Asencio, Lee Cheol-ha, Lauren Conrad, Deanne Fitzmaurice, Kara Laricks, Bilal Lashari, Heidi Montag, and Rodrigo Prieto are just some of the notable names that have emerged from the Academy of Art University. The San Francisco-based school has turned out numerous successful graduates since it first opened in 1929.

Some potentially soon to be notable names from the Academy of Art University took to New York Fashion Week to showcase their collections. It was the 21st runway showcase for the university, and it featured the work of 10 recent graduates from the university’s School of Fashion.

The designers came from diverse backgrounds, and their collections reflected that. Mainland China, Palestinian heritage, San Francisco and more came into play in the directions that the designers took with their works. The results wowed the audience, which included some rather notable names. Among these was America’s Next Top Model’s Ms. J Alexander.

It is anticipated that the students who participated will be the inspiration for the next generation of creatives. Those whose work was showcased on the runway were Hailun Zhou, Eden Slezin, Dina Marie Lam, Carlos Rodriguez, SayaShen, Joanna Jadellah, Cana Klebanoff, Ryan Yu, and Jelly Shan.

The university has adopted the motto of “Built by artists for artists.” It offers degrees in more than two dozen subjects.

While the Academy of Art University is known for its instruction of creatives, there are also other aspects of the institution as well. One of these aspects is the university’s automobile museum. It owns and operates a San Francisco-based non-profit museum that contains 200 vintage cars.

Another aspect of the university is its athletics. The university competes in nine NCAA Division II sports, and its school mascot are the Urban Knights. So, while the academy is noted for educating in art and design, there is even more to this institution.

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