Academy of Art University Joins Design Ignites Change: An Innovative Student Program to Leverage the Power of Design to Ignite Social Change

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The Academy of Art University joins Design Ignites Change to create social design solutions to sustain San Francisco.

The Academy of Art University was one of the first art and design schools in the country to jump on board, paving the way for many more

The Academy of Art University has announced that it has joined Design Ignites Change: a call to action challenging students, educators, creative professionals and the business community to use the power of design to address social issues in their local communities through substantive public design projects. The project is a joint endeavor by Adobe Youth Voices and Worldstudio.

The focus of the Academy of Art University will be to create social design solutions to sustain San Francisco. Four academic departments are collaborating on Design Ignites Change, including the schools of Graphic Design, Photography, Industrial Design and Fashion. "Sustaining San Francisco" is the name of the Academy's new, robust social design and art initiative. Design Ignites Change is one key initiative of that program.

The Academy of Art University is one of 17 colleges and universities who are now hard at work on responses to such pressing global issues as sustainability, racism, economic inequality and climate change. Students are working to develop actual, visible projects aimed to stimulate thought, dialog, action and, ultimately, change.

"The Academy of Art University was one of the first art and design schools in the country to jump on board, paving the way for many more," said Worldstudio's Andréa Pellegrino. "The Academy sees Design Ignites Change as a breakthrough initiative that will bring visibility to innovative solutions addressing a range of social issues, happening at the college level, as well as a way to instill the importance of giving back to one's community in the next generation. We are particularly thrilled that Academy students will be working on sustainability issues relevant to bay area residents and businesses."

Academy students from all disciplines are embracing social design in significant ways. An exhibit, which opened this week, What the *#&! is social design? is now on display at the 79 Gallery at the Academy of Art University and was created by graduate thesis design students Ashley Ciecka and Mike Jeeter. Phil Hamlett, MFA director for the School of Graphic Design, is the creator of the design and sustainability conference Compostmodern, held in San Francisco last month.

Design Ignites Change is a joint project developed by Adobe Youth Voices and Worldstudio with support from AIGA, the professional association for design; Citizen Scholar Inc.; Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Core 77, Design Observer, Frog Design, Graphic Design USA and Williams and House.

About Academy of Art University, San Francisco
With over 13,000 students, Academy of Art University is the nation's largest private art and design university. Established in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BA, BFA, MA, M.Arch and MFA programs in 14 different majors, as well as continuing art education with classes in copywriting, fashion merchandising, interior design, new media, computer animation, sculpture, graphic design, cinematography, industrial design, digital photography and car design. Multimedia Communications is the school's newest major, offering BA and MA degrees. Students can also enroll in a flexible online degree program in art and design.

Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (BFA-IAD) and NAAB (M-ARCH).

For more information, visit http://www.academyart.edu or call 1-800-544-2787.

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