San Francisco, CA
Academy of Art University


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Recent Reviews

Catherine
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the school. Teacher actually push you to be better instead of just saying “it’s good”. Teachers take the time to educa...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the school. Teacher actually push you to be better instead of just saying “it’s good”. Teachers take the time to educate you and explain why we do certain things. Even the General Ed classes are good. You tend to make a bunch of friends and life long relationships!!

Kathryn
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Academy of Art is a very unique university. The school, being located in the middle of the city, provides a unique experience...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Academy of Art is a very unique university. The school, being located in the middle of the city, provides a unique experience for the user in an urban environment. In order to get from class to class, you are having to walk through the city streets and travel from the Industrial District to the Financial District. You begin to grasp the understanding of public transportation within the city and are able to more easily make your way through with fewer hiccups along the way. Aside from the navigation through the city, the school provides a traditional college experience through its athletic department, which I had the privilege to be a part of through the school softball team. The athletics help to bring the students together for a common interest and to help support fellow classmates during games and matches. You still get the feel of a traditional campus due to the recognition of student athletes. You see the diversity of groups within the school and the mix of different majors as well as athletes all intermingling together and getting along through the years. Overall, the experiences from the Academy of Art University are some that no one else will get the chance to live. You are forced to adapt to the environment around you and because of that, you begin to form different friendships and relationships not just with your fellow students, but with you instructors as well. The instructors at AAU are all practicing professionals in the field that they are teaching. Majority of the instructors are part time teachers and full time employees or have worked in the field of that said profession for many years. Because of this, you are able to create connections with these instructors and gain future reference resources when it comes to finding internships or a job in the future. Academy of Art University is very unique indeed and has definitely provided a college experience that I will not forget.

Chen
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I am impressed with our talented professors and the curriculum. The professor to student ratio is very high compared with ot...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I am impressed with our talented professors and the curriculum. The professor to student ratio is very high compared with other schools I have attended. I am very happy to be attending a school in the heart of San Francisco. I am Chinese born and have many other students attending from other countries.

Esteban
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Sounds like a great school and I can not wait to get started.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Sounds like a great school and I can not wait to get started.

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.

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