The Academy of Art University (AAU) has taken up residence in San Francisco, California, since 1929. AUU gives people who have interest in design, communication, and arts the opportunity to receive an excellent education and earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree. AAU has been offering online arts education since 2002. The school helps their current students and alumni showcase their work by holding roughly 70 art shows and exhibitions in San Francisco per year. AAU prides itself on its diverse culture with over 112 countries being represented at the university.
At Academy of Art Institute five basic beliefs are held. First, there is a no-barrier admission process; the only requirement for acceptance is a passion for the arts and the drive to learn. Second, a firm belief in community support; they encourage the development of creativity by holding an atmosphere of support and collaboration. Third, a belief that there are ethics in the arts; they believe it is critical to teach and hold their students to high ethical standards of personal a professional integrity. Fourth, the belief that you can learn from current professionals; AAU’s faculty is made up of experts who hold and maintain careers on the leading edge of industry trends. Last, is the belief in an urban citizen; meaning that they give back to the culture in the spirit of generosity and compassion.
The Academy of Arts University’s School of Game Development has created a smart device application called Tenderfeels. The goal of this application is to help make the Tenderloin District of San Francisco safer. As it stands, the Tenderloin district is considered unsafe and disgusting. In addition, this neighborhood has the highest poverty and violent crime rate in the city. That’s where Tenderfeels comes in.
Tenderfeels uses AR to create real-time data from the residents who reside in the Tenderloin district as they share their moods relating to their current surroundings. The residents who use Tenderfeels can report in real time how they feel about where they are using emotions like ‘angry’ or ‘joyful.’ The goal is to gather this data and present it to government organizations and schools so that they can identify the problem areas.