San Francisco, CA
Academy of Art University


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Recent Reviews

Scott
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I paid an enormous amount of money to go to AAU for three semesters, six classes online. The degree, Motion Picture and Telev...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I paid an enormous amount of money to go to AAU for three semesters, six classes online. The degree, Motion Picture and Television Production, costs a total of $120,000.00. The cost is exactly the same for a classroom student and an online student. Regardless of my having to pay $2,720.00 per class, I had to buy a $40 book here, or buy a $120 software program. In fact, they even make students pay $10.00 for an official transcript. Now, keep in mind that I am not taking up any space on campus, I am not sitting in a classroom, I am not engaging an instructor in front of the class, I am not using ANY facilities, I am sitting in front of MY computer using my electricity and my internet, my equipment, and I am on a website. Yet I have to pay the same amount of money as a campus student. On many occasions, I requested that they school tell me where all my money is going. That's a reasonable question to ask. The answer was ALWAYS eight I don't know or run around double speak, never a reasonable and direct answer. So I did a little research and here is what I found. The Academy of Art University is privately owned by the Stevens family who is also one of the largest property owners in San Francisco. San Francisco property values are second only to Manhattan. They own 40 buildings. The school does $300,000,000.00 in revenue every year. The family is worth a reported $800,000,000.00. Now it is becoming clear where all that money is going. I also found out that the university just settled with the City of San Francisco for a staggering $60,000,000.00 for code violations. They are also named in two class action lawsuits, one by former students for overinflated and dishonest after graduation job placement numbers, and a class-action lawsuit by instructors for unpaid overtime and improper compensation. The school will not buy a $40 book, but they will lie to students, and take advantage of instructors, and try to get away with breaking the law.

Kianna
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The Academy of Art is a great school full of amazing teachers. All the teachers either have real world experience in their fi...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The Academy of Art is a great school full of amazing teachers. All the teachers either have real world experience in their field or are still working in their field. They all give great advice! The school has everything students need to practice their field. I've lived in two separate dorms so far and both have been very adequate.

stephanie
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Education is great but the money it takes makes you feel trapped.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Education is great but the money it takes makes you feel trapped.

Regina
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I love everything there is about the Academy of Art University.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love everything there is about the Academy of Art University.

Lila
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The Academy of Art University is a for-profit school in San Francisco. There are pros and cons to attending this school. Some...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The Academy of Art University is a for-profit school in San Francisco. There are pros and cons to attending this school. Some pros are that the fashion design curriculum is thorough and the facilities are nice. There is no real campus because the buildings are scattered all over the city. The cons are that the school engages in predatory tactics to get the most money out of students. As of 2018, they are facing a lawsuit from former academic advisers for these practices. They also heavily recruit privileged foreign students because these students will pay completely out of pocket with no US government financial aid. I feel this is detrimental to the overall culture of the school. Most of my classes feel like I'm studying in China with rich, immature children who have little drive or ambition. I wonder about the true priorities of the school when the library consists of one floor in a building- but the socialite president has her extensive collection of luxury cars on display in another. I have had issues with fashion design teachers who were not professional and engaged in discriminatory, bullying behavior towards students. On the other hand, I have also had top-notch teachers who were very challenging and adhered to a code of integrity. Overall, I have reservations about recommending this school to any prospective students. In 2016, their WASC accreditation was renewed with "notice of concern". The WASC commission found the low graduation rate worrying and indicative of larger problems. There is a high turnover with academic advisers and my current adviser is apathetic about my personal success. I will be transferring schools after this semester and I am looking forward to being in a college environment where education comes before greed. I have learned valuable lessons at the Academy of Art, but ultimately they are run like a business who has forgotten aspects of service to their clients because they're mired in capitalist games.

joshua
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Academy of Art University has great teachers the teach exactly what you need to know. The only problem I have with this schoo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Academy of Art University has great teachers the teach exactly what you need to know. The only problem I have with this school is when you need help with someone that doesn't have to do with class they have no clue how to help. Its on art school and the internet they provide here is terrible I can go to a local StarBucks for better connection. The food they provide isn't the best for what they charge. I pay $2,500 a semester for food and I'm not Hppy with what they provide at all.

JiYoon
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It's a pretty chill college even though it's focused mainly to get the graduate students into jobs. If you look hard enough, ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's a pretty chill college even though it's focused mainly to get the graduate students into jobs. If you look hard enough, if you get yourself to talk to enough teachers, they will also help you find jobs as an undergraduate. It feels like a hopeful place to try to find yourself in the arts industry, not only in the fine arts or the creative pursuits, but the lesser known editing parts or marketing departments, etc.

andrea
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It's a very hands-on​ school. Your teachers care about you and they want you to be the best. You can always expect amazing gr...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It's a very hands-on​ school. Your teachers care about you and they want you to be the best. You can always expect amazing group projects and the friendliest staff. Students are very open about their ideas when it comes to collaborations and discussions. Their feedback is relevant and very constructive .

Jay
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My opinion about the school is that they offer so much to students that wants to enhance their skills, also the school bring...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

My opinion about the school is that they offer so much to students that wants to enhance their skills, also the school brings students the life they've always wanted and they are able to take control of their career with the opportunity that they provide.

Trinity
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Being able to attend this school is one step closer to my dreams already. Being able to live in the city of San Francisco...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Being able to attend this school is one step closer to my dreams already. Being able to live in the city of San Francisco after coming from a small suburban town is going to be a big change that I’m nervous for but I know it’s all definitely going to be worth it at the end. Attending an art college that has many different majors is always a good choice because I feel that the professors are more open minded and know how to speak their knowledge into existence which will help out many students along the way. I love the fact that this school has many different locations all around San Francisco and they have a shuttle for the students whose classes aren’t close to where they live. There is also online classes available for anyone who lives out of the way and won’t be able to commute to SF everyday. Going to this school would be a great way of achieving your dreams after you graduate because there’s plenty of graduates who get their dream job from just going to this school. Being in the environment this school has to offer, will not only change you, but it will change your perspectives in life and make you see the bigger picture of things by opening your mind. This college has so many opportunities for each and every student and it will definitely change lives attending here and being at an art school that has so much to offer.

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