The Growth of Academy of Art University

Avengers: Infinity War is doing hugely well right now with a 92% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8.9/10 rating on IMBD. Its opening week had the biggest in movie history with an estimated worldwide total of $640.9 million. Having a heavy hand in the creation of this film giant is the Academy of Art University’s Phillip Cramer, head of the animation at Digital Domain. In 2004, Cramer earned his BFA from the academy’s School of Animation and Visual Effects. Besides the Infinity War, since graduation e has helped with such movies as Avatar, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Deadpool, Independence Day: Resurgence, and the critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The Academy of Art University was founded by Richard S. Stephens in San Francisco in 1929. In opened its doors under the name Academy of Art College. At that time it was dedicated entirely to advertising education. It has grown into a university throughout the years. Today this it has 283 full-time teachers, 1154 part-time teaching staff, and around 12,600 students. The privately owned university is one of the largest property owners in San Francisco. It has so much property throughout the city, in fact, that the university employs a private bus fleet to drive students to and from the many different locations.

Richard S. would lead the institution until 1951 when he handed the leadership reins to his son, Richard A. Stephens who in turn handed those reins to his daughter, Elisa Stephens, in 1992. Under her leadership, the university grew astronomically in student population. Some of these students are entirely online-based since the university offers some online-only courses. In 2007 the university has regional accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The university also owns and operates the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum. This collection of some of the world’s rarest and most valuable cars is valued at more than $70 million.

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