Academy of Art University Reviews - Graphic Design

1.62 out of 5 stars
(8 Reviews)
  • San Francisco (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $22,308
14% of 8 students said this degree improved their career prospects
25% of 8 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.9 out of 5 stars
Carm - 5/29/2019
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2017
"Its a scam. I signed up for my BA in graphic design. Everything online said BA until they changed their online board 3 semesters showing in and showing that of the 112 units I submitted they took less than 35 and didnt tell me and I was not in my BA program. Now im 30k in debt."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Anonymous current student - 9/22/2017
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2020
"AoA is an extortion house, basically a money making machine. The cafeteria food is sub-standard, where you have to buy their meal plan if you are staying in the dorm. so where the dorm fees seems reasonable you have to buy expensive and sub-standard food, there by increasing AOA's profit margin. Health insurance was shoved down our throat at the last minute although I (and all international students ) already had got insurances. Quality of study is something I am exploring now (I am in the third semester), based on 3 semester I have attended I can say the future is not going to be stellar."
1.0 out of 5 stars
J. Graduate - 6/3/2017
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2016
"I have transferred to SCAD after completing half of AAUs online MFA graphic design program. I noticed over time that more and more foreign students were entering classes. To the point that most fellow students seemed to not speak or write good English. I also noticed the caliber of teachers also degraded over time. One teacher actually assigned her own book as the required textbook for the class! Seems like a great opportunity for her to get paid a little extra from book sales. Another teacher, Jeremy S. may have incredible credentials, but he can't teach a class to save his life. I was told not to take another class along with his because the workload is so intense! How is that right? Students need to be able to take more than one class a semester. I left AAU, and they came out with an MA program. I said I would give it a shot. Same experience... bad teaching. I said at the start of the class I was concerned. They said to stick with it. The class was poorly designed. Information was unclear and scattered. I requested to find an alternate solution.... let me drop without penalty, let me take the class with another teacher in another semester, the school could come up with a solution, or I will go and never return... I chose the later. Don't go here unless you don't care about how these teachers make you feel and don't care if they have zero interest in you actually graduating."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Graphic Design Student - 3/20/2016
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
JD - 2/15/2016
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2011
"Don't do it. First, I was heavily persuaded to pursue a masters program when all I was really looking for was a few semesters of basic design education to learn the fundamentals I had never been taught. Once falling for that I was encouraged to get the maximum amount of the student loans so I could pay for expenses... worst idea. For just over 2 semesters of school, I now owe an additional $60,000 ($80+ total) in student loans (because of capitalized interest while I was in deferment). Besides these tactics the education was also shoddy. After many in the class complained, one of the instructors finally came out and admitted they don't give A's and B's are only if their really impressed. So, the best most could hope for is a C average?! That's crazy! And not very motivating. Basic guidelines for typography and layout were different—not only from class to class but from teacher to assistant IN THE SAME CLASS! So frustrating. Will probably spend the next 30 years paying off a loan which has not helped my career one bit."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Brianna - 8/24/2015
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2014
"I started taking classes online under the impression that I could complete my degree in a decent amount of time and the costs would be comparable to other schools I had looked at. The classes costed twice as much as other schools and were 3 times as long and were no where near educational. The class lectures were vague, the professors were completely useless and after getting me roped into the program my financial aid adviser, academic adviser were unreachable and never replied to emails or voice mails left. I eventually received a bill in the mail for over $2000 that needed to be paid to the school ASAP or I would be "locked out" of my classes. After about a week of trying to contact my financial adviser, he called me back and rudely explained that my financial aid did not cover all the cost of that semester and I had to pay out of pocket. Mind you, when I originally started my financial aid covered plenty and I actually was getting a hefty check back. After doing research on my own I found that they charged me for things and over charged me on other things that were NEVER disclosed on any of the paperwork I originally received from the school. Needless to say, I finished out three semesters and couldn't afford the hidden cost anymore. In those three semesters (about a year) I only had completed 18 credits (I was only able to take 2 classes a semester because the school swore I wasn't able to receive the financial aid needed for more). After transferring to a more credited school I was able to complete 29 credits in 5 months and have not payed a dime out of pocket other than for a few art supplies and was able to take classes full time and the financial aid was distributed evenly and covered them all. Needless to say, Academy of Art University is only in it for the money, they do not care about the students and what happens in the classroom. I'm 100% sure they over charged me just to make a profit. I would not recommend this school to anyone."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 6/21/2013
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2015
"First of all I have to say I go here. I am online and onsite. I applied for Work Study to afford such a money sucking glob of shat of an institution. No one in the financial aid office, ever told me or called me since. The school is expensive for any normal student. I am a hard worker and I love advertising and graphic design but I can't afford fall the fall term. The shuttles are great to get from campus to the dorms, the dorm life is great BUT I HAVE A PROBLEM with the online pricing. WTF , I could get better online at a community college. Sure I had one class that I absolutely loved but assignment directions are vague and it ate 60% of my money which I needed to LIVE. The online help desk likes about being 24 hours. Only for the first week, when I called the help desk was up. The person was helpful and replied thirty minutes after that night at 11:20. Then weeks in, you can request help but get no respense at all. STILL WAITING FOR MY RESPONSE # MONTHS LATER. NEVER GOT THAT EMAIL.I PAID ALMOST ONE GRAND A CLASS AND THIS IS WHAT I GET? Seriously they sucker you in. The site went down three times in winter semester before the deadline. WTf, was that? And sometimes the pages won't even load. And have 1,000 dollars to cough up on supplies if you are a graphic design major. Projects costs about 50 - 200 dollars and THEY ARE NECESSARY. Try a community college online program, you will be so happy. WHAT A SCAM and no I passed all my classes with great grades, I was just treated like crap from the HELP DESK. The credits don't transfer, get me OUT OF HERE. I'm bound to this hellhole for the summer. I'm a broke student, I had to go three days without eating food because THEY WERE PROCESSING MY MEAL PLAN and the student refunds USUALLY TAKE 2 MONTHS by mail. I lived 1:43 min from San Francisco at that time. Mail usually takes a few hours to get from SF to here. The help desk sucks, if the kid doesn't want to help, the phone "disconnects" , so only give problems they can handle. Like how do you click on the page button. The help desk people are people MY AGE, they sound so freaking young and he kept asking how to help my computer over the phone. THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Victoria Sann - 9/26/2012
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2014
"Bellevue University is ranked as a top school to attend for getting an Online Degree. I beg to differ, I attended Bellevue for three years, in that time I came across more problems within that school to where it should not be considered a top school.1. They hire teachers that really should NOT be teaching.2. Their Financial Aid department has shown that most associates within that department are not trained fully; where they can't give correct answers all of the time. Yes, we all expect that everyone including a school has all their ducks in a row, but this school does not even come close. So for the 9 terms I attended, each term required numerous headaches when it came to receiving disbursement funds.3 I found that classes given to Online students is piss poor ex..... They offer Accounting to most of their on campus students, for an Online student the first Accounting class is at Junior level that makes a whole lot of sense. .... They offer Information Technology but it did not include Computer Programming from the very beginning ...... most schools will offer Intro to Programming, Visual Basics, Advanced Visual Basics and C++, C#, Java, Unix, Bellevue only offers C#, Java, and Unix. So how would a possible programmer learn what he or she needs to create programs before C#. The main concept of learning about Computer Programming is understanding Flow Charts, Bellevue does not even offer that. A basic Flow Chart describes how the program should work and if one thing happens then the program switches to a different mode an continues on from there.I initially started at Bellevue in their Gaming Department and went to Information Technology where I excelled..... lowest grade was a B, even though a ran a B+ average for sometime, but making Dean's List required having 12 credit hours each term though Full time statics was 8 credit hours. Then a student had to do it for 2 terms consecutive. That gives the impression that giving Dean's List honors were not given out very often unless one could afford the cost.Here's the kicker, I was told by my Adviser, that the school was only interested in independent students that had the full amount of financial aid offered to them. This year I only had 13,500.00 left out of the 55,000 and they did not want me there. I was forced out, fin aid sent back my student loan funds when I had to drop web design due to the high cost of software needed to complete the course; with my refund mainly used for daily living ; I had 97 credit hours out of the 127 needed to graduate. I will be attending a different school that saves me $ 700.00 per 4 credit hour course."
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