Shaping Sustainable Futures

    Starting this semester, Academy of Art University is offering a graduate elective course, Sustainability & Society (FSH/GLA 648), to teach students the nuances of sustainability and the impact it carries for their future careers and lifestyles. 

    Open to students from all disciplines, instructor Masha Birger explained that the online course covers all issues surrounding sustainability, from economic to environmental to social. 

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    Marcio Decker's Talent for Interior Design and Abstract Art Helps Shape His Career

    Vanishing Mutualism

    Decker’s award-winning mixed media piece, Vanishing Mutualism. Image courtesy of Marcio Decker.

    Interior Designer Marcio Decker has earned plenty of praise during his 14-year career. Based in Truckee, California, his firm, Aspen Leaf Interiors, has been featured in many print and online publications, including Elle Décor, Reno Magazine and Tahoe Quarterly. The firm has also received a number of honors, such as a recent nomination for an HGTV Faces of Design award.

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    Engendering Compassion

    Graduate student Adriana Catarino’s virtual reality thesis concept explores the challenges faced by many immigrant and minority women


    A scene from the apartment in Adriana Catarino’s VR thesis concept in development, Junho. Image courtesy of Adriana Catarino.

    Within the realm of virtual reality (VR), users can walk whole worlds in another person’s shoes. 

    In Junho, a first-person explorative VR thesis concept in development by Adriana Catarino, players step into the life of Natalia, a 17-year-old living in a new age, apartheid San Francisco. Junho’s version of the “City by the Bay” prohibits Natalia, her family and others like her of traditional, constitutional freedoms simply based upon status. Essentially stripping away the freedom of choice, the resulting domino effect largely impacts Natalia’s home life, and in essence, her future.

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    Animation Alum Wins Best Lead Animator at Annie Awards

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    School of Animation & Visual Effects alumnus Hanna Abi-Hanna accepting the Annie Award for Best Lead Animator for Cuphead. Photo by David Rocco Facchini.

    On Saturday, Feb. 3, the 45th annual Annie Awards, held in Los Angeles, honored the year’s best in animation, with a total of 36 categories, ranging from Best Animated Feature to Best Student Film. Although Pixar dominated the awards in 11 categories for Coco, there was a particular focus on 2-D animation this year.

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    Film Review: 'Game Night'


    KYLIE BUNBURY as Michelle, LAMORNE MORRIS as Kevin, BILLY MAGNUSSEN as Ryan, SHARON HORGAN as Sarah, JASON BATEMAN as Max and RACHEL McADAMS as Annie in New Line Cinema’s action comedy GAME NIGHT, a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

    Hitting theaters this weekend is Game Night, co-directed by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (members of the writing team behind Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming).

    After falling in love at a local trivia night, Max (Jason Bateman, Arrested Development) and Annie (Rachel McAdams, Mean Girls) host a weekly game night at their house for their crew: Fellow married couple Kevin (Lamorne Morris, New Girl) and Michelle (Kylie Bunbury, Pitch) and single “bro” Ryan (Billy Magnussen, Into The Woods) who brings Sarah (Sharon Horgan, Catastrophe), the latest date in his rotating door of game night plus-ones.

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    Improving the Life of A "Lucky" Penguin

    Academy alumna Laurel Ebert is using 3-D design technologies to design a life-saving boot for Lucky the penguin

    Rachel Ritchason Curator of Birds and Records Santa Barbara Zoo

    Lucky the penguin with Rachel Ritchason, curator of Birds and Records, at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo courtesy of Laurel Ebert.

    Laurel Ebert, an Academy of Art University School of Industrial Design alumna, is working to save a life with the help of technology that continues to revolutionize industries around the world: 3-D design. 

    The recipient of this design is Lucky, a Humboldt penguin. Born in 2010 at the Santa Barbara Zoo, Lucky’s life began just like any other fuzzy penguin chick, shuffling around in his nest. It wasn’t until he started to walk that zookeepers noticed something a little different about Lucky.

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