Academy of Art University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (49)
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.
Going to AAU was probably one of the biggest mistakes I have ever made. You are taught by incredibly talented artists who don't know the first thing about teaching.I once over heard a TA telling a student who was considering dropping out that she should stay, she'll be in terrible debt but it'll be worth it. Every semester I've had at least one instructor not even show up to a class, with no heads up or anything, and when you have to commute a few hours to class like I did, it's a bit frustrating to say the least. I was a junior in high school when I was sweet talked into enrolling into the school (started with the summer program) , they'll do everything to stroke your ego, telling you that you need this school to become even more amazing than you already are and they'll help you get into companies like Disney or Dreamworks. The final straw for me was that in the beginning I was told the BFA program was a 4 year plan (90% of which were BS classes that had nothing to do with my major), at the start of what was supposed to be my senior year I was told that I needed to take an additional 3 years, mostly full of more BS fluff classes. Apparently it's only 4 years if you take 5- 6 classes a semester in addition to taking classes every summer. Now I have no choice but to drop out because I can't afford 3 more years and I refuse to waste any more time there.
AAU is a good school, but it is very corrupt from what I can tell. Most of the money goes to the president and not to things we really need in the school. Our computers keep crashing while rendering, HDD keep crashing. We need new equipment. The tuition keeps going up for no reason too. I feel like my extra tuition costs go right into the pocket of the president. Probably is, how else can she afford a lavish lifestyle.
Instructors are hit or miss but in general the curriculum and school are a joke, even within the faculty. Most offensive is the jet-setting owner with her luxury car collection, massive property holdings and enormous wealth earned on the debt of hopeful students who end up with laughable degrees in an over saturated art market.
Excellent professors in th graphic design program while I attended 2011-2015. Extremely challenging, which is great since they accept anyone, less than 50% of GD student continue to graduate because of how high the standards are and work load. Great connections and networking with students and professors if you put forth the effort. Truly get what you give. I put my everything into it and am am very please with my education, portfolio, and 75k job in SF straight out of school.