New York Fashion Week is considered one of the most important fashion events in the world. New York Fashion Week (NYFW) highlights some of the most talked about fashion collections to the public. Many of the brightest students in fashion reveal their work at NYFW and one university in particular is known for its undergraduates and graduates: The Academy of Art University.
The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 in San Francisco, California. The university began as an advertising art school and grew in its mission throughout the decades. By 1992, the Academy of Art University expanded its student body thanks to the leadership of President Elisa Stephens. Currently, about 12,000 undergraduates and graduate students are enrolled at the university.
Today, the Academy of Art University offers associate, bachelor, and masters programs in fields such as architecture, fashion, game development, and photography. Many courses are offered online for a global student body. The Academy of Art University is currently one of the largest property owners in San Francisco and boasts about its urban college environment and large, international student body.
The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University is where many of the shining stars in the fashion world at NYFW are educated. The School of Fashion offers eight areas of focus for their students to study. These include costume design, fashion design, and knitwear design. At the undergraduate level, all programs are offered as a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Associate of Arts (AA) except for fashion journalism, which is a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or AA program. At the graduate level, the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) programs include seven areas of study including textile design and fashion marketing. In addition, there are four Master of Arts (MA) programs including fashion merchandising
Since 2005, the University’s School of Fashion showcases many of its BFA and MFA students at NYFW. Just last year, at the September NYFW, nine undergraduate and graduate students in the program brought forth their work. Some of the artists on display included the work of Jelly Shan, a MFA student from Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, who used the cultural and religious atmosphere of northwestern China to influence her clothing collection. Another artist included BFA student Cana Klebanoff from Queens, New York. Klebanoff designed clothing influenced by Japanese samurai armor as well as castle designs. It is important to remember these names, as these Academy of Art students may become the biggest stars in fashion in the coming years.