Academy Of Art
University Students Forge Ahead To Solve Social Problems
Academy of Art University in San Francisco is a mainstay in the academic world. Known for its diverse course offerings and renowned instructors the school has maintained high standards of excellence since it opened in 1929. The beauty of San Francisco serves as its backdrop to inspire students from around the globe who seek the best in classroom instruction, school facilities, and state of the art technology.
For students seeking undergraduate degrees, there are many arts-focused programs to choose from ranging from the theater arts to fashion design. For those seeking a visual arts focus the school offers graphic arts, animation, photography, and fine arts or gain a real-world understanding of advertising or music production. Get an art teaching credential through their graduate program or take your love of gaming one step further with a degree in game design.
The students at the university don’t just learn concepts, they apply them. One of the most exciting projects comes from the School of Game Development where students have come together to create an augmented reality application called Tenderfeels. Four students put their love of technology and their desire to find solutions to social issues together to create Tenderfeels. In conjunction with the Salvation Army Kroc Center and an event called Tech in the Tenderloin, the scholars designed an app that can be used to evaluate neighborhoods plagued by poverty.
The Tenderloin district of San Francisco is just such a place. Known for its cheap rent, high crime and proximity to centralized areas of the city, the Tenderloin has been a magnet for young people. Although the surrounding neighborhoods are affluent, this neighborhood is mired in violence. This is where Tenderfeelscan help. The app was designed to gather data on the emotions tied to residents of the Tenderloin. Users can rate locations and describe what they feel about a certain area; since the information uses real-time data, other users can keep track of what their neighbors may be feeling in relation to the Tenderloin.
The data can be used by governmental entities, schools, and social services to target problem areas and to seek resolutions. As a data harvesting tool that uses input from residents of the neighborhood, Tenderfeelsis a ground-breaking app that could be used around the world. The app even caught the attention of the Chief Innovation Officer at the San Francisco Mayor’s office. Tenderfeelsis a great example of how the school motivates students to do their best work and how to reach out to the community.
The Academy of Art University also offers online courses for those seeking a flexible schedule. Their online students receive the same high quality, hands-on education that the traditional students do. The school also has a Social Media Center to provide the best in social media education. The center is a resource for job openings and networking. The university’s long history of success in education ensures the best opportunities for higher learning.