Academy of Art University Reviews

  • 125 Reviews
  • San Francisco (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $22,308
33% of 125 students said this degree improved their career prospects
47% of 125 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Adizzah Mahamah
  • Reviewed: 7/21/2014
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"The Fashion Merchandising program at the AAU is excellent--there are knowledgeable instructors, the lessons are relatable to the real world, and the projects are challenging! There are a few drawbacks, however. In most of MY classes, I was the only American, and consequently, one of few English-speaking student. This sometimes made class discussions somewhat bland. It also makes it hard to connect with other students. Overall, though, the instructors, guest speakers, and inside access to the industry is worth it! I would recommend the program to anyone seeking to have a serious career in the fashion industry."
Andrea Boomer
  • Reviewed: 7/14/2014
  • Degree: Fashion
"as long as you know the amount of work you have gotten yourself into it's a great school."
  • Reviewed: 7/12/2014
  • Degree: Advertising Design
"I'm currently taking online classes with AAU over the summer between my sophomore and junior year of high school. I honestly have no idea why I thought this would be a good idea to do. I thought these were you know, elective-like, easy, summer classes but NO! They give you 3 days to do about 4 assignments for each class (I'm taking 3) and the only help they offer are these very long typed lectures and maybe a poorly done slideshow. The classes are very expensive and are not at all what they were described to be. Fun? Interactive? Relevant? Not at all. More like stressful and confusing. Also, I'm 3 and a half weeks into the graphic design class and guess what? NO INSTRUCTION ON ANY ADOBE PROGRAMS YET!! What the heck? DO NOT take their classes! Total and complete rip-off and waste of time. You're literally better off with Adobe's own tutorials or YouTube."
elaine ly
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2014
  • Degree: Photography
"Pros would be that the staff are enthusiastic and take pride in their work. Teachers are open minded to the various subjects that students pursue but are able to give valuable feedback to the work that are presented. Cons would be locations of classes are very far away, unfortunately that cannot be helped. It is not too bad. It would be nice to have more student spots to study or rest between classes for those who do not live in the city."
Michelle Anderson
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2014
  • Degree: Photography
"A great school but you will "Pay" for it!"
Amanda Putnam
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2014
  • Degree: Art & Design
"The Academy will push you to become an artist for the artistic industry. It is an expensive school, but you get what you pay for with the fact that you receive amazing an education and experience. Especially being in the San Francisco area, the social life is always busy! There is always something to do the school hosts or even the city."
Amanda Putnam
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2014
  • Degree: Art & Design
"It is a very tough school. There is much expected from you, but it is all to help you become a better artist. They really prepare you for what is to come, knowing that the art field is a tough industry to get involved in, they make sure you develop your own unique style to be that different artist. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for, and you are paying for top education from top artists n the industry. Therefore, affordability is an issue, especially for individuals like me who want a great education, but have to receive it through the climbing loan debt."
Ratna Parmar
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2014
  • Degree: Healthcare Management
"It is awarded as the best program. Convenient hours and commute.Class limit is 16 students which is very important for me."
Amanda Putnam
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2014
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"Great school. In terms of education, I am challenged to always become better which pushes me to work harder. Skills have improved in the span of a few months. But the school has a big work load to focus on. In terms of price, this school has no scholarships to give and it is way to expensive to continue my education on campus. Therefore, I must resort to online in my next semesters. But, again the education is mind blowing."
Guszpy Aldiansa
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2013
  • Degree: Visual Communications
"Pros: - Strong but healthy competition to success. - Humble instructor and trainer for each department. - Numerous workshops that held every month. - State of the art facilities for the students. - San Francisco city as surrounding area for the school really enrich my social and cultural experiences. Cons: - Expensive living cost and the school tuition."
Joanna Mills
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2013
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"As this was the first year that the program was getting on its feet, there are still a few bugs to work out. I found GLA's (Graduate Liberal Arts - basically gen eds) very pointless for a grad program. However, most of my core classes and professors and the heads of the school of acting are phenomenal and so supportive."
Amber Powell
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2013
  • Degree: Communications
"I love this school because of its strong support system. The faculty are willing to help you as much as possible in and outside of the classroom. After moving to California from another state to pursue my Master's Degree; I was worried about adjusting and the challenges of school. Thanks to the strong support system, my first year was an absolute delight!"
  • Reviewed: 6/21/2013
  • Degree: Graphic Design
"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."
Midori Angevine
  • Reviewed: 5/29/2013
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"Pros: Gaining knowledge from Instructors that are currently in the industry I am seeking to pursue, endless exposure for networking opportunities with cutting edge brands and companies in my area of study. Cons: Tuition is expensive and Financial aid is limited."
Amanda Putnam
  • Reviewed: 5/16/2013
  • Degree: Art & Design
"Strong program. Class work load is a lot so summer semesters are required to graduate on time. Living is expensive but great area"
Areej Abu Alhayjaa
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2013
  • Degree: Art & Design
"You can find what you ask in my college statement: MFA Illustration Program Statement of Intent at Academy of Art University Since I graduated from art college, I’ve always wanted to study MFA in illustration field. I love anything has to do with graphic design, drawings using digital tablet or vectors and some pattern techniques and always Google to learn more and taught myself. I love to create new designs and feel happy by making people enjoy looking at my work, The purpose beyond studying MFA in illustration is to develop my talent in graphic design with illustration & make it more professional to use it in good deeds such as children stories and books that have a big role in raising them up. I Also want to create my own style that I’m waiting to explore with you. I like illustration designs and patterns for textiles using bright colors; I can work cooperatively in a group; as well, as I’m a trustworthy person & always treat others with respect. One of my dreams is to design & publish my own book about special illustration drawings, techniques and styles, and I am convinced that my study experience & certificate at the Academy of Arts University will make it easier to achieve. I wish my dreams would come true with your support."
Erin Milosevich
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2013
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"I like all of the technical instruction and the intensity of the program and teachers. I think there needs to be more focus on how to market yourself as an artist and what it takes to get a job in the "real world"."
Cara Craig
  • Reviewed: 4/19/2013
  • Degree: Film Production
"The MFA Film program at AAU is fantastic. There are amazing networking opportunities and classes that actually help hone your skills. The advisors are very involved and prompt with their responses. It takes a bit of effort to correspond with the department director and I have never seen him in person, which is strange. Financial Aid is a bit lacking and San Francisco is absurdly expensive to live in, but the school is worth it."
LaCrystal Smith
  • Reviewed: 4/17/2013
  • Degree: Fine Arts
"I feel that the cons of enrollment within the Academy of Art University's Graduate Program would be that living directly within the city and it not being a gates in university we are subject to some of the dangers of the cities environment. The pros within the graduate degree's program are endless. As a student you definitely obtain the education you deserve and work hard for. I have learned more than I ever thought I would. I love the transportation that the school offers for us as faculty and students to get from location to location. Another pro is the availability of resources that we can obtain within the school No matter what your major is there are a lot of extracurricular programs and opportunities to advance your skill set and build towards your career."
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2013
  • Degree: Film Production
"This is a great university with high quality Equipment and education but as an open campus spread in the whole city social life a little of a struggle. No Financial aid is provided"