SAE Expression College Reviews

  • 9 Reviews
  • Emeryville (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $21,650
0% of 9 students said this degree improved their career prospects
11% of 9 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 5/12/2023
  • Degree: Film Production
"Attended this course in Bangalore India many years ago. Didn't finish. Genuinely a terrible course, I couldn't imagine anything less organized. You have access to equipment, but that's it. You will not learn anything from the lecturer. If you're proactive and driven to learn yourself, great, but why would you want to pay so much for the privilege? Waste of time."
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2023
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"Worst school ever. Worst syllabus and unprofessional teacher. If you want to study in order to get a job then run away form this school but if you want to learn as a hobby then maybe, however if you thinks your hobby worth $50,000+ to learn…. Tbh, SAE Didn’t prepare anything for students to get a job. The course is suck and there’s no support from teachers. Students are fighting to get a good teammate just to get a good score. Good school with good syllabus and teachers would never cause that issue. Interm of what you will learn, nowadays there’s plenty of online courses that taught better than the teacher at SAE, I guaranteed, Speaking from a graduated student who can’t find a job right after SAE but went to a proper university afterward and immediately get a job. I’d say the only regretful thing I did regret in my whole life is choosing to study at SAE instead of spending it on others educational opportunities."
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2023
  • Degree: Broadcasting
"I was an honor roll student every semester when I attended this school only to be left with much of nothing at the end. All of the resources that were promised to me were revoked when they lost the building leaving me and many other artist in the bay who went there with nowhere to turn to."
Joshua Posey
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2022
  • Degree: Multimedia Design
"I attended Ex'Pression College for Digital Arts (now SAE Expression College) from 2005-2009. I won't lie, I was at best a B student. I have struggled through almost 15 years of constantly demoralizing hell trying to recover what I lost by wasting my education at this school. And the worst part is, that even after I realized my education was not going well I was trapped with tens of thousands of dollars in student loans and no transferrable courses to repair or recover my educational goals. And that latter part is what I warn future students of here. The reality is that almost all of the degree options previously and currently available at Expression College are offered elsewhere, by more advanced staff and with greater acceptance by the larger multimedia industry. Those education programs, especially at major media production colleges like UCLA, come with the benefit of broader education opportunities in the event that a student wishes to change or further their education and their course credits are far more easily transferrable. For the cost of a year's tuition at Expression a dedicated student can buy outright sufficiently high quality equipment to begin their own small business in the field, plus gain the necessary education from free or low-cost sources to properly use it. Pursue these options before spending nearly a hundred thousand dollars attending this school for a nearly worthless degree."
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2019
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"Don't go here. They don't prepare you to enter the workforce and promise to help with job placement after you finish the program but I found it impossible to get a call-back from anyone. I didn't even receive my actual degree until a year after I graduated. They finally they mailed it after constantly pestering them. The teachers and fellow students were amazing and I learned so much while attending, but they don't prepare you for the realization of how difficult it is to enter these competitive fields. They make big promises about earning potential and career opportunities but then the admin/HR/recruiting staff completely ignore you the second you're out the door."
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2018
  • Degree: Music Production
"There was a time when this school was truly great, it was full of amazing teachers and staff. That time has passed....I felt very lucky to have gone here when it was a really awesome community of geeks, weirdos, music nerds, and artists. I know many people who went here at that time that are doing great things in the entertainment industry. The founder had a beautiful vision of what he wanted the school to be, he told us he wanted it to be the "Julliard of entertainment technology" for a moment it felt like we'd get there but greed took over and everything fell apart. Once the founder Eckert Witzen passed away,(2008-ish) it was all down-hill from there. Now the school is quite literally a depressing shell of its former self. The flagship audio program has been gutted. The equipment is old and outdated. Once SAE bought it the school got even worse... The SAE Admin people couldn't care less. . I check back once in a while expecting to hear they've's only a matter of time at this point. Stay away from this school, it has become the worst of the worst. Trust me... It now has a bad reputation amongst the Industry...Go to a real College."
  • Reviewed: 8/1/2018
  • Degree: Multimedia Design
"There might be a time when Expression was a worthwhile college to attend, but that time has long gone. Most of the experienced instructors had left as of 2016 and the professors that were left were generally apathetic and unqualified to handle the jobs they were assigned to do. The equipment was outdated and broke down regularly with not nearly enough cameras, microphones, and lights to actually attend the requirements of the classes. The IT department at the campus was a joke, as the workers often had no idea how to maintain or fix the campus servers where students were required to store their class assignments and media from their film shoots. The setup was so inefficient that on campus IT sometimes had to contact the office on the United States east coast just to get access to servers on the west coast. And the overall administration of the college is appallingly unprofessional, with about the best I can say about them is that they are extremely good at covering their a**** when they made a decision that s****** over the students and employees at the school. I went into this school with high hopes, and I came out of it realizing that what I had gone to was a running disaster of a school . Any lessons I learned were in spite of them and not because of them. Do yourself a favor and find someplace else to get your education."
The Usual
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2016
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"This school went downhill very quickly. My advice is; go to normal school. I've learnt absolutely nothing and I'm applying for a school in another state. They've changed the name to SAE Expression but I assure you nothing has changed it's never going to get you a job in the industry. You'd have more money if you just bought everything and taught yourself."
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Computer Animation
"Ex'pression College offers a great accelerated program where you go to school year round to get your degree in 2 1/2 years what would take other colleges 4. The student and staff are so helpful and are always willing to help you out with your projects and what you don't understand. Classes alternate between a variety of labs through out the school and it seems everyone has found their favorite lab to do homework in. Since the school is open 24/7 I'm able to come in and do homework on weekends or work on projects. Usually other students come in so you're never working in a lab alone for long. There are both Mac and PC's at our school, but the Animation and Visual Effects program uses the PC's more. We learn a variety of programs like Maya, Mudbox, After Effects, ZBrush,Motion Builder, Nuke,etc."