Academy of Art University Reviews

2.18 out of 5 stars
(86 Reviews)
  • San Francisco (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $22,308
31% of 86 students said this degree improved their career prospects
27% of 86 students said they would recommend this school to others
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3.8 out of 5 stars
JLS - 5/29/2019
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2019
"I really enjoyed my time studying at AAU, the instructors where amazing, I attended from 2014-2019 and only had 3 instructors that I didnt care for. One thing people would be aware of is that the classes can be really time consuming and there can be a lot of assignments in certain classes. I had some health problems and found that if you fall behind, it can be really hard to catch back up but for the most part I had instructors that were understanding and willing to work with me. I chose to study online because I have 3 kids and move regularly (Military). Overall I learned so, so much and really enjoyed the experience. The number one complaint I see normally has to do with finances, it is a for profit school and it costs a lot, but shouldnt you already be aware of the financial burden before attending? Thats just my thoughts on it. If you want a cheap and easy education, this isnt the school for you."
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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
graduating - 5/26/2019
Degree: Web Design
Graduation Year: 2019
"I sympathize with those who gave bad reviews to the school because they probably didn't pass the classes or didn't get the degree. I am receiving my master degree soon, and planning to get another major here because I have learned and improved a lot while studying here. Sadly, not every student is prepared or ready when they enroll in the school."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Lady Bevel - 3/30/2019
Degree: Fashion
Graduation Year: 2002
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Adly Ghaly - 12/31/2018
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 12/5/2018
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/21/2018
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2020
"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."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Erica - 9/22/2018
Degree: Computer Animation
Graduation Year: 2005
"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)."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Greg - 5/14/2018
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2010
"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!!!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Chavon L - 5/7/2018
Degree: Fashion
Graduation Year: 2015
"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!!!!!!"