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Academy of Art University Students Visit Adobe

by Leona Guidace
The Academy of Art University, San Francisco, with an enrollment of over 18,000 students is the largest art and design school in the United States

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Adobe recently welcomed students from Academy of Art University at the Adobe offices in San Francisco. The AAU students are enrolled in the Web Design & New Media Online courses, are were visiting San Francisco from all over the United States, including Alabama, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey, Tennessee, Washington, as well as California.

“We believe it is crucial to the students’ creative development to spend time on campus, engaging directly with faculty. We also like to provide our online AAU students with an inside view of professional creative environments, like the Adobe offices,” commented Fred McHale, Online Director, Web Design & New Media.

Mike McHugh, WW Technical Product Marketing Manager for Adobe, shows recent Creative Cloud tools to AAU students

Students were shown demo’s from tools announced in the recent Creative Cloud launch, along with exciting new peeks at stealth apps to experiment with. Since the online students hail from all over the US, they were thrilled to discover a unique way to engage with one another. The students were invited to test a stealth app, and relay their feed-back during its development.

Jenny Appleton, Demo Marketing Lead, Video Segment for Adobe, shares how AAU students worked on brand identity

The group got to see a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of fellow AAU students, Julia Lemke and Michael Taylor, who produced the latest Creative Cloud brand identities for the Education pages of Adobe.com. “It was eye-opening to see how Julia and Michael began their design process from a fine arts inspiration, before creating their campaign visuals with Adobe tools. This made me think about the creative process from a whole new perspective,” commented AAU student Michiel Hekker, of Iowa. View how AAU students Make it with Creative Cloud.

The AAU students were also encouraged to apply to the Adobe Design Achievement Awards Mentorship Program, which offers portfolio reviews and mentorships to students through the Creative Cloud. “At Adobe, we offer a vast variety of ways in which students can learn, engage, and be recognized for their creative work. It is always rewarding for us to see how very innovative they become through guidance and mentorship,” added Claire Erwin, Sr. Manager Adobe Education Community.

Visiting AAU students, shown left to right, top to bottom:

  • Michiel Hekker, Iowa
  • Robert Brown, Alabama
  • Tarry Nwaise, Tennessee
  • April Nichol, California
  • Kelly Ryan, New Jersey (center)
  • Michelle Nelson, Washington
  • Alyssa Vallecorsa, California
  • Julie Ansell, Nevada

Adobe is looking forward to the AAU students’ feed-back on the new stealth app, and watching how their next creative projects take shape through the Cloud.


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