Academy of Art University Graduate Program Reviews

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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

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3.25 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.
2.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Fashion
Graduation Year: 2017

The MFA in Fashion Design program at AAU has really taught me a lot of the technical skills required to be a designer today. They are the only program in the USA that allows high performing students a chance to show their work at New York Fashion Week.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2018

I truly believe I am getting the best quality of education I can receive at a graduate level. I feel as though I can express myself creatively while still managing to get constructive criticism and help that allows me to expand as an artist. The *only* con of my graduate program is the cost. I am a single mother and sometimes I find myself cringing in front of my computer screen when I see the amount I have to take out in student loans to accommodate my program and all of it's needs. If I could earn a scholarship in any way, shape or form, I would be the more appreciative person in the world.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2017

I am an online student so alot of the ratings regarding the San Francisco area are not relevant since I am out of state and online. I am pleased with the overall quality of the education and its marketable value. I do wish they had better career services for online students and access to the school library vis ebooks however.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Visual Communications
Graduation Year: 2017

I love this school I wish that I was in a position where I could attend classes on campus to experience the campus life, just for a semester at least. The only thing that I believe that could be helpful is to have an notification come to our phone or email to let us know that we have an message or posting in our classroom.
4.88 out of 5.0
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2017

The pros of this program are the opportunity to go to New York Fashion Week and going one of very few schools that offer Fashion Journalism. The cons are the costs and very little financial support.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2017

The schools eels very active in the community at large as well as in the life of the school. The academics are very challenging but this has been a good thing. It already has lead to opportunities I would not have been able to do without this education. The online learning system is fairly user friendly as well
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

The school is expensive but the cost is worth it. A lot of graduates have been hired by the likes of Microsoft, Apple, and Blizzard to name a few. The school of WNM isn't all about design like my undergrad was. You'll actually learn current front end and back end technologies including PHP, Javascript, jQuery, and MySQL. You will also learn about CMS such as Drupal and Wordpress. You will come away from this program feeling prepared to be a front end web developer. I am only halfway thru my program and I feel prepared. However, advisors only seem to email you when something is amiss (low grade, you can't register for that class, etc). I feel they should be checking in with us once a week. It would be nice. Oh and the department director, Ryan, is awesome. I had a concern and he was more than happy to talk to me about it.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

I felt like my teachers and program directors were incredibly helpful and supportive in helping me to grow in my field. The frustrating part was the overall bureaucracy of the university itself. Everything costs an arm and a leg, they don't always have things available that were available at my undergrad where I was paying far less, there are no scholarships for art students, only athletes, and they make us take several courses that have nothing to do with my major but only allow us to take so many courses so I have to choose between 2 interesting classes because I have to take a "required" class that has no pertinence to the rest of my career. This all aside, the program head and all of my professors have been so supportive and followed my growth the entire 3 years. I have truly grown in my field and have comes miles from where I was when I first arrived.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2017

A lot of companies want to work with Academy of Art University Graduates. This school can help build connections to people in my field. Cons- nothing so far! I love this program!
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