Academy of Art University Reviews
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My experience at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco was amazing and changed my life. From the moment I saw the campus and visited the city of San Francisco I was hooked. There was so much diversity in the other programs they offered and my education was broad with the 4 year B.A. program. I learned so much about myself as an artist that I did not know existed prior to this edcuation. The professors were working in their field of study so, it was such a dynamic team of instructors that you could soak up there intelligence as well as their experiences in the real world. I would highly recommend any art student considering this university to enroll.
the school administration has designed to collect money not to help. For veteran stay away of this school they will do their best to get your benefits. I can't deny there are many good professors but they leave. mostly you will stick with rude and who doesn't care.
Awful experience. Go somewhere else and get a real education. This institutions sole care is to take your money and leaving you in debt. Some of the classes, especially in the liberal arts department reminded me of kindergarden nap time. Paying a lot of money for those stings.
I honestly would not recommend this college at all. Dont get me wrong, there are good and bad professors here but the curriculum is just plain dumb sometimes. There are outdated videos on some of the modules and some of the videos use outdated software. I would highly recommend to go somewhere else as this school is definitely a scam. Dont end up in my situation get s****** over by this school.
Things that I liked about the school is that most of the school locations were in walkng distance to my apartment, they had activities for the students, they had a bible study group that I enjoyed, I had some great teachers and got to meet other great artists. I think that you can teach yourself the skills that I learned from this school at home and build a portfolio. Once you have a good portfolio I would suggest doing some free work and put that experience on your resume. I would also learn coding because that will help with your chances. I did some independent projects while in school and out of school. I would suggest freelance work. A Bachelor's Degree is only necessary if you want to work in the government. I used my degree to get work in the government (non-art position).
This school is a scam they accept 100% of the enrollment and only about 15% graduate. Let's start off with the cost of the school, if you are anything like most of the people that I met from this school you're not rich and you will come out of the school in debt. As far as the teaching I'm not gonna say that I didn't learn anything , there were definitely things I learned from this but it's not anything you can learn from a YouTube video or a nice anatomy book. The instructor's there paid more attention to students who were already good at their craft And ignored the people that needed the most help. The school loved the students they didn't have to teach they love the fact that some students enrolled were alredy very good at painting. They can pretend like they taught them how to do that. I was one of the students that were struggling and I got very little help. I saw a lot of students struggling with very little help given to them. If you were going to enroll people that are not qualified you better be ready to teach them, Academy of art! The only reason why i some of the painters ended up graduating was because they opened up an abstract department. I'm not kidding that's the only way some of these painters were able to graduate was to become abstract painters. Save your money and learn from YouTube painters or go to a credible school, Just stay far away from AAU!!!!
This school is a SCAM! I attended the school online with plans to receive a Bachelor's. It's very expensive! The online curriculum is a joke. I learned more from YouTube videos than the actual classes. They require you to purchase expensive supplies, lie about assisting you with jobs during/ after completion. After realizing the school was robbing, I decided to complete with an Accociate's degree instead of pursuing a Bachelor's. I paid out of pocket to travel to California from Louisiana for graduation, only to find out that all Accociate's degree students were separated from their major and marched together with a different color gown from everyone else. What was even worse was that after graduating, no one from the school reached out to me to assist with job placement. I no longer had access to the job board and position listings. I contacted the school and was told that because I graduated, I no longer have access to the school's job board or position listings. Three years later, still no contact from the school and still at the same job I've been on since starting AAU. I'm a mom with two kids who have to worry about paying my hefty student loans for an education I did not receive. A COMPLETE RIP OFF!!!!!!
Super expensive, so Ill put that out there first, but my experience was pretty good. I learned a ton and felt much more prepared to go into my chosen field. I was willing to put in the effort, which I know a lot of students struggled with (my courses were all online and it was glaringly obvious when people werent even trying). Overall I had a really good experience and other than the immense amount of debt that I might never pay off, I recommend it (if you are willing to push yourself!).
I'm going to say that you need to approach this degree, as with any degree, with a certain level of common sense concerning your industry. As a Game Developer you are essentially a software developer. If you have little to no understanding of IT and have zero interests in learning anything related to IT, you may want to reconsider your career path. Also If you think your going to get by simply doing school work and not taking any personal initiative to advance yourself then your setting yourself up for a lot of heartache and debt. Bottom line is how passionate are you about your chosen profession. That said, I will agree that some of the courses seem irrelevant to my final outcome objective, but that is the reality with any University. The Instructors I think are awesome, and as said in previous post, they're actively engaged in their fields. I would ask the people that complain about instructors, "Have you even bothered to talk to them?" When I attended in person there were a lot of introverts. You need to network and talk to people if you want to be successful. I would say another issue is there are a lot of kids right out of high school with little to no real life experience on what it takes to make it. They're probably the ones giving this school 1 star.
DO ATTEND THIS MONEY STEALING SCHOOL! I took a summer course online in 2016 at AAU because I really wanted to get back into school. The guy I was talking to through out the enrolling process was telling me about a military scholarship that I qualified for. Basically telling me the only cost I have to worry about that semester is the registration fee. I also had my tuition assistance from the military. I completed my summer animation course (B), decided to rethink about my career choice and didn't go back. Now I have a collection on my credit report saying I owe them $1800! That dropped my score by like, 80 points! I never recieved any calls or emails saying I still owe them money! DO NOT ATTEND THIS FRAUD SCHOOL! I didn't believe the bad reviews on this school, but after this I understand now!