Art & Design Industry Leaders from Top Companies to Convene at Academy of Art University’s Annual Spring Show to Recruit Graduates in Competitive Job Market

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Companies such as Disney, Google, Apple and Adobe, plus hundreds of others to interview students and view portfolios in their search to hire the best emerging talent.

The most talented graduates of the Academy of Art University will be on their toes during the upcoming Industry Preview event on Monday May 19, as they meet with hundreds of recruiters and executives from top-tier companies who are actively recruiting for their firms. Students will be presenting their portfolios to a wide range of companies, including Mercedes-Benz, Dreamworks, Adidas, Facebook, Chronicle Books, Levi, Leap Frog, Chrysler and Uber. The students’ portfolios demonstrate their mastery of art and design, representing both BFA and MFA programs, across 23 areas of art and design. These students have earned their degrees either on campus in San Francisco or online throughout the world.

“Businesses are ready to hire, and that is promising news for the class of 2014,” said Dr. Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “Today’s job market is extremely competitive and global, as companies are looking for graduates with hands-on experience and the skills to come in and contribute on day one. That is the heart of the Academy of Art University’s curriculum.”

Open to the Public
The Spring Show exhibit showcases the best student work of 2014 from all 23 degree programs, including Architecture, Animation & Visual Effects, Fashion, Fine Art, Game Design, Photography, Industrial Design and Web Design & New Media. The Spring Show opens to the public on Monday, May 19, from 7 pm – 9 pm, and ongoing Mondays – Saturdays, from 10 am – 5 pm. Free shuttles are available Mondays – Fridays. For details, visit

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 who possess outstanding 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), NAAB (B-ARCH*, M-ARCH), and California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). *B-ARCH program in candidacy status. Visit for more information.

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