Academy of Art University

Academy of Art University


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Since 1929, artists and designers have called the Academy of Art University their home. Founded in San Francisco and family-owned, it is one of the largest private, accredited art and design schools in the nation.

They are first and foremost a professional school—a specialized place that helps you master your craft as you prepare for professional roles as artists and designers. Their hands-on, no-nonsense curriculum is taught by some of the finest minds working in today’s creative and innovative industries. They will help you develop your talent and acquire skills sought by the creative marketplace.


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Saddie Williams
BFA Graphic Design / Designer at Airbnb. Founder and Art Director, Greta Magazine - She designed a publication in School of Graphic Design Director Phil Hamlett’s Visual Systems 2 class. Where it started as a school project but now it’s taken shape as an award-winning publication—Greta Magazine, founded by alumna Sadie Williams.
Mark Cofer
MFA Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media - After graduation and his success at the Spring Show, Cofer started getting freelance work to pursue careers in music production, including a gig with a company called Cue Carnivore, which creates cutting-edge music and sound effects for film advertising.
Ruby Wang
MFA Visual Development / Concept Artist at Flight School Studio - Art Director for Award-Winning VR Film "Lutaw". Lutaw is the latest chapter in Wang’s journey from Taiwan to San Francisco and now Dallas, Texas. She’s currently a concept artist at Flight School Studio, which also has offices in Los Angeles and Montreal, and is producing films, games and other productions incorporating emerging technologies.
Jason Sperling
MFA School of Advertising, Executive Creative Director for Reality Labs at Facebook - Sperling is best known for creating the Adweek Campaign of the Decade with his “Get a Mac” campaign, as well as Honda’s “Matthew’s Day Off” Super Bowl spot, which was chosen by Entertainment Weekly as one of the Top 10 Super Bowl commercials of all time.

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San Francisco, California

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