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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2.3 out of 5 stars
American Student - 5/28/2016
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Carolina s - 5/24/2016
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2000
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
unk - 5/22/2016
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2018
"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..."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Annabelle - 5/17/2016
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
2.8 out of 5 stars
Animation Major - 4/30/2016
Degree: Computer Animation
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Dilden G - 4/19/2016
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
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."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Guy - 3/15/2016
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2016
"Unhappy with housing. Unhappy with Instructors. online classes are garbage. The schools websites and app is garbage. The volunteer services are not valued. Health services and not available. Career services are not helpful in my field. Department directors have their hands tied. Even janitor services suck and are highly unfriendly."
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."
3.3 out of 5 stars
The downfall of the online education - 1/29/2016
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2018
"When I started my online classes at AAU C.P. was the director of the online education as well as the onsite. After attending about a year they brought in a new director named Lourdes Livingston. Since then I have noticed a steady downfall in quality. Another problem is if you have to repeat a class (which I did due to medical) the curriculum is exactly the same. It's as if the instructors really don't have the needed credentials to be our Professors. I have heard the onsite education is so much better, but I and the other online students feel that we should receive the same quality of education."
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