Academy of Art University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.97 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 107 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: NAAB and NASAD
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 13,800 (9,117 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 47% part-time, 53% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $22,440
Source: NCES

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4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2015

AAU gets a bad rep because a lot of students aren't working, but it's art school, so I sort of understand it. Art isn't like other majors and I think it's a little harder to "make it"... some people are happy being local but some want to be big stars. I guess it just depends on what you label "success" as. I believe that my education at AAU was great. I had awesome teachers that I still keep in touch with and I learned things that I wouldn't have learned on my own. I had an opportunity to learn and make mistakes and work with a lot of people who weren't like me. The housing is good. The good is good. Everything is expensive and you will be in debt after, but I guess you have to soul search and see if it's worth it to you. My favorite part of attending AAU was meeting people with other art majors and learning how difficult their jobs are. My roommates were fashion majors and illustration majors and I have such a deeper respect for their field as I'm sure they have for mine (Motion Pictures and Television). One thing I wish that there was more of was career advancement. It was rare that we had someone come in looking for interns for MPT, whereas other majors such as illustration and visual effects always had people coming in. I think they were trying to make it better when I left, though.
3.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2019

Only downside so far is the price, other than that the professors are very knowledgeable and helpful. They do tend to grade tougher towards the end of the semester which can harm you if you are on yhe cusp. The online reviews are helpful, but if you opt for the online route, make sure that you have nicer laptop with a built in camera. I paid about $1000 for my laptop and it does the trick.
4.86 out of 5.0
Degree: Interior Design
Graduation Year: 2018

The online program is fantastic. Each week is structured and requires the students to stay on top of their work. From each class I have taken so far, I have been able to immediately apply what I learn to current design situations. The classes are also designed to encourage students to interact with each other, which can be more difficult due to lack of physical interaction. While the students get to know each other throughout the year, unfortunately the instructors do not share too much of themselves. I would be interested in seeing more of their personal work and examples as it relates to the curriculum.
4.79 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019

I currently attend the Academy of Art University's online Master's of Art Education program. This is a rigorous program taught by highly trained industry professionals. The online option allows me to work at my own pace while balancing work, family and school. I do miss the face-to-face interaction of the traditional classroom environment though.
0.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2017

I love studying at Academy of Art University. I think the online student support could be a lot better. Sometimes it takes a week or more for the professor to respond.
3.57 out of 5.0
Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2020

Given that I'm an online only student, some of these ratings are not applicable. I had to rate a bit in the middle in order to not have a low overall grade for AAU. Program is solid, tech very good, positive and encouraging environment.
3.96 out of 5.0
Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2016

Academy of Arat University is a diverse and challenging school. The faculty are very supportive and helpful and the technology for online learning is excellent.
4.64 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2018

I attend the school's online program only so I don't really have a full perspective on the program. But their online program is top notch. I find their graduate studies challenging and faculty very professional. I only have good things to say about the Academy of Art University's graduate studies.
3.93 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2016

My program is entirely online. I have never been to San Francisco, CA and probably won't until graduation, expected Summer 2016. My program, the Master of Arts in Fashion Journalism Program, is one of the few degrees in the field, and is a competitive program. The professors are active and working in the fields they teach, and are usually reachable within a day or two. The only downside to this degree online is some of the visuals/presentations don't translate well.
2.64 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2018

Please read my low ratings as "not applicable" because as a FT online student residing out of state, I cannot comment on onsite services, network, etc. I hope to move to San Francisco next fall to complete the MFA program onsite. This is my second semester at AAU and I am satisfied with the program contents.
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