Academy of Art University Graduate Program Reviews

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91%
of students recommend
(3.91 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 108 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: 15 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 37% part-time, 63% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $23,868
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

The faculty and staff are very friendly and want the best for every student. The cost of tuition is a bit expensive, however.
4.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

I am an online student and let me tell you AAU gives its students EVERYTHING they need to succeed. With time management skills and the determination to succeed, the sky is the limit for AAU students!
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

The Academy does an incredible job at fostering the personal growth of individual artists. As graduate students, they push the skills we have already developed to new levels, forcing us to think beyond our comfort levels. Personally I have seen my technique improve in leaps and bounds in just two semesters. The sense of camaraderie between the students is strong at the graduate level, and we learn as much from each other as from our instructors. Students come in at various skill levels and with different visions, again all that is fostered and strengthened which makes for a truly great experience. So far as I can tell there is only one major con, and that is a slight language barrier with certain teachers. This no fault of their own, and indeed they are fantastic artists in their own right, but it makes communication rather difficult. What many times appears to be cold shoulder or disregard for student's work actually becomes a matter of the language handicap. This is true especially when one takes an online class. Since it is text based and sometimes one does not have the option of choosing a different instructor, one is stuck with a person who may be a delightful individual in all respects but they cannot communicate properly. One experience was awful with an instructor who would copy and paste the same sparsely, ambiguously worded feedback to every student. To be clear, this is only in the online domain of class taking with AAU. Another minor con that fixed itself recently, but definitely contributed to my perception of the school is their academic advisor selection. Since I began I have had three advisors in only two semesters. Again, this is no fault of anyone in particular but it makes it difficult to build a relationship with someone who is leaving the school to further their careers. I applaud my previous advisors for their desire to move up to bigger and better things and hold nothing but good will towards them, but my undergrad advisor was an ever-present force who I could count on for advice and also as a friend. Clearly I'm judging this on a very specific and subjective experience, and in fact is only a minor con, but it is my experience none the less and one that has been difficult to reconcile until recently.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

I really enjoy the online program where I can study from home and interact with students from all over the world and have instructor support 5 days a week. The instructors are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the subjects and the students, and they work hard to ensure that we get the best education possible.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013

I'm enrolled in a one-year master's program that is focusing on both the academic and professional development for students. It is very intense, but I am loving every moment.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

I attend online and this is very helpful to my situation but makes it harder to network and feel apart of the campus life.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

This is a great program. I am currently attending online because of the cost of living in San Francisco. There are alot of great artist at this school . One downside is the cost of living in the area. There are not very many living options for none traditional students.My overall experience online has been great but I would love to take classes on campus if it was more affordable.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros Professors are on top of you and push you everywhere they can to ensure your assignment completed in perfection. Each class programmes are well planed and easy for student understand. Assistants and faculties are always around you. Have questions, they answered right away.
4.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

Being able to do the work online has been both beneficial and revolutionary for me. I can continue my work schedule and family life without moving to the physical site of the school. I get the valuable learning experience without the transportation crunch and the sacrifice relocation would entail. The professors are still there for me, if somewhat aloof and distant. I still feel their care and concern for my success. I am surrounded by peer competition from all over the globe and have made some lasting friends. The challenge has been real and this first semester has taught me many things. This school is awesome, and online is the way to go.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

The Academy of Art I feel is a very strong school with a wide array to offer students. The MFA program I am in is always willing to go above and beyond to help its students and it is a very personable relationship. The biggest con to the program though is price. San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities to live in and housing fees and lab fees and other miscellaneous expenditures do seem to rack up quickly.
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