I attended the 2008 Academy of Art University Spring Show in San Francisco last Thursday and was very impressed with the students from this school both in person while interviewing them and seeing their work on display. I’ve been to a variety of student galleries, and the quality and care I saw in this school was much beyond my level of expectation.
The one thing that still disappoints me, as with all art schools, is the shortage of interactive and web designers. There are large numbers of graphic designers, illustrators, 3D artists and photographers, but not many actually grasp the web and how art is applied to it. Many believe that simply being a graphic designer will make them a good web designer, however as soon as I look at their work, I can tell they have many lengths to go.
To AAU’s credit, the interactive artists -or as they call them- new media artists, had some great work to show off. I’d definitely attend another year.
Here are a few quick snaps from my Crackberry of the academy’s gallery.