In 1929 the Academy of Art University was founded by Richard S. Stephens. Along with being the founder of the university Richard was also a magazine editor, a painter and was also the leader of the university until 1951. Richards’s son took over as the leader of the university until 1992 when his daughter, Elisa Stephens, decided to take over and become the leader of the university. Under her leadership, she was able to take the university from being a university of only 2000 students to a university full of more than 18,000 students.
Since 2005 the Academy of Art University has been taking part in the NY Fashion Week event bi-annually. This is all done through a private bus that is able to take the students to fashion week from all across San Francisco. This has remained to be one of the biggest events that the University to this date takes part in.
In 2007 from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, the Academy of Art University was able to receive regional accreditation. The university’s accomplishments do not stop there though. The school is able to also take pride in being a very accredited institutional member among the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Amazingly in 2016, the University was able to have 7% of their students that happened to complete their four-year degree in the allotted time.
However, one of the schools biggest events to date happened on September 9, 2017. This is when the university was able to hold its 21st runway showcase, located at the Skylight Clarkson Square. Most people had no clue what to expect and ended up being presently surprised with the ending results. Tons of celebrities showed up that night to show their support for the students and to see the different fashion styles that were to be shown that night. Students that took part in the event were said to come from China all the way to Coastal Maine. This meant that there were going to be many diverse backgrounds meaning even more unique ideas on the future of fashion. By the end of the event, everyone could agree that it was a huge success.