Designing the university of the future
Whether their focus is on photography, video, graphic design, visual effects—or all of the above—many creatives today have to be comfortable working with the latest technologies to have their work stand out and reach the broadest possible audiences.
Located in San Francisco, Academy of Art University understands the importance of technology in preparing students for success. With both on-campus and online studies across 27 departments, from animation and architecture to graphic and fashion design, the Academy of Art is undergoing a digital transformation to improve teaching and learning—and further bolster its reputation as an education leader and visionary.
“We believe that by marrying the theoretical with the practical we can teach students the creative process and give them the skills that they need to succeed in careers as artists,” says Elisa Stephens, President of Academy of Art University. “Part of that is listening to what the industry is looking for and teaching students to use tools that will make them more valuable to employers.”
Looking at the needs of the industry, Adobe solutions, including Adobe Creative Cloud for enterprise, Adobe Experience Cloud, and Adobe Document Cloud, have become integral to the university’s digital transformation.
“Adobe is a respected leader in digital, document, and creative spaces,” says Jason Shaeffer, Vice President of Online Education at Academy of Art University. “Working with Adobe solutions, we’re keeping our faculty and staff trained in innovative and emerging digital technologies and giving students a career advantage.”
“I think it’s the future to have curriculum available online,” adds Stephens. “We’re reaching more students on desktop or even mobile devices, and the flexibility in learning experiences allows us to reach a more diverse audience of artists. Adobe solutions have a big part in helping us reach people online and establish ourselves as the art school of the future.”