The world needs more creatives, not geniuses

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Creativity is often misunderstood. Many think of it in terms of haves and have nots – a character trait that you either have, or you don’t. When thinking about any remarkable piece of art or technology that’s shaped our modern world, it’s easy to romanticise the creative process it took to get there. As if a wild-eyed genius in a room held a singular vision and worked tirelessly to bring it to life. In reality, this is rarely the case. 

While it’s true that every piece of art or technological innovation was someone’s inspired idea, every scene in your favourite movie, and every app that you can’t live without, was ultimately created by an army of artists, engineers, coders and, yes, accountants (see famous graphic designers you should know for examples of widely acclaimed creatives).

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Dr Elisa Stephens

Dr. Elisa Stephens, granddaughter of the Academy of Art University’s founder, succeeded her father as President of Academy of Art University in 1992. Dr. Stephens has been committed to expanding the Academy’s curriculum to stay current with new technologies and industry trends, as well as developing state-of-the-art facilities and resources. In 2004, the name of the school was changed from Academy of Art College to Academy of Art University in recognition of its depth, scope, and quality of education. Today, Academy of Art University is one of the largest private schools of art and design in the US. Students have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Architecture, Associate of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts, Master of Architecture, Art Teaching Credential, certificate programs, and continuing art education courses in 72 areas of study.