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 106 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: 12,608 (8,303 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 38% part-time, 62% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $23,868
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

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.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

The great thing about the animation and vfx program is that it is good both for people who are interested and want to get into the field and those who have a background. Additionally, for the master thesis, students are will create both a demo reel and a short film. The short film is the most important part as it shows studios both the technical and artistic aspect of your work in addition to knowledge of the pipeline and interaction ability.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

The graduate program at the AAU is a focused program immersing the graduate within a particular area of study. This allows for greater depth and understanding in a chosen field of study. The books and other learning materials really cover each topic throughly. I like that I can study within my chosen area without taking classes that do not relate to my degree. The MFA program is excellent and allows the student a wide scope to discover and create their thesis project. The faculty and staff are there for the student and truly want them to succeed. As with any institution, there are areas that could be improved, but overall the AAU provides the education they promise. I would like to see more opportunities to network within the arts community both locally and globally.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

It's great to be able to do a Master's degree online, and for that I'm grateful. It does have a few disadvantages, but is getting better each semester. I highly recommend AAU.
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