Last month the School of Fashion, which is affiliated with the Academy of Arts University, held their annual fashion show at the Skylight Fashion Square during New York Fashion Week. What makes this even a one-of-a-kind event is that attendees get to take a look at new talent showcasing their creations. Students from around the globe, from China to Maine and other places in between, ten graduates showed off their products. These included five womenswear lines, two menswear lines, and two collaborations. Some of the more well-known talents who showed their creations include Sara Kozlowski and Ms. J Alexander. Sara is the Director of Education and Professional Development at CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America).
For the students who showcased their designs, this event is obviously a big deal. All the work they have done throughout their stay at the university comes down to the 15-minute presentation they did at the fashion show. The event was broadcast via live stream which meant that people from around the world were also able to see it. Jayne Foster, the Graduate Director at the university put it best when she said that “These are the designers who will inspire and lead the next generation of creatives”.
The Academy of Arts University was founded way back in 1929, in San Francisco. The university is located in an area with many things to do nearby. It is one of the oldest and largest institutions of its kind. The college boasts over 12,000 students and employs approximately 1,300 teachers. The university is not a state university, it is run as a for-profit institution. The college was first founded by an artist and magazine editor named Richard Stephens.
The sheer number of creative courses available under one roof makes this place a unique institution. Whether it is fine arts or film and fashion or landscape architecture, architecture or acting, students can find a wide range of creative disciplines to choose from. For those of you who may not be able to attend a classroom, there is always the option of taking online courses as well. Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees are available wherever applicable. The school motto ” Built by artists for artists” best describes the Academy of Arts University.
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