Academy of Art University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (52)
My highest priority had always been earning the degree. I earned it and it wasn't easy. Every semester each class is sixteen weeks. Every class has sixteen learning modules. Each class has similar requirements. For example, the painting class may require 200$ worth of oil paints, 200$ worth of brushes and 200$ worth of canvas. Some classes require a similar investment in books or software. There are usually a bunch of videos to watch every week. I posted at least four short essay style responses to several discussion topics in every class, every week. Each week each class has a multiple choice quiz. Normally, or on average, I also uploaded four studio assignments for peer critique and grading in every class every week. A full-time student willingly devotes 40 hours every week to satisfactorily complete the assignments, that's a minimum of 640 hours each semester. A full-time independent student living on the full federal financial aid stipend certainly needs to have access to more sources of money in order to complete this financially demanding program.
Overall I am happy with my choice of going to the Academy of Art. However if I had to choose what school to go today I would consider other choices first reason being the #1 the Cost second is the name and reputation of your instructors. I think the School of Visual Arts have way more well known instructors and connections then at AAC. I graduated with a BFA in Illustration in 1998 and the continued taking courses in Graphic Design for another 2 years so I could be a versatile designer. The instructor are a hit or miss. Out of all the years that I have attended there I could think of at least two instructors that I wished I have never met or taken there course. They were not helpful in anyway and I did not learn anything from. It was just a waste of money. I always come across a lot of negative postings about the school but I have to say unless your not willing to put 150% into your work you should not attend this school. There is a lot of completion from students from around the World. I am currently working as a Graphic Designer for the City of San Francisco. I have worked for both large and small companies. I've always been able to find design jobs but they did not come easy. The longest time I have been laid off was 2 years. You really need to hustle and get your face and portfolio seen rather then relying only on sending your resume online. My younger brother also attended school there and graduated in Computer Arts. He now works as a Art Director for Gap. I'm still paying off my school loan but I am proud of my accomplishments I was able to buy a house and put both of my daughter through private schools. It's a great feeling going to work knowing your going to go draw or design something. AGAIN NOT A EASY CAREER took many years to finally make it.
I am currently a senior at AAU. I have taken all my classes online. The classes are not easy. In fact, I think taking classes online is even harder. The camera doesn't lie and can point out flaws in your work you didn't see with your naked eye. I feel that I am getting an excellent education with people who are teachers, but also working in the industry. I have had very good teachers. If you are ready for a challenge and will step up to the plate, this is for you. I have thoroughly enjoyed my classes. This is an accredited online fashion program. I have gone to New York Fashion Week several times with my school. They are one of the few schools that show at NYFW. I highly recommend this school, but it is not easy.
DO NOT GO TO THIS ON LINE SCHOOL. It was the worst educational experience of my life. I was an "A" student, but what I got from this school helped me not one bit to gain employment, not even an internship. On line the teachers are unresponsive, unhelpful, too busy to help and flatly refuse to do anything other than slap "A's" on everything you do. I was invested too far before I fully realized that the horrible teachers I had were a norm instead of a one time thing. I had to take private workshops, seminars, and courses to get the education I needed. My degree program director never returns emails or phone calls unless I go up the chain and get someone in the school to write on my behalf. I have had six, so called, advisors since I have been at the school. In my opinion they are simply there to to get my money and make sure I keep paying. I have never had an advisor that actually advised me on classes or professors, or cared about my frustrations in dealing with absentee professors or directors. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL. It is expensive and you will not gain the education or experience for which you hoped. Spend your money elsewhere.
I came here and churned out in 2 years as 85% of the students do. A few core classes were vital to my career and success: sketching for communication, digital imaging, introduction to design, interactive media 1 and 2. All other fine arts classes were bogus and a complete waste of my time. A lot of software content isn't employed anymore. Spent nearly 3 semesters learning Flash. How often do you see Flash sites these days? You learn a lot of base artistic skills like how to use pen tool to draw watches, etc, but not enough curriculum is geared towards becoming a valuable addition to a team, or as an independent contributor. They need to have several UX classes, data classes, and product management classes. I got lucky and learned how to front-end code and self taught myself the importance of data. What is missing from my skill set is research. If you MUST go here, take a few classes over a couple summers and see if it's really for you. It's a tremendous investment. The greatest thing AAU attributed to my success is being immersed in a great city with great peers. I could have learned all the content on my own.
it is a great fashion school. i learn a lot from there. their professor is great to help out student, when i email them with my academy of art email. i am an online student at this school. and i learn more and more after each semester pass by. the university taught me a lot of concept of fashion.
With very few exceptions, the level of instruction is secondary school or lower. More than half the students are from China, with a few from Korean, Japan and other places. Since the ability of the majority of students in English is at best socially competent and the knowledge of all the students re subject, the literary canon and culture is slim to nil, the instructors don't need to know much more and they don't. There are courses based on software you will never use and the courses were actually written by the software manufacturer. In truth, this school is as close to being a full on racket to rip-off FAFSA as you can get while staying just shy of the line between confidence schemes and felony fraud.
I went to this university in year 1996 until year 2000. I think everything was great back then.... the instructors are good, I gained a lot of knowledge from my major. We learned a lot in every subjects. Interior Architecture didn't have so many students at that time. Its benefit for us so the instructor can really focus for our individual projects. Im glad that I went to this school.
I have never been so disappointed in a school and their lack of leadership and as well as professors. The educational advisors are a joke and do not help with gearing you towards your degree and the professor lack any empathy what so ever. Essentially you are following tutorials that are supplied to them with lack of intervention from them directly. The school costs a lot of money without receiving direct teaching intervention. DONT GO...
Please, please, PLEASE don't waste your time and money on this "university." I must admit that my skills have improved but it's mainly due to help from my peers and practice on my own, I've actually been in classes where the instructor have told us to avoid emailing them and to rely on our peers; I've even had instructors change the lesson plan or refuse to go over something because we should already know how to do it or because they don't feel like going over it. Is that how college is supposed to work? The instructor is paid to just babysit us while we try to teach each other? The classes are a big joke, I've taken classes that were almost exactly the same just with different titles, and even ones where the instructor just throws on some youtube videos and calls it a day. Sounds fun? Sure, until you realize you spend close to $3,000 for this class. Please do your research first if you're considering going to this school (or any art school in general), if you're already super talented basically professional artist with all the time and money to spend on this school then it's the place for you. If not and you're actually looking to be taught, then it's best to look elsewhere.