Who’s Who
 
 
DR. ELISA STEPHENS, PRESIDENT
  
Elisa StephensElisa Stephens received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Vassar College and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco in 1985. She is also a member of the California Bar Association and completed the Foundations curriculum at the Academy of Art University.
 
She served as a Law Clerk at the San Francisco Superior Court, 1985-1986, as In-house Counsel at Cellular Holdings, Inc., 1987-1988, and as Contributing Editor to Barclays Law Publishers, 1986-1988. She also worked as counsel for the Academy of Art College until 1992. In 1992, Elisa Stephens became President of the Academy of Art College. As the third generation Stephens to lead the university, she continues the mission and commitment of her predecessors.
 
Elisa Stephens is a member of the Young President's Organization, San Francisco City Club, Metropolitan Club, University Club, San Francisco Rotary Club, San Francisco Junior League, Nob Hill Association, Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS Foundation) and the Royal Society of Arts. She sits on the Board of Directors of the American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter and the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Lyric Opera. She also recently completed a two-year term as President of the Nob Hill Association in January 2005.
 
Elisa Stephens has led the Academy into the digital world and pioneered the Academy online education programs. Under her leadership, the Academy of Art University has become the largest private university of art and design in the United States, and the premier university to be educated by the art and design industry’s top professionals.
 

  
VINCE ENGEL, CO-DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF ADVERTISING 
 
Vince EngelVince joined the University in June 2008, as a part-time Faculty member. He received his Bachelor's degree from Humboldt State University and has been in advertising for nearly 20 years. He has worked on brands such as Nike American Express, Qantas, Nike, ESPN, Subaru, Miller Brewing Company, MTV, Ubisoft, Dr. Martens, and many more. He has received numerous awards, including two Gold Lions and two television Emmys for work done on ESPN's NCAA Basketball "Goulet" campaign.
 
Careers in Advertising
 
Potential Careers: Art Director, Copywriter, Account Planner, Creative Director, Brand Strategist, and Strategic Planner
 
Company Partners: Ogilvy & Mather; Crispin, Porter & Bogusky; Attik; Goodby Silverstein & Partners; DDB Worldwide; TBWA/Chiat/LA; RPA; Young & Rubicam; Grey Worldwide; BBDO; TBWA/Hakuhodo/Toyko; Butler, Shine & Stern; McCann Erickson Worldwide; Lowe Worldwide; DraftFCB; TBWA/Creative Juice/Bangkok; JWT Worldwide; AKQA; Publicis + Hal Riney; Venables, Bell & Partners; Carol H Williams Advertising; CBS 5; Colby & Partners; The Hive Advertising; BuderEngel and Friends; Macy’s; Leo Burnett and Rapp Collins
 

  
ELLEN SHAKESPEARE, CO-DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF ADVERTISING 
 
Ellen ShakespeareEllen Shakespeare is an accomplished freelance writer, and has worked with distinguished advertising agencies including The Bomb Factory, Goodby Silverstein, Cole & Weber and Ogilvy & Mather. Her client list includes Rhino Records, Ford Motor Company, Samsung and Avia. She conducted her undergraduate studies at Western Michigan University and Art Center College of Design where she received respectively her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Ellen received her Master of Arts degree in English from Kent State University. Prior to joining Academy of Art University, Ellen spent the last several years working as an Advertising Instructor at Art Center College of Design.
 
Careers in Advertising
 
Potential Careers: Art Director, Copywriter, Account Planner, Creative Director, Brand Strategist, and Strategic Planner
 
Company Partners: Ogilvy & Mather; Crispin, Porter & Bogusky; Attik; Goodby Silverstein & Partners; DDB Worldwide; TBWA/Chiat/LA; RPA; Young & Rubicam; Grey Worldwide; BBDO; TBWA/Hakuhodo/Toyko; Butler, Shine & Stern; McCann Erickson Worldwide; Lowe Worldwide; DraftFCB; TBWA/Creative Juice/Bangkok; JWT Worldwide; AKQA; Publicis + Hal Riney; Venables, Bell & Partners; Carol H Williams Advertising; CBS 5; Colby & Partners; The Hive Advertising; BuderEngel and Friends; Macy’s; Leo Burnett and Rapp Collins
 

 
CHRIS ARMSTRONG, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF ANIMATION & VISUAL EFFECTS
 
Chris ArmstrongBefore joining the VFX and Animation Department, Chris Armstrong worked at Industrial Light & Magic as a Senior and Lead Animator on over a dozen feature films including The Mask, Lost World, Mars Attacks, Flubber and Men in Black II, as well as Animation Supervisor on Galaxy Quest and Star Wars Episode II.
 
Beginning his career as an inbetweener on Saturday morning cartoons, he has worked on both 3D and traditional feature films and commercials, and he has been involved in most aspects of production from storyboarding to final edit.
 
In his own time, Chris works on personal short films.
 
Careers in Animation + Visual Effects
 
Potential Careers: Video and Computer Game Designer, 2D and 3D Animator, Storyboard Artist, Character Designer, Layout Artist, 3D Modeler, Visual Effects Artist, Computer Game Visuals, Concept Artist, Virtual Reality Games, Texture Artist, Animation for Movies and Feature Film Animator
 
Company Partners: Industrial Light & Magic; Electronic Arts; Blizzard Entertainment; Riot Pictures; The Orphanage; Namco; Blue Sky; WETA; The Collective; Matte World Digital; Mondo Media; Tippett Studios; Altavista Films; Rockstar Games; Wild Brain; Massive Black; Giant Killer Robots; Sony Imageworks; PDI/DreamWorks; Comedy Central; Studio Gigante; Play Station/Sony Computer Entertainment; CNET Networks; Factor 5, LLC; Lucasfilm; National Geographic Television & Film; Pixar; Rhythm and Hues Studios; Stormfront Studios; Walt Disney Animation Studio; Activision; Digital Domain; Fluid Entertainment; High Moon Studios; Insomniac Games; Koei Entertainment Singapore; Magellan Interactive; NBC; Nissan Global; Polygon Magic; Radium and Technicolor
 

  
SHERRIE H. SINCLAIR, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF ANIMATION & VISUAL EFFECTS: MFA 2D ANIMATION
 
Sherrie SinclairSherrie H. Sinclair joined the Academy after almost nine years as a clean-up animator with Walt Disney Feature Animation in Orlando, FL. Ms. Sinclair began her education and career with a BA in the History and Criticism of Art from Florida State University, which led her to assume the Assistant Directorship of the Meridian Museum of Art in Meridian, MS. Sherrie continued her educational pursuits with a second degree in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in 1991. She then worked briefly at Storyboard Express in San Francisco before being accepted for an internship and subsequent position with Disney Feature Animation in Florida. 
 
Ms. Sinclair's film credits include The Lion King, Pocahontas, Mulan, Tarzan, and Lilo and Stitch. She was also involved with a Goofy short for Disney TV entitled How to Haunt a House and contributed to the Aladdin and Pocahontas CD Rom games. Ms. Sinclair sees her position at the Academy as a wonderful opportunity to share her knowledge and love of art and traditional animation with today's aspiring animators. 
 
Careers in Animation + Visual Effects
 
Potential Careers: Video and Computer Game Designer, 2D and 3D Animator, Storyboard Artist, Character Designer, Layout Artist, 3D Modeler, Visual Effects Artist, Computer Game Visuals, Concept Artist, Virtual Reality Games, Texture Artist, Animation for Movies and Feature Film Animator
 
Company Partners: Industrial Light & Magic; Electronic Arts; Blizzard Entertainment; Riot Pictures; The Orphanage; Namco; Blue Sky; WETA; The Collective; Matte World Digital; Mondo Media; Tippett Studios; Altavista Films; Rockstar Games; Wild Brain; Massive Black; Giant Killer Robots; Sony Imageworks; PDI/DreamWorks; Comedy Central; Studio Gigante; CNET Networks; Factor 5, LLC; Lucasfilm; National Geographic Television & Film; Pixar; Rhythm and Hues Studios; Stormfront Studios; Walt Disney Animation Studio; Activision; Digital Domain; Fluid Entertainment; High Moon Studios; Insomniac Games; Koei Entertainment Singapore; Magellan Interactive; NBC; Nissan Global; Polygon Magic; Radium and Technicolor
 

  
BETH SOUSA, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF ANIMATION & VISUAL EFFECTS: BFA 2D ANIMATION
 
Beth SousaBeth Sousa has been teaching at the Academy of Art University since 2003. She started her career as a professional artist in 1978. Beth double majored in Painting and Metalsmithing at the University of Houston where she also studied animation. In 1986 she joined the IEEE's Special Interest Group on Computer Graphics and Animation (SIGGraph). Beth continued her art studies as a student of Communication Design at Texas Tech University, after which she briefly pursued a graphic design career. In 1988, while a Junior Designer with American Film Technology, she moved to their Film R&D department, where her career in animation began in earnest. Her work has been seen nationally in television commercials, children's programs, and in games. She has created work for ABC, Fox, NBC, Paramount, Virgin, Maxis and Disney.
 
Beth is the Animation Department's Director of Undergraduate 2D Animation. She specializes in teaching Stop-Motion and Experimental Animation. In addition to teaching Full Time at the Academy of Art University, she also works on her own art and animation projects in her San Francisco studio.
 
Careers in Animation + Visual Effects
 
Potential Careers: Video and Computer Game Designer, 2D and 3D Animator, Storyboard Artist, Character Designer, Layout Artist, 3D Modeler, Visual Effects Artist, Computer Game Visuals, Concept Artist, Virtual Reality Games, Texture Artist, Animation for Movies and Feature Film Animator
 
Company Partners: Industrial Light & Magic; Electronic Arts; Blizzard Entertainment; Riot Pictures; The Orphanage; Namco; Blue Sky; WETA; The Collective; Matte World Digital; Mondo Media; Tippett Studios; Altavista Films; Rockstar Games; Wild Brain; Massive Black; Giant Killer Robots; Sony Imageworks; PDI/DreamWorks; Comedy Central; Studio Gigante; CNET Networks; Factor 5, LLC; Lucasfilm; National Geographic Television & Film; Pixar; Rhythm and Hues Studios; Stormfront Studios; Walt Disney Animation Studio; Activision; Digital Domain; Fluid Entertainment; High Moon Studios; Insomniac Games; Koei Entertainment Singapore; Magellan Interactive; NBC; Nissan Global; Polygon Magic; Radium and Technicolor
 

 
TOM BERTINO, DIRECTOR
 
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ANIMATION & VISUAL EFFECTS
 
Tom BertinoTom Bertino is a well-recognized animator with more than twenty-five years of experience. Most recently he was at Industrial Light & Magic where he worked for nearly twenty years. He is credited with Animation Direction on Son of the Mask, Men in Black II, The Time Machine, Star Wars: Episode I, The Mask, Casper and many more. He also served as Co-Director on Frankenstein. He has given numerous presentations, lectures, and panels at Siggraph, LEAF, the Mill Valley Film Festival, AMPAS, VES, and many more.
 
Careers in Animation + Visual Effects
 
Potential Careers: Video and Computer Game Designer, 2D and 3D Animator, Storyboard Artist, Character Designer, Layout Artist, 3D Modeler, Visual Effects Artist, Computer Game Visuals, Concept Artist, Virtual Reality Games, Texture Artist, Animation for Movies and Feature Film Animator
 
Company Partners: Industrial Light & Magic; Electronic Arts; Blizzard Entertainment; Riot Pictures; The Orphanage; Namco; Blue Sky; WETA; The Collective; Matte World Digital; Mondo Media; Tippett Studios; Altavista Films; Rockstar Games; Wild Brain; Massive Black; Giant Killer Robots; Sony Imageworks; PDI/DreamWorks; Comedy Central; Studio Gigante; Play Station/Sony Computer Entertainment; CNET Networks; Factor 5, LLC; Lucasfilm; National Geographic Television & Film; Pixar; Rhythm and Hues Studios; Stormfront Studios; Walt Disney Animation Studio; Activision; Digital Domain; Fluid Entertainment; High Moon Studios; Insomniac Games; Koei Entertainment Singapore; Magellan Interactive; NBC; Nissan Global; Polygon Magic; Radium and Technicolor
 


MIMI SULLIVAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
 
Mimi Sullivan

Mimi Sullivan is a registered Architect in California, a Certified Green Building Professional, and a principal of Saida + Sullivan Design Partners (SSDP). Ms. Sullivan is just as passionate about the process of design as she is about the final built structure. She oversees community outreach, design team coordination, project management, sustainability, and construction supervision. Ms. Sullivan's 25 years of diverse experience includes extensive work in award winning multi-family/mixed use housing as well as commercial, retail, civic building and custom single family homes. She is both an architect and an educator. She has taught architectural design at universities in the states and in Japan. She was the founding director of the Graduate Architecture Program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and achieved NAAB accreditation for the program in 2007.

Prior to starting SSDP with her partner, Ms. Sullivan was teaching Japanese architectural history at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan while acting as the Resident Director for the Oregon State System of Higher Education for study abroad programs at multiple universities in Tokyo. Ms. Sullivan received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Rice University and a Master of Architecture and Master of International Studies from the University of Oregon.

Careers in Architecture
 
Potential Careers: Architect, Designer, Project Manager, Developer, Materials Representative, Design-Builder, Policy Maker, Inventor
 
Company Partners: Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects; KMD Architects; Elizabeth Moule & Stefanos Polyzoides – Architects and Urbanists; A-I; SOM Architects; Saida + Sullivan Design Partners; The City of San Francisco Architecture Department; Solomon – a WRT Company; Asian Neighborhood Design; The Smith Group; The American University in Dubai; Architecture International and Jerde Partnership International



MARK MÜCKENHEIM, DIRECTOR
 
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
 
Hans Sagan

Mark Mückenheim is a licensed architect in Germany and the European Union, the principal of MCKNHM Architects, and the co-author of the book "Inspiration - contemporary design methods in architecture" released by BIS Publishers in 2012. Before establishing his own architecture practice in 2001, he worked and collaborated with different architecture firms in Germany, USA and England, gaining extensive experience from concept to realization on various projects of internationally recognized design excellence.

Mark Mückenheim has lectured and acted as a guest critic at numerous institutions in Germany, the European Union, and the US. Among other schools, he taught for more than six years at the distinguished RWTH Aachen before being appointed as a visiting professor at the TU Munich from 2009 to 2012. Since 2013, he is appointed as the graduate director of the school of architecture at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. His award winning work has been featured in various international book and journal publications and has also gained reputation through a number of exhibitions in Germany and abroad - most recently the house of architecture in Lille, France, the German Architecture center in Berlin and the 12th Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Educated in Germany, the United States, and England, sponsored by a Fulbright scholarship and a DAAD grand from the German government, Mückenheim received his Master of Architecture from Parsons School of Design, New York, and his Graduate Diploma in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London.

Careers in Architecture
 
Potential Careers: Architect, Designer, Project Manager, Developer, Materials Representative, Design-Builder, Policy Maker, Inventor
 
Company Partners: Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects; KMD Architects; Elizabeth Moule & Stefanos Polyzoides – Architects and Urbanists; A-I; SOM Architects; Saida + Sullivan Design Partners; The City of San Francisco Architecture Department; Solomon – a WRT Company; Asian Neighborhood Design; The Smith Group; The American University in Dubai; Architecture International and Jerde Partnership International

 


JENNIFER M. ASSELSTINE, DIRECTOR
 
UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
 
Jennifer M. Asselstine

Jennifer Asselstine has 30 years of experience in architecture and design and 10 years of teaching experience and is a licensed architect and runs her own design office in San Anselmo. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Minnesota, where she was honored with an award from the American Institute of Architects. Ms. Asselstine went on to work for RTKL and CS&D in Baltimore, Maryland. She later moved to the U.K., where she studied at the Architectural Association in London and later worked for WATG Architects.

Ms. Asselstine has worked in the U.S., London, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Sydney, Australia on a broad range of projects, from hotel and resort design and senior housing, to an IMAX theater. Jennifer is a registered architect in the State of Maryland. The Red Cross Headquarters and Blood Processing Center, which was designed by Ms. Asselstine for CS&D Architects in Baltimore, Maryland, won a Design Award from the American Society of Interior Designers. She currently specializes in single-family housing and community design work.

Careers in Architecture
Potential Careers: Architect, Designer, Project Manager, Developer, Materials Representative, Design-Builder, Policy Maker, Inventor
 
Company Partners: Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects; KMD Architects; Elizabeth Moule & Stefanos Polyzoides – Architects and Urbanists; A-I; SOM Architects; Saida + Sullivan Design Partners; The City of San Francisco Architecture Department; Solomon – a WRT Company; Asian Neighborhood Design; The Smith Group; The American University in Dubai; Architecture International and Jerde Partnership International

 
 
ERIC LUM, ONLINE DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
 
Eric LumEric Lum, AIA, Ph.D., LEED BD+C, is a licensed architect in the state of California and NCARB certified. Dr. Lum taught previously at Roger Williams University, California College of the Arts, and the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was assistant professor of History and Theory. He has worked in a number of firms nationwide, including Kallmann, McKinnell and Wood Architects in Boston, Arthur Erickson Architects in Los Angeles, and Gensler in San Francisco. He is a founding principal of his firm Architecture 3 (A3). He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he gained his doctorate in architectural history.

Careers in Architecture
 
Potential Careers: Architect, Designer, Project Manager, Developer, Materials Representative, Design-Builder, Policy Maker, Inventor
 
Company Partners: Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects; KMD Architects; Elizabeth Moule & Stefanos Polyzoides – Architects and Urbanists; A-I; SOM Architects; Saida + Sullivan Design Partners; The City of San Francisco Architecture Department; Solomon – a WRT Company; Asian Neighborhood Design; The Smith Group; The American University in Dubai; Architecture International and Jerde Partnership International


 
ALBERTO BERTOLI, CHAIR EMERITUS
 
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
 
Alberto BertoliAlberto Bertoli has vast experience in different areas of the architectural profession. At the professional level, his work ranges from the planning of shuttle facilities for the space program , to the designing of a performing arts center. His creativity and commitment to quality is influenced by his awareness of the significant role that architecture has in shaping our cities. His work has been recognized by AIA Chapters in San Diego, Central Valley and Seattle, as well as the Architectural Association of France and has earned awards at international competitions.
 
Mr. Bertoli started his formal education at the University of Buenos Aires (Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism), and continued at California Polytechnic University (School of Architecture and Environmental Design). He has his professional license through the State of California. Before joining the Academy he was a lecturer at Cal Poly SLO, UCLA Graduate School of Architecture, and taught for more than 20 years at SCI-ARC.

Careers in Architecture
 
Potential Careers: Architect, Designer, Project Manager, Developer, Materials Representative, Design-Builder, Policy Maker, Inventor
 
Company Partners: Korth Sunseri Hagey Architects; KMD Architects; Elizabeth Moule & Stefanos Polyzoides – Architects and Urbanists; A-I; SOM Architects; Saida + Sullivan Design Partners; The City of San Francisco Architecture Department; Solomon – a WRT Company; Asian Neighborhood Design; The Smith Group; The American University in Dubai; Architecture International and Jerde Partnership International



MARYBETH TERESZKIEWICZ, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF ART EDUCATION
 
Marybeth Tereszkiewicz

Marybeth Tereszkiewicz holds a Master of Education from San Francisco State University and a BA in Political Science from the State University of New York. Prior to her current post as the Director, School of Art Education & Teaching Credential Program at the Academy of Art University, Marybeth was the Chairperson of the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Immaculate Conception Academy High School for more than 25 years. In her previous post, she taught visual art, AP art, and dance to high school students and was a member of the school-wide curriculum council. She also was a two-time member of the school's WASC team.

Marybeth has also performed as a professional dancer for over 20 years and dance remains the core of her creations. She is a modern renaissance woman: visual artist, dancer, actor, director, choreographer, filmmaker, and teacher of both visual and performing arts.

Marybeth is the co-creator of the Tree of Life Arts Empowerment Camp in South Africa which was held over two summers in 2012 and 2013. She is also an educational liaison with the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Additionally, she has helped to develop MAPS, a corporate work study summer program that helps incoming freshman high school students. She has also helped to develop the California framework for arts education.

Careers in Art Education
 
Potential Careers: After-School Arts Instructor, Artist-in-Residence Program Instructor, Public or Private School Art Teacher (after earning a Teaching Credential), Museum Educator, Arts Administrator, Community College Instructor, Art Curriculum Developer (after earning an MA degree)
 


GABRIELA SOTOMAYOR, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF ART HISTORY
 
Gabriela Sotomayor

Gabriela is completing her PhD at the University of Oxford, UK, with a dissertation on the materials and techniques of Ptolemaic jewelry and engraved gems. While attaining her BA in Art History and Archaeology at Washington University in St Louis as a Gates Millennium Scholar, she studied in Florence, Italy, and Athens, Greece for a year. Subsequently, she earned her MA in Greek and Roman Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Gabriela has worked in art museums and galleries in the US, UK and Chile, in addition publishing on Greek and Roman art. Gabriela continues to conduct research and publish on the subjects of ancient jewelry, luxuries and trade in the ancient world, engraved gems and the technical side of jewelry and gem production. In addition to her duties as the Director of the School of Art History, Gabriela teaches art history courses and designs jewelry.

Careers in Art History
 
Potential Careers: Artist Representative, Appraiser, Art Museum Program Assistant, Collection Manager, College/University Art History Instructor (after earning a Master’s degree or higher), Consultant, Corporate Curator, Curatorial Assistant, Fine Art Auctioneer, Gallery Curator, Historical Preservationist, Independent Scholar, Museum Curator (after earning a Master’s degree or higher), Private Collection Curator, Public Art Curator, Researcher, Teacher in Public or Private School (after earning a Teaching Credential), Visual Resources Curator, Writer
 


SIMON UNGLESS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF FASHION
 
Simon UnglessSimon Ungless graduated from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in 1992 and was awarded the prestigious M.A. Degree in Fashion with Distinction. He collaborated with Alexander McQueen on the first ten collections shown in London and New York, and personally introduced Sarah Burton, Creative Director of Alexander McQueen, to the late designer. In 2002, he became Creative Director of Member Holiday, a Korean-based contemporary brand, launching both men’s and women’s collections with 37 freestanding stores. His work experience covers Fashion Design, Textile Design, Forecasting, Brand Development, and Marketing for such clients as Givenchy, Paul Smith, and Versace.
 
 
Careers in Fashion
 
Potential Careers: Fashion Design – Fashion Designer, Product Manager and Pattern Maker; Textile Design – Textile Designer and Forecaster; Knitwear Design – Knitwear Designer, Knitwear Merchandising and Knitwear Accessory Designer; Fashion Merchandising – Buyer, Store Manager, Store Planner, and Product Developer
 
Company Partners: The University works with international brands and recruitment agencies for the development of job placement. Graduates have gone on to work with companies such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Azzedine Alaïa, Banana Republic, Blanc de Chine, Burberry, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta, Pamela Dennis, GAP Inc., Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, KITON, Calvin Klein, L.A.M.B., Liz Claiborne, Ralph Lauren, Martin Margiela, Missoni, Alexander McQueen, Nice Collective, Nike, Nordstrom, Northface, Old Navy, Reebok, Zandra Rhodes, Jeremy Scott, Martine Sitbon, Carla Sozzani's 10 Corso Como, Tocca, Williams Sonoma, Viktor & Rolf, Diane Von Fürstenberg and Louis Vuitton to name a few.



SHARON MURPHY, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF FASHION: MERCHANDISING
 
Sharon MurphySharon Murphy’s career includes fashion retailing, manufacturing, and product development. She has worked for Esprit de Corp and Jessica McClintock, Inc. with a focus on textile and product development for contemporary, junior, and children’s markets. 
 
Ms. Murphy joined the Academy as an instructor in 2001. She currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses, specifically focused in Manufacturing, Fabrics, Textiles & Raw Materials, as well as Product Sourcing. Sharon has been integral in overseeing the management of the Academy Retail store, as well as working one on one with students to develop their portfolios and future career paths. Sharon also continues to consult with Venice Collaborative on the development of residential projects. 

Careers in Fashion

Potential Careers: Fashion Design – Fashion Designer, Product Manager and Pattern Maker; Textile Design – Textile Designer and Forecaster; Knitwear Design – Knitwear Designer, Knitwear Merchandising and Knitwear Accessory Designer; Fashion Merchandising – Buyer, Store Manager, Store Planner, and Product Developer; Visual Merchandising – Visual Merchandiser; Cosmetics/ Beauty - Merchandiser
 
Company Partners: Kenneth Cole; Levi Strauss & Co.; Banana Republic; American Eagle Outfitters; General Motors; Saks Fifth Avenue; Karen Neuburger Sleepwear; Natori NY; Williams-Sonoma; American Pacific Ent.; Eileen West; Sebastian Pons Studio; Pony; Pottery Barn; Galigula Studios; NATAYA; IISLI; Liz Claiborne; Restoration Hardware; Sanrio; Arden B.; Bloomingdale’s; Macy’s; Armani Exchange; Neiman Marcus; Louis Vuitton; BCBG Max Azria; Danskin; de Young Museum Store; gr.dano; MAC; Mervyns; Nordstrom; Phat Fashions LLC; Puma NA; Quicksilver/Roxy; Sephora USA; Jessica McClintock Inc.; Old Navy; Target; Jeremy Scott; Nice Collective; St. John and Three Dots
 


CRAIG NELSON, DIRECTOR OF SCHOOL OF FINE ART - PRINTMAKING
 
CO-DIRECTOR OF GRADUATE SCHOOL OF FINE ART - PAINTING
 
Craig Nelson

For over 30 years, Craig has been depicting figures, landscapes, CA coastal paintings and various environments in rich, vibrant oils. He has painted countless movie posters, many book covers, and album covers. Some of his most prestigious works have been his Broadway production posters for Neil Simon's Lost in Yonkers and Proposals, both originals are in the private collection of Neil Simon. During his illustrious career, Craig has won over 200 awards of excellence in various shows, five gold metals, four silver metals, and in 1996, a painting of his was chosen for the Communication Arts Annual cover.


Careers in Fine Art

Potential Careers: Gallery Painter/Printmaker/Sculptor, Art Consultant, Commission Painter/Portrait Artist/Sculptor, Muralist, Gallery Employee, Assistant Museum Curator, Instructor; Film Industry – Art Director, Visual Effects Artist, and Background Painter
 
Company Partners: Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, National Press Comics, Industrial Light & Magic, Sony, PDI/DreamWorks, 2Wire, Mind Control Software, Franchise Design, Grimm Press, Lynn Hanson Publishing, Aquent Partners, Inc., Erik Powell Arts, Pixar, Spark Unlimited Inc, Thomas Marsh Sculptor, Sanchez Gallery, Novo Arts, The School of Arts, Wendt Gallery, Winfield Gallery, La Sierra University, Christopher Hill Gallery, Haam Space Gallery, Meyer Gallery, Kaewon School for Art and Design and John Berggruen Gallery
  

  
CAROLYN MEYER, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

SCHOOL OF FINE ART - PAINTING
 
 
Carolyn MeyerCarolyn Meyer is also a full time faculty member teaching Landscape painting and Abstract painting classes. In addition she is also director of the three Academy of Art University downtown San Francisco galleries. Her career began as an art director for an advertising agency in San Francisco. She was one of the founding principles of Paris Printing, a large size printing Company in Northern California. She received both her BFA and MFA from Academy of Art University. Her work as a professional artist is a cross between realism and abstraction. You may see her work at ArtHaus, William Lester Gallery and Hang Gallery in San Francisco as well as several others around the U.S.

Careers in Fine Art

Potential Careers: Gallery Painter/Printmaker/Sculptor, Art Consultant, Commission Painter/Portrait Artist/Sculptor, Muralist, Gallery Employee, Assistant Museum Curator, Instructor; Film Industry – Art Director, Visual Effects Artist, and Background Painter
 
Company Partners: Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, National Press Comics, Industrial Light & Magic, Sony, PDI/DreamWorks, 2Wire, Mind Control Software, Franchise Design, Grimm Press, Lynn Hanson Publishing, Aquent Partners, Inc., Erik Powell Arts, Pixar, Spark Unlimited Inc, Thomas Marsh Sculptor, Sanchez Gallery, Novo Arts, The School of Arts, Wendt Gallery, Winfield Gallery, La Sierra University, Christopher Hill Gallery, Haam Space Gallery, Meyer Gallery, Kaewon School for Art and Design and John Berggruen Gallery
 

  
CARRIE ANN PLANK, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

SCHOOL OF FINE ART - PRINTMAKING
 
Carrie Ann PlankCarrie Ann Plank is a professional artist and educator. She is the Associate Director of Fine Arts for Printmaking MFA & BFA Program at the Academy of Art University. She has taught at the Academy in the graduate and undergraduate departments since 2002. Previously she has been a Professor of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania State University, Xavier University, and the University of New Orleans. Carrie Ann received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from East Carolina University and her Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the Pennsylvania State University. Carrie Ann is active in the local arts community as a participant, juror, and volunteer, and is a board member of the California Society of Printmakers.

Carrie Ann exhibits locally, nationally, and internationally. She is included in private and public collections including the Fine Art Archives of the Library of Congress. Currently her work may be seen at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA and at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. Recent noteworthy shows include the National Museum of Fine Art in Taipei, Taiwan, Los Gatos Museum of Art, Los Gatos, CA, and a residency at Monte Azul, Costa Rica.

Careers in Fine Art

Potential Careers: Gallery Painter/Printmaker/Sculptor, Art Consultant, Commission Painter/Portrait Artist/Sculptor, Muralist, Gallery Employee, Assistant Museum Curator, Instructor; Film Industry – Art Director, Visual Effects Artist, and Background Painter
 
Company Partners: Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, National Press Comics, Industrial Light & Magic, Sony, PDI/DreamWorks, 2Wire, Mind Control Software, Franchise Design, Grimm Press, Lynn Hanson Publishing, Aquent Partners, Inc., Erik Powell Arts, Pixar, Spark Unlimited Inc, Thomas Marsh Sculptor, Sanchez Gallery, Novo Arts, The School of Arts, Wendt Gallery, Winfield Gallery, La Sierra University, Christopher Hill Gallery, Haam Space Gallery, Meyer Gallery, Kaewon School for Art and Design and John Berggruen Gallery
 


MARGARET KEELAN, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF FINE ART - SCULPTURE
 
Margaret Keelan

Margaret Keelan received her BFA at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada and her MFA at the University of Utah. In 2003 she juried the California Clay Competition at the Artery in Davis, CA, and was invited to lecture on her latest work at the 2005 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts in Baltimore, 2007 CCACA, Davis California and at 2007 SOFA, New York. Recent exhibitions have included "Vanitas: Transient Treasures" at the Lacoste Gallery in Concord, MA and "Regina Clay: Worlds in the Making", traveling across Canada. Other venues have been in Chicago, New York, Santa Fe, Montana, and Pomona, as well as solo shows in St. Louis, MO and Seattle, WA. Her work can also be seen in "500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form", "The Craft and Art of Clay", "Ceramics: Art and Perception", "Confrontational Ceramics" and "Ceramics Review" in England.

Careers in Fine Art
 
Potential Careers: Gallery Painter/Printmaker/Sculptor, Art Consultant, Commission Painter/Portrait Artist/Sculptor, Muralist, Gallery Employee, Assistant Museum Curator, Instructor; Film Industry – Art Director, Visual Effects Artist, and Background Painter
 
Company Partners: Marywood University, Pacific Art League, Jeremy Scott Studio, Hookin Style Design, MemoryX CA, Chido, Artworks Foundry, Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, National Press Comics, Industrial Light & Magic, Sony, PDI/DreamWorks, 2Wire, Mind Control Software, Franchise Design, Grimm Press, Lynn Hanson Publishing, Aquent Partners, Inc., Erik Powell Arts, Pixar, Spark Unlimited Inc, Thomas Marsh Sculptor, Meyer Gallery, Wendt Gallery and Winfield Gallery
 


LAWRENCE NOBLE, CHAIR
 
SCHOOL OF FINE ART - SCULPTURE
 
Lawrence Noble

Lawrence joined the University as a full-time Faculty member in August 2011.

Currently the owner of Noble Studio, a design and sculpture company founded in 1973, Noble originally earned an esteemed reputation as illustrator and designer of movie poster campaigns such as "Time After Time", "Flash Gordon", "Sharky's Machine" and "The Empire Strikes Back" (10th Anniversary Poster). Since then, Noble has devoted most of his talents toward sculpture, when in 1980 he was inspired by the diminutive Jedi Master Yoda from the "The Empire Strikes Back" to try his hand at sculpting. His efforts resulted in a small limited bronze of the character for the film's tenth anniversary in 1990.

Since that brush with the Force over three decades ago, Noble has evolved into a master sculptor, counting bronze installations of Civil War General Philip H. Sheridan in Chicago, The California Firefighters' Memorial, the San Bernardino County Peace Officers' Memorial, and a new life-size Yoda for Lucasfilm's Presidio headquarters in San Francisco among his many public commissions since 1990. Lucasfilm also commissioned three other life-size bronzes from Noble for their Presidio campus, including father of film Eadweard Muybridge, special effects pioneer Willis O'Brien, and television inventor Philo T. Farnsworth. A fourth commission of screen adventurer Indiana Jones is scheduled to be installed along with a second Yoda at a San Anselmo park in 2014. Finally, larger-than-life bronzes created by Noble include the 21-foot-tall Hampton, Virginia 400th Anniversary Monument as well as his Spirit of Achievement statue in Chino, CA, which is taller still at 27'.

Careers in Fine Art
 
Potential Careers: Gallery Painter/Printmaker/Sculptor, Art Consultant, Commission Painter/Portrait Artist/Sculptor, Muralist, Gallery Employee, Assistant Museum Curator, Instructor; Film Industry – Art Director, Visual Effects Artist, and Background Painter
 
Company Partners: Marywood University, Pacific Art League, Jeremy Scott Studio, Hookin Style Design, MemoryX CA, Chido, Artworks Foundry, Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, National Press Comics, Industrial Light & Magic, Sony, PDI/DreamWorks, 2Wire, Mind Control Software, Franchise Design, Grimm Press, Lynn Hanson Publishing, Aquent Partners, Inc., Erik Powell Arts, Pixar, Spark Unlimited Inc, Thomas Marsh Sculptor, Meyer Gallery, Wendt Gallery and Winfield Gallery
 

  
DAVID GOODWINE, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF GAME DESIGN
 
David GoodwineDavid Goodwine is an Animation & Visual Effects graduate of Academy of Art University. He has been in the industry for 11 years, including 7 years in games. David has worked for companies such as Double Fusion, Eidos/Crystal Dynamics, Electronic Arts, and PDI/Dreamworks in the positions of studio creative director, senior producer, and art production manager. His credits include projects such as 25 to Life, Legacy of Kain: Defiance, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Project: Snowblind, Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, and Tomb Raider: Legend.
 
Careers in Game Design
 
Potential Careers: Executive Producer, Producer, Creative Director, Art Director, Lead Game Designer, Technical Art Director, Lead Animator, Character Animator, Character Rigger TD, Game Designer, Level Designer, Cinematics Director, Storyboard Artist, Concept Artist (for Characters, Environments, Creatures, Vehicles, Tech, etc.), Level Artist, 3D Animator, Visual Effects Animator, 3D Modeler Character and Props, Texture Artist, User Interface Artist
 
Company Partners: Electronic Arts, Crystal Dynamics, Lucas Arts, PlayStation / Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., ROCKSTAR Games, Cinematico, Massive Black
 

  
PRYCE JONES, GRADUATE DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF GAME DESIGN
 
Pryce JonesAfter receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and working in that field for several years, Pryce Jones realized that 1. Making entertainment art looks more fun, and 2. Many of the techniques he’d learned for designing real buildings would work for virtual worlds. He then embarked on a career in video games and has spent the past 11 years as an environment artist, concept painter, and art director. He was a core contributor on some of the industry’s biggest titles, his first being Pool of Radiance, followed by Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Blood Wake, and Demon Stone, all while at Stormfront Studios. He then went to Crystal Dynamics (Eidos), where he worked on Legacy of Kain: Defiance and Tomb Raider: Legend. Then, while at Shaba (Activision), Pryce worked on Shrek Super Slam and the video game version of Shrek III. Life after Shrek saw Pryce move onto Lucas Arts, where he worked on the next-gen version of Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings. He then did stints as an art director at Pronto Games and Mind Control Software on a series of casual game titles before moving on to Gazillion Entertainment on a yet-to-be-named MMO.  Before joining Academy of Art University in 2009, Pryce was a visiting instructor at the Art Institute in San Francisco and The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, teaching matte painting and background design.
 
Careers in Game Design
 
Potential Careers: Executive Producer, Producer, Creative Director, Art Director, Lead Game Designer, Technical Art Director, Lead Animator, Character Animator, Character Rigger TD, Game Designer, Level Designer, Cinematics Director, Storyboard Artist, Concept Artist (for Characters, Environments, Creatures, Vehicles, Tech, etc.), Level Artist, 3D Animator, Visual Effects Animator, 3D Modeler Character and Props, Texture Artist, User Interface Artist
 
Company Partners: Electronic Arts, Crystal Dynamics, Lucas Arts, PlayStation / Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., ROCKSTAR Games, Cinematico, Massive Black
 

  
MARY SCOTT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CHAIR
 
SCHOOL OF GRAPHIC DESIGN
 
Mary ScottFor over 25 years, Mary Scott was Vice-President and Director of Creative Operations for Maddocks & Company, a multi-disciplinary firm involved in all phases of communication design. Mary taught at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, where she was honored twice as recipient of the “Great Teacher Award,” and also taught at Otis College of Art & Design in Los Angeles. After five years at the Academy of Art, Mary was nominated for the 2004, 2005 and 2006, “Who’s Who in America’s Teachers.”
 
In September 1999, Mary was named Chair of Graphic Design at the Academy where she continues to teach. Her mission is to continue developing curriculum that serves the needs of the design student in a rapidly evolving, dynamic profession.
 
Mary has served on the National Board of AIGA and was chapter President in Los Angeles. She has chaired the AIGA SF Enrichment Scholarship. She has served as Development Chair on the AIGA SF board when she became the Education Chair. In June 2007, Mary was awarded the Fellow’s Award from the San Francisco Chapter of AIGA.
 
Mary studied Fine Arts and Foreign Languages at Mt. St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles and Environmental Design at the University of California at Los Angeles.
 
Careers in Graphic Design
 
Potential Careers: Graphic Designer, Type Design, Package Design, Environmental Design, Design Planning, Print and Publication Design, Educational Design, Identity Design, System Design and Motion Graphics, Exhibition Design, Corporate Communications Design, Information Design
 
Company Partners: VSA Partners, MetaDesign, Stone Yamashita & Partners, Adams Morioka, James Victore, Cahan & Associates, Chen Design Associates, Price Waterhouse Coopers Lybrand, Templin Brink Design, Michael Vanderbyl Design, Blank Mosseri, Blue Cross, Goodby Silverstein, Specialized Bicycles, Philippe Becker Associates, IDEO, Brand Engine, Stapely Hildebrand, Anthem Worldwide, Apple, Deutsch Inc., Harper Collins/Regan Media, Interbrand, Marketing, Safeway Corporate, Seiko Institute and The Arnell Group NYC
 

  
PHIL HAMLETT, DIRECTOR
 
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF GRAPHIC DESIGN
 
Phil HamlettPrior to directing the M.F.A program at The Academy of Art University, Phil Hamlett was Communications Director at Turner & Associates, where he identified fundamental client objectives and facilitated the development of the core messages, conceptual frameworks and communications vehicles best suited to address those needs. His extensive experience with a wide variety of corporate communications, investor relations and print collateral materials (for companies both large and small) provides him with the perspective necessary to prepare students for the challenges of the real world. His work for clients such as Yahoo!, Adaptec, Macromedia, Ariba, PeopleSoft, IBM, AT&T, The Coca-Cola Company, Clorox, Seagate Technology, Turner Broadcasting, Nabisco, Dickson's Specialty Printing and Anderson Lithograph can be seen in numerous design publications and award show catalogs.
         
Prior to joining Turner in 1999, Hamlett was a principal and Director of Creative Services for EAI/Atlanta, where he played a key role in the firm's development. In addition, Hamlett is a regionally and nationally recognized design commentator and competition judge. His Library Journal design book reviews are seen everywhere on the web and his recent Compostmodern design conference has been well received. A native of Atlanta, Hamlett graduated from the University of Georgia, Athens in 1986.
 
Careers in Graphic Design
 
Potential Careers: Graphic Designer and Project Director in Digital Design, Type Design, Motion Graphics, Package Design, Environmental Design, Design Planning, Print and Publication Design, Educational Design, Identity Design, System Design and Corporate Communications Design
 
Company Partners: Shelby Designs, Michael Osborne Design, Estee Lauder, Landor, Mervyns, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Phillips Design Group, Addis, Pixar, American Greetings, Williams-Sonoma, Tumis Design, Gensler & Associates, Pentagram, Chronicle Books, Wired Magazine, Young & Rubicon, Ashton Abeck, Osh Kosh b’Gosh, Nike, GAP, Harrison Design Group, Lucasfilm, Method Inc., Apple, CF Napa, Clif Bar, Frog Design and Hallmark



ANITRA NOTTINGHAM, ONLINE DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF GRAPHIC DESIGN
 
Anitra Nottingham

Anitra is a 1992 graduate of Monash University’s Design School, with a major in computer animation. She started her career in advertising and package design, and in 1996 started to specialize in book design.

Anitra has worked for Oxford University Press Australasia, and Penguin Books Australia. Her book design work has ranged across the publishing spectrum from trade to academic work. She has designed titles for dictionaries and reference, adult fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books. She was short listed for the Australian Book Industry Award in 1998.

After moving to the Bay Area in 1999, Anitra took a position as Creative Director for London Road Design, which was at the time a small design firm specializing in print and online marketing communications for the technology, health and entertainment sectors. After the company disbanded in 2002, Anitra started a freelance design consultancy, and at the same time began teaching design at California State University.

In 2004 she joined Intuit Inc, maker of financial software solutions that include TurboTax, QuickBooks and Quicken. First as a senior member of the in-house design team, then taking the position as Design Director for the Creative Services Team. In this position Anitra was responsible for packaging, corporate communications and marketing solutions company-wide.

Anitra became Online Director for the Graphic Design School at Academy of Art University in San Francisco in 2006 and continues to hold the position while now working remotely from Australia.

 
Careers in Graphic Design
 
Potential Careers: Graphic Designer and Project Director in Digital Design, Type Design, Motion Graphics, Package Design, Environmental Design, Design Planning, Print and Publication Design, Educational Design, Identity Design, System Design and Corporate Communications Design
 
Company Partners: Shelby Designs, Michael Osborne Design, Estee Lauder, Landor, Mervyns, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Phillips Design Group, Addis, Pixar, American Greetings, Williams-Sonoma, Tumis Design, Gensler & Associates, Pentagram, Chronicle Books, Wired Magazine, Young & Rubicon, Ashton Abeck, Osh Kosh b’Gosh, Nike, GAP, Harrison Design Group, Lucasfilm, Method Inc., Apple, CF Napa, Clif Bar, Frog Design and Hallmark
 

 
CHUCK PYLE, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF ILLUSTRATION
 
Charles PyleCharles S. Pyle is an Academy of Art University alumnus and comes from an impressive career as a freelance illustrator. He is an internationally sought-after artist, working with clients from New York to Tokyo. His past clients have included Microsoft, Pacific Bell, Safeway, Avis, Ask Jeeves, Sun Microsystems, Reader’s Digest, New York Times, Boston Globe, Atlantic Monthly, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Penguin, Bantam, Book of the Month Club, Houghton Mifflin, Seattle Opera, Nisshin Foods and the Chicago Museum of Science and Technology. His work has been widely exhibited and is part of many permanent collections. 
 

Careers in Illustration
 
Potential Careers: Freelance Illustrator in Advertising, Publishing and Editorial, Concept Artist, Production Artist, Gallery Artist, Storyboard Artist, 2D Artist, Comic Book, Greeting Card, Children’s Book Illustrator, Environmental Artist, Layout Artist
 
Company Partners: Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, National Press Comics, Industrial Light & Magic, Sony, PDI/DreamWorks, 2Wire, Mind Control Software, Franchise Design, Grimm Press, Lynn Hanson Publishing, Aquent Partners Inc., White Walls Gallery, Activision, Black Point Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Cricket Magazine Group, Digital Pond, LucasArts, Massive Black, Nob Hill Gazette, Pendulum Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Wild Bill’s Tattoo and Wordworld



BILL MAUGHAN, DIRECTOR
 
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF ILLUSTRATION

A professional illustrator and fine artist, Mr. Maughan received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design. He has provided numerous illustrations for such companies as DreamWorks, Woman's Day, TV Guide, Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, CBS, Universal Studios, Wells Fargo Bank, Chevrolet, GMC, Franklin Library, New American Library, Avon Books, Pinnacle Books, Signet Books, Tor Books, Doubleday, Harcourt Brace, Knopf, Oxford University Press, Danbury Mint, Fenwick and others.

Since the early 1980’s, major galleries and publishers have represented Mr. Maughan’s work, both originals and prints domestically and internationally. His works of art are included in private, commercial and museum collections. Mr. Maughan's book, The Artist's Complete Guide to Drawing the Head, was published in 2004 by Watson/Guptill.

When he's not teaching Academy students the fundamentals — realism-based drawing, design concepts, value, form, color and composition — he paints in his studio in the mountains of Utah.

Careers in Illustration

Potential Careers: Freelance Illustrator in Advertising, Publishing and Editorial, Concept Artist, Production Artist, Gallery Artist, Storyboard Artist, Comic Book, Greeting Card, Children’s Book Illustrator.

Company Partners: Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, National Press Comics, Industrial Light & Magic, Sony, PDI/DreamWorks, 2Wire, Mind Control Software, Franchise Design, Grimm Press, Lynn Hanson Publishing, Aquent Partners Inc., White Walls Gallery, Activision, Black Point Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Cricket Magazine Group, Digital Pond, LucasArts, Massive Black, Nob Hill Gazette, Pendulum Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Wild Bill’s Tattoo and Wordworld
  


LOURDES LIVINGSTON, ONLINE DIRECTOR
 
UNDERGRADUATE SCHOOL OF ILLUSTRATION

Lourdes LivingstonLourdes Livingston received her B.F.A from the Academy of Art in Illustration. Upon graduation, she was hired as a full-time staff Editorial Illustrator for The San Francisco Chronicle. After leaving The Chronicle, Livingston accepted a position as Creative Director at Women.com, where she helped build a small Internet startup into a thriving network. She managed design teams in both Silicon Valley and New York City, and developed and oversaw the online presence for Hearst publications such as Cosmopolitan, House Beautiful and Town & Country.
 
Livingston has been teaching at her Alma Mater since 1993. Her work is recognized in publications such as Creating Killer Websites, The Print Design Annual, Diagrammatic Graphics, Yahoo Internet Life Magazine, New Media Magazine, MacWorld, and The Best of Newspaper Design. She served on the Educators Program for SIGGRAPH in 2004 and 2005, as well as moderated panels for SIGGRAPH and Typecon. She is a member of ACM SIGGRAPH, Baychi, Siggchi, AIGA, and the Graphics Arts Council.
 
Under Livingston’s directorship during 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 a graduate’s thesis from the School of Computer Arts New Media Master’s Program has been awarded FIRST PLACE honors by SIGGRAPH International Student Interactive Competition. In Spring 2007, Livingston launched the AAU’s thirteenth school, Digital Arts and Communication (DIG), a new undergraduate program that specializes in usability issues for interactive products to meet a growing need in the industry.

Careers in Illustration

Potential Careers: Freelance Illustrator in Advertising, Publishing and Editorial, Concept Artist, Production Artist, Gallery Artist, Storyboard Artist, Comic Book, Greeting Card, Children’s Book Illustrator.

Company Partners: Nickelodeon, Electronic Arts, National Press Comics, Industrial Light & Magic, Sony, PDI/DreamWorks, 2Wire, Mind Control Software, Franchise Design, Grimm Press, Lynn Hanson Publishing, Aquent Partners Inc., White Walls Gallery, Activision, Black Point Studios, Blue Sky Studios, Cricket Magazine Group, Digital Pond, LucasArts, Massive Black, Nob Hill Gazette, Pendulum Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Wild Bill’s Tattoo and Wordworld
  


TOM MATANO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
 
Tom MatanoTom Matano has almost 30 years of experience in the automotive design industry. Prior to joining the faculty at the Academy of Art University, he held design positions at General Motors in Detroit, Michigan and Melbourne, Australia and BMW in Munich, Germany. In 1983, he joined Mazda’s North American studio as a Chief Designer. He continued to become Vice President of Design and Executive Designer & Director of Mazda North American Operations. 
 
From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Matano moved to Mazda headquarters in Japan, as an Executive Designer in the Global Advance Studio, overseeing Japan, Europe and North American Advance studios, and was the General Manager of Mazda Design in charge of the chief designers. His accomplishments at Mazda include the Miata, RX 7, and many other projects by the design teams he managed and created.
 
Mr. Matano is committed to being an educator and using his diverse knowledge and experience to enhance the Industrial Design program at the Academy of Art University.
 
Careers in Industrial Design
 
Potential Careers: Toy Designer, Transportation Designer, Product Designer, Automotive Designer, and Furniture Designer
 
Company Partners: Bender Brothers, DaimlerChrysler, Disney, Fuse Project, General Motors, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Nissan, The North Face, Sens Furniture, Smart Design NYC, Transfx L.A., Williams-Sonoma, Gingko Design Inc., Volkswagen of America Inc., New Deal Design, Shock Design, Fox Racing Inc., Gatco Inc., Hyundai, Mazda, Nova Design Co., LTD., Steelcase Inc., Vistapark and WHAM-O, Inc.
 

  
MARK BOLICK, DIRECTOR
 
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
 
Mark BolickMark Bolick attended various California schools before settling at the California College of Arts and Crafts in his hometown of San Francisco. Mark worked various jobs in Silicon Valley where he collaborated on projects with Nike, Motorola, IDEO, NASA, Stanford, MIT and The Exploratorium. In pursuit of his passions, Mark abandoned his career as an industrial designer to pursue his love for furniture. As Design Manager for William Sonoma Inc., Mark designed hundreds of production furniture pieces in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Mexico, Vietnam, Italy and the United States. As Director of Furniture for Restoration Hardware, Mark assisted in the growth of the furniture division, including the launch of the company’s Bed and Bath catalog.

In 2006, Mark officially joined the family business named after his first daughter, India Rose. India Rose LLC is a vertically integrated home furnishings design firm that designs, develops, sources and manufactures home products all over the world for retailers such as Crate and Barrel, Anthropologie, Harry and David, and Jackson Perkins. Mark and his wife recently launched a wholesale line of textiles under the India Rose label. Their products can be found in boutiques and retailers throughout North America, as well as on their recently launched online store. Mark is currently developing a new brand named after his second daughter, Zarah Rae, which will specialize in furniture and accessories.
 
Careers in Industrial Design
 
Potential Careers: Product Designer, Toy Designer, Transportation Designer, and Furniture Designer
 
Company Partners: Bender Brothers, DaimlerChrysler, Disney, Fuse Project, General Motors, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Nissan, The North Face, Sens Furniture, Smart Design NYC, Transfx L.A., Williams-Sonoma, Gingko Design Inc., Volkswagen of America Inc., New Deal Design, Shock Design, Fox Racing Inc., Gatco Inc., Hyundai, Mazda, Nova Design Co., LTD., Steelcase Inc., Vistapark and WHAM-O, Inc.
 

 
HIDEKI MASUDA, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
 
Hideki MasudaHideki Masuda received a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine art from Bard College in Annandale, New York, and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial design/transportation design from the Art Center College of Design. While he was a student at the Art Center, Mr. Masuda designed, engineered, and built a full-scale running prototype vehicle. In 1998, he joined the Academy of Art University as an instructor in the School of Industrial Design. In addition to playing his role as an instructor, Mr. Masuda has contributed to developing the Industrial Design program. He currently teaches both transportation design classes and computer courses at the Academy.
 
Careers in Industrial Design
 
Potential Careers: Product Designer, Toy Designer, Transportation Designer, and Furniture Designer
 
Company Partners: Bender Brothers, DaimlerChrysler, Disney, Fuse Project, General Motors, Kawasaki, Mitsubishi, Nissan, The North Face, Sens Furniture, Smart Design NYC, Transfx L.A., Williams-Sonoma, Gingko Design Inc., Volkswagen of America Inc., New Deal Design, Shock Design, Fox Racing Inc., Gatco Inc., Hyundai, Mazda, Nova Design Co., LTD., Steelcase Inc., Vistapark and WHAM-O, Inc.
 

 
LAURA BLUMENFELD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

SCHOOL OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN
 
Laura BlumenfeldLaura Blumenfeld is a graduate of the University of San Francisco and Academy of Art College Co-Op program. She brings over 20 years of experience in the field of interior design specializing in both commercial and residential projects. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Town and Country, San Francisco magazine, Interior Design and Metropolitan Home. In 2004, one of Laura's residential projects received a Distinguished Building Award from The American Institute of Architects. Laura has been teaching at the Academy of Art University's School of Interior Architecture & Design since 2004.

Careers in Interior Architecture and Design
 
Potential Careers: Junior Designer, Design Assistant, Designer, Project Management and Lighting Designer for residential and commercial design, Furniture Design
 
Company Partners: Pottery Barn, David Terpening Architecture, Jean Coblenz & Associates, GHT, Design Perspectives, D-scheme Studio, Kitchen Studio 150, Iyer & Associates, Interior Design Concepts, Ani Albers Design, Kate Keating Associates, Hunt Hale Jones Architecture, Backen Gillam Architects, Clement Mac, Design Atelier, Ellerbe Becket, Gensler, Anna Kondolf Lighting Design, Christine S. Suzuki & Associates, LT Collaborative Inc., Anshen + Allen, Babey Moulton Jue + Booth, FME Architecture + Design, Hirsch Bedner Associates, Paul Jones Architects Ltd., Walter E. Smithe Custom Furniture and Your Space Interiors



CHARLENE MODENA, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF JEWELRY & METAL ARTS
 
Charlene Modena

Ms. Modena received her MA in Sculpture from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Metal Arts and an MFA in Sculpture from Academy of Art University. She also studied with the S.F. Art Institute, Penland School in North Carolina and Haystack School in Maine, and conducted additional research in England, Mexico, Italy and Hawaii. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including the American Institute of Architects, the University of Guanajuato (Mexico), the Butler Museum, Elements Gallery, the Velvet da Vinci Gallery and the Biennale Internationale-Limoges in France.

Her work is included in the collections of the Xerox Corporation, the American Crafts Museum, Anne Rockefeller-Roberts and Donald Trump. She is also listed in The World's Who's Who of Women and was a Marin Arts Council Grant prize winner. She has been published in Design Magazine, American Crafts, Metalsmith Journal, Ornament, Visual Dialogue and Coevolution Quarterly. Ms. Modena continues to lecture and give workshops in countries throughout the world, while maintaining membership and affiliation with numerous professional organizations. Her books include 500 Pendants and Lockets, published in 2008 and 500 Plastic Jewelry Designs published in 2009.

When not teaching, she works on her large mixed-media sculptures and one of a kind jewelry pieces in her studio at Muir Beach, California, a small Northern California coastal community where she also resides.

Careers in Jewelry & Metal Arts
 
Potential Careers: Casting-Shop Manager, Designer of 'One-of-A Kind' High–End Functional & Non Functional Objects, Fashion Accessory Designer, Gallery Assistant, Gallery Curator, Gallery Owner, Jewelry Design Assistant, Jewelry Designer of One-of-A Kind, High-End Fashion Accessories, Jewelry Mold-Making Shop Manager, Jewelry Production Assistant, Limited Edition Jewelry Designer, Mass Production Shop Manager, Metal Fabricator, Mold-Maker, Product Developer, Product Development, Product Manger, Production Specialist, Small Object Mold-Maker, Toy Modeler/Assistant, Unique Metal Prototype Designer
 
Company Partners: Aaron Faber Gallery NYC, Alice Roche Jewelry, Bespoke, Bing Bang, Coach, Crucible, Jeremy Scott, Julia Turner, Marc Jacobs, Philippa Roberts Designs, Sandra Enterline, Phillip Lim, Target, University of Istanbul
 


HEATHER CLENDENIN, DIRECTOR

SCHOOL OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
 
Heather ClendeninAs a licensed landscape architect, Heather Clendenin has over 30 years and a wide range of professional and academic experience. She has taught in the departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and at the Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen where she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar. She was the program Director for the Landscape Architecture Certificate Program at UC Berkeley Extension for ten years where she initiated and directed the Sustainable Environmental Design and Stewardship Professional Sequence program.

She has been the project designer on a wide range of projects including the Advanced Concepts Center for General Motors in Malibu, Columbia University’s athletic training center in the City of New York, Carousel Park Playground at the Santa Monica Pier, the masterplan for Claremont’s Harvey Mudd College, General Motors Corporate Headquarters in Thousand Oaks, in addition to numerous other corporate, residential, and urban renovation projects. Over the years she has participated in design competitions and is the recipient of several honorable mentions as well as a first place in the first phase of the Peachtree Street International Design Competition.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Design from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture (MLA) from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Careers in Landscape Architecture
 
Potential Careers: Urban Designer, Technical Specification Writer, Landscape Designer, Resource Management, Project manager in a landscape architect/architect/civil engineer firm, Project Designer in a landscape architect/architect/civil engineer firm, Principal in Firm, Nursery Assistant, Multiagency Coordinator, Landscape Designer, Landscape Architect Firm Team Member, Junior Landscape Designer, Outdoor lighting Consultant, Habitat Restoration Team Member, Garden Designer, Environmental Planner, Cost Estimator, Construction Administrator, Assistant Garden Designer Stylist
 

 
DIANE BAKER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF MOTION PICTURES & TELEVISION & ACTING
 
 
Diane Baker"We are thrilled to have Diane Baker as a member of our School of Motion Pictures & Television ," says Dr. Elisa Stephens, President. “She brings so much to the table with her background in acting and producing, as well as her experience working with great actors, directors, and screenwriters throughout her storied career.” 
 
Diane Baker studied acting in New York and Los Angeles with Charles Conrad and ballet with Nina Fonaroff, Estelle Harman, and years later with Stella Adler. While under contract with Twentieth Century Fox, she was introduced to director George Stevens Sr., who cast her in The Diary Of Anne Frank. Diane performed in films such as Journey To The Center of the Earth, The Best of Everything, 300 Spartans, The Wizard of Baghdad, Nine Hours to Rama directed by Mark Robson, and on loan-out starred with Susan Hayward in Stolen Hours in England. At Universal, she starred in Mirage with Gregory Peck and Marnie under Director Alfred Hitchcock.
 
Diane has worked with Anthony Hopkins and director Jonathan Demme in Silence of the Lambs, and her television credits include The Blue and the Gray, Inherit the Wind, and most recently About Sarah, ER and CBS' Jackie O playing the role of Rose Kennedy. She is developing several feature films for production.
 
Diane’s first effort as a producer came in the self-financed documentary, Ashiana, which dealt with the end of feudalism in India. Several other award-winning documentaries followed. With no office other than her briefcase, she produced the film Never Never Land in London, starring Petula Clark. This success opened the door for a future project; a mini-series based on Barbara Taylor Bradford’s "A Woman Of Substance," which received an Emmy nomination for Best Mini-Series.
 
In addition to serving as Executive Director of the School of Motion Pictures and Television, Ms. Baker personally instructs  several acting courses. She introduces students to a variety of professionally recognized techniques of acting, such as Stanislavski, Sanford Meisner, Michael Chekhov, and Stella Adler.
 


EDUARDO RUFEISEN, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF MOTION PICTURES & TELEVISION
 
Eduardo RufiesenEduardo Rufeisen has more than 17 years of international experience producing, directing, and managing creative teams and crews. He worked as the Senior Advisor of Advertising for Bosch-Blaupunkt group in Brazil, directing ad campaigns for print, TV and Radio. He became Marketing Manager of MTV-Brazil, where he created television ad campaigns and managed the sales team. He also worked for a Brazilian Television Network producing more than 100 different shows.
 
During the last 12 years he has been producing and directing multi-camera TV shows for local San Francisco Bay Area cable channels and multi-national companies including Hewlett Packard. He has also produced, directed and edited short films, documentaries and commercials seen nationally on ABC, MTV, Lifetime, WB and Fox. His short films and documentaries have won multiple awards around the world.
 
Since completing his M.F.A in Motion Pictures and Television Studies at the Academy of Art University, Eduardo has also been working as a film and television instructor at various colleges in Northern California. During the last 8 years, he has taught classes in a wide variety of Motion Picture disciplines.
 
Prior to becoming Director of the School of Motion Pictures and Television at the Academy, Eduardo served as the Coordinator of the MFA program and the Associate Director of Graduate Studies in Motion Pictures and Television.
 
Careers in Motion Pictures & Television
 
Potential Careers: Producer, Director, Editor, Gaffer, Actor, Camera Operator, Art Director, Set Designer, Screenwriter and Location Manager

Company Partners:
CBS, Mark Burnett Productions, NBC, Warner Brothers, HBO, Leonidas Films, Intel, Sony Pictures, Cisco, Zamacona Productions, Universal Studios, Monaco Labs, Pixar, Columbia Pictures, Jim Henson Company, New York Times Television, Momentum Cinema, Stu Segall Productions, CNET Networks, Current TV, KQED, KTSF, Monaco Digital Film Labs, Pacific Fusion TV, Radium, Revelations Entertainment, Ridley Scott Associates, San Francisco Cinematheque, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Twentieth-Century Fox Film Corp., ABS CBN International TV, American Idol, The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, Artist International, Boxcar Theatre Company, Canon Inc., Electronic Arts, Geffen Records, J. Walter Thompson Specialized Communications, PBS/Discovery Channel, Spreckels Performing Arts Center, United Airlines, Vivian Weisman Productions, Wieden+Kennedy and Zephyr Films



JAMES EGAN, DIRECTOR
 
ONLINE SCHOOL OF MOTION PICTURES & TELEVISION & ACTING

James EganJames Egan is an award winning writer and producer whose credits range from In & Out (1985) to Angels in the Dust (2007), which won the Amnesty International VARA Award for Social Justice. In 2000, Egan founded Wild at Heart Films, which aims to create "media that makes a difference".

Awarded the MFA Degree at the UCLA Graduate School of Motion Picture and Television, Egan began working in the film business by underwriting completion bonds on films by internationally famous filmmaker John Waters (Hairspray, Cecil B. Demented). The experience gave Egan a comprehensive knowledge of the film budgeting process, from preparing the script to delivering negatives to distributors.

Egan's screenwriting career was launched when his UCLA thesis project was sold to the BBC as a mini-series, The Huxleys. While working for the BBC, Egan formed a successful working relationship with Zenith Entertainment, one of the BBC's largest program suppliers. Wild at Heart Films continues to partner with Zenith Entertainment by producing Martin Scorsese's The 12, a television series that has been sold to The SyFy Network. Egan produced Jackpot (2001) by the Polish Brothers, which won the John Cassavetes Award for best low-budget feature at the 2001 Independent Spirit Awards. He is currently developing Max Hi, a futuristic high school movie financed by a major video game company. Egan Co-Executive Produced Kimjongilia with Mike Figgis, which premiered at Sundance 2009 and was broadcast on The Documentary Channel and PBS 2010. Professor Egan won a Humanities Grant from USC for film research in 2010 which produced "John Waters Interviews" a history of the acclaimed director's work through collected interviews. The book was launched nationally in 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Egan is currently partnered with internationally known crime writer, Michael Connelly, (Lincoln Lawyer) to produce The Frank Morgan Project about the bebop king who spent thirty years in San Quentin. He is also working with three-time Oscar Winning Director, Mark Harris, on the "Der Jüdische Kulturbund" to be filmed in Berlin in 2013 to commemorate the 80 year memorial of the pogroms which started in 1933.

Egan also serves on the national board of the Wounded Marine Careers Foundation, which is working with entertainment professionals to train wounded members of the military and aid them to find careers in the film and television industry. He is also a vested member of the Writers Guild of America.

Careers in Motion Pictures & Television
 
Potential Careers: Producer, Director, Editor, Gaffer, Actor, Camera Operator, Art Director, Set Designer, Screenwriter and Location Manager

Company Partners:
CBS, Mark Burnett Productions, NBC, Warner Brothers, HBO, Leonidas Films, Intel, Sony Pictures, Cisco, Zamacona Productions, Universal Studios, Monaco Labs, Pixar, Columbia Pictures, Jim Henson Company, New York Times Television, Momentum Cinema, Stu Segall Productions, CNET Networks, Current TV, KQED, KTSF, Monaco Digital Film Labs, Pacific Fusion TV, Radium, Revelations Entertainment, Ridley Scott Associates, San Francisco Cinematheque, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Twentieth-Century Fox Film Corp., ABS CBN International TV, American Idol, The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, Artist International, Boxcar Theatre Company, Canon Inc., Electronic Arts, Geffen Records, J. Walter Thompson Specialized Communications, PBS/Discovery Channel, Spreckels Performing Arts Center, United Airlines, Vivian Weisman Productions, Wieden+Kennedy and Zephyr Films



SHAARON MURPHY, DIRECTOR OF EDITING
 
SCHOOL OF MOTION PICTURES & TELEVISION

Shaaron MurphyShaaron Murphy has been teaching at the Academy since 1995. She is full-time faculty teaching Final Cut Pro, Avid, The Work of Great Directors, and the Advanced Editing Theory course, which she created for the department. As the Editorial Coordinator she oversees more than 100 labs and a large group of instructors, technicians and staff. With her fifteen years of work in feature films, documentaries, national ads and narrative shorts, she brings valuable industry expertise to the editing portion of the program. She is a graduate of the USC School of Cinema Production program. Her student work was a winner of the Student Emmy Award for Production.

Careers in Motion Pictures & Television
 
Potential Careers: Producer, Director, Editor, Gaffer, Actor, Camera Operator, Art Director, Set Designer, Screenwriter and Location Manager

Company Partners:
CBS, Mark Burnett Productions, NBC, Warner Brothers, HBO, Leonidas Films, Intel, Sony Pictures, Cisco, Zamacona Productions, Universal Studios, Monaco Labs, Pixar, Columbia Pictures, Jim Henson Company, New York Times Television, Momentum Cinema, Stu Segall Productions, CNET Networks, Current TV, KQED, KTSF, Monaco Digital Film Labs, Pacific Fusion TV, Radium, Revelations Entertainment, Ridley Scott Associates, San Francisco Cinematheque, Sony Pictures Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, Twentieth-Century Fox Film Corp., ABS CBN International TV, American Idol, The American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival, Artist International, Boxcar Theatre Company, Canon Inc., Electronic Arts, Geffen Records, J. Walter Thompson Specialized Communications, PBS/Discovery Channel, Spreckels Performing Arts Center, United Airlines, Vivian Weisman Productions, Wieden+Kennedy and Zephyr Films
 

  
BRAD HUGHES, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF MUSIC PRODUCTION & SOUND DESIGN FOR VISUAL MEDIA
 
Brad HughesOriginally from Sacramento, California, Brad Hughes has over 14 years of experience in sound and music as a composer, musician, and recording engineer for a wide variety of production environments. He has provided audio and music services to many clients, including The Hollywood Edge, Creativity Studios, and 13th Generation Productions. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, he spent 10 years in Los Angeles as a studio musician, where he recorded on the scoring stages at 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros.
 
He is a voting member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which hosts the annual Grammy Awards, and serves in the San Francisco chapter of N.A.R.A.S. on the Education committee, as well as the Producers & Engineering Wing.
 
He holds a B.F.A in World Arts & Cultures from U.C.L.A., and an M.F.A in Music from The California Institute of the Arts.

Most recently, he was at Skywalker Ranch, working on his soundtrack for a new zombie film!
 
Careers in Music Production & Sound Design for Visual Media
 
Potential Careers: Assistant Sound Editor, Commercial Composer, Composer for Web, Composer for Film, Composer for Games, Dialog Editor, Film Composer, Foley Editor, Game Composer, Music Coordinator, Music Copyist, Music Editor, Music Librarian, Music Supervisor, Orchestrator, Re-recording Mixer, Score Supervisor, Sound Designer, Sound Editor, Sound Effects Editor, Supervising Sound Editor
 
Company Partners: Score Revolution, American Zoetrope, Skywalker Sounds and more



JAN YANEHIRO, DIRECTOR
 
 SCHOOL OF MULTIMEDIA COMMUNICATIONS

For 15 years, Emmy Award winner Jan Yanehiro said she had “ the best job in the world.” From 1975-1990, Jan hosted Evening Magazine, a pioneering nightly program on KPIX TV in San Francisco. With this program the magazine format for television was born. Jan is known industry-wide as one of the first journalists in the world to bring video into the field and report on the scene. As founding co-host of Evening Magazine, she traveled the world in search of extraordinary people and places.

Jan is currently Executive Producer and Correspondent for “Pacific Fusion,” a nationally aired television magazine featuring Asia Pacific people, trends, food, and fashion.  She is also co-hosting a 26-week series with Jennifer Siebel-Newsom called “Giving 5 at 5” which will air on KPIX. Jan hosted the “Resettlement to Redress,” a documentary on the Japanese American experience after World War II.

In addition to her successful broadcasting and producing career, Jan is a published author.  She has co-authored three books, one of which was a Bay Area bestseller.  She is a Board Member of Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, the Center for the Pacific Rim at the University of San Francisco, the National Board of Visitors at Fresno State University, Board Member of Bank of Marin, and is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Jan holds many other honors including: the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award from the United Nations of San Francisco; Induction into the Academy of Television and Radio Hall of Fame; Silver Circle Inductee of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences; and Woman of Distinction, Girl Scouts.

Careers in Multimedia Communications

Potential Careers: News Journalist, Video Journalist, Fashion Journalist, Sports Writer, Professional Blogger, Website Writer, Multimedia Production (Shorts, Commercials, Webisodes, Mobisodes, Podcasts), Media Distribution, Radio Production, Radio Hosting and Multimedia Broadcasting.



JAMES WOOD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
 
James WoodMr. Wood has been teaching for more than 25 years, while simultaneously running one of the largest West Coast commercial studios. He earned a B.F.A in Photography with distinction from the Art Center College of Design. His client list tops 1000 such as, Life magazine, American Motors, Honda, IBM, Apple, Yamaha, Gallo, Levi's, Marlboro, Wells Fargo, Polaroid, Kodak, Nikon, Kraft and Toyota. Mr. Wood has the honor of being named one of the 65 best photographers in the world by Canon U.S.A.
 
Careers in Photography
 
Potential Careers: Architectural Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Fine Art Photographer, Digital Photographer, Lab Technician, Professional Commercial Photographer, Photojournalism/Documentary Photographer and Portrait Photographer
 
Company Partners: Vogue Magazine, National Geographic, Sven Wiederholt Photography, FotoSoft Photography Institute, Jim Dines Gallery, PGP Design, Looking Glass Photographic Arts, Mark Estes Photography, Afinity Models, Norman Maslov: Agent International, Robert Koch Gallery, Sephora USA, Ambrosi, Daniel Proctor Photography, David Maisel Studio, Erik Almas Photography, Hunter Freeman, Jason Madara, RJ Muna Pictures, SF Camerawork, Adbusters Magazine, Alison Wright Photography, Apple, Carter Dow Photography, Museum of Children’s Art, Oakland Tribune, Ruby Bird Productions and Sharpe & Associates
 

  
RYAN BALDWIN, DIRECTOR
 
  ONLINE SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
 
Ryan BaldwinRyan Baldwin is a photographer based in central Oregon. His photography has been published in magazines, books, national advertising campaigns and much more. He manages his own stock photo library and his fine prints are available in annual shows and gallery representations. Ryan continues to seek out new projects and is especially interested in using his photography as a tool for environmental awareness and cultural preservation. In 2001, Ryan began teaching photography classes at the Academy of Art University where he was responsible for the digital imaging curriculum. In 2007, he shifted his focus to the online program and is currently the Director of Online Photography.
 
Careers in Photography
 
Potential Careers: Architectural Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Fine Art Photographer, Digital Photographer, Lab Technician, Professional Commercial Photographer, Photojournalism/Documentary Photographer and Portrait Photographer
 
Company Partners: Vogue Magazine, National Geographic, Sven Wiederholt Photography, FotoSoft Photography Institute, Jim Dines Gallery, PGP Design, Looking Glass Photographic Arts, Mark Estes Photography, Afinity Models, Norman Maslov: Agent International, Robert Koch Gallery, Sephora USA, Ambrosi, Daniel Proctor Photography, David Maisel Studio, Erik Almas Photography, Hunter Freeman, Jason Madara, RJ Muna Pictures, SF Camerawork, Adbusters Magazine, Alison Wright Photography, Apple, Carter Dow Photography, Museum of Children’s Art, Oakland Tribune, Ruby Bird Productions and Sharpe & Associates
 

 
WILL MOSGROVE, DIRECTOR
 
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PHOTOGRAPHY
 
Will MosgroveWill Mosgrove has been involved in the photographic community for over thirty years. He is an alumnus of the Academy of Art University, as well as a long-time instructor in the School of Photography, and throughout his career he has maintained a strong tie to the school. Mr. Mosgrove has run and maintained his own successful photography business for the past twenty-six years and has won numerous national awards, including recognition from Communication Arts, Print and AIGA. He has also volunteered his time with the Advertising Photographers of America (APA) where he held the office of National President for three terms. He most recently served as Senior Vice-President for APA where he oversaw Operations and Brand for the organization.
 
 
Careers in Photography
 
Potential Careers: Architectural Photographer, Fashion Photographer, Fine Art Photographer, Digital Photographer, Lab Technician, Professional Commercial Photographer, Photojournalism/Documentary Photographer and Portrait Photographer
 
Company Partners: Vogue Magazine, National Geographic, Sven Wiederholt Photography, FotoSoft Photography Institute, Jim Dines Gallery, PGP Design, Looking Glass Photographic Arts, Mark Estes Photography, Afinity Models, Norman Maslov: Agent International, Robert Koch Gallery, Sephora USA, Ambrosi, Daniel Proctor Photography, David Maisel Studio, Erik Almas Photography, Hunter Freeman, Jason Madara, RJ Muna Pictures, SF Camerawork, Adbusters Magazine, Alison Wright Photography, Apple, Carter Dow Photography, Museum of Children’s Art, Oakland Tribune, Ruby Bird Productions and Sharpe & Associates
 

 
NICOLÁS P. VILLAREAL, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF VISUAL DEVELOPMENT
 
Nicolás P. VillarrealNicolás P. Villarreal was born and raised in La Plata, Argentina. He studied at the Escuela of Animacion y Cinematografía de Avellaneda where he earned a degree in 2D Animation. While studying animation he was taken under the wing of Miguel Alzugaray, a well-known fine artist from Argentina. He continued studying animation and fine art painting until he entered the Master's Program at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Villarreal graduated with honors in the Spring of 2002, and since then he has been working as a traditional animator, character designer, sculptor and Visual Development artist for films and video games including Walt Disney Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, Jim Henson Studios, Sega, DigitalDomain and Amazon Studios among others.

On his own time Villarreal is adapting his children's book "The Aces" to his first feature film.
 
Careers in Visual Development
 
Potential Careers: Art Director, Background/Layout Designer, Character Designer, Concept Artist, Creature Designer, Environment Designer, Level Designer for Games, Maquette Sculptor, Model Packet Designer, Production Artist, Production Assistant, Production Designer, Prop Designer, Set Designer, Sketch Artist, Texture Artist, Texture Artist/ Prop Designer, Visual Development Artist
 
Company Partners: Bandai Namco, Blue Sky, Disney Mobile, Dreamworks, EA Games, Fantasy Flight Games, ILM, Lolapps, Lucas Arts, Massive Black, Nickelodeon, PDI, Pixar, Valve, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Warner Bros. Studios, Zynga
 

 
RYAN J. MEDEIROS, DIRECTOR
 
SCHOOL OF WEB DESIGN & NEW MEDIA
 
Ryan J. MedeirosIn over 15+ years as a designer, Ryan has worked for a variety of technology and design companies in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco. He worked at Primo Angeli Inc, and was a personal design assistant to Mr. Angeli. During the dot-com boom, he owned and managed Ryan Medeiros Design, located in Downtown San Francisco. His firm created websites and graphics for clients including Real Skateboards, Baywell Technologies, and The Ideas Group.
 
In 1997, Ryan began teaching at the Graduate School of Web Design + New Media at AAU, and moved to full-time faculty in the Spring of 2011. Ryan has developed class curriculum for the Department in the areas of visual and strategic design. In 2011 he built the online class Interactive Infographics (with contributions from data journalist Peter Aldhous). In addition, he is focused on the emerging fields of Web fonts and mobile application design.
 
Ryan's honors include exhibiting at the International Biennial of Graphic Design in Russia in 2008, a solo fine art show at the 3a gallery in 2007, and as a finalist in the Fernet-Branca Poster Show in 2006. He lectured on the intersection of typographic history and emerging Web fonts technology at Swissnex in 2011.
 
Careers in Web Design & New Media
 
Potential Careers: Multi-Media Producer, Multimedia Designer, Creative Director, Technical Art Director, Interface Designer, Web Designer, Digital Illustrator, Production Artist and Instructional Designer
 
Careers in Digital Arts & Communication:
 
Potential Careers: User Interface Designer, Information Architect, Prototyper, User Interaction Designer for Mobile Devices, Technical Producer, Motion Graphics Designer, Movie Titles Artist, and Production Coordinator