The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 and was formerly known as being the Academy of Art College. The University is known located in San Francisco, California and is a privately own art school that is for-profit. Richard S. Stephens is the known founder and leads the university after it was first established. The university claims that it is the biggest privately owned design and art school in the United States.
After Richard S. Stephens decided to retire in 1951 his son, Richard A. Stephens decided that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps and take over. It was then in 1992 that his daughter, Elisa Stephens took over for her father, Richard A. Stephens after he decided that it was the time he retires. This lead to Elissa being able to grow the school to more than ever expected. By 2012 she had been able to take the student count from being 2,000 to be well over 18,000.
Currently, the school is able to take part in many activities, one of the biggest being the NY Fashion Week. The University has been taking part in this event bi-annually ever since 2005. This is an event that is able to attract tons of celebrity among many others every time it is held.
September 9, 2017, was the universities most recent event and one of their biggest due to the fact that it was their 21st runway showcase. They knew that the events where normally huge but didn’t expect it to be this big. Many people showed up as the designers showed off what was their vision of the future of fashion. However, the part that attracts so many was the fact that there were students coming from all over, which meant that there was going to be a huge range of ideas to see on the stage. Each and every student spent hours getting ready for their 15 minutes of fame on the stage. The best part was that the students weren’t only showing everyone that was present that day but that there was also a live stream so that the whole world could view the student’s fashion ideas.