Pebble Beach Phil Hill Scholarship Awarded to Academy of Art University Students for the School of Industrial Design Transportation Program

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Academy of Art University students Jack Liu and Omead Dorandish from the School of Industrial Design were awarded prestigious Pebble Beach Phil Hill Scholarships at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Two Academy of Art University students from the School of Industrial Design were awarded prestigious Pebble Beach Phil Hill Scholarships, announced at the 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The recipients of the scholarships are Jack Liu, of Antelope, CA, and Omead Dorandish of Concord, CA. Both students will be receiving their BFA from the Academy of Art University in May of 2014, with a concentration in transportation design.

The Pebble Beach Company Foundation Phil Hill Scholarship program, which was launched in 2009 in honor of Hill, the Formula 1 World Drivers Champion, provides scholarships to students pursuing degrees in various fields related to Hill’s many passions, including automobiles.

“It is a great honor and testament to the hard work of our students, and the strength of our academic programs, that two Phil Hill Scholarships have been awarded,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of the Academy of Art University.

Showing at this year’s Concours d’Elegance were two classic automobiles owned by the Stephens family, which founded the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 1929. The 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet A won the prestigious Mercedes-Benz Star of Excellence award, and placed 2nd in its class. The 1938 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe place 3rd in its class. The cars are part of the Stephens family collection of more than 200 cars, many of which are on display at the Academy of Art University Auto Museum on Van Ness Avenue in San Francisco. The auto museum is a place to pay homage to classic cars as well as an unparalleled resource that offers inspiration for students who aspire to be auto designers.

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K had an original total production of 342 between 1934 and 1936 and was fitted with the finest quality coachwork of master level workmanship and materials. There were only 33 Cabriolet A models built, of which only 11 are accounted for today. This particular car was commissioned in Sweden and spent its entire life in Europe until 2013.

1938 Lincoln-Zephyr Coupe, known for comfortable high speed travel with good fuel economy and a long, spacious trunk, is thought to be one of fewer than 100 Coupes remaining today.

The Academy’s School of Industrial Design, which includes automobile and other transportation fields, helps students better understand the process that shapes a mass-produced object by allowing them to actually build what they design. In addition to studio drawing, computer drawing, and rendering classes, students take four 3-D model-making studio classes in which they first learn and later develop their model-making skills. The Academy’s mission is to prepare students for the art and design jobs of the 21st century and since the industrial design program launched, Academy graduates have been hired by BMW Design Works, GM, Mazda, Toyota, Ford, Chrysler, Fox Racing, Black & Decker, Adidas, Camelback, Hasbro, Mattel, LG Electronics, Microsoft, Nike, Samsung, Fuseproject, Sony, Skechers, North Face, Tesla Motors, and Timbuk 2 Designs.

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About 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, both online and on campus in San Francisco, who provide 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, Art History, Fashion, Fashion Journalism, Fashion Styling, Fine Art, Game Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture & Design, Jewelry & Metal Arts, Landscape Architecture, Motion Pictures & Television, Multimedia Communications, Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media, Photography, Visual Development, Web Design & New Media and Art Teaching Credential. Academy of Art University is accredited by WASC, NASAD, Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) (BFA/MFA-IAD), and NAAB (B-ARCH*, M-ARCH), California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

*B-ARCH program in candidacy status.

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