July 28, 2008
Academy of Art University, S.F.
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photo by Donald Kinney
If you've been in San Francisco in the past several years you undoubtedly have noticed a proliferation of Academy of Art buildings, here, there, and everywhere around the Çity. I just did some checking, and to my amazement their system includes 30 buildings forming a loosely interconnected campus with over 12,000 students! That number sounds staggering to me, but I guess a lot of youngsters want to be some kind of artist these days...
This world can never have too many fine artists, but I'm not sure where such a large number of commercial artists expect to find jobs...
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The Academy of Art University offers both on-campus (traditional instructor-led) and distance education (online) degree and Certificate programs in its fine arts programs. These programs include Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts for undergraduate degrees, Master of Fine Arts and Master of Architecture for graduate degrees, and certificate programs for personal enrichment. The academy offers degree and certificate programs in 13 majors: Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Computer Arts & New Media, Digital Arts & Communications, Fashion, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Motion Pictures & Television and Photography. Students can take classes in copywriting, fashion merchandising, interior design, new media, computer animation, sculpture, cinematography, industrial design, digital photography and car design.
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If you would like to read more about San Francisco's Academy of Art University, including their rather ruthless plans to evict tenants from their new acquisition -- the San Francisco Flower Mart, check out the article on Wikipedia.
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