The Academy’s 50,000-plus alumni are some of the most successful and sought-after professionals in art and design today. From award-winning ad campaigns and blockbuster games to top-grossing movies and innovative architectural designs, their talent, service, and influence can be found in every corner of the globe. Here is a small sampling of work from our creative alumni community.

A Message to Alumni from President Stephens

Recent Alumni Accomplishments

Check out the work our students and alumni created in 2017. They made Super Bowl commercials, won Emmys & Oscars, and worked on some of the hottest video games and blockbuster movies. When passion is applied relentlessly, work becomes obsession, and opportunities follow. What will your future look like?

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From Art School to Campaign of the Decade

Jason Sperling received an MFA from the Academy’s School of Advertising in 1998. Today he is senior vice president and chief of creative development for major agency RPA. This veteran ad phenom has achieved top industry honors, and is perhaps best known as the creative force behind the “Mac vs. PC” campaign, as well as a slew of Superbowl commercials including Honda’s “Matthew’s Day Off” spot.

Alumni Success


Alumni Spotlight

Stephanie Penland / Graphic Design
The prestigious design journal HOW has showcased Graphic Design graduate Stephanie Penland's "New Life These / A Woman—Centered Birth" in its September 2014 issue.
Paxton Madison / Industrial Design
Alum Paxton Madison designs for steep slopes & extreme skiers.
Michael Taylor & Julia Lemke / Graphic Design
Michael Taylor & Julia Lemke were tapped by Adobe to create a fresh identity for the software company's Creative Cloud educational campaign.
Kathrin Blatter & Andrew Johnson / Graphic Design
The identity for Big Island Coffee Roasters, developed by two alumni of the School of Graphic Design alumni, fearlessly captures the lesser-known, untamed side of the islands.

Jobs & Internships

Alumni have access to current job and internship openings on our exclusive job board.

Stay Connected

  • Stay in touch by updating your contact information at Alumni@academyart.edu. Please send us your name, student ID (if you have it), most current phone number, email, and mailing address.
  • Join us on a variety of social networking sites where you can reconnect with fellow graduates, hear about alumni news and events, and discover opportunities in the art and design communities. Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin or email Alumni@academyart.edu!

Alumni FAQ

Where can I get a copy of my transcripts or diploma? Transcripts can be ordered here. If you would like to request a replacement diploma please contact the Records Department at registrar@academyart.edu. How can I get my website posted to the portfolio page of the alumni site? Email your name, department, and website to alumni@academyart.edu. The Alumni Department will have your website posted on the alumni page. Follow the same process if you need to change a website that has previously been posted. I’m looking for a job, does the Alumni Department have any resources to help my search? Academy of Art University offers a wealth of career resources and services to both students and alumni. The free online job is a great resource to utilize while job hunting after graduation. At least 20 new employment opportunities are posted daily by top art and design companies. Log on here: https://academyart-csm.symplicity.com/students/. If you have any questions or would like more information on the Academy of Art University’s career development services contact careerdevelopment@academyart.edu. How do I stay up-to-date on alumni news and events? The events section of the alumni website is the place to go for news and information about industry, social, and university events on campus and online. Another great way to connect and network is through social media where we regularly post exciting new stories to our feeds. Join us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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