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

4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2015

It is very expensive but I love the teachers and enjoy the experience.
2.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

Academy of Art University is a great environment and offers top equipment to students. However they do not offer financial aid and as an open campus, it can be a little hard to build a social life
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2013

Three of the main cons of the graduate program are as follows. First, for those who have no experience in the majors online lab supplements would be very helpful to them and should be offered regardless of taking an online class. There is not much of an orientation to the facilities or programs, you learn by doing. Lastly, more real world groups/talks/discussions with industry professionals should be offered. The pros of the school are that the give anyone a chance. This a great opportunity to try your hand at your dream. The technology and equipment available to students is top notch. Lastly, San Francisco is an inspiring area for artists and amazing place to live.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fine Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

I'm an online student so some of these questions don't apply to me, but from my experience, and sharing with my online classmates, I find that Academy of Art University has a very fine graduate program with a team of well dedicated faculty who also work in the industry for quite some time. I have seen some extremely talented students graduate from here who move to on be quite successful in their field.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Interior Design
Graduation Year: 2014

Very talented and educated staff and teachers that provide industry insight and exceptional design skill. However, financial aid barely covers tuition and living costs in SF. It's hard to have a job given the work load requirements. Academy provided transportation around SF is amazing! Depending on your major, the Academy is a great art school.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

I love the school but it is quite expensive.
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.
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