Academy of Art University's Fashion Journalism Program Partners with Weebly, Flipboard

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The partnership will yield a $10,000 scholarship and provide equipment that will facilitate Fashion Journalism students' learning

The School of Fashion at Academy of Art University is pleased to announce a partnership with Weebly and Flipboard, two firms at the center of creativity and technology. Weebly will offer Fashion Journalism students the opportunity to receive a $10,000 scholarship and Flipboard will be donating several iPads to further students' journalism studies.

"As a designated and accredited B.A. and M.A. Fashion Journalism program, we are committed to spearheading innovation during one of the most exciting times of change within the fashion industry," said Simon Ungless, Executive Director of the School of Fashion.

"Our increasingly image-driven culture points to the need to refresh the fashion journalist's toolbox with cutting-edge digital and social media skills," said Stephan Rabimov, Director of Social Media & Fashion Journalism at Academy of Art University. "We are thrilled that Weebly and Flipboard will directly connect our students with some of the most widely used services and platforms, providing the opportunity for students to experience innovative technology."

Weebly—a San Francisco-based global platform that allows anyone to easily create a unique website, blog, or online store—has founded a $10,000 Weebly Scholarship for Academy of Art University Fashion Journalism students. The scholarship is open to students who build their own digital magazine on Weebly's award-winning platform in two specific courses: FSH 488: Magazine Publishing Workshop for undergraduate students, and FSH 626 MS: Digital & Print Magazine Publishing for graduate students. The scholarship will be awarded to the student with the best-designed digital magazine at the annual Academy of Art University Graduation Fashion Show in May 2016.

"We're proud to see the future of fashion journalism and design take off on stunning, customized Weebly sites created by Academy of Art University Fashion Journalism students and alumni like Katarzyna Tarabula, Namrata Loka, and Justice McNeil," said Vitaly Odemchuk, Creative Director of Weebly.

To showcase published stories produced by Fashion Journalism students, Flipboard has established a dedicated channel on its platform on the subject of fashion journalism. The channel acts as a single place to keep up on the topics, news, and events that students are covering as part of their undergraduate and graduate studies. The School of Fashion will award three Fashion Journalism students with the most followed and engaged Flipboard magazines the latest iPads to help them on their path toward digital journalism education at the 2016 Graduation Fashion Show. These awards are made possible through a generous donation by Flipboard.

About Weebly
Founded in 2007, Weebly is a San Francisco-based, global platform that lets people easily create a unique website, blog, or online store. Millions around the world use Weebly to start their own business, sell online, showcase their achievements, and communicate with visitors in a thoughtful and meaningful way. Designed with the first-time business owner in mind, Weebly gives everyone the freedom to build a high-quality site that works brilliantly across any device. Weebly offers a range of pricing options, including free and premium consumer plans, as well as enterprise offerings, and is consistently the highest-rated website-building mobile app in the App Store and Google Play. Weebly's investors include Sequoia Capital, Tencent Holdings, Baseline Ventures, Ron Conway, and it is a Y Combinator-backed company.

About Flipboard
Flipboard gives people a single place to keep up on the topics, news, and events they care about. People using Flipboard can follow their favorite sources from around the world and then collect stories, images, and videos into their own Flipboard magazines, sharing items that reflect their interests, express their perspectives, or are simply things they want to read later. Flipboard is available in any app store and by visiting

About Academy of Art University's Fashion Journalism Program
Academy of Art University has long offered a Fashion Journalism program, and in June 2013 received accreditation from the WASC Senior College and University Commission for the B.A. and M.A. Fashion Journalism degrees. The program is led by Stephan Rabimov, Director of Social Media & Fashion Journalism. Rabimov is also the editor-in-chief of "Depesha" magazine, and contributor to The Huffington Post and Forbes International.

Faculty include Emily Holt, contributing writer to; Diane Dorrans Saeks, San Francisco correspondent for "W Magazine" and "Women's Wear Daily"; Paul Wilner, former editor of the "San Francisco Chronicle" Style section and the "San Francisco Examiner Magazine," and former contributor to "The New York Times" Arts & Leisure section and "Los Angeles Times"; and Cynthia Durcanin, a founding editor of, whose work has appeared in "Elle," "Esquire," and "The Wall Street Journal."

Throughout the years, many industry leaders have arrived in our school to speak in front of Fashion Journalism students, including Pulitzer Prize-winning fashion critic Robin Givhan; Cathy Horyn, The Cut’s fashion critic and the former fashion critic for "The New York Times"; Suzy Menkes, the long-time fashion reporter for "The New York Herald Tribune" and a guest of honor of the 2014 School of Fashion Graduation Fashion Show; Gene Krell of Condé Nast Japan; Rosalie Huang of Condé Nast Taiwan; and Patrick Cabasset of "L'Officiel" Paris. Menkes and Horyn were awarded honorary doctorates from Academy of Art University in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Our students have gone on to work for Gilt Groupe, Fashion Times, "Nylon" and its Japanese edition, POPSUGAR, Refinery29, "Teen Vogue," "Vogue" Japan, "Women's Wear Daily" and its Men's outfit, among others.

Other areas of study in the School of Fashion include Fashion Design for Womenswear, Menswear, and Childrenswear; Technical Design; Textile Design; Knitwear Design; Accessory Design; Costume Design; Fashion Illustration; Fashion Marketing; Fashion Styling; Fashion Merchandising; and Visual Merchandising.

About Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Academy of Art University is the largest accredited private art and design university in the nation. Founded in 1929, the school offers accredited AA, BA, BFA, BS, B.Arch*, MA, MFA, and M.Arch degree programs in 29 areas of study, as well as continuing art education, pre-college art experience programs, and teacher grants. Classes are available in Acting, Advertising, Animation & Visual Effects, Architecture, Art Education, Art History, Art Teaching Credential, Automotive Restoration, Costume Design, Fashion, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Styling, Fine Art, Game Development, Game Programming, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design (Transportation & Product Design), Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Studio Production for Advertising & Design, Visual Development, Web Design & New Media, and Writing for Film, Television & Digital Media. Students can also enroll in flexible online degree programs in most areas of study. Academy of Art University is an accredited member of WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.Arch*, M.Arch), and CTC (California Teacher Credential).

For more information, call 800.544.2787 (U.S. only) or 415.274.2200, and visit to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations, and other information.

*B.Arch is currently in candidacy status.

School of Fashion at Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery St., San Francisco, CA 94105
Call 1.800.544.2787 (U.S. only) or 415.274.2200

Press Contact: Ian MacKintosh (imackintosh(at)academyart(dot)edu)

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