The Academy of Art University is Growing More With Time

The Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 and was established to be a school for advertising art. Until 1951 the school was led by the founder Richard S. Stephens, who also happened to be a magazine editor and a painter. Richard A. Stephens took over for his dad in 1951 and lead the school until 1992 when he was replaced by his daughter, Elisa Stephens. While she held presidency she amazingly was able to take the number of students from 2000 to 18,000 by 2012.

In 2007 The Academy of Art University was able to receive regional accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Along with their other incredible accomplishments, the school has also been able to become a member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In 2016 there was around 7% of the students that were able to complete a four-year degree within the appropriate amount of time. The school amazing accomplishments do not stop there though. The Academy of Art University Automobile Museum is also operated and owned by the Academy of Art University.

On September 9, 2017, the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion was able to hold their 21st runway showcase. The show was said to be of top interest by many due to the different backgrounds of many of the designers. Many of the designers were coming all the way from China to coastal Maine. This brought tons of interest due to all of the different ideas that were going to be expected to be at the show. This left many of the students panicking for hours as they all got ready for their 15 minutes of fame. The thing that made the students even more nervous was that they were not only showing their pieces in front of other students but also tons of celebrities that had come out that day to see all of their fashion pieces. So one by one each of the students showed what their visions were for the future of fashion and by the end, the show was a complete success for all.

Recycling Revamp Aids Orange Coast College And The Wider Community

The people living in and around the Santa Ana campus of California’s Orange Coast College have had the opportunity to take advantage of what was a state of the art recycling facility at the college when it opened more than four decades ago. 2017 has seen the opening of a new recycling facility extending the range of services and activities available to the local community through Orange Coast College after more than a full year of construction and planning had taken place. Learn more:


The Orange Coast College Recycling Center has seen its campus expand to include new office spaces and meeting rooms for local residents and visitors to enjoy; a further expansion of its services has seen showers and many other rooms created for the good of the people of California who already travel many miles to recycle a range of products and equipment with the college. The new recycling facility is located on a five-acre site with parking available for up to 45 vehicles attending the recycling center to take advantage of the many services on offer.


Orange Coast College looked to both public and private funding sources to create what is seen as one of the leading recycling centers in the state of California. The Measure M bond allowed funding to be obtained from local government sources in conjunction with the CR&R Environmental Services company which offers its trash collection and recycling services to residents of California, Arizona, and Colorado. Learn more:


The community of Santa Ana, California has benefitted greatly from the work completed by Orange Coast College since the institution was established in 1947. In the 21st-century, Orange Coast College has become a leading academic resource for residents of Southern California through the high transfer rate of students moving on to four-year institutions.


One of the most successful areas of Orange Coast College has been the development of the rowing team at the community in a sport better known at four-year colleges. Many of the former students taking part in the rowing team of Orange Coast College have gone on to appear at the Olympics and World Championships for the U.S.