Academy of Art University alumni, Daniel Arriaga, could not be more proud of the work he created for this year’s Oscar winner for Best Animated Feature, Coco. Arriaga worked diligently on designing animations for this film that were true to real-life representations of his Mexican culture, and he credits his training from the Academy of Art University for helping him to achieve his success. During his time at the Academy of Art University, Arriaga strived to perfect his skills in artistic direction and animation.
The Academy of Art University, located in the heart of San Francisco, is an arts school that strives to offer degree courses for those who have a passion for learning. The Academy is accredited with the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, the National Architectural Accrediting Board, and others. As an added bonus, the Academy also offers both online and on-campus courses to suit every student’s schedule and their own unique needs.
Curriculum and coursework is packed full of learning that will help to fully develop an artist’s vision, while also helping to develop and fine tune the student artist’s skills. Degree programs include Animation and Visual Effects, Architecture, Communications and Media, Textile Design, Acting, and numerous additional others.
Not only can the Academy of Art University boast Arriaga as alumni who worked to bring Coco to life, but fellow alumni and Academy instructors also worked on the animated film. The Academy has well over 25,000 further alumni who have helped to create art internationally since its founding in 1929. Other alumni have worked to develop shows like King of the Hill and Heroes, leading the design for Kobe Bryant’s line of Nike shoes, and also directing videos for U2, Modest Mouse, and Kanye West.