Organization Handbook

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List of All Clubs

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architectural education. The mission of the AIAS is to promote excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.

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Anime Club

The Anime Club is a place that welcomes everyone with a passion for Anime! Our organization is an open space to build friendships and network while we celebrate Anime Art. One of our main goals is to create a welcoming environment for everyone to share their perspectives and their interest for the Anime World. Our activities range from social gatherings like Anime-viewing parties, discussing Anime and the industry behind it, to off-campus activities around the city! If you love Anime and want to share your thoughts about it with others while broadening what you already know then please come and share, the Anime Club and the Anime World cannot exist without you!

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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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Black Student Union

The Black Student Union (BSU) is a community for Black students, other students of color, and all students who share an interest in the issues related to the black community and wish to join a proactive club. The BSU welcomes sharing opinions through conversation, debate, and on our school’s radio show. We embrace the student body to join us at our weekly meetings, game nights, and upcoming other events. Furthermore, it is our goal to strengthen the wider community and we look forward to coordinating opportunities for social impact through clothing drives and helping those in need, which will help us to leave a positive mark in San Francisco. With the BSU, your voice and those of other participating students can be heard, you will learn about Black culture, and can share in embracing the community of BSU to make a difference. Reach out to us if you have any questions.

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Chinese Students Association

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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Christian Student Fellowship

The Christian Student Fellowship is for anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior but we also welcome non-believers in order to share the gospel with them. Prayer, Bible Study, Salvation, Stewardship, Evangelism and Faith are virtues that manifest in our circle of loving disciples. Our diverse group of members contribute to the roundtable discussions regarding pressing issues in the world and locally, sharing testimonies and blessings, prayer requests and club outings all while keeping each other good company.

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Comics and Concept Art Club

This is the place to be for all Academy students who like to read and/or make comics, graphic novels, and manga. We will have guest speakers join us from time to time to share about their experiences with the industry. Come hang out with us to talk about what's great in comics and bring your art materials along if you want to create while we chat.

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Drama Club

The Drama Club at Academy of Art University is an open opportunity to be a part of a theatrical production. Members collaborate to produce, write, choreograph, and perform to ensure that “the show must go on”. The club contains multiple areas like improvisation and variety shows where students get to discover and display their talent live. Commitment and ingenuity has driven this club for many years and is a subsidiary to the School of Acting.

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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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Indian Student Association

The Indian Student Association (ISA) aims at creating a home away from home feeling for Indian students and those who appreciate Indian culture at Academy of Art University through cultural celebrations and interactive meetings. We intend to build a helpful nexus of Indian and non-Indian students within which all members can find the answers to their academic and non-academic problems and share the joy of similar or diverse cultural backgrounds. ISA is a group of students who truly care about all aspects of the college experience. Join our network for help finding housing, picking classes, our meeting friends. Together we can build an international network of budding professionals who are excited about helping one another and remaining in touch after our time here at Academy of Art University.

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Interior Architecture & Design Club

The Interior Architecture and Design 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. They meet at 601 Brannan Street in the Brannan Street Cafe and to email below for meeting times

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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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Indonesian Student Association (PERMIAS)

PERMIAS stands for Persatuan Mahasiswa Indonesia di Amerika Serikat, which translates to Indonesian Student Association in the United States. Our presence serves as the representative of Indonesian students at Academy of Arts University. We strive to make the organization a second home for our Indonesian student fellows. Our programs are based off the vision to build harmonious, active and solid community as well as promoting the cultural diversity of Indonesia. It is our pleasure to assist the students for their initial integration and familiarization with the campus and its surrounding. Join and experience PERMIAS, expand your network and horizon with us.

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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, exhibitions or trunk shows of student work, an annual catalog of student work, and support for student participation in conferences such as the SNAG Annual Conference and the Yuma Art Symposium.  The group will also provide additional opportunities for student engagement with faculty and student representatives through monthly meetings and participation in department events, such as Open Studios.

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Kappa Sigma Fraternity

Kappa Sigma’s main objective is based on building a better man, while encouraging him to participate in as many other campus organizations that he may choose. More specifically, Kappa Sigma looks to provide the opportunity for the male student to enhance his fellowship circle, leadership skills, scholastic involvement, and service contribution to the local community.

Since its founding at the University of Virginia on December 10, 1869, Kappa Sigma has initiated more than 245,000 men throughout the United States and Canada. Our proud history of producing campus leaders who go on to succeed in business, government, the armed services, sports, entertainment and the arts has led to Kappa Sigma’s continuous and unparalleled growth across the continent.

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Mandarin Animation Community

Our club provides a space for the community of Mandarin-speaking, mostly international students, to discuss coursework, assignments, and classes. We help to critique each other’s work on assignments and overall help each other improve. We also help freshman and incoming international students with choosing their courses and majors.

It can be daunting coming to a place where the main language is your second language, so we help guide students who are coming in and answer their questions about the school and different departments. Our club provides networking opportunities and professional development guidance. At times we host events where alumni participate, giving us insights and recommendations about the industry.

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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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Sigma Delta Sorority

As rare as a ruby, as classy as a pearl, Academy of Art University's finest, the Sigma Delta girls. We are a sorority that strives to create a community based on loyalty, friendship, and community service for women of Academy of Art University through events that build relationships, leadership, and social awareness. Join a network of accepting and supportive sisters and form lifelong bonds with strong, proactive women. Together we foster ideals of helping our community while encouraging individual growth for each member.

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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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Urban Knights Radio

Flagship radio station with a content range spanning music, sports, and talk radio. Caters not only to the needs and interests of the student body, but also to anyone interested in quality radio produced by experienced student hosts.

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Student Veteran Association

The Academy of Art University Student Veteran Association (AAUSVA) is a student group dedicated to advocating for veterans issues on campus. AAUSVA's goal is to make a community of student veterans, military families and allies on campus who can support, network, socialize, and assist each other as they achieve their educational goals.

It is understood that education is a powerful tool for many veterans to transition to civilian careers and we want to maximize the opportunities for veterans to succeed on campus and beyond. Most of all, AAUSVA welcomes you to participate in social events or service activities to bring together the hundreds of military students currently attending AAU. You can sign up for our newsletter on the e-mail below or join our Facebook group.

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Women in Animation Student Chapter (WIA x AAU) 

The Women in Animation (WIA) Student Chapter at AAU 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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