Academy Of Art University: Preparing Students For Success

On September 9, 2017, the Academy of Art University’s School of Fashion held its 21st annual runway showcase at Skylight Clarkson Square. The program featured the debut of 2 menswear collections and 5 womenswear collections created by 10 recent graduates of BFA and MFA. According to the School of Fashion’s executive director, Simon Ungless,
“Each collection has an individual spirit yet the process has been executed as a collective.” The program featured the works of designers from as diverse backgrounds as Qing Dao, Hangzhou and Beijing China, New York, Chicago, Mexico City, San Francisco and Los Angeles, California.

The outfits reflected a wide range of ideas, influences and craftsmanship techniques. They impressed the audience which included America’s Top Model’s Ms. J Alexander and CFDA’s Director of Education and Professional Development Sara Kozlowski, potential mentors, their peers and a worldwide audience via livestream. Each designer got the runway for 15 minutes to showoff their work and their vision for the fashion world’s future.

Based in San Francisco, California, the Academy of Art University was founded in 1929 by painter and magazine editor Richard S. Stephens. Originally called the Academy of Advertising Art, the for-profit, privately-owned arts institution is among America’s largest privately-owned art and design school. It has about 12,600 students, 283 full-time teachers and a part-time teaching staff of 1,154.

The Academy of Art University allows students to earn associates, bachelor’s as well as master’s degrees in more than 20 subjects. The school has participated in NY Fashion Week since 2005. Some of the school’s best known alumni include actress Heidi Montag, actress and singer Raven-Symoné, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice and Academy Award-winning hairstylist and makeup artist Rick Baker.

The school’s urban campus in San Francisco has state-of-the-art facilities, galleries, exhibits featuring the works of students and housing. Students can get the training they need to live their passion in just 4 to 6 semesters. Several alumni have been nominated for Academy Awards. The school is known for their excellent design, entertainment, fashion, fine arts, photography, advertising and Liberal Arts programs that prepare graduates for successful careers.


Tobias Jaeger: A Love Of Helping People

Tobias Jaeger has always loved traveling. He loves to absorb different cultures. These two combined experiences lead him to a love of connecting people. Ever since he was a young man attending Maastricht University in the Netherlands, he has had this strong feeling to do something that would make a difference in the world. He has always wanted to help people achieve their dreams. So he started teaching empowerment courses all around Europe. These courses were structured to help people get lives in order. They were meant to give people a sense of hope and also to guide them in the direction to start their lives with confidence. It gave them hope to believe in themselves.


Tobias Jaeger later began to dabble in the e-gaming industry where he partnered with a leading poker player to help people learn the art and skill of the poker industry. As he did with the empowerment courses, he taught this skill so that people could make a significant living with online poker, again wanting people to live better lives.


Today Tobias Jaeger is the head of a Venture Capital company called AXIOM. The company’s focus is on media and entertainment. The main purpose of this venture was to connect Europe to the rest of the world of media and television to the world of finance. Out of this venture came AXIOM pictures. The idea was to find a way to use the media and television to help raise money for military and other great causes.


The main thought in Tobias Jaeger’s head is to figure out ways to help people. That is his life’s goal. No matter if it’s to raise money to help people overcomes disasters, to help important organizations like the military, or to help individuals and households have a better income to be more financially stable. He feels like his life is enriched every time he sees a breath of relief by a company or individual who is having a hard time.


To learn more about Tobias Jaeger and his causes, please visit or There you will find his biography and also his accomplishments, as well as his current business ventures.