Bringing 'The Magic Flute' to Life Through Costume


    Costume design student Miya Chuang served as costume designer for UC Santa Cruz’s production of The Magic Flute. Photo by Steve DiBartolomeo.

    For the second year in a row, costume design students from the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion lent their talents to the UC Santa Cruz Opera program. 

    Thanks to an established relationship between Costume Design Production instructor Alina Bokavikova and UCSC’s Opera Director Sheila Willey, 10 Academy students helped bring Mozart’s The Magic Flute world alive on stage through costume.

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    SHOP657 Hosts First Spring Social


    Guests mingling at SHOP657’s Spring Social. Photo by Nina Tabios.

    On a sunny Friday in May, music and the chatter of conversation spilled out of SHOP657 onto Sutter Street as School of Fashion students hosted the concept store’s first ever Spring Social event. 

    Visitors enjoyed macaroons, kombucha and club tunes from DJ BabyJ of Manics while they shopped and mingled among the racks of student, alumni and faculty collections, including brands such as RAGNHILD, Sibyl of No. 17 and VoidTheBrand.

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    Telling the Story of Norman Mineta

    COM instructor Dianne Fukami’s documentary, An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy, was over 10 years in the making and included COM graduate Hailey Yang as editor

    Fukami with Minetas and Nakatomi

    Dianne Fukami on the red carpet for Opening Night of CAAMFest36 on May 20, 2018 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco for An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy. (L–R) Debra Nakatomi (Co-Producer), Deni Mineta, Secretary Norman Mineta, Dianne Fukami (Director and Co-Producer). Photo courtesy of Nakatomi & Associates.

    It took Dianne Fukami seven years to convince Norman Mineta to allow her to make a documentary on his life. 

    Her film, An American Story: Norman Mineta and His Legacy, unveils the journey and struggles that the Japanese-American former San Jose mayor, Congressman and cabinet secretary to two U.S. presidents had to endure throughout his career, which Fukami noted is especially striking to audiences today.

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    An Evening of Animation Insight


    School of Animation & Visual Effects (ANM) instructor and Pixar animator Guilherme Jacinto came to speak to a full theater of Academy of Art University students this past May at 79 New Montgomery.

    Jacinto decided on his career path when he was just 10 years old after he saw the first Toy Story film in his native Brazil. Shortly after, he began teaching himself to animate using Maya, an industry standard 3-D graphics program.

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    Film Review: 'Sorry To Bother You'

    Sorry to Bother You

    Tessa Thompson as Detroit and Lakeith Stanfield as Cassius Green star in Boots Riley’s SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, an Annapurna Pictures release. Photo credit: Annapurna Pictures.

    Sorry to Bother You, the debut feature film from Oakland artist-activist Boots Riley, is set in alternative present-day, dystopian Oakland, when Cassius Green (played by Lakeith Stanfield) starts work at a telemarketing firm. Strapped for some green and a purpose, Cassius quickly rises in the ranks to power-caller status after a co-worker (played by Danny Glover) taps him into using his “white voice” (borrowed from David Cross and Patton Oswalt). He’s bumped into the airy offices upstairs as his fellow workers organize a protest contesting corporate oppression.

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    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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