Academy of Art University Graduates Many Academy Award Winners

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Jan Phillip Cramer, class of 2004, is now head of animation at Digital Domain. Cramer showcased his animated project called Avengers:Infinity War. The cartoon won an 83 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The animation was rated 8.8 on the IMBD site. The Avengers are a team of superheroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, and others who have joined together to fight evil. Jan Phillip Cramer’s animation has been garnered with many awards. In 2011, he was given the Academy of Art University’s Emerging Artists Award. Just last year, Cramer became a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The Academy of Art University, located in San Francisco, Calif, was established in 1929 by Richard S. Stephens. This art university is the largest privately owned art and design school in the United States. The school was originally started for students who wanted to learn how to create art in advertising.

Richard S. Stephens was a former magazine publisher, who ran the school until 1951 before turning it over to his son. Richard A Stephens headed the school over 40 years before retiring and handing his job over to his daughter. Elisa Stephens, Ph.D, has worked to keep the school up-to-date.

The Academy of Art University offers classes for undergraduates who want to earn an associate’s, BFA degree, or master’s degree in art. Today, there are close to 25 subjects related to art. Students can live in dorms or home while commuting to school. Dr. Stephens recently created online classes for those who want to take online art classes. All the degrees are highly accredited.

The art school has its own automobile museum where classic cars are on display. Forbes magazine values the 200 cars having a collective value of $70 million. The cars in the automotive museum include the 1933 Pierce Arrow. the 1948 Tucker, and 198 other classics.

Like many schools, Academy of Art University has famous alumni. The most well-known graduates include Lauren Conrad, Heidi Montag, and Raven-Symoné. The art university is thrilled with the successes of all their graduates, famous or not.

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