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List of All Clubs

Beyond the Front Row

Attention future retail executives, event producers, creative directors, wardrobe stylists, social media influencers, photo journalists, and industry power players! WE WANT YOU! Beyond the Front Row is Academy of Art University’s fashion club and organization. BtFR is where fashion influencers unite through creative collaborations and community outreach. Originally established in spring of 2010, BtFR is a way to connect fashion enthusiasts across all majors in order to expand their professional network and gain industry experience.

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Chinese Students and Scholars Association (AAUCSSA)

Academy of Art University Chinese Students Association (AAUCSA) is a student organization. We are a non-profit and non-political organization dedicated to the goal of promoting social, intellectual and cultural activities for Chinese students at Academy of Art University as well as other interested members in the Academy community.

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Drama Club

The Drama Club at Academy of Art University is an open opportunity to be a part of a multi-discipline community. Members collaborate to produce, write, choreograph, and perform to ensure that “the show must go on”. The club contains multiple areas where students get to discover and display their talents. Commitment and ingenuity has driven this club for many years and is supported by the School of Acting.


Drawaholics Anonymous Crew

The Drawaholics Anonymous Crew is not for the faint of heart. We are a community of artists (teachers, students and alumni) from Academy of Art University with one common goal... to become master draftsmen and painters. We host weekly drawing workshops, industry professional speaking events, and monthly design challenges. If you are serious about your craft and bold enough to take on the 2,500 drawing challenge then sign a contract and join our group!

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Improv Club

Improv Club is comprised of students who are interested in learning and bettering the skills necessary to create scenes and stories based solely off audience suggestion and our own imaginations. The club focuses on team-building, “group mind” games and giving students a safe environment to express themselves, create characters, and develop meaningful relationships on stage. Students from the club meetings will be selected to perform as the Academy Improv Team in 3 shows throughout the semester. These shows are completely free and will showcase the skills and abilities learned throughout the semester. If you enjoy making things up in a meaningful and structured way, Improv Club would love to have you join us. We meet on Wednesdays at 7pm in 466 Townsend.

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Interior Architecture & Design Club

The interior design and architecture club gathers students from the IAD majors (or any other other Academy of Art University students interested in Interior Architecture) together for instructive and relative discussion. We aim to delve deeper into San Francisco's rich architectural history with such close proximity to so many wonderful projects. Additionally, the club aims to create an inviting atmosphere for students with likewise interests to connect social and academically.


Jewelry & Metal Arts Club

The Academy of Art University Jewelry and Metal Arts Guild seeks to provide a network of information, education, and support for students in the Academy of Art University Jewelry and Metal Arts program. The organization aims to offer students a forum to share ideas, promote their work, form collaborations, and share information about scholarships, exhibitions and job and internship opportunities. Potential events that the club could support could include guest lectures by industry professionals, and exhibitions or trunk shows of student work. The group will also provide additional opportunities for student engagement with faculty and student representatives through meetings and participation in department events.



LIVE LIFE OUTLOUD! OutLoud is a social advocacy club for the Academy of Art University's queer community. It is a place to connect our diverse community to opportunities, resources, and to each other to achieve a vision of a stronger, healthier, and more equitable place for queer people and our allies by organizing events, celebrating our history and culture, and building resources to create a legacy for our current and future students. OutLoud strives to serve the full spectrum of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities, working to create a safe environment for everyone.

We are here to empower and unite queer students and allies through advocacy and support. OutLoud not only provides a fun, safe environment to organize events and address queer issues, but also a place to meet a diverse group of people and make new friends. Learn and participate in our club activities and events such as game nights, movie nights, outings, SF Pride, LGBTQ conferences, volunteer opportunities and much more.

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Tea Time Animation

The goal of Tea Time is to bring together current students and Alumni to discuss industry and department related news and concerns, facilitate lectures by guest speakers, nurture communication between the student body and the Animation Department and finally to provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer critique. We are a networking resource for the student community.

Being a part of Tea Time gives you an opportunity to be part of a constantly growing peer network of professionals. We are an opportunity for you to get more out of your education and learn what it takes to become the future of our industry. Focused on being adaptable to any student who is interested, your involvement can be anything from attending our weekly meetings to participating in our large online community. You’ll have the opportunity to join face-to-face discussions with industry professionals, ask questions, and really get the answers you’re looking for.

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Women in Animation – Student Chapter WIA x ArtU

The Women in Animation (WIA) Student Chapter at ArtU is the Academy's student chapter of the nonprofit organization, WIA. Our focus is to instill and inspire equity across all facets of the animation pipeline in the Film and Video Game industries; to encourage those wanting to be a part of these industries by facilitating and providing resources to help make this a reality. WIA x AAU is an inclusive and diverse chapter that embraces all majors and identity groups in order to achieve a common goal of equity for women and other marginalized groups in the Entertainment Arts, and to gather as a group to share a passion for animation.

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