moura Castro.

    School of Architecture (ARH) instructor Maria Paz De Moura Castro has had her work accepted into the 2018 Venice Biennale, the world’s most prestigious architectural exhibition (the parent organization has roots in the 19th century). Her 2012 build, the Lygia Pape Pavilion, will be featured as part of a young Latin American architect’s competition in the Biennale.

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    Summer Expo Brings Online Students Together

    The annual event allowed students to meet department representatives, gain inspiration from Spring Show displays and attend panel discussions


    Academy faculty and online students at Summer Expo 2018. Photo by Bob Toy.

    This year, the 2018 Summer Expo welcomed 28 online students across multiple disciplines at Academy of Art University at 2225 Jerrold, and Director of Online Student Relations Melinda Mettler had a few new ideas up her sleeve. 

    For starters, instead of having an instructor direct the model drawing workshop, Richelle Cowan, the online leader of Drawaholics Anonymous (an Academy drawing community), took the lead.

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    GAM’s Zhuoyang Liu Wins Blizzard Entertainment 'World of Warcraft' Environment Art Award


    Yang’s Moving Bar, Zhouyang Liu’s winning submission in Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft student art contest. Image courtesy of Zhouyang Liu/Blizzard Entertainment.

    The School of Game Development (GAM) at Academy of Art University has a pretty good track record with Blizzard Entertainment’s World of Warcraft (WoW) student art contest. For the seven years it’s been in existence, Academy students have won prizes in five of those annual competitions, including this year’s Environment Art winner, Zhuoyang Liu.

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    Graphic Design Instructors Take Part in Design//Work Panel

    The San Francisco Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) recently hosted the latest event in its Design//Work series and assembled a panel of industry veterans and design world innovators to speak about the design careers of the future. Two of the four featured panelists, Christopher Morlan and Ravit Bennier Cohen, are instructors for the School of Graphic Design (GR) at Academy of Art University.

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