Academy of Art University Graduate Program Reviews

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92%
of students recommend
(3.91 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: 15 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 37% part-time, 63% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $23,868
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

2.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2018

I enjoy being enrolled in the online program for the convenience and flexibility. A con is the online M. Arch program is very expensive. Tuition is almost double what I would be at my in-state college.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2016

A great faculty that has highly talented artists and educators. I would highly recommend this program to someone that wants to further their artistic skills, especially in education.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2014

I can only comment on the online MFA program. The freedom to live where you already live and login weekly on your schedule is a huge freedom. The workload is quite vigorous and has many requirements. There are weekly requirements for each class: readings, videos/audio, discussions, quizzes and assignments. Students are expected to give critiques/feedback to peers and are graded on their feedback. Hence telling a classmate that their work is poor or great will not suffice. The feedback has to be well thought out and informative. I feel this experience has helped me with my own work but also in being able to view work objectively and recognize when I have a subjective opinion.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2016

I feel my graduate program really challenges me to become a better artist and professional. The courses I have taken so far have been very conducive to my growth, and I feel as if I have strengthened my skills significantly. Online courses give me the flexibility to complete my assignments whenever I can, which is one of the reasons I chose to attend. The biggest downfall is the cost of tuition and the limited amount of scholarships and grants for out-of-state students.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2017

The only con is the missing the in class experience. Also the career development. I would rather talk to someone on the phone than just through email.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2016

Starting classes in the summer can be overwhelming as they are very accelerated but the professors are great with assisting students.
2.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2015

This is a great graduate program. Being an online student presents its challenges within the program though. It is hard to connect with other students and really establish connections. The school's online support staff has been great and are prompt when you have questions or concerns. Overall the online graduate program is challenging and a great learning experience, it is convenient for those who don't want to or can't attend on campus.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2015

The faculty is made up of working professionals who care deeply about the work students produce. They are there to push us and encourage us to produce only our best art. My fellow students also raise the bar so that if you don't improve, then it is entirely on you. All in all, the environment of AAU is one of hard work and intense drive. We are all supportive of each other, but we push our friends and classmates to produce only the absolute best work we can. The major con has less to do with the education and more to do with administration, especially since it is a for-profit university. Our president is more concerned with her personal wealth and expanding the school beyond what we are capable of maintaining. This drives up our tuition every year quite a bit. With the school's expansion throughout San Francisco, those in charge have failed to uphold the rules and regulations of the city. This disregard has left a stain on our university, making the school itself unpopular in the city.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

The Fashion Merchandising program at the AAU is excellent--there are knowledgeable instructors, the lessons are relatable to the real world, and the projects are challenging! There are a few drawbacks, however. In most of MY classes, I was the only American, and consequently, one of few English-speaking student. This sometimes made class discussions somewhat bland. It also makes it hard to connect with other students. Overall, though, the instructors, guest speakers, and inside access to the industry is worth it! I would recommend the program to anyone seeking to have a serious career in the fashion industry.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fashion
Graduation Year: 2016

as long as you know the amount of work you have gotten yourself into it's a great school.
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