San Francisco, CA
Academy of Art University


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Recent Reviews

Andre
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pretty good, it's all about what you make of it. I think it's really important to get into contact with your teachers and try...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Pretty good, it's all about what you make of it. I think it's really important to get into contact with your teachers and try to use them as connections because a lot of them are currently working in the industry. It is pretty easy to slack off but they do have a strict attendance policy and teachers push you to succeed.

Maya
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a great school if you are focused and passionate about what you are doing. If you are going to college mostly for the a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a great school if you are focused and passionate about what you are doing. If you are going to college mostly for the appeal of college and less of the academics, you will struggle. The course load is a lot, but you also learn a lot and it is manageable. The area is beautiful and you will learn a lot about yourself going to this school. Housing has a lot of options, and though the meal plan isn't great, you won't starve. Overall, I recommend it.

Melissa
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There are pro's and cons to consider when thinking about applying to Academy of Art university. Starting with the cons, I wis...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

There are pro's and cons to consider when thinking about applying to Academy of Art university. Starting with the cons, I wish I would have done more research before entering this university. I am a Junior here and planning to continue at this school up until graduation. First, the professors I have encountered are distant and mostly unapproachable. They are usually Alumni of the university who have not found credible work after graduation so they have come back as teachers. The majority seem to want to hurry up and get through the class. Sometimes I feel like I have not fully grasped knowledge clearly yet still, I have been passed to the next level. The University is very commercialized and they are definitely in it for the money not the student's success. They have a 20% graduation rate or less, yet 30,000 students pass through the Academy of Art each year! That says a lot. I don't feel 100% supported as a student at The Academy of Art University. For the Pro's I must say education is what you make of it. The Academy of Art does have top of the line equipment and stays up to date on what is happening in the art industry. They have great connections to top-name companies that one would greatly desire to find work in. They also do well at bringing recruiters, and informational seminars in for students to connect and learn from. At The Academy of Art University you pay for the name, but if you milk them for every dime they milk you- you can make it to the top and doors will open.

Nesha
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the school so much and it always has something to offer! The academics are very beneficial and if you have any trouble...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I love the school so much and it always has something to offer! The academics are very beneficial and if you have any trouble the professor will be very likely to help and solve the problem you are having. They really understand the troubles of a student so theres always a relaxing/fun opportunity on campus and that brings everyone together.

Sharonda
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Although the school is very expensive, the academics are amazing. I attend online and have had a few bad teachers but for the...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Although the school is very expensive, the academics are amazing. I attend online and have had a few bad teachers but for the most part the teachers are amazing and very involved. The only downside is like I said before super expensive but I am hoping it all pays off. There are a few lenders for private loans that the school takes and I wish they actually expanded the list because the lenders are the toughest ones to get loans from. Do good research before attending any school.

Bennett
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I wrote an honest review and AAU demanded that Yelp take it down. In brief, my daughter was attending AAU's graduate program ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I wrote an honest review and AAU demanded that Yelp take it down. In brief, my daughter was attending AAU's graduate program and she was murdered. AAU's Vice President (Sue Rowley), was completely callous and disrespectful and demanded that Security throw us out of our daughter's dorm room when we came to pick up her personal effects. The university's president (Elisa Stephens), who inherited her job, showed no interest in our daughter's tragic death, refused to come to the phone to discuss the loss of our daughter or pay respects. We believe that it is important to understand that the campus is spread out across hundreds of building throughout the San Francisco Bay with most of them in some of the most dangerous parts of the city. Campus security is unable to protect students because there is no real campus and the school's Clery Report doesn't honestly reflect the dangers that students face on a daily basis. Our experience confirmed that the University is staffed, from top to bottom, with inept personnel who show no interest in the well being of their students. If your are contemplating sending your child to this institution we recommend that you reconsider as there are much safer places to send your child that offer far better academics.

Mike
Great School, Horrid Politics

Academy of Art University is a wonderful place to hone a craft of choice, or even take up a new degree in the arts. The instr...

Great School, Horrid Politics

Academy of Art University is a wonderful place to hone a craft of choice, or even take up a new degree in the arts. The instructors are fantastic, with only a few exceptions, and they are always available. If one chooses this school, the amount that can be learned is vast, but many people get overwhelmed and drop out, or alternatively they get hired before they graduate. Here is the ugly part though: the Academy President and the private for-profit atmosphere. The president of AAU is worth around $300 Million and we are still lacking the facilities and equipment that's really necessary for the degree that I am pursuing. Most of the money goes towards the president's campus housed multi-million dollar car collection. The other aspect one should consider is that the instructors aren't paid nearly as much as they should be, so a few of the people they bring in aren't the best professors in the world. With all of that in mind, I still love my school. My major tends to be very male dominated, since it's catered towards music production for visual media, but there are a decent amount of women and non-binary people (myself included) as well as a good amount of diversity overall.

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