April 7, 2020
Academy of Art University Online Open House

Academy of Art University Online Open House

(upbeat music) – Hello and welcome to the
Academy of Art University. My name’s Dominic and I’ll
be your host for today’s online open house. We’re glad you could join
us for this informative look at the academy. Today’s open house is designed
to show you what it’s like to be a student here. Whether you study online or on site. You’ll get the inside scoop
on the 30 art and design degree programs we offer, our facilities and technology, and what student and campus life is like. We’ll also talk online learning, show you some of the
amazing work our students and alumni have also been producing, and walk you through some
financial costs and resources. By the end of this session,
we hope you will have the information you need to determine if the academy is the right place for you. And remember, if you have
questions along the way, feel free to ask them
in the live chat box. Our team is watching for
your questions and will be happy to respond. Okay, let’s get started. – My grandfather and
grandmother started this school in 1929 to guide and
instruct the next generation of artists, and I’m proud to say that over 85 years and our vision is as strong
and successful as ever. And what we believe in is
that anyone with commitment and passion can learn the skills necessary and that the creative class
that we are training here are the problem solvers and
the visionaries of tomorrow. (upbeat music) And we’ve learned from our over 85 years that it is the hardworking
student who succeeds. It’s only 10% talent and 90% hard work. The Academy of Art
University is an urban campus and we span this glorious
city of San Francisco and this city is your home
and it is your campus. (upbeat music) – We provide a professional environment so a student can feel
comfortable about trying, failing, and succeeding. – They help you think of the real world so when that day does
come, you’re not panicking. – I know all these things
I never thought that I would even begin to know how to do. – The academy will show you opportunity. It’s up to you to take advantage of that. (upbeat music) – As you find your way from
residence halls to classrooms, from sport fields to studios, you will find a sense of
common purpose and community. I promise you will find an artistic home. – As you can see, there’s
a lot of history here. And it is an exciting place to be. But now let’s take a closer
look at some of the things that make us different. It has always been our goal
to partner with professional artists and designers to help
develop the courses you take. Our hands on curriculum is practice based, which means students get
real world experience while earning their degree. Our course content is
continuously evolving to meet the rate of industry change. This means the skills
we teach are the skills you’ll use professionally. Now, who better to learn
from than faculty who are industry based professionals. Our distinguished art
and design faculty have worked or are currently working professionals in the industry. They literally do what
you want to do one day. You’ll find that our program
directors and faculty hold an impressive array of credentials. Of course in order to support
an industry based curriculum, we provide students with
some of the same hardware, software, and facilities
that industry professionals are using right now. The next part of the equation, is our career services department. For over 90 years, we’ve
built strong partnerships with professionals and leaders
in the industries we teach. Our career service department
is at the forefront of building a network
of industry partners, continually seeking to hire,
mentor, and collaborate with our students and graduates. Each semester we have industry panels, company presentations, in class lectures, portfolio review sessions, and interviews. Students have the opportunity
to start building their contacts with industries
well before they graduate. We teach you the skills to
build a portfolio from day one. By graduation you will have
created a portfolio that reflects your skills and
demonstrates to employers that you are ready to get to work. With this advantage, students
are able to enter the profession without missing a beat. All of this comes together
to help our students to become successful. But there is one missing
piece to this equation. And that is you, the student. What do we mean by this? Let me introduce our senior vice president of admissions. – Hello, I’m Hector Verdugo, senior vice president of admissions. From our very first day of class in 1929, our doors have been opened
to students from every sort and every background
and every skill level. If you’re passionate and
motivated you can excel in any program we offer. Our inclusive approach
gives students a place to truly be themselves
and creates a learning atmosphere like no other. We teach skills and as
Will Smith has said, “Talent you have naturally. Skill is only developed
by hours and hours of beating on your craft.” That is why we’re looking
for dedicated, motivated, curious, and hardworking students that are passionate about their work. And are innovative and creative thinkers. We want storytellers and collaborators. And of course, we like problem solvers who never give up. Our students are an impressive bunch, which is clearly reflected
in the quality of work they produce. But don’t take my word for it. Let’s take a look at
some of the award winning work our students and alumni
have recently created. (upbeat music) – Our students and alumni
have gone on to win many prestigious awards like the
Grammy’s, Emmy’s, and Oscars. They all got started just like you, learning the fundamentals right here. Let’s look at what campus
life is like at the academy. Ask any student and they’ll
tell you that attending the Academy of Art
University in San Francisco is an incredible experience. The city is our classroom,
our inspiration, and our home with some
of the most impressive natural beauty on Earth. Our urban campus is
comprised of 40 buildings, all of which are woven
into the fabric of downtown San Francisco, and connected by our free shuttle system. This puts our students
within feet of amazing music, art, culture, and all
the great restaurants that San Francisco has to offer, including a number of academy
cafes where you can take advantage of our low cost meal plans. We also offer 40 different
social, professional, and cultural clubs, a fraternity and sorority, academy run art galleries,
libraries, gyms, and an indoor swimming pool. And our academic resource
center supports both online and on site students. Each academic program provides
students with an industry opportunity. For example, New York Fashion Week, and the annual San Francisco Fashion Show, partnerships with GM, Volvo, and Jaguar. Advertising students
work with real clients at Young & Hungry, a
student run ad agency. Web design and new
medias Ideate conference connecting students with
companies like AirBnB, CapitalOne, Google, Lyft,
PayPal, Uber, and more. All of this comes together in
our massive networking event, The Spring Show, open to both
onsite and online students to help facilitate career
connections, getting student work in front of industry leaders to receive professional feedback, and interview with future employers. Take a look at the vibe of
last year’s Spring Show. – Spring Show is a great
representation of the Academy of Art University. It really shows that
there’s so many different creative fields and it’s
one event that represents all of it together. – The most exciting part of
today was actually to look at everyone’s presentation
from beginning to end. – I am impressed,
flabbergasted, astounded. That’s what is feels
like in the Spring Show. All of the other pieces
are dope and on point and beautiful and captivating. – This is a great opportunity for me to show myself to the industry directly and can say
I’m really good at this. – It’s actually really emotional for me because this is a great community. Everyone’s really nice and
my things got recognized and I’m gonna show it to the world. – I hope you got a few tips
of advice as a future student from these success stories. Simply put, the academy
is a great place to learn, build new connections,
and simply have fun. Students who take full advantage
of all the opportunities we offer are often the happiest
and the most successful. Yet, another unique
opportunity we offer students, and one that may surprise you, is our NCAA athletics program. Let’s see what it means
to be an artist athlete. – Academy of Art University
is the only art school in the NCAA. – No one really realizes an art school has an athletic department. – You can pursue as an artist,
you can pursue your love of sports and you can be successful
in both at the same time. – What I love most is that
I can tie the two together. I can be a sports reporter,
I can do stories on athletes, that’s something that I’ve
always admired once I learned all the skillset and communications. – Growing up I was always
a basketball player. It wasn’t until I came to
Academy of Art where I really developed a passion for the art. – We have graphic designers,
multi media communication, architects, and industrial
design all on our baseball team. – It is one of the unique places
in the country where there is that balance between the
academics and athletics. – It helps you be more open minded, it helps you try different
things with your schoolwork, and just in life in general and your perspective on
how you look at things. – I think what the school does so well is unlock that inner artist in you. – They have the talent, they
have the vision, the passion to be an artist and the
Academy of Art has so many different avenues to take. – Basketball was my life 24/7, so coming here and kinda
finding something that I could be good at off the court, gave me so much more
passion and pride in myself in what I do and it translated
into the way I play. – The artist athlete is
someone who wants perfection. The artist athlete is
someone who wants to work really hard. – Our NCAA Division II
intercollegiate sports program has 14 varsity athletic teams. Here you can pursue your
love of art and design and your love of sports. Speaking of athletics,
what do Venus Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and
Shaquille O’Neal have in common? Each of them have earned
college degrees online. The online education
program at the academy is impressive and effective, giving students choice,
flexibility, and the ultimate control over their education. Academy of Art University
has played an innovative role in customizing an online
art and design learning experience with original content, created by our professional instructors. As you can see, our
online offering is unique. We have covered many things from today, from our philosophy to our student work, campus life, online and many other things. So let’s dive into one of the last topics, financial cost and resources. How do you pay for college
and what is the process to get started? – First, it’s important to
know that every student’s situation is completely different. And there’s no one size
fits all financial aid plan. That’s why we’re committed
to working with you and your family and help you
customize and create a plan that works for you. We’re here to help, simple as that. If financial aid is how you’re planning on paying for your education,
then take a look at this short video that gives
you a bit of insight into the process whether
you’re about to graduate high school, transfer from
another college or university, or you’re looking to
improve your skillsets and career opportunities. – So you want to go to
college or career school. Maybe you started saving early. Maybe you’ll discover
some buried treasure, but more likely you’ll need another plan. So if paying for college
is going to fall on your shoulders, the U.S. Department
of Education’s office of Federal Student Aid is the best place to turn for assistance. I bet you didn’t know that
we’re the largest provider of grants, loans, and work-study funds. All of which are easy to apply for. And when it is time to apply for aid, head to your favorite
spot to complete the free application for federal
student aid or FAFSA. Each October, a new FAFSA
is available for the next school year and completing it is free when you go to the official
website, FAFSA.gov. Your selected colleges
will use the information on your FAFSA to figure
out how much aid you’ll get so make sure your info is accurate, but if you need to, you can
go back and make some changes. If you get a grant or work-study job, congrats, you won’t have
to pay the money back. However, a federal loan is borrowed money, and you’ll need to promise to repay it. Remember to borrow only what you need because a federal student
loan is a real loan, just like with a car or home loan, it’s important that you understand
what you’re agreeing to. Although college financial
aid and the prospect of an instant noodle diet
can be a little overwhelming, you’ll be putting yourself
on the path to success when you take the time
to plan out your options and let the office of Federal Student Aid help you along the way. If you have questions or
need more information, please visit studentaid.gov. – We understand that
college is an investment and requires careful planning. And as a degree from
Academy of Art University is and investment that can
create personal, intellectual, and professional gains
for the rest of your life. Full cost of attending the
Academy of Art University are covered in detail on our website. Here’s how you start the process. Step one, fill out an
application for admissions. There’s a link in the
meeting that will take you to the application, and once you finish the application, you’ll be assigned an
admissions representative and your representative
will be your go to person for all things academy. And if you need help with the application, feel free to call us
directly at 1-800-544-2787 and we will personally help
you through the process. Step two, complete your free application for federal student aid, or
better known as the FAFSA. Be sure to include our
school code which is 007531. As soon as you fill out the FAFSA, we can create a budget worksheet
so that you and your family know what to expect. Finally, once you’ve
completed these steps, we will connect you with
your personal financial aid representative to help you review options and create a customized and estimated financial aid plan together. We will tailor a manageable
financial aid plan to help you cover the cost of
your educational investment. Your journey begins with
these three simple steps. So we’ve covered a lot of things today. Key points to remember, you can’t start a journey
without a first step. Apply to the university. An admissions representative
will walk you through the admissions process and guide
you through the program that best suits you. Creating a financial plan. Financial Aid is help to
build the plan for you and your family. And remember it’s all
about learning skills. We can teach you the skills, you need to put in the
effort and do what you love for a career. On that note, I’m going
to introduce an alumni Jan Philip Cramer who took
his love for animation and film and made it his career. And remember, a journey always
begins with a first step. Let’s take a look at his journey. – This is what I love doing
and what I have focused my career on. Chasing this dream of
making CG just as life like or as real as possible. (thrilling music) I just love this, I love making films. I love making performances on characters that you don’t even think about. They might be the bad guy
but you still like them and it’s because they
have so much character. As an animator I was very
young in the industry. I moved over to Weta and worked on Avatar and I was just so proud being
in the room with those people. And then after three years you’re done, and seeing that becomes the
most popular thing of all time there is a great deal
of satisfaction in life when what you create is beloved by people. Now that my career has evolved, I oversee a department
of people that are all trying to create fantastic work. I wanna find ways to have them thrive and have their creativity come to life. Going to the academy for
me was quite important in my career. I learned more than just animations. Once you become a leader, all of a sudden your
gamma has to be way larger and I think you look into your feedback on more and more things. It really helps I think
to have a well rounded education and have more
understanding and background in art in general. One important aspect in
my career was this year I became a member of the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. That was extremely
emotional and I just started heavily crying and I did not
imagine that I would react like that. I wanted to be part of this since a child because I grew up in Germany, it’s just impossible to
even think about working in Hollywood when you’ve never been there. For me, being apart of the academy it means giving back to the community, and I’m super proud to be part of that. – Well as always, I’m
impressed with what our students and alumni do every day. So thanks for hanging with us. We’ll be happy to answer
any questions you have. We hope you found this helpful and feel that the academy
is where you want to be. There’s no better time than now to start your creative journey, and we invite you to join our community, no matter where you are. So take the next step and apply towards a career you will love. Just click the link in
the live chat to start your application. (piano music)

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