Academy of Art Institute graduate Daniel Arriaga and his film Coco

Daniel Arriaga is a talented senior director at Pixar. He is an Academy of Art Institute graduate, who’s film was based upon his own cultural heritage in a tale based on Mexican folklore. The Mexican tradition of El dia los Muetros is honored in this hit children’s film. As this tradition focuses on bringing life into characters that are already dead and skeletons, Daniel Arriaga and the whole team of artists and illustrators worked to create a visually appealing cast of characters that were non living. There was great success in the venture of making this triumphant film into an Oscar winner.


Coco is the story of a young boy named Miguel Rivera who goes on an expedition into the Land of the Dead, while trying to uncover family secrets. Miguel longs to be a musician and this journey enables him to successfully complete that undertaking. Daniel Arriaga and his team of talented artists worked diligently to complete this film. Along with the intricate plot that is rich in cultural heritage and folklore, there is a beautiful musical score. Some of the original songs in this movie went on to win Oscar for Best Original Song.

Having an Academy of Art Institute graduate excel in the art of filmmaking to the extent of winning an Oscar is a tremendous victory. The Academy of Art Institute was formerly called


Academy of Art College. It is located in San Francisco, California. Founded in 1929, this was originally a school for advertising art. The school offers a bevy of different degree options, ranging from associates through masters programs with approximately twenty five subjects. In addition to on campuses offerings, there are online course options.

The Academy of Art Institute also offers athletics and a unique Academy of Art Institute Automobile Museum. It houses over two hundred rare and remarkable cars.

The Academy of Arts Institute has produced many successful individuals, such as the current Oscar Winner, Daniel Arriaga and other known fashion designers, actresses, music video directors and many more talented people.