SAE Expression College Reviews

1.72 out of 5 stars
(5 Reviews)
  • Emeryville (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $26,079
0% of 5 students said this degree improved their career prospects
20% of 5 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.0 out of 5 stars
Jason - 12/18/2019
Degree: Computer Animation
Graduation Year: 2005
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
SR - 8/27/2018
Degree: Music Production
Graduation Year: 2010
"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 The equipment is old and outdated.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 closed...it'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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
KC - 8/1/2018
Degree: Multimedia Design
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
The Usual - 9/29/2016
Degree: Computer Animation
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Veronica - 8/5/2014
Degree: Computer Animation
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
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