Which famous people have graduated from the Academy of Art University, if any?

Janet Preloger, the Academy’s Alumni Director, sent me this list:

Euna Lee, journalist freed from North Korea in 2009.

Deanne Fitzmaurice, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer based in San Francisco. Her work has been published in Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, the NY Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated and ESPN Magazine.

Chris Milk, has directed videos for Kanye West, U2, Green Day, Courtney Love, Audioslave, Modest Mouse and Gnarls Barkley. Milk directed the second unit on “A Mother’s Promise”, the Barack Obama bio film that played before his speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. Milk was awarded the “Music Video Production Association” Award for 2008 “Music Video Director of the Year”.

Chris Cortez, selected as “The Next Great American Designer” on Tommy Hilfiger’s CBS reality show, The Cut. Currently designs for Hilfiger and Alfonso Felipe. Recently launched the design firm, Cortez Groupe.

Jason Sperling, Creative Director for TBWA/Media Arts Lab in LA, the creative intelligence behind the Mac vs. PC ad campaign.

Alejandro Lalinde, cinematographer of music videos for such talents as Ne-Yo, LL Cool J, Lil Wayne, and Nas, among others.

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  • Xenu

    So to answer the question: “No.”

  • Xenu

    So to answer the question: “No.”

  • sfboogie

    Exactly what I was going to say. You’d think the list would be: 1. longer (whether or not we’d know any of them aside) 2. contain at least one well-known name.

    Admittedly- I attended the Academy for a couple semesters a few years back. And I am only well-known in my small circle. ;o)

  • sfboogie

    Exactly what I was going to say. You’d think the list would be: 1. longer (whether or not we’d know any of them aside) 2. contain at least one well-known name.

    Admittedly- I attended the Academy for a couple semesters a few years back. And I am only well-known in my small circle. ;o)

  • bloomsm

    The Academy is a property management company masquerading as a school.

  • bloomsm

    The Academy is a property management company masquerading as a school.

  • Leanna Yip

    sfboogie and me.

  • Leanna Yip

    sfboogie and me.

  • The Golux

    I have heard of one of the alums, Euna Lee. Guess why.

  • The Golux

    I have heard of one of the alums, Euna Lee. Guess why.

  • Tom Biederbeck

    Look, I know there is no such thing as a stupid question, but if you are at all active in the worlds of creative enterprise fashion, fine art, graphic design, illustration, etc., etc. you know Academy of Art graduates, whether you’re aware of it or not. I work with the Academy now, but before I ever did, I knew dozens, all highly accomplished & successful. To learn about just a few of them, visit http://newsfeed.academyart.edu/.

  • Tom Biederbeck

    Look, I know there is no such thing as a stupid question, but if you are at all active in the worlds of creative enterprise fashion, fine art, graphic design, illustration, etc., etc. you know Academy of Art graduates, whether you’re aware of it or not. I work with the Academy now, but before I ever did, I knew dozens, all highly accomplished & successful. To learn about just a few of them, visit http://newsfeed.academyart.edu/.

  • sfboogie

    I’m guessing the person asking wanted to know if there were anyone notable that (s)he might know even if not “in the know” of the person’s given industry.

  • sfboogie

    I’m guessing the person asking wanted to know if there were anyone notable that (s)he might know even if not “in the know” of the person’s given industry.

  • Timothy’s Dad

    Trying to help my son select the best school to get his graphic design bachelor of arts degree. He has narrowed the field to Academy of Arts University and Art Institute of California at San Francisco. which do you think is best and why? Maybe there is even a third choice to consider. Would like to hear ideas from you.

  • Timothy’s Dad

    Trying to help my son select the best school to get his graphic design bachelor of arts degree. He has narrowed the field to Academy of Arts University and Art Institute of California at San Francisco. which do you think is best and why? Maybe there is even a third choice to consider. Would like to hear ideas from you.