Initially, it was known as the Academy of Art College which was a private institution in San Francisco, CA. Richard S. Stephens established the institution in 1929. It’s one of the leading art and design institutions in the United States. Richard exercised his authority to the institution till 1951 when he passed the authority to his son Richard A. Stephens where the latter passed it over Elisa Stephens, Richard daughter in 1992. During the reigning period of Elisa, there was an increment in the number of students in the institution from 2000 to 18000 within ten years.
Since 2005, the institution has enhanced its engagement in the New York Fashion Week twice per year. A group of secluded buses is used to convey the students from their dormitory and their classes which are situated throughout San Francisco. The Fashion School at Academy of Art University organized its twenty-first catwalk show on Sep. 9, 2017 at Skylight Clarkson Square where all weekly activities are carried out. The recent bachelor and masters of Fine Arts alumni performed for the very first time in five ladies wear and two means wear collections alongside two collections working together to help them achieve their goals.
Due to the diversification of the designers who participated in the catwalk show which include a series of ideas among the designers, their ability to display their excellent dexterity, made them find favor from spectators who include heroes such as Ms. J Alexander and Sara Kozlowski who is the education director and professional development at the CFDA. Career advisors and people in the globe revealed their aspirations for the future days in the fashion industry through the live stream. The designers that participated in the catwalk include Saya Shen, Joanna Jadallah, Cana Klebanoff, Ryan Yu, Jelly Shan, Carlos Rodriguez, Dina Marie Lam, Eden Slezin and Hailun Zhou.
In 2007, Western Association of Schools and Colleges gave Academy of Art University credentials. The credentials enhanced its membership to the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Interior Design Accreditation Council has given its credentials on the degree and masters of Fine Arts which are both in the interior and the architecture design department. The National Architectural Accrediting Board has committed its credential in master degree of architecture since Jan. 1, 2006 whereby the bachelor degree in Architecture received its accreditation in Jan. 2015.