The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 in San Francisco, California. At that time it was known as the Academy of Advertising Art and then went on to be called the Academy of Art College, eventually becoming a University. The Academy has grown throughout the years not only in name but also in how students can earn a degree. Through developments in technology this accredited Academy now offers degrees that can be earned online. In 2002, The Academy of Art University introduced an online degree in arts education and in 2015 about 35% of students were online.
The Academy of Art University offers degrees in several different areas such as, art education, architecture, game development, and fashion. In September 2017 recent graduates with degrees in fashion from the Academy of Art University debuted their Spring and Fall 2018 fashion line. These budding artists presented their collection at the New York Fashion Week. The fashion line consisted of five womenswear and two menswear, which was all presented by a total of ten designers.
According to the Executive Director of the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University the group of ten designers became very close. Their collaborative efforts for the show challenged them to work as a team and combine ideas for the fashion line. Jayne Foster, the Graduate Director of Fashion from the Academy of Art University, commented to Fashion School Daily that the group was able to create the fashion line together while also staying true to their own style.
With recent graduates from the Academy presenting their work at the prestigious New York Fashion Week it should be no surprise that many celebrities in the arts industry attended the Academy of Art University. Celebrities such as, Lauren Conrad, Raven-Symone, and Project Runway participants Brandon Kee and Melissa Fleis all attended the Academy. Directors of the Academy are excited about the future of the school and possibilities for their graduates with graduate participation in the New York Fashion Week. There are hopes that it will help these recent graduates further their careers.