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

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.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2017

I was surprised by the sense of community found in this online program. Teachers were genuinely there for the sake of the students and many were still active in their field
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2017

Great university! I wish I had found this program years ago!
2.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros would be that the staff are enthusiastic and take pride in their work. Teachers are open minded to the various subjects that students pursue but are able to give valuable feedback to the work that are presented. Cons would be locations of classes are very far away, unfortunately that cannot be helped. It is not too bad. It would be nice to have more student spots to study or rest between classes for those who do not live in the city.
2.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fashion
Graduation Year: 2016

I believe that the curriculum is a strong curriculum for the graduate fashion design program however I believe the graduate online fashion program leaves some things to be desired. For example some professors are present and give you feedback right away and interact with you frequently while others disappear and when you pull them up about they get defensive.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2016

Very costly for an online degree but the staff is very friendly and helpful
2.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

Academy of Art is a great school for doing industry-standard work, a great school for living and working in an industry-laden environment (San Francisco) and a great school for connections -- but DON'T expect any sort of traditional teaching, much less (god forbid) hand-holding. I have had some of the worst teachers I can imagine, and the Academy does nothing about it semester after semester because at their heart they are a business, and making that students' money is all that really matters. Educating, upholding their reputation, all of that, is just a by-product of running their business. I read an article not long ago about MFAs in creative writing, and it mentioned that in the author's opnion, "the Masters is less about learning to write, and more about being able to set aside the time to write." If you have a pet project you want to take time and work on and you think that earning a Masters while you do it sounds good, then AAU is probably for you. But if you are expecting any sort of functional instruction, or for the school to care about you even a little bit outside of what you mean to their bottom line, you should probably look elsewhere.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

Academy of Art is a great school. The main issue I have with AAU is how they conduct their curriculum. Essentially, the school could use a bit of an upgrade. Their system seems to be dated and doesn't have current, up to date, standards in terms of technology. So fundamentally I feel it doesn't hold up to par. The classes get very repetitive towards the end of the students graduate term as they expect you to do your thesis in a number of different phases to make it presentable. I think this is great but at a $5000 + per semester price tag it could get a bit too much of a task as you aren't learning much in the process but how to refine your presentation. I wish the school spent time with technical information as they don't offer very many advanced internet technology classes in the curriculum. Much of the information you could learn in the technicalities of software and work flow and web development they provide could be learned elsewhere for free but they provide them at an expensive cost.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2014

Most things are not applicable to my education at the Academy of Art University because I am receiving my degree completely online. I love the fact that I can take all of the classes needed online because I have a very busy work schedule; however, I think that the work load sometimes gets a bit heavy considering most graduate students are in the workforce and/or have families. Another con would be the cost to attend. While the education received is highly beneficial, it will still leave a large amount of debt for students that have to use loans to pay for it. Otherwise, I feel like I have learned a lot while attending this school.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2016

The Academy will push you to become an artist for the artistic industry. It is an expensive school, but you get what you pay for with the fact that you receive amazing an education and experience. Especially being in the San Francisco area, the social life is always busy! There is always something to do the school hosts or even the city.
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