The Disney-Pixar animated film Coco won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature in 2018. The film centers around a child who embarks on an adventure during the traditional Mexican holiday of El Dia de los Muertos. Daniel Arriaga, senior director at Pixar Animation, reveals to the students of the Academy of Art University, his alma mater, the process it took to create the Oscar-winning film. Arriaga discusses the research that accompanied accurately depicting the holiday of his culture and animation challenges the team faced. Concluding his presentation, Arriaga relays to the students the importance of being open-minded, transformative, and tenacious upon graduation.
In 1929, fine art painter and creative director Richard S. Stephens founded the Academy of Advertising Art, which was later renamed to the Acadamy of Art University. The Academy of Art University is located in San Francisco, California and is the largest private art and design institution in the United States, with approximately 12,600 students and 1,437 faculty members. The faculty remarkably consists of individuals from various backgrounds such as career artists, designers, and scholars. Faculty members at the Academy of Art University teach a disciplined approach to the study of art and design and are dedicated to encouraging and honing their students to develop their own unique artistic style. In 2002, the school expanded to include online arts education. The talented students and alumni of the Academy of Art University have the opportunity to exhibit their work in one of the 70 shows an gallery exhibitions that the University annually holds in San Francisco.
In addition to being a distinguished art university, the Academy of Art University is also one of the largest property owners in the region of San Francisco and operates the Academy of Art University Automobile Musem. The Automobile Museum has an impeccable collection of 200 vintage cars, which Forbes has valued to be worth approximately 70 million, half of which are owned by the university. The Academy of Art University’s real estate endeavors, automobile museum, and exceptional alumni, faculty, and student body is extraordinary and renown.