Liberal Arts College, the Academy of Arts University

Last year in September, the Academy of Arts School of Fashion held its 21st annual fashion show. The fashions were modeled by MFA and BFA students who come from all over the world. The fashion show is incredibly diverse, and hours upon hours were put into the impressive show. The students worked together to create a wide range of styles and collections. They ended up designing two men’s collections and five women’s collections overall. The outfits displayed a wide range of colors, patterns, fabrics, and textures, some were even inspired by landscapes and nature.


The university was founded in San Francisco in 1929, and includes arts classes in everything from painting and drawing, to film and audio production. Online classes are offered as well, allowing flexibility for students. After Elisa Stephens, granddaughter of founder Richard S. Stephens, became president, the population of the school expanded to close to 20,000 students. The location is also very urban, as all student housing is right in the heart of San Francisco. There are men’s and women’s apartments that serve as dorms near the campus, which offer a much different living set-up than most colleges.


The college is prestigious as well, earning awards from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in 2007. The school is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. And in interior architecture and design, the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and Master of Fine Arts degree have both been recognized.


The Academy of Arts University is overall a very diverse and welcoming school. For those who are looking for a degree in arts, it is a great school. The university welcomes students from any and all backgrounds, and offers financial aid and scholarships to help students pay for an education. In a world where higher-education is very valued, this school of arts provides a modern take on college.