Academy of Art University Partners With San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology & Innovation

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As University Continues to Fuel Bay Area’s Innovation Economy by Preparing Students for the Art and Design Jobs of the 21st Century, it Announces Support of Mayor Lee’s Job Creation Plan and Strategy for Bringing More Tech Companies to the Region

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Education is a critical component to growing the technology sector here and we look forward to working with sf.citi to ensure that as a community we are doing everything possible to produce a skilled workforce.

The Academy of Art University, the largest private school of art and design in the country, has joined San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology & Innovation (sf.citi), an initiative that will support the Mayor’s goals of job creation and growth in the technology sector.

Academy of Art University President Elisa Stephens released the following statement about the initiative:

“In order to attract high-tech companies to San Francisco, we have to prepare workers with the skills they need to step in and help these companies thrive immediately. Education is a critical component to growing the technology sector here and we look forward to working with sf.citi to ensure that as a community we are doing everything possible to produce a skilled workforce. We are proud to represent the education community and to stand with our friends from the tech industry in supporting Mayor Lee’s mission to make San Francisco the Innovation Capitol of the World.”

sf.citi is an organization that seeks to leverage the collective power of the tech sector into a force for civic action in San Francisco. This new initiative will bring together city government and San Francisco’s tech community with a collective mission to improve the city and the technology sector. To learn more, visit http://sfciti.com/.

About the Academy of Art University
Academy of Art University, the largest private university of art and design in the United States, is educating students for the art and design jobs of the 21st Century. Established in 1929, the Academy is an output-based higher education model that provides open admissions to all students, but imposes a rigorous curriculum that requires the students to produce a portfolio of work that demonstrates a mastery of their field in order to graduate. Students are taught by a faculty of professionals from the existing marketplace, which provides them with an understanding of what it takes to succeed in today’s business environment. The Academy’s hands-on curriculum produces graduates that possess great artistic and design skills -- and equally as important, the ability to put those talents to work immediately after graduation. As a result, Academy graduates are ready to compete for and win the jobs of the 21st Century in the fields of Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography and Web Design & New Media. Academy of Art University is accredited by WASC, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (Formerly FIDER), (BFA-IAD), and NAAB (M-ARCH). Visit http://www.academyart.edu for more information.

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