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Academy of Art University Reviews

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  • 05/30/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    85 out of 92 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 3 people found this inaccurate. 1 of 183

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    Tips for prospective students

    ThisIs the Best ARt school on the west coast if not the best. I've seen runway models wearing clothes from the Academy of arts and I find that funny because the runway is all the way in New York City.

    Bang for the buck

    THis school is one of, if not,the most expesive art schools of the west coast. I've seen the size of the school and the quality, however Im not so sure if all that money is nessessary. Regaurdless, I still have this school on my top favored.

    Will enjoy being here

    I love the location of this school. Its soclose to home; its only a B.A.R.T ride away. I like the city life. It gives me a very diffrent environment to work around with once I attend this school.

    Will learn a lot

    I've heard from many employees that Many many students came to this school with little to no drawing skills. Now that I have seen their work, I wouldnt beleive such a fact. This school is a 100% satisfier when it come to quality.

  • 01/05/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    35 out of 35 people found this review useful. 2 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    AAU is great for students at any level, but beginners are fortunate to have a curriculum made for even those who know nothing about the field and teach real knowledge and technique. AAU has an open acceptance, they take in anyone who applies. However, the courses are rigorous and only those willing to put in the time and effort will see quality results and progress. Expect to be surrounded by intimidating artists and to work hard to get your grade. You’ll see an amazing difference in your work habits and art skill after just one semester.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Housing is extremely helpful. You don't have to worry about paying rent, difficult neighbors, etc. You meet more people through the dorms and you have an all-you-can-eat style meal plan ready for you, as well as the academy's student shuttle. However, if you're having a hard time already affording tuition, I suggest finding a living space or apartment early on before coming to the city. Start looking up places & prices now, as well as potential roommates. Make appointments to see places at least 2 months in advance, every student will be looking and you don't want to end up with a place overpriced that you don't like. -If you are an incoming freshman ask about submitting your portfolio to get a grant, that's about the only monetary assistance you'll get from the school. Inquire too about working on campus. There are positions available in the cafes, as security, as nude sketch or fashion models, in Utrecht, as lab assistants, and as RA's for the dorms. The academy pays good for their student workers, but landing one of the jobs is highly competitive. -Look up local craft and art stores for supplies, the school's art store, Utrecht, can get pretty pricey (though they do offer ready made packs with all the supplies needed for each class). -Manage your time well but don't forget to have a social life. I've seen both extremes at AAU and neither are healthy. There's so much to do and explore at AAU and in the city. Public transportation is convenient, take some friends and go around the bay. Taking advantage of the area will really make the whole experience a good one, and it's a good break from all the school work.

    Bang for the buck

    You get what you pay for - quality courses, experienced instructors (still working in the field), good facilities - but as a private art school AAU is definitely expensive. Unless you can already afford it, paying the academy's tuition is tough. Use your high school or previous college time to build up your portfolio and activities, then just apply to every grant and scholarship you qualify for. It's a lot of hard work but you have to do what's necessary and once you get to AAU it's worth it.

    Did enjoy being here

    The academy is not for everyone, primarily because of the setting. I, however, enjoyed going to school at AAU and I've got to say it was the most exciting time of my life. The first year undergraduate dorms are not nearly as nice as the continuing or graduate dorms (which are extremely nice, like hotels or apartments) but they were comfortable and enabled me to enjoy a very active social life. The facilities were conducive to my education and the instructors were friendly and professional. I loved the classes, my classmates, the food, my room, my roommates, the city, everything. Not everyone will have as good an experience as I did, but the school is grade A quality and offers a good education in a creative backdrop.

    Did learn a lot

    Within a 4 month span, I learned more than I possibly could have imagined. Topics and programs addressed at other schools are covered from day one at AAU. I learned enough in a year to start doing my own freelance work. Not only did I learn a lot in my own field, but I got to handle slr's and old super 8 cameras, experiment in traditional, 2d, and 3d animating, improve my sketching and sculpting, and learn my way around various design programs.

  • 11/09/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 out of 24 people found this review useful. 3 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who actually want to become a better artist and plan to be in the art field. Students attending this school should be able to handle a heavy workload and enjoy challenges.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice for prospective students is to be aware that the classes are extremely rigorous. You will not receive an A your first year except for, perhaps, a liberal arts class. I also highly discourage the meal plan, its a ripoff and the cafeteria food is pretty terrible.

    Bang for the buck

    This college is not the one of the cheapest. Tuition does, however, cover the cost of school shuttles, the school gyms, workout classes (yoga, pilates, etc.) workshops, and most school events.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's hard not to have fun in San Francisco. There are always events going on, some of which are school sponsored. I've met a lot of really good friends by staying in the dorms and its rare for me to have a boring night.

    Am learning a lot

    All of the teachers here are currently very successful in the field they are teaching, so they know what they are talking about. The teachers are also a great resource for networking and landing a job out of college. The classes are hard, but if you put in the effort, you will learn a lot.

  • 01/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    21 out of 21 people found this review useful. 4 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go into this school thinking it will be an easy ride. This is a tough program and the workload is not easy. Be ready to work your tail off, after all you get out what you put in.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pricey, but there were special programs that I was not even aware of when I signed up for class, like a coach to help me the first year. Her guidance was worth the weight in gold!

    Am enjoying being here

    I can't tell you about the campus life and such because I am an online student, but this is a great school.

    Am learning a lot

    I am only first year but I can tell you I am ten times the artist I was before starting this program.

  • 02/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 5 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is for anyone at all with a passion for art. All skill levels are welcome. This school is for everyone!

    Tips for prospective students

    The work is demanding so don't take it lightly. This is no easy A school. Also, always ask questions if you need too. There is no excuse for failing because you don't understand the material when there are so many available people around to support and help you on your way.

    Bang for the buck

    This is an expensive school. However, seeing the work past classes have done, how much i am learning, resource's and support that is available to me.....this school is well worth it! You will perfect your skills in art and form bonds with valuable contacts in the industry.

    Am enjoying being here

    Everyone is supportive and fun to work with. The classes are far from boring and the people (including some instructors) are real characters!

    Am learning a lot

    My classes spare no detail when it comes to learning. My instructors are willing to help and make sure i understand the material fully. As an online student, each class has mentor that helps and supports in any way possible. There are students with talents surpassing mine and ones that have hardly ever drawn before. We can all interact and learn from each other easily.

  • 05/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 6 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It won't matter if you never have drawn and want to begin, here they will help you get to where to need to be and believe me you will go from no drawing skills to someone saying WOW, your artwork is great, you must have been drawing since you were little.

    Tips for prospective students

    What you future students can do is number one rule, keep your head in the game, I have seen how not some but many students slack off by doing goof offs and end up wasting the education and money. Second rule: aim and shoot always for the best grade in the class, don't matter how big the homework is or the assignment, finish it on time and make it a clean job. And third rule is: don't get frustrated and stressed when things don't go how they are supposed to go. If you need help don't ever hesitate on asking for aid by your professors or friends that you maid here, it don't matter if it's a school problem or personal problem. People here in the academy also have their problems just like anyone, just because they are here won't mean they have everything perfect. Trying to make it alone is heavy but that weight vanishes when there is someone there so help you.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly this is not a cheap school, it is expensive like many other schools here in California but you get what you pay, it is at a decent price because other universities that i have searched are more expensive than the academy, and the knowledge that one acquires here will help you get to where yo need to be. Just keep on working with your artwork and sooner or later a company from the industry will like your work and will want you to hire you.

    Am enjoying being here

    The academy has lots of student recreation classes that can be attended like self defense, judo, aikido, weight training, yoga, pilates, etc. There is also open basketball courts where you can practice your shooting or have a game with friends. A skate park there is for the skaters right next to the basketball courts and batting cages there also is. A pool is provided where you can do your swim workout or just relax, two gym's are included with machines and free weights. The school also trows parties for the students to have fun and events from each dorm are also provided for one from resident assistants.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here are current artist's in the industry, they will provide you with some great advice i guarantee it, the resorces here are (to me) thet in the nation. The teaching methods are short, simple, and straight to the point. Since I began here my drawing skills compared to the current students where a 3, but now it is way beyond a 10 and heading to other galaxies. That is how much I have inproved because all what you have to do is let yourself be coached. Don't bring your feelings when your artwork is critized harsh by your professor. Take that criticizing to better your future artwork so that artwork may be 10 times better than the last one, that way you may say yes that's right the present me is better than the past me.

  • 06/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 out of 8 people found this review useful. 7 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for committed and ambitious students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are willing to work long hours!

    Bang for the buck

    The Academy is pricey, but as far as art schools go, it is still reasonable.

    Am enjoying being here

    The Academy of Art is located in a beautiful, easily accessible city. The school provides transportation to all of their buildings, including over the holidays.

    Am learning a lot

    The Academy of Art is the type of school where you get back what you are willing to put, so yes, that means long hours and lots of work, but the skills learned are essential for a successful career.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 8 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Dorm security is strict, especially for the all girl dorms. You know, because we're girls. But you need a school ID to get into all the buildings, but your ID needs whichever dorm you are staying in to be programed in it, or else the security guard will have to let you in. I feel that this gets a little too strict at times, but it's not 1984 by any means. Well, it's getting close.

    Greek Life

    Yeah, no. There's fraternity, but they're not very active. There was a sorority, but they got disbanded for hazing.

    Clubs and Activities

    All those events and dance classes, plus the school has plenty of clubs. Clubs change every semester, so you might have to check the site to see who is still here and who isn't.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone interested in a designing career, or just love art in general. No matter what your background, there is something for you at this school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This school has buildings all over the city, hence the need for the courtesy shuttle. You can walk, but if you have class at one building and have to go across the city to another, you will be late.

    Bang for the buck

    The reason I put 4 stars, was because I, and many others, have had classes where we felt it was a waste of our money. Either because we got bad teachers, or we learned nothing, or what have you.

    What to do for fun

    One thing I really love about this school is that there is so much to do. AAU Recreation and Campus Life organize events every semester, that are free for students (or cheap, but that's if they have trips outside the city). Some of my favorite events were Halloweek, Speed Meet (actually more fun than you think), Spring Break Staycation and New Student Orientation (a whole week of fun and meeting new people). The school also has 3 free gyms, a pool and many fitness classes. Dance classes include Salsa, Belly Dance, Hip Hop, Ballet, Zumba, Capoeira and Contemporary Jazz. There are also yoga classes every single day. Even if the school isn't holding any events, you're in San Francisco, there's always something going on.

    Food and Dining

    I will say that the meal plans are life-savers for poor college students. There are 3 school cafes that work with the meal plan, and 4 cafes that take money and Knight Kash (Money saved for food outside of the school, I don't really understand it, but whatever). The retail cafes don't have actual meals, but provides some good food if you're in a hurry. The 3 resident cafes (Sutter, I-House and Rodin) have decent food, but I have heard of people getting sick from eating at the I-House. Even I have gotten sick there. Luckily, Rodin and Sutter are better, and if Sutter is crowded, Rodin will not be.

    Dorm Life

    I would suggest being in the dorm for your first year or semester, until you know your way around the city. After that, it's better to get an apartment. For first years, the dorms are ok, but not great. One all girls dorm has communal bathrooms, and NO privacy, but the all boys dorm may be the nicest, complete with private bathrooms and a cafe. From experience, the all girls dorm was very hostile. For second years, and students 21+, the dorms are very nice. They have bathrooms, kitchens, and if you are lucky, you get your own room. Just a warning, if you decide to stay in the dorms during the summer, they jack up the prices.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on major, classes, teachers and what degree you are going for. Generally speaking, students are expected to put in 30+ of work on their projects.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not think that just because this is an art school, you get to slack off. It may be open enrollments, but this is a professional school. Keep an open mind, you will meet a lot of people from different countries and cultures who might influence your work. AAU has courtesy shuttles, which are very nice, but depending on where you are in the city, it might be better to walk.

    In three sentences

    A semi-professional environment, where student can meet life long friends and future colleagues while doing the things they love. The university, as well as the city of San Francisco, become home to many students from all over the world, allowing for cultural influences and collaboration on students work. This school is located in a city that is very open, and better influences a students work, but beware, certain spots are hostile to AAU students. *cough*Yerba Buena*cough*

  • 07/11/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 9 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to go look for all the classes and get aquantied with the campus and your area. Also, for any one going to college, on the first day bring a notebook to take notes in and get your teachers email address and phone numbers to keep in contact for your classes.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe paying $35,000 for tuition is okay. It covers several things such as housing and classes.

    Will enjoy being here

    I am excited to go to the college this coming fall. The city life is a complete different pace then a small town. I love the fact the college has their own cabs and buses for students to transport to other buildings. Also, the security is legit. Students must keep their ids with them at all times. But there is 37 buildings involved with the school. Most are for housing.

    Will learn a lot

    From the experience I've witness, I enjoy the college. People were friendly and conservative. Even though I didn't visit any of the classes on the campus, many students said the class sizes were perfect and easier place to learn and interact.

  • 12/30/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 10 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I am in the Online program and would highly recommend this program to people like me. I am a father of two, and after being out of school for some time, have decided to pursue my degree as a stepping stone to my greater professional career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work hard and get the advice and criticism to be successful.

  • 01/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 11 of 183

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Yoga, lifting weights, jogging and filming. Movies, reading, playing video games. Open to anything and everything.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't attend.

    Academic Rigor

    I understand more than I ever have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the school and give it a chance!

    In three sentences

    One of the best things I've done with my life. This school has forever changed my future. Giving me an oppurtunity for a life time career.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The Academy of Art University is great for an artist looking to work in the 3d Modeling and Animation industry. the school has a great location; a lot of animation studios are within miles of the school. Some of the instructors are working in the industry and are able to provide students with updated skills necessary for today's animation and 3d Modeling jobs.

    Tips for prospective students

    I think the Academy of Art University of California is a good school to attend if you are looking for a career in 3D Modoling and Animation. I have come from the far east cost to attend this school. I've searched the east cost for a School that would compare to this one, but the academy is truly the best school if you are looking for the best training and skills for a jobs requiring creative consciousness.

    Bang for the buck

    I am spending 30000 a year for school. I believe this is not too outrageous for an education. I do expect and hope to have a good job once I graduate from school.

    Am enjoying being here

    Attending the Academy of Art University has been a great experience so fare. Other students have been great work partners and the teachers are incredible at what they do and teach.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned a lot from the Academy of Art University. The instructors give a lot of work to the students and are strict, hard grading and demanding. This strict training is needed if the student are going to get anywhere in life, because these qualities will always push the student to do better at any work they are given later.

  • 01/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Lovers of the Arts

    Tips for prospective students

    If a prospective student has a real desire to learn the arts and master them, then I recommend looking very seriously in what is offered here at the Academy of Art

    Bang for the buck

    I think the price of attending online is a little expensive, being that the interaction in real time with the instructors is missing.

    Am enjoying being here

    For the most part online school is working for me. There are times when live interaction would be neatly beneficial.

    Am learning a lot

    I have learned more than I ever expected. The curriculum is great and the teachers will help wherever they can.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 14 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    The teachers have a set of guidelines that you have to go by to better the students as they learn in their professions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay motivated and never give up on what you want to be and do in life.

    In three sentences

    I love this school and the way the instructors. Being in the Fashion Designing program has taught me alot. I also like how the instructors really pay attention to their students.

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 15 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    SEVERAL PRIVATE AND LOCAL LAW INFORCEMENT

    Greek Life

    KEEP THE PEACE; and Majority of all comes from the GREEK's

    Great for these types of students

    Independent Easy Personality Visually & Artistic STRONGWILL

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Off the beaten Tourist Traps; you'll find the true meaning of San Francisco...

    Bang for the buck

    If your wanting to attend a private college, you better dig and find resources for financial support or even AID... Do several researches ahead of time; buy if possible your equipment USED; and rent your textbooks if your on a very strict budget Like I am!!!

    What to do for fun

    Walk, and take several and I mean several outstanding photo ops

    Food and Dining

    Again as the previous statement...

    Dorm Life

    I CAN NOT AFFORD TO LIVE IN SAN FRANCISCO But from what I've seen it Rocks!!!

    Academic Rigor

    1-10; Online is about 6 if your not familiar with academic classes online.

    Tips for prospective students

    Want to attend college; but haven't wanted to be on a campus setting; then I highly recommend an Online Course; and I have to say Online Course Rocks...

    In three sentences

    What a Rush & Challenge! The college has been complex and adventure. They have several Staff Members to help you get through the challenges that College has. I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE TO HAVE STAFF GET ME THROUGH MY LAST TWO SEMESTERS & THE FUTURE SEMESTERS AS WELL!

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 16 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You're as safe as you are in the city. That's really it. There are shuttles and campus safety cruisers to assist students, but the reliability isn't as high as you'd hope.

    Greek Life

    There is none. They try, but this is not a sorority/fraternity haven.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots of clubs and activities, but the near non-existent campus makes campus life hard to accomplish. There is no centrality and thus participation is low for events. Freshman probably participate the most, but the peters off quickly.

    Bang for the buck

    As an MPT student, I save thousands of dollars every time I shoot a film here because my tuition goes back into my film making costs. We're one of the few majors whose supplies generally pay for themselves.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is San Francisco, so there are a million things to do both free and costly. Student discounts for movies and museums exists, so try to find time to take advantage of these opportunities.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the cafes that the Academy has are decent, but others are truly not. It's a good thing for Knight Kash and SF's extensive dining options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are greatly varied in style and comfort. Some are spacious and beautiful and others are tiny and inconvenient. It's best to get a look at the spaces before picking one, but do it quickly because they've had an overflow problem the last few years.

    Academic Rigor

    Certain programs are extremely rigorous. Many students drop out after the year and a half mark because they cannot keep up with the work. Do not take this art school lightly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get out of housing after your first year. It's a lot of money to pay for their dorms and too many restrictions. It's better to commute from outer districts.

    In three sentences

    This school has tons of resources. If you take advantage of everything they have to offer, you will get close to your tuition's worth.

  • 09/19/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 17 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Although they are expensive, the variety of classes offered are worth the extra $$$.

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm looking forward to starting in the spring.

    Will learn a lot

    I'm getting ready to start the BFA animation & visual effects online degree program in the spring. They offer a wide range of classes in this field. After looking at the local art institute's class selection, and some other online art programs, I could see such a difference. You aren't limited to just a few major specific classes with a lot of fundamental classes. You'll have a nice variety by the time your 1st year is over.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 6 people found this review useful. 2 people found this inaccurate. 18 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i do strictly online so i am not in the ca area.

    Greek Life

    i do strictly online so i am not in the ca area.

    Clubs and Activities

    i do strictly online so i am not in the ca area.

    Great for these types of students

    i do strictly online so i am not in the ca area.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i do strictly online so i am not in the ca area.

    Bang for the buck

    in my opinion it is way too overpriced. it seems like a good school until the tuition rolls in, then the class fees roll in, then you get to the payment that is required to even sign up for classes each semester.

    What to do for fun

    i do strictly online so i am not in the ca area.

    Food and Dining

    i do strictly online so i am not in the ca area.

    Dorm Life

    i do strictly online so i live in my own apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    great interactive classes. very personal about your work. although i haven't started taking any yet.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't attend this school if you have already been to another. your frustration will build until you as yourself why you wanted to go there in the first place. this school is only good for beginner freshman.

    In three sentences

    too expensive, and more about the money then the student. this school requires the student to wave each individual class even if they have numerous classes that transfer from another art college. not like any other college out there.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 19 of 183

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    the school is in san francisco proper.

    Tips for prospective students

    this really is a great school. whether you decide to attend on campus or online you will find yourself pleased with the education. the online format is perfect for students who are unable to attend a brick and mortar school.

    In three sentences

    impressive fine arts university. the instructors and staff are conscientious. the online program is challenging and sophisticated.

  • 01/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 20 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    artists, driven individuals, people who like to network

    Tips for prospective students

    only attend if you are dedicated. dont fool around

    Bang for the buck

    very expensive but worth it

    Am enjoying being here

    love it!

    Am learning a lot

    love it!

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    its a 50,000$ school so it is expensive. in my opinion its worth it because they teach you the tools on how to succeed in that area.

    What to do for fun

    you choose your schedule so you decide what do do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    not attending on campus.

    Dorm Life

    i am attending online so i wouldn't know about the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    online school isn't easy! but it is convenient, you need to have motivation and self discipline to be able to stay on top of your game while attending online, if you like a challenge then you'll like it here.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you love art, any type the academy has it. they didn't disappoint me in the fact that they had the major i wanted here. if you love communicating through the internet and or simply don't have enough time to attend a traditional college or university then you will love it here. they even give you a one week orientation before the classes start.

    In three sentences

    the academy seems to know what they are doing, so far i am anxious to start here, i begin on the 30th of january. they are very helpful, they give you options to spend a bit less, they give you some of the programs for free to reduce the price. they are very helpful and hands on about getting the students involved and into the program even through online classes.

  • 01/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 22 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i am enrolled in on line classes so i do not know about campus safety.

    Greek Life

    i am enrolled in on line classes.

    Clubs and Activities

    i am enrolled in on line classes. i do not know about any club or activities.

    Great for these types of students

    this is great for any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i can not state my opinion of the on campus living. i am enrolled on line.

    Bang for the buck

    since i have been taking these online classes at academy of art university i have learned alot more than what i thought i was going to learn. i really enjoy the convenience of these classes.

    What to do for fun

    i can not give my opinion and what is done for fun because i am taking online classes.

    Food and Dining

    i am enrolled in online classes at a.a.u so i can not state my opinion on the food and dining.

    Dorm Life

    i am enrolled in online classes so i do not know how the dorm life is.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors have always been eager to help and answer any questions i have had.

    Tips for prospective students

    for prospective students i would suggest to have a schedule set. to be organized so when you do attend you will not have a difficult time.

    In three sentences

    i am currently taking online courses at academy of art university. i enjoy how they are eager to help me if and when ever i have a question. everyone i have ever spoken to has always been extremely polite and friendly and that is always a plus for me.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    buddy system at all times! always have someone with you or tell someone you trust where you are going and what route you are going to be taking and the times you expect to back. call if you will be late and make sure to check in with someone while you are out.

    Clubs and Activities

    beach, dancing, and dining

    Great for these types of students

    if you are busy online would be best for you. but if you are visual learner campus would be best.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i really don't know much about campus i go to the online part of the college.

    Bang for the buck

    vintage and second hand shops.

    What to do for fun

    explore the city! enjoy the local shops and resturants. i recommend seeing the ocean and beaches as well!

    Tips for prospective students

    online classes or campus classes are really good at aau. i recommend you do your reading assignments because they come in handy when asked a question do not skimp on your reading!

    In three sentences

    aau is a great place to learn. they take their time and really get to know you as a student. they are also really good at helping you when you have a question.

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety tries to do a great job with their on-call service, and strict building entrance guidelines, but there aren't any 'police box' things like most campuses have. downtown san francisco is a pretty safe place, though, so nothing to be worried about.

    Greek Life

    there isn't much of a greek life, so if that's something you're interested in, this may not be the right place.

    Clubs and Activities

    there aren't a whole lot of clubs to choose from, but the clubs that are being run are so much fun and very rewarding. it's a great opportunity to make friends and potential co-workers in the same field as you.

    Great for these types of students

    it's great for artistic, creative, or passionate students. if you don't have much experience in a field but have the right mindset, this school will definitely be able to help you succeed!

    Bang for the buck

    although it is pretty expensive, it's really a valuable investment. this school really does take good care of you. they have fantastic teachers who really know their subjects, excellent networking tools and opportunities, and the fact that the school is located in the beautiful san francisco is just another perk!

    What to do for fun

    this is san francisco! there's always something fun to do. if you like live music or clubs, there are plenty of those. we have more than three movie theaters, one of which is located in the huge 8-story mall! there are lots of great parks and sightseeing is great fun. fisherman's wharf is the big tourist spot, so it can get pricey, but it's definitely a great place to treat yourself and friends once in a while. golden gate bridge, bay bridge, and alcatraz are something you definitely want to see.

    Food and Dining

    the cafe's are a perfect way to get that home-cooked meal away from home. the food is actually really good. the school offers great meal plans and a program called knights kash. knights kash can be accepted in several restaurants and stores around downtown, which is a great convenience. you can even request additional stores to be added!

    Dorm Life

    i currently live in the coco chanel dorm, and i love it! living in the dorm, even though i like it, may not be for everyone. if you're new to the city and need to make friends, it's a much better idea to live in the dorms. although, it may seem expensive for dorms, it's really quite cost effective, as most studio apartments can be priced upwards of 2,000 a month. not only are dorms a great option as far as cost, but there really is no match to the experience you get living on campus. ra's are so nice and welcoming, and getting to know and make friends is much easier when you live with them. there is always something going on whether it be a pizza party for valentine's day or a zombie-themed movie night.

    Academic Rigor

    classes themselves aren't exceptionally difficult, but sometimes they require a lot of time for homework. they say to allow 10 hours a week for completing homework and assignments, but that really just means that projects and such are paced quicker than you'd think. it's not difficult if you manage your time and dedicate a time to go to the necessary labs, workshops, etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    consider all your options as far as financials. california is expensive, but there are tons of cost effective ways to make living in the city doable. public transportation is great out here, and the academy itself offers a fantastic free shuttle during the weekdays and on the weekends. whether you live in a dorm or in an apartment, be prepared to get creative with your money. another tip, really be sure of what it is you want to study. changing majors could prove to be a difficult transition. it will cost you a lot more to start over. some areas of study won't cause too much trouble, but if you decide you like fashion instead of filmmaking, a lot of credits won't count. it's different from most schools as there aren't as many electives or liberal arts requirements as core classes. each degree has a pretty specific curriculum guideline, and that's great if you're in the right program, but not so if you're unsure.

    In three sentences

    although this school is pricey, it's education is worth far more. this is only my first semester here, and already i am learning more about the industry than i thought possible! i believe this has to do with the fact that all teachers are actual professionals in their industry and can provide a much more unique approach to teaching.

  • 03/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe

    Bang for the buck

    worth it.

    What to do for fun

    bay area is fun already.

    Food and Dining

    is san francisco, there are hundreds of restaurants around the school buildings

    Dorm Life

    dont live in the dorms so i do not know

    Academic Rigor

    medium to hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are not a slacker, join this school, but if you just want to spend mommy and daddys money, better do it somewhere else because this school is worth it

    In three sentences

    Its pretty awesome to go there. The teachers do know what they are doing and they help you out throughout your class time.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 26 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The school is spread out so it is difficult to monitor the whole campus. There are door guards at all the school buildings and they provide after hours transportation for all students.

    Clubs and Activities

    I attend the Comic Book Club and the Ideation (concept art) Club. Clubs can be a little disorganized sometimes but also have valuable opportunities like guest speakers, publishing opportunities and competitions.

    Great for these types of students

    It is definitely good to be self motivated in this school. It is also a plus to be able to talk to your teachers and ask questions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is no solid campus. The school buys buildings around the city, so I have classes in odd places.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is moderately expensive, and I wish they offered a few more student services. The biggest cost is the cost of living in the city and tuition, which keeps rising. I have learned a great deal so far, however, and if the quality of the classes continues to be this good then I will be happy.

    What to do for fun

    Most of the campus buildings are located in downtown San Francisco so I am able to walk around easily to anywhere I want. The school also has occasional field trips in and out of the city, and they also have fun special events and festivals. They offer discounts or free trips to places like Alcatraz and the SF zoo.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are available but they are also expensive and do not have a lot of options for people with many food allergies such as myself. I usually buy all my own food from nearby grocery stores.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm is small and quiet but still has many activities that bring together the community of the dorm. In my stay, I have made so many new friends and connections that I feel like my dorm is not just a place that I live, but also a community I belong to and a place where I can still learn and network. The dorm also does not feel too cramped and even has kitchens and private bathrooms.

    Academic Rigor

    In the Illustration department, the curriculum is set up very competitively which is very beneficial. I am constantly trying to work harder to improve myself and get a leg up. The standards of A quality work are very high, which is rewarding and encourages students to really put in the time and effort required to be able to succeed outside of school.

    Tips for prospective students

    You must be self-motivated and prepared to work hard. You must also be prepared to take criticism on your work and be willing to change and incorporate other styles into your work. Attend all workshops that you can so you can help yourself improve.

    In three sentences

    The Academy is a fun and competitive school that excels in traditional and fine art areas. Since I have attended, my skills have increased exponentially and I have gained many valuable contacts and resources. The academy is doing a wonderful job preparing me for a full time career after school.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus buildings are really secure. Word of advice, make sure to always have your Student I.D.

    Clubs and Activities

    I had never attended a school with as many clubs and activities available as the Academy. If you can think of a club, it more than likely already exists at the Academy. I really enjoy their Belly Dancing club.

    Great for these types of students

    The dedicated, the nerdy, the day dreamers, the inventive, the creative, the problem solvers, the story tellers, the leaders.

    Bang for the buck

    I am four more semesters away from graduating and I have been able to network with not just instructors but fellow classes mates who are already working in the industry. If you are willing to fully dedicate yourself and pursue your dream career then the Academy is worth the amount of money you spend.

    What to do for fun

    While the School always has a good amount of events students can go to for free/discounted there are also a number of fun things for students to do in the city. The academy has number of guides available in their main office for students that list a large number of tours, places, shopping and dining one can do in the city.

    Food and Dining

    If you know how to cook I recommend sticking to purchasing your own groceries. Food and Dining at the Academy is an extra cost a student really does not need to add to their already high tuition costs.

    Dorm Life

    The school does its best to place you with compatible roommates, but it is also a give or take as some students don't always answer the dorm questioner truthfully. I had a great time living in the dorms as I got to meet a lot of people and even make a few close friends. While it may not be somewhere you will want to remain during your entire schooling it is defiantly a great place to meet people and be up to date with what is going on, on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    School standards are held to a professional level. This means all work needs to be at presentation level when submitted. Critiques are part of every day life in class and are conducted by both Instructors and peers. Which means each individual must be open to listening to critiques and applying them. If you are ever unclear on how to complete an assignment or need help with certain aspects of the class you are always welcomed to ask your instructor, and/or go to workshops for more assistance.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice to prospective students is to really do your research before attending Academy of Art University as it is a very costly decision. While the Academy's policy of accepting students is open to all skill levels it is a very fast past school with extremely high standards. If you are not willing to put 10 hours or more, daily, into your homework and/or school work this is not for you. If you do decide that the Academy is for you a good tip is to always acquaint yourself with your fellow classmates and make friends; Networking will be the key to your success. Another tip is to stay organized. Staying organized will help you keep up with assignments/projects and will allow you the time you need to complete your work.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University is a great school as many of their instructors are established and well known artists in the Art industry. While tuition is very costly it certainly pays off if you put your all into your work and do not procrastinate. The school helps to prepare you for the realities and hardships of entering the Art industry while providing you with helpful advice and instruction to develop yourself as a professional artist.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    You can't get on any part of the campus without ID.

    Greek Life

    We don't have sororities or fraternities but I'm sure if you petitioned to make one there wouldn't be any objections.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs on campus it all depends on what floats your boat. They charge a yearly fee, but it become well worth it, I am a part of the Beyond the Front Row fashion club and they offer tons of opportunities outside of school.

    What to do for fun

    The school is in San Francisco there's plenty to do. You can go to the movies, enjoy the beach, shopping downtown or in the mission district, There are museums all over the city to go to.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is great sometimes but other times it sucks so much. The better part of the food comes from other restaurants surrounding the school that accept student meal plans or have deals with a student ID. the cafe at the Fashion Building is cool too.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are seperated for those 17-20 and 21+. The 21+ dorms are basically apartments complete with kitchens, in dorm bathrooms, you're own laundry area, etc... The 17-20 dorms are definitely a bit more cramped, community showers/ bathrooms. small closet space, etc. The best part is the shuttles that come and wheel you off to school.

    Academic Rigor

    I'd say it depends on which teacher you have, some are way harder than others. It's tough though the teachers do expect a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be organized and don't procrastinate. It's very easy to fall behind on class and homework and if you're behind it's hell catching up. You really have to love your craft otherwise it's not worth it.

    In three sentences

    The Academy is a lot of work and sometimes you may feel as though your head is going to explode around finals. The beauty is the school has some big connects and a lot of students get set up with internships and jobs upon graduation. I think that it is a really great school so far.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    FANTASTIC safety. Can become slightly annoying when you see the guard everyday and he continues to ask for your ID but it is very safe.

    Greek Life

    None that I know of.

    Clubs and Activities

    Not many to talk about. There is a huge GLBS club but other than that not much.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for creative and artistic students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Art Who? Art U! Weird school saying.

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty expensive, what university isn't? The school supplies and housing are the most expensive. Expect to pay 5K for just a semester of housing.

    What to do for fun

    The city of San Francisco is absolutely amazing. Explore China Town and Downtown for great sites and fantastic shopping.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't top notch but they do try. The hours are slightly off for the dinning halls and close too early but food is food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is always interesting, here you usually have your own bathroom which is a plus. HOWEVER, living with a 'different' majored roommate can become very frustrating sometimes.

    Academic Rigor

    Lots of work, that defiantly pays off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work, don't expect it to be easy, try to do your best but also have fun and be creative.

    In three sentences

    Interesting, new environment with many friendly faces. Teachers are qualified and hands on with their students. This school gives you the opportunity to explore what you love while providing you with the guidance and materials you need.

  • 01/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 30 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    It takes alot of discipline and time management to do well in online classes. You get what you put into it.

    In three sentences

    on a scale from one to 10.. I'll say 9. I have improved tremendously since I started and look forward to graduating and having an Art Career

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    security in every building checking student id's but some times they go overboard.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many clubs to chose from and they plan many, at cost, activities.

    What to do for fun

    enjoy life and explore sf!

    Food and Dining

    the food is ok for college campus food. i have had better and worse the best cafe to go to is the pine st. one!

    Dorm Life

    the people i met are amazing, however the dorm cost and restrictions out way the benefits. consider off campus housing!

    Academic Rigor

    they will push you hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    make sure to do in-depth research of the program you chose and compare other options also. also make sure you are on the 4 year plan.

    In three sentences

    great sense of community with a real focus on education. the school does lack some business skills but so far the classes are wonderful. definitely worth checking out!

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    getting a great education by staff that treat you as individual

    Food and Dining

    it is in downtown san francisco

    Academic Rigor

    great knowledgeable teachers and staff they offer tutors

    Tips for prospective students

    go for it it is never to late. take the chance it is the best school for art

    In three sentences

    it is a amazing school with great teachers and a wide variety of classes. they have a great online program with students from all over the world. they help their students with a lot of resources.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    if you like art and would like to have a career in it this is the school for you.

    In three sentences

    this school is everything i could ever wish for. art is the only thing i ever want to do and this school makes that possible.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    loves art, being inspired, traditional artist, modern artists, art teachers, gamers, actors, and musicians.

    Bang for the buck

    this is one of the cheapest top art schools where you can get exceptional education, experience and help where many other top art schools are just expensive and don't really do much other than promote their programs.

    What to do for fun

    aau has many activities on campus and online that suites just about everyone. projects, collaborations, talks, and many other activities.

    Food and Dining

    i'm a distant learning student so i don't know.

    Dorm Life

    i don't live in the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    research and ask; find out what you need to know! talk to someone and think over what it is you like to do and what you think you could be good at to help you find your path. several staff and students at aau have helped me to quickly find my way.

    In three sentences

    this university is highly academic and excels in the best and latest teachings for their programs.

  • 02/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 183

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    it's right in the middle of one of the united states most active cities. if you live in the dorms you'll experience so much culture and life just being in the city itself.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want a great experience and to really learn about your craft from professors who care about your success and have been through it themselves you'll love it here.

    In three sentences

    the school has a fantastic hands on approach to learning. all the teachers and students are 100% into it. it makes for the best college experience.

  • 02/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the school offers safety to all, if you have a problem walk in and talk to an adviser and you be sure they'll try everything to make you feel more comfortable.

    Great for these types of students

    its and arts school in frisco! what more can you want its in a beautiful city!

    Bang for the buck

    if you work hard and maybe harder then your best you will get what you paid for, so don't slack off.

    What to do for fun

    well it is located in san francisco just walk around and see how many things you can do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    the school offers breakfast, lunch and dinner for dorm student, some of my friends live in the dorms and from what i herd, i might not live in the dorms but i sure would like to just to taste the food.

    Academic Rigor

    this school is like a boot camp!

    Tips for prospective students

    if you want to improve you skill go to this school, but be ready to earn it, this school is not so easy.

    In three sentences

    the academy of arts is a great school to go to if your a creative person looking to make a living on that creativity. the teachers are fun and exciting and they make you feel like its ok to express that creativity, they even express theirs it with you.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    from my prospective as an online student, i think this is a great school and the teachers are very helpful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    my classes are all online and i live in a different state than the location of the campus/

    Food and Dining

    i am an online student and therefore i do not know about the food or dining at the main campus/

    Tips for prospective students

    the workload is labor intensive so if you sign up for this school so be ready to work hard. the grading standards are high for this school, so don't get discouraged if when you first start out your grades are lower that what you are use to receiving.

    In three sentences

    this school understands that i am studying a visual medium and they give you plenty of picture to study, visual tutorials, and plenty of feedback from the teachers. in the short amount of time i have been attending this school, i have learn a lot and have enjoyed the feedback that i receive from the teachers.

  • 02/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    considered on what you want to study first

    In three sentences

    excellent school

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    i'm a little on the fence. it's incredibly expensive and you have to take summer courses at least half time before you can qualify for portfolio scholarships. however, you can learn every course online (except for architecture) that you would learn on campus for the same price as attending in person, which is uncommon for most schools.

    What to do for fun

    studied online, does not apply.

    Food and Dining

    studied online, does not apply.

    Dorm Life

    studied online, does not apply.

    Academic Rigor

    both instructors i've had have been incredibly thorough and helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    save up a lot of money and never give up. especially taking online classes, it's easy to want to not work, but you have to push yourself to make it worthwhile.

    In three sentences

    it gives a lot of great opportunities for career-boosting education. it's very costly, but worth it if you have the funds. the instructors seem to have great senses of humor and are extremely helpful.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The buildings are very secure with key cars access only and guards at every building but keep in mind this is San Francisco and there are bad parts of town. The building themselves are very secure but the city is a different story. I have yet to have any safety issues but they are possible when living in a city.

    Greek Life

    I am not aware of any fraternities or sororities but I suppose many artists wouldn't be too interested in that sort of thing.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for artistic people or people looking to join the creative industry.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This is not a campus. The entire city is the campus. Every department has a building, unless you're a fashion major then you have about five.

    What to do for fun

    San Francisco has lots to offer like clubs and bars and hookah lounges. There are also the very iconic sides of the city which help for artistic inspiration.

    Tips for prospective students

    There are all different levels at this school. You can be a beginner or an expert but one thing is for sure, don't come to this school thinking you're the best and it's going to be easy because the work is rigorous and the talent is amazing.

    In three sentences

    Overall a very good school with very qualified teachers. The tuition is very high to match and is only getting higher. For my major they push for the corporate industry which I will not be going in to.

  • 03/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 183

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    The school is in San Fransisco, what isn't there to do for fun? Most of it costs money, though.

    Food and Dining

    I never ate here.

    Dorm Life

    I live off campus. The buildings are nice, though, and they all have places to work out, with plenty of classes like Zumba and Aikido.

    Academic Rigor

    The foundations classes are the hardest, but the school has a nice balance between fun and challenging. No one sleeps in these classes, no matter how late we stayed the night before.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get the software you'll need in advanced so you can take classes online. Its just as informative, and its cheaper!

    In three sentences

    Very high quality education. They'll challenge you, and you'll never feel bored. The teachers are in the field you're studying for, and you can ask them anything at all!

  • 03/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I'm an online student so I can't comment on that.

    Greek Life

    I'm an online student so I can't comment on that.

    Clubs and Activities

    Each major has its own club. I'm an online student so I can only participate in virtual Town Hall meetings, Facebook interaction, and a virtual club.

    Great for these types of students

    To attend this school online, you must be self-disciplined and motivated to succeed. Good time management skills and the ability sort out your priorities will be key.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm an online student so I can't comment on that.

    Bang for the buck

    I feel that I am getting an extremely good education for my chosen major and that I will have the skills I need to work in my field when I graduate. It is a very expensive school, though, and I wish the tuition wasn't quite so high.

    What to do for fun

    I'm an online student but it has been fun to follow AAU on Facebook and there are clubs you can join as well. They also hold virtual Town Hall meetings where you can hear and be heard.

    Food and Dining

    I'm an online student so I can't comment on that.

    Dorm Life

    I'm an online student so I can't comment on that.

    Academic Rigor

    Grading is tough. Getting an A at this school is truly something to be celebrated and not given out lightly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not underestimate the time you will have to put in if you are attending online! Classes will take 10-20 hours a week each. Don't be discouraged if you are not a natural artist; they will teach you.

    In three sentences

    This school is academically challenging and has very high standards. Their online program is second to none and technologically advanced. Classes are interesting and are a good mix of different approaches to learning.

  • 04/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Great sports program and many fun activities

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy, musical, dramatic

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They have a lot of galleries where recruiters like to visit *hint hint*

    Food and Dining

    Good eat

    Dorm Life

    They have dorms that are really nice, but I don't live there.

    Academic Rigor

    They start you off from the ground. They push you to do your very best.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest taking general education at a community college first like math, english, and art history

    In three sentences

    I love the school. Everyone is there to help. The facilities are top notch!

  • 04/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Never eaten there. My classes are online.

    In three sentences

    Just getting started with the college was easy because I was assigned a counselor right off and it felt like we had been friends for years. The online website is easy to use. I feel like I am part of the class even though I am at home.

  • 04/07/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    I tried to start a AIGA student group, but had a hard time finding a faculty sponsor, all the good instructors who I asked were unavailable. Beyond that, I didn't participate in any existing groups.

    Great for these types of students

    For the online program, people who work best in the middle of the night or enjoy keeping odd hours and are okay with sitting still in front of the computer for long periods of time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I obtained my degree online. I'd say take advantage of the library subscriptions available. Digital-Tutors, Women's Wear Daily (WWD), WGSN, Ad-Age and many more subscription services are included for student use. Exploit this! Call the librarian.

    Bang for the buck

    It's quite expensive for what it is. However, I think it's still a good choice for online art education. That said, if you're considering a brick and mortar option, you might be better served at a cheaper, local institution.

    What to do for fun

    My experience was online, so perhaps fun is switching to the a different browser tab.

    Food and Dining

    Another benefit of online education, you can eat and drink in class without complaint.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life community in the online education environment. Academy of Art does have a physical campus, which they maintain, I think mostly as an anchor for their more lucrative and populated online offerings. The social experience online is quite lacking. There are unmoderated open-topic student forums in the online system, but from my experience, they are very sparse and not much extracurricular communication goes on between online students.

    Academic Rigor

    If committed, the online load can be quite sizable. I'd say that the online forum encourages more debate than a lecture hall environment or classroom environment, where students may be less likely to voice opinions. The online format requires diligence because there is no one making you budget your time. One is solely responsible for getting tasks done before a midnight deadline each Monday (Tuesday morning).

    Tips for prospective students

    Transfer in up to ~30 units can save you money, if taken at a more affordable community college. Build your stills before entering. While the school doesn't require a portfolio, you will get a better education if you primer yourself prior to entry.

    In three sentences

    AAU provides a decent art education for those who require learning online. The drop-out rate is quite high, over 50% for most if not all departments, so ensure your ready for the commitment and have the vision and drive to make it as a creative worker. If you work hard and curious by nature will take something good from it, but be prepared to deal with lots of fellow students who are under-performing, probably shouldn't be there and drag class discussion and performance down.

  • 04/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Photography, multimedia, journalism, painting, sculpture

    Bang for the buck

    The school is very expensive, but if online classes are a priority, this is the best school available.

    Dorm Life

    I take online classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is not an easy ride, expect to spend 25-30 hours a week minimum on 2 classes. Modules are extremely informational, you can contact your professor any time with questions. Class discussions are a MUST. A's are awarded for exceptional work.

    In three sentences

    AAU has a fun but intense curriculum. AAU's professor's are very easy to contact and very supportive. AAU's financial aid dept. and student representatives are all very helpful.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They will pick you up if you ever feel someplace where you are in danger.

    Greek Life

    None.

    Clubs and Activities

    Good clubs but school demands a lot of your time.

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, hard working students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    San Francisco is your campus so your whole city gets to be where you are. My favorite is Chubba's Thai food!

    What to do for fun

    Its san francisco just being there is fun! But mostly the beach, fisherman's warf and finding yummy places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    I do not recommend the dorms at all. One of the worst experiences of my life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work long and hard. You can't give up and it wont be any fun if you do. The end is always the most exciting to see what you have created.

    In three sentences

    The teachers and classes are extremely difficult. I have however, learned so much in just two short years. Its 100% worth it.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very good at keeping only students in the dorms and in the school buildings. Also offer after midnight transportation.

    Clubs and Activities

    They offer a little bit of everything; it's hard to not find something to get into.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid back, but very self-motivated. Artistic and very inspired.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive school, but they do offer a lot.

    What to do for fun

    Go out and experience the city life.

    Food and Dining

    Usually pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Depends on the dorm you enter, but has the potential of being very good. I give this 3/5, because there are good dorms, just not well advertised and are expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the student's abilities, but the school has a way of getting everyone on the same level. But other than that it's rather difficult if you're 100% committed.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's not good to enter in thinking highly yourself.

    In three sentences

    It's a school for highly motivated people, who are creatively inspired. It's tough, but will get you prepared. It's not a school to be taken

  • 04/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They keep the buildings safe, but remember this is the heart of a big city, its not the safest place to be for anyone.

    Greek Life

    None to speak of. So 5 stars automatically.

    Clubs and Activities

    GDC is always fun. A club for nearly every major.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone that considers themselves an artist is welcome to try it out, just work hard and you can achieve great things.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Go to Pearl's Deluxe Burgers. It will change your life.

    Bang for the buck

    Expensive school, but your portfolio will be worth the money, as well as the networking.

    What to do for fun

    Fun? This is art school, fun is not allowed.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of choices around the city, though it can get expensive.

    Dorm Life

    Just don't live in the dorms. Recommended for first year, but try not to stay.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficult and rewarding workloads in all classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard or don't consider yourself an artist. This school is not an easy ride.

    In three sentences

    An entertaining array of industrial professionals and amateurs teach courses here. Many different courses to choose from, all dealing with the artistic world. Hard work will pay off.

  • 04/24/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 183

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    I live in Ashland and fun is hard to find here.

    Food and Dining

    I am not living on campus to rate this correctly.

    Dorm Life

    I am not living in the dorms to rate this correctly.

    Academic Rigor

    I've yet to start classes to rate this correctly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although the application fee is more than most schools I've looked into, it seems well worth it.

    In three sentences

    The admissions office was very helpful with my application Nd enrollment process. The financial aid department has helped me in finding and applying for scholarships and grants. I hope my professors are as easy to contact as these departments have been.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Online Student

    Great for these types of students

    This college is PRIME for fashion and Art students, i.e. Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and also various art expos and frequent visits from well-known artists.

    Bang for the buck

    For the choice of majors, quality of the coursework/material; its well worth your $ spent!

    What to do for fun

    While I may not be a San Francisco native, I stay connected with AAU via Facebook and email updates, and I will say I very much wish I lived there. There are ALWAYS extracurricular events taking place. Not to mention Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week!

    Food and Dining

    Again... Online student

    Dorm Life

    Online Student

    Academic Rigor

    I have only just begun my first two classes, however I am reaching the end of the semester so I can say without a doubt that my instructors have been wonderful.. They're everything you want (and NEED) in a college instructor. I also found the coursework to be vigorous challenge and the work load was just right. Not too much and not too little.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pursue the education you love. For all those art students out their that are considering design, and aren't sure where to go... AAU has the flexibility of a brick and mortar campus as well as online. Yet nothing in sacrificed in terms of quality of learning.

    In three sentences

    Passionate- The staff, faculty, and other students have this infectious passion and drive for what they do. Personal- I feel that I connect with my instructors on a strong personal level. Dedicated- I feel that the school is dedicated to drive their students to not just enroll but to complete their degree and realize their dreams!

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Artistically driven students who are not afraid to combine work and play are the perfect match to this school.

    Bang for the buck

    This University is a private school, so it is higher tuition. However, for the quality education and support it is worth it. The Academy of Art is also so connected to the industries it trains for that it is more than education that you are paying for. The added opportunities to be seen by potential employers is a huge bonus.

    What to do for fun

    The warf is fun to visit, you are right by the ocean, there are numerous cultural events to attend, not to mention the great park. I think anyone could find something to do in San Francisco.

    Food and Dining

    I don't live in San Francisco, but I have been there. The cultural scene and food options are just about endless.

    Dorm Life

    I am a married mom of 3 enrolled in the online course, so I cannot say anything about the dorm! I am sure it is a blast, how could it not be living with a bunch of art majors?

    Academic Rigor

    The classes I have taken so far were so engaging and complete for my field I was not daunted by the work load. The teachers make it fun and make you feel at ease learning but they also make sure you are learning to rise to the industry standards.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for top notch art or design curriculum, this school is it! Look into their catalog and ask questions. You won't be disappointed! It is worth finding financial aide resources for.

    In three sentences

    After just one semester I can say Academy of Art University is amazing! The curriculum is complete, in depth, current, challenging and fun all in one. The staff is exceptional in all departments in support and friendliness.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 183

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    It is right in the middle of the city and Berkeley and Oakland are very close. Honestly, the best question to ask is, What can't you do here?

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure it is right for you. They will try to pressure you to come but make sure you take your time.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University is a great school for hands-on-learning but you may begin to feel like you are on somewhat of a conveyer belt because the administration is always recruiting new students and the old ones can easily fall off. It is a very expensive school and it is easily to need more help than given. You truly get from this school what you put out of it.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 54 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    NA, I'm online

    Greek Life

    NA, I'm online

    Clubs and Activities

    I have not researched these to date, this is my first year at AAU.

    Great for these types of students

    Good work ethic, Independent learners, Highly motivated, Low computer skill, Good communicators

    Bang for the buck

    I couldn't ask for any more than I already receive, personal guidance, academic standards (stated very clearly), and the opportunity to excel in an online environment.

    What to do for fun

    Excited and often updated student portal as well as online magazine and other cool features you can peruse through the 3 websites available to students.

    Dorm Life

    I'm an online student; so my dorm is my bedroom. I do however have it set up like an office with minimal distractions to keep me focused. Online discussion forums keep me connected with my classmates.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to be assertive in discussions (online) and efficient with the course work, (Reading, Exercises, Assignments, Quizzes, Final Exam). You have to find a way to stay motivated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the degree you want, speak to an advisor both financial and academic to weigh your options. Expect to treat school like a job because to get behind is to put yourself in a position to fail.

    In three sentences

    AAU has great support staff for students, especially first year students. Excellent web online portal and great technical service. I am always able to get my questions answered in a timely fashion; I love AAU.

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    Just enjoy yourself. You're in SF. Life is great and learn as much as possible, get to know the teachers.

    What to do for fun

    Get lost in SF. Duh.

    Food and Dining

    Great deals with school program.

    Dorm Life

    It's mellow, clean and not that bad as far as dorms go. But also look into other housing options around the city :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore Online classes too!

    In three sentences

    I love the Academy of Art University. Every since I was a kid I dreamed of attending AAU. The FinAid office is exceptional and I am more than pleased with my overall experience!!!

  • 05/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 56 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    This school is expensive, but it's worth every penny. They really prepare you for getting jobs in the real world.

    What to do for fun

    San Francisco has so much to do. You will have the entire city at your finger tips!

    Food and Dining

    I never lived on campus, so I cannot judge the food on campus. San Francisco is the foodie capitol of the world!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes range from very challenging to not so challenging. The teaches and helpful and give excellent instruction.

    Tips for prospective students

    Practice makes perfect. If you cannot draw, but always wanted to be an art major, don't worry because the school teaches you to drawn and helps you succeed.

    In three sentences

    This is a school that is designed specifically for professions in the art world. The instructors all currently work in the fields they teach. They have the best art programs that I have seen.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 57 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Once again, havn't attended yet, so i'm ont sure, but the meal plan I chose is at a balance between cafeteria food and Knight Kash that I can spend at any of the participating surrounding resturants.

    Dorm Life

    I am looking foward to dorm life becuase I got placed in an all girls dorm with no bothroom in the room. This should be fun.

    Academic Rigor

    I havn't attended yet, but I'm sure the work load isn't bad. It's an art school so the work should be fun.

    In three sentences

    Academy of the Art University is a large urban campus located in San Francisco. It focuses on fine art, design, and culinary majors, but also provides a wide variety of other art related majors and minors. The University also provides a unique atmosphere, being in a culturally rich city and being a promanent art school.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 58 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    NONE!~

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do in San Francisco! Explore! Explore! Explore!

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask the teachers for help. Go to class! Do your assignments.

    In three sentences

    Your success depends on your determination. Its amazing to be in school for your craft. Its expensive.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 59 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great 24 hrs campus security and transportation service to the students.

    Greek Life

    You have to look for the best friend to develop well as a designer.

    Clubs and Activities

    Great athletics program and campus life.

    Great for these types of students

    Fine artist/ Fashion designers/ Web designers

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is in the city which is different from the traditional campus setting.

    What to do for fun

    Campus life offers great opportunity and offers in the city to have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always make good friends. Always be on schedule. Have fun.

    In three sentences

    Great school. Best social interaction. Great and learned teaching staff

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 60 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    As an online student, I feel pretty secure in my home.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any art student! Whether you're a recluse who avoids the classrooms setting (like me!) or a get out of the house kind of person. Online and on-campus are exceptional!

    Bang for the buck

    I love the atmosphere and the type of education I am getting, but I will admit this school is pretty steep financially.

    What to do for fun

    Online students can enjoy any home or outdoor activity. The Academy of Art has a facebook page so you can chat with others, make connections, and stay in the loop. For anyone on-campus, there are events all the time. E-mail updates are regular!

    Food and Dining

    Taking classes at home is nice. I'm not a bad cook. Neither are my roommates.

    Dorm Life

    Most of my classes are online so, yes I love the atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Everything is pretty organized. Very in-depth education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whether online or on campus, you are in for a great education!

    In three sentences

    A great school with a wonderful online program! The education is very thorough. I believe I will learn a lot and enjoy doing it!

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 61 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security at every building and school id required to enter.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lot's of clubs to choose from that usually are held after most classes/weekends.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, serious students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    This school..is all over the city.

    Bang for the buck

    For the cost, you have school bus that go to almost all the buildings, and security to monitor who goes and who comes in and leaves along with access to awesome programs like Adobe CS(-whatever the newest one is-) full.

    What to do for fun

    I don't sped much time on campus besides class but the school provides a lot of activities and dances. There is also a place to run, work out, and swim.

    Food and Dining

    While i have never eaten food from the school, there are wonderful places around it.

    Academic Rigor

    Expect a one week turnaround for most of your class assignments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships. The school is seriously expensive and sometimes (as I found out) even the max loans down the road might not be enough to cover the full cost (tuition, books..transportation) so keep that in mind and be ready for a lot of work.

    In three sentences

    Hard work is given here and it's important not to slack off and stay on top of ALL your homework. Overall it's a pretty good school to get you ready for the industry.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 62 of 183

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You're in San Francisco, enjoy it while you're up here!

    Food and Dining

    Having a meal plan is required if you live in the dorm, so be prepared for the many stomach aches that come from eating at the cafeteria. I suggest trying the food from around the city. It gets pricy, but you will be satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    As much as the school tries to come up with ways of getting students together, nothing sounds worth my time. The dorm was also very overpriced for what you get out of it.

    Academic Rigor

    Each class can easily be given 10 hours of work load each week. Often times you will spend more than that per class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come to this school if you expect to be taught how to be creative, no one can teach you how to be creative. This school teaches you how to mold your creativity.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University is not like other art schools. The teachers are all very experienced and will teach you all that they know. This school can really get you places if you work hard.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 63 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for prospective students: work hard it will pay off in the end.

    In three sentences

    The academy is beyond amazing. I am so happy that I made the decision to attend this university. This school is everything I dreamed of and more.

  • 05/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 64 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    This school will get you where yo want to be if you completely give your efforts to it. You have to love what you do.

    What to do for fun

    San Francisco life. There is tons to do!!

    Food and Dining

    It is in the heart of San Francisco. Tons of shops and restaurants around.

    Dorm Life

    No real dorms, but there are campus apartments. Very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    Courses are tough, but you learn everything you need to know from these instructors. They are industry professionals who know what it takes to be the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring your A game, and put your heart and soul into your work. It isn't hard to get into, but you have to be serious about your passion!

    In three sentences

    Top notch Art school. This is the place to go if you are passionate about art, film, design or fashion. Nothing beats learning from industry professionals.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 65 of 183

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    paint, draw

    Dorm Life

    online student

    Tips for prospective students

    be prepared to do lots of hard work.

    In three sentences

    the online program is great. i never imagined I would learn so much from an online program. The instructors are all very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.

  • 06/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 66 of 183

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Photography - so many places to visit, especially working or studying in the field

    Tips for prospective students

    Online students, if you are passionate, motivated, and looking for a great school to study online - Academy of Art University

    In three sentences

    The Academy has helped me develop further as an artist and designer. The professors are the best - each industry professionals and able to push you towards your best.

  • 06/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 67 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Academic Rigor

    The Academy of Art does not apologize for its difficult curriculum and strict standards for grading which makes it challenging, but also very rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Many schools have a bad reputation when it comes to online education, but the Academy of Art's online program is top notch. If you can't afford to live in San Francisco, you can still get a quality education through their online program.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University is an excellent school. All of my professors have been very helpful and have challenged and encouraged me to excel. I highly recommend this school to anyone pursuing a degree in an art field.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 68 of 183

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Being an online student I am not sure what there is on campus. I will say that the school makes it easy to find out what is going on with email newsletters and a magazine that keeps even an out of state student up to date.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be honest with your teachers and don't be afraid to ask for help. Call your advisers with any question you may have, they are there to help customize your college experience. Participate in the discussions, some of your fellow students can be very insightful and can help you see a project in a different way.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University has been the best decision for furthering my education. The advisers are helpful and the professors are encouraging and knowledgeable. This University really makes the college process simple and fun.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 69 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Pretty good with safety and security

    Greek Life

    not really any of that

    Clubs and Activities

    Yoga is awesome, the instructor is great.

    Great for these types of students

    Anybody really, everyone is so different you can't really judge who would be best.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing too unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    You get really good equipment to use, but need your own camera if you're going into photography.

    What to do for fun

    Not a huge campus life, but there are lots of cool things in the city to do.

    Food and Dining

    Dining is ok, you get Knight Kash which certain restaurants take as money here.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms here are pretty strict with visitors and overnight guests, but overall you will have fun.

    Academic Rigor

    It's work that an artist would find challenging. Don't be lax freshman year, go hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research for living, I recommend dorms for freshman year before you live on your own to make new friends. You make a lot of connections.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art changed my life, it's expensive but there are certain things worth it. One being the instructors, so much real experience and a lot genuinely care about you. They really cultivate your creative side.

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 70 of 183

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Walk around the city. San Francisco is a cool city and their is always something new.

    Tips for prospective students

    It's an art school so be yourself and remember art is subjective. So don't focus on grades but focus on doing great work.

    In three sentences

    the school offers great courses that are beneficial in fashion industry. Some of the professors are great, and some aren't as professional. Like any other institution there is the good and the bad.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 71 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    This is an amazing school, as I said before. The professors are top quality industry professionals, and the opportunities they offer are astounding, for example they do a fashion show in New York Fashion Week for select graduating students. The tuition is very high though, currently $765 per unit, each class is three units. This is the biggest discouragement for me, especially because I never though I would let money get in the way of my education. But thus is the real life. My drive is not dead though. I am still fighting.

    What to do for fun

    The academy offers many features. They have some prestigious guest speakers, for example John Galliano recently accepted an award here. They do broadcast for online students as well as it is important to make them/us feel like we are a part of the campus life.

    Food and Dining

    Again, this is not applicable, I take online courses. I am a horrible cook though and would not trust my own cooking. I tend to burn cereal.

    Dorm Life

    This is not applicable, I take courses online. However, I do love my apartment with my two dogs, three if you count my fianc�©e.

    Academic Rigor

    In some colleges you get away with a lot of things, weather that is late work, not showing up for class, or doing just enough to get by. At the Academy they do not tolerate this. They teach you time management and quality are the most important things you can learn in any given field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come to this school if you are not willing to do your best. Make sure you have a passion for your field of study before pouring your money into this school. If you have a passion for your career and can't see yourself in a regular boring job your whole life, then you will do well.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University is an excellent school to attend, and the opportunities are amazing. The tuition is high�really high� but if you are going to work hard and learn everything your brain can hold, it is well worth it. I take the online courses and feel that I work ten times harder with this school then when I was going to school locally.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 72 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is on the watch all the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    Various activities available for all students.

    Bang for the buck

    There is a Gym, pool, and dance classes available for students.

    What to do for fun

    Located in the great city San Francisco.

    Food and Dining

    The Dining areas are well suited for the students, with a bunch of cereal.

    Dorm Life

    They have great dorms available for any type of student.

    In three sentences

    They have been an exceptional service to provide the best opportunities and made sure I was set for with my financial aid and courses.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 73 of 183

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    From what I've heard, the dorm buildings are very well guarded. The academic buildings are extremely well guarded and do not allow entry by anyone who is not a student. I wasn't even allowed to bring my mom in to see the building because they very effectively protect the artwork.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition has gone up a tiny bit every year since I've been here. Yes, every year the school renovates some resources or provides new free services to the student, however be aware that this is a private, for-profit institution.

    What to do for fun

    In the heart of San Francisco, there is ALWAYS something to do. Free things to do are live music, gallery openings, outdoor music and art festivals, window shopping, touring architecture and parks. The city has amazing shopping, both thrift stores and high-end, as well as great, unique museums with something for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do something for your class every week. Teachers here are not blind to any effort put in, but they really do not like to see no effort at all.

    In three sentences

    A school with very professional and passionate teachers. The resources available are top-of-line, modern technology. A school that really encourages its students every step of the way.

  • 06/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 74 of 183

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety keeps the resident halls safe so parents do not need to worry about their kids living in San Francisco on their own. Our security ensures that no dangers will enter onto Academy of Art University property and are professional in on hand situations.

    Clubs and Activities

    From salsa club to yoga classes, this school has many different clubs and classes to join. We also have Campus Life who put on movie nights every Wednesday night and Campus Recreation who focus on health and wellness such as hikes to Coit Tower. The Academy of Art University has sports teams as well varying from girl's softball to golf, basketball, and table tennis.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for artists of course. Don't come here if you are not really into the city life or a fast paced living area. And it's a very liberal city so keep that in mind.

    Bang for the buck

    Get a Clipper Card- you'll need it! Always have a camera on you because you never know what crazy things may go on in San Francisco. Save your quarters like they are your most prized possession- they're for laundry!!!

    What to do for fun

    Take photos in the Mission. Dance the night away downtown at Ruby Skye or Vertigo. Hang out with friends at Golden Gate Park and visit some cool places like the Academy of Sciences, De Young Museum, or the Conservatory of Flowers!

    Food and Dining

    The food at the Academy of Art can be a bit on the bad side of the line. Sodexo, the food company that supplies the university with its meals, is in need of some tune ups with their chefs and menu items. Many times, I find myself eating off campus many nights.

    Dorm Life

    Resident Life at the Academy of Art is full of cheery, exciting, and interactive Resident Assistants that make living in the resident halls enjoyable. With some resident halls having gyms, pools, dance halls, and common spaces there is always something to do!

    Academic Rigor

    It's a very skilled based school where you're abilities as an artist are truly tested. There are some where you are pushed to the limit and then more. The Academy of Art University pushes its students to be the best in each department.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try living on campus for at least a year or semester. It'll give you the opportunity to live in some of the greatest parts of San Francisco and meet some great people in the resident halls. To add, they have some pretty awesome Resident Assistants that work there!

    In three sentences

    I am learning all that I could have ever wanted in the Graphic Design department at the Academy of Art University. Being in San Francisco has been amazing and I feel right at home with the school. It's like living the high life!

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 75 of 183

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for ones who live in the area, they would be able to experience it first hand.

    Bang for the buck

    Prices are high, but with all the perks you receive with being a student, I will pay the extra money.

    Food and Dining

    I am an online student

    Dorm Life

    I am an online student

    Academic Rigor

    It is hard in the beggining, but well worth your money, the teachers WANT YOU TO LERAN, and the curriculum is more than you can every imagine. I get to learn fashion design as well as marketing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be passionate, creative and show your stuff!

    In three sentences

    They are one of the best schools to choose from. the curricular is strictly to your major, plus more. Well worth the money.

  • 06/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 76 of 183

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    What to do for fun

    What I do for fun Is draw, paint, play the piano, play the guitatr, hang out with my family, and with the kids in my neighborhood.

    Food and Dining

    I eat all my meals at home.

    Dorm Life

    I dont live in a dorm

    Academic Rigor

    It is tough and challenging but if you love it...Its worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to attend online courses you need to be organized and strict with yourself. Its great being able to work on your time, but you have to stay on top of your work.

    In three sentences

    This school is excellent with all the help they offer and their teaching is helpful and organized. I have learned so much in one year and I expect to learn more and I am looking forward to it. Everyone is helpful and freindly as well!

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 77 of 183

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, I am very impressed with the level of care this school has for their students and effort they put into keeping us safe.

    Greek Life

    There is a fraternity at this school, I remember when a fellow classmate was ecstatic because he was accepted.

    Clubs and Activities

    I love this about our school, we have an athletics program. We are probably the only Art school with an athletics program; soccer, basketball, track, cross country, and others. Many artists neglect to keep them self active and healthy so this program is a really great addition. There are also hundreds of other clubs anyone is allowed to attend and create.

    Great for these types of students

    Artist's who want to make money... And why I say Artist its not just painting, there's everything from photography to animation to game design, illustration, fashion, and so much more I don't even remember.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The uniqueness of our campus is that it isn't in one location. You get to see more of San Fransisco and use the school's free bus system which provides to be very helpful.

    Bang for the buck

    Absolutely I believe there is complete Bang for the Buck unless you are doing online classes, depending on your major. You do not get the personal interaction you need to get used to for when your in the industry.

    What to do for fun

    You are in the capital of fun, duh San Fransisco? The fun never ends. There are 5$ clubs, bars, restaurants, and tons of nightlife for the night owls. Beaches, biking, ferry, hiking, photography, interview a homeless man, endless stuff you could do during the day. Or whenever really the city never sleeps...It is San Fransisco.

    Food and Dining

    As a freshmen you are required to get a food plan. Some people love it and some people hate it but personally I liked there menu. Besides if your a starving artist it doesn't really matter anyway. ;)

    Dorm Life

    Face it, a dorm is a dorm, but the best part is the socialization. If its any school that depends on being social its an art school. Dorms can be a good way to network and meet people you will be working with for the rest of your life.

    Academic Rigor

    It always depends on the class and the level, but usually you have to but lengthy amounts of time into your work...or at least you should. This means it can get challenging but the payoff is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard! This school is serious business, when you do a project for a homework assignment, take it seriously. The stuff you do during your time here will go in your portfolio, so if you want to get hired act like you are already are.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University is a challenging yet rewarding school in which you learn how to turn creativity into profit. One of the best things you will get out of attending this school is networking; Committed students will be working with you later in the industry, and teachers are currently working in the business and become doorways into getting a job. All in all, this school teaches you how to be an artist, and how to make money doing.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 78 of 183

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    Food and Dining

    eateries near campus

    Dorm Life

    I commute.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware that you will be spending a lot of money. Time management is super key. Do not assume you will pass a class, I didn't pass a class because they did not like my final book on the last day of class.

    In three sentences

    It is a very expensive school. Their professors there are very approachable. Overall is a good school.

  • 07/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 79 of 183

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    Food and Dining

    its San Francisco

    Tips for prospective students

    keep drawing everyday!

    In three sentences

    The academy of art is a great school to learn the arts. The atmosphere is positively charged with like minded people in the field of the arts.

  • 07/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 80 of 183

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    What to do for fun

    They have many lectures and you get into the SFMOMA for free.

    Food and Dining

    I don't know, I have never had the school's food.

    Dorm Life

    They can always place you but I haven't herd too many good stories about the school.

    Academic Rigor

    Plan to work hard or don't attend.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get scholarships before you come.

    In three sentences

    They have very informative teachers. They are great on teaching you everything you need to know about your major. The school has connections with the working world.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 81 of 183

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    Campus Safety

    Most buildings require security guards at the doors, and the ones that do not have this will not open without a student ID. Every night there is a campus safety cruiser that will take students where they need to go if it is school related (for safety reasons but not to be used as a personal cab, basically).

    Greek Life

    I don't know of any frats or sororities.

    Great for these types of students

    Work hard, play hard

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school has a sports department (the only art school that offers this in the US to my knowledge). It also has various small events for students, and a yearly Rocky Horror Picture Show event around Halloween. I keep to myself too much to be much help, though.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is great, but really expensive and on-campus housing doesn't do anything to help with reducing stress around move-out or finals. The instruction is great, but the school is for-profit and the administration doesn't *really care about the students.

    What to do for fun

    The school has a cafe for students to hang out and offers various workshops and also has two gyms. But the city of San Francisco is a lot of fun, too. There is always something to do or go to or see. In the rare event of free time, boredom is hard to come by.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria only offers a variety of food some of the time. The food isn't bad but the wait for the food can be really terrible, which is bad due to the workload of the school. Sometimes the times when the cafes are open don't work well with class schedules, but the school does offer sack lunches for such occasions. Those get tiresome really fast, but are better than nothing.

    Dorm Life

    Some events for housing students happen but it depends on the buildings RA's and how much they do. It's a dry campus so even if you're over 21 you can be evicted if you have alcohol on the premises. The staff doesn't always communicate building issues to the building inhabitants. Most buildings have a doorman, which can feel kind of awful sometimes.

    Academic Rigor

    With a graduation rate of 29%, most people don't make it out, largely because of the workload of this school and the high expectations coupled with it. Under-experienced artists struggle at this school, but it is possible for such students to make it through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work very hard. This school is not for partiers or for people who aren't taking schooling seriously. If you work hard you will excel, if you do not you will probably not graduate. Be prepared for the costs of living in San Francisco if you attend on campus. And only bring what you need, because move-out happens usually two days after the last class

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University offers experienced, industry level teachers and highly customizable majors (in my experience, though there are occasionally iffy teachers, most of the teaching staff is fantastic). Many sought-after artists also come to the school to talk to the students (for free!). The school has open admission for undergraduates, and requires no portfolio to enter (but experienced or not, be prepared to work).

  • 07/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 82 of 183

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    Campus Safety

    Safety is the number one priority. Safety for staff and student alike take president over everything. They want students to have fun and not have to worry as well.

    Greek Life

    Although we don't have our own Frats or Sororities, there are opportunities to still get involved in those activities. The academy makes sure you have access.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for just about everything at the Academy of Art. Me personally, I'm involved in the Veterans club as well as the Improv and Drama club. If you're interested in it, chances are, there's a club ready to welcome you with open arms.

    Great for these types of students

    Creative, open-minded individuals and those that want to experience new things will have the most fun here. It's a very diverse place with so much to offer. You'll be amazed at how much you'll grow here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's a massive pillow fight every year, which I've never heard of, but it's something students participate in by the dozens and it seems to grow every year. There's also the tricycle race which is one of my favorite activities to partake in.

    Bang for the buck

    Like any art school, it can be pricey, but as long as you're smart about your spending habits and really take the time to involve yourself in the school and what you're doing, every penny will be worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The Academy of Art University is always offering stuff to do. They take full advantage of the city they're located in and want you to as well so there are always things to throughout the school to include camping trips, trips to Magic Kingdom, snowboarding/skiing trips, and tons more.

    Food and Dining

    San Francisco is a great place to go out and experience the food. Plus, if you're a freshman, there are excellent meal plans and knight cash which allows you to go out to local restaurants and eat!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is interesting, the rooms are somewhat small, but the friendships you can form from living so close together will stick with you forever.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be pretty strenuous and sometimes it's hard to find the right people to work with, but the workload is what you make of it. Don't procrastinate, and you won't sweat too hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to save money! San Francisco is an expensive city to live. Don't be afraid to try new things! There's so much to do and experience that you'll truly be missing out if you don't explore! Don't just talk to those that are in your major, you'll be so caught up in your work sometimes that you'll forget to network and meet people within the school. It'd be beneficial for you to do so.

    In three sentences

    It is a fun school to learn and make amazing connections and lifelong friends through. If you're looking to work hard and have that hard work pay off, AND have fun doing it, this is the place to go!

  • 09/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 83 of 183

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    Campus Safety

    The campus security issues a safety report every semester. I've never had any problems but I've grown up here. It's a good idea to walk with friends, take the shuttles at night if you don't know the areas that you are in. Some of the AAU buildings are near the Tenderloin area which has a high drug/crime rate. The city has a high homeless rate so students may come in contact with people asking for money. Generally, the homeless/transients don't come near the school. Each building has a security guard and/or campus i.d.scanners.

    Greek Life

    Very small greek scene. Last time I checked, there was 1 national fraternity, Kappa Sigma (colony) and 1 local sorority, Sigma Delta. What I've found is that there actually are a lot of students who are members of greek orgs but they pledged somewhere else and then transferred to AAU later. I'm in a national sorority and enjoy the experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    From the website (students are always adding clubs during the year): Tea Time Animation Club AIAS Artistry United BADA -Documentary Photo club Beyond the Front Row Children's Book Club Chinese Students Association Christian Student Fellowship Client 86 Comedy Club Comic Book Club Competitive Gaming Community Community of Art Educators Drama Club IAD Club Ideation Club Indian Students Association Interactive Media Arts Club Kappa Sigma Fraternity Motion Picture Society Otakus Anonymous (Anime) Outloud Pitch Practice Saudi Student Club Sequential Imagery Consortium Sigma Delta Sorority Speak Out! Studio K Taiwanese Student Association Unity 3D Club Veterans Club VFX Club

    Great for these types of students

    People who are disciplined enough to handle themselves and who are open to hearing constructive critiques about their work and able to give constructive criticism to others. You deal with ALL TYPES OF PERSONALITIES here. San Francisco is a major metropolitan city in the U.S. with all cultures and races. This school is not for closed minded types.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our buildings are scattered across downtown San Francisco and south of Market areas so we have shuttles that get everyone around (free). You have to have your student id to get on the shuttles. There are movie nights at the Urban Knight Cafe.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a tough place to be but if you work hard, ask questions, use the resources that are not only at the school but in the city as well, and network, a student should do well. This school is NOT for the lazy, uninspired or people who waste time. AAU is a trade school that is run as a business because that's what it is: a FOR PROFIT proprietary school. You do get what you pay for but they make you work for it.

    What to do for fun

    I've grown up in San Francisco so I know a lot of off-campus things to do. The school does offer clubs and social activities through Campus Life & Leadership. Since I've been at the school, I've joined 3 clubs. Tons of things to do. Union Square is nearby, the campus shuttles can drop you off near Ghiradelli Square, you can ride the cable cars, the art scene in the city is amazing and I could go on! Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, San Bruno Mt. trails & hiking!

    Food and Dining

    I don't live on campus but food service is available to non-dorm students. The Urban Knight Cafe is nice. The food has been pretty good and the selections are plentiful.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are renovated/converted lofts, apartment buildings and hotels. I don't live on campus but they look decent from what I've seen. There are many type of living options for undergrads and grads within campus housing. Under 21 housing, female/male only, Grads only, over 21 only, I think you get the idea. I've hear the typical dorm complaints about room size, getting along with room mates and so forth. The prices are comparable to rents in the city though I know student who find cheaper housing. To live on campus you have to have health insurance.

    Academic Rigor

    If you push yourself, you'll be amazed at what you can do. I've found the work challenging and comparable to what will happen to you in the real world. You learn from working professionals and your fellow student artists.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you want to go to school here because 1) it's expensive. 2) the workload is intense and a LOT 3) Didi I mention it's a LOT of work? I cant stress that enough.

    In three sentences

    It's a LOT of work and requires good time management skills. Very talented students. Expensive but worth it if you put in the effort.

  • 10/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 84 of 183

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    Campus Safety

    The Academy of Art campus is the city of San Francisco, meaning that it can only be as safe as the city. However, the buildings are all secured with locks that need your ID to open and front desks. The dorms have key access as well, and some dorms have a front desk as well. Sometimes I see Campus Security guys walking around on the street near school buildings.

    Greek Life

    The Academy has a small greek life that I believe is just starting.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs, and everyone is enthusiastic about them and very involved. There are sports teams as well, which is somewhat unusual for an art school. :)

    Great for these types of students

    The Academy is great for extremely driven students. As a graduate, they drop a huge workload on us and recommend just THREE classes a semester. I would usually take four or five as an undergraduate, but at the moment three is really the only feasible amount if I also want a life. Come here if you want to be pushed.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the school is up there in expense, I believe that it is worth the education I am getting. Not to mention the fact that I am living in the heart of San Francisco, one of the most beautiful cities on the west coast.

    What to do for fun

    The Academy has something going on ALL THE TIME. There is usually a movie playing for free in a cafe, or a lecture going on, or workshops that run every week. There are sports events, health and wellness events, as well as trips to the nearby Yosemite and Muir Forest.

    Food and Dining

    Although the school's cafeterias are served by Sodexo, which has horrible food most of the time, it also offers the availability of using flexcash for nearby restaurants and in school-run cafes.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms at the school are varied, but from my experience it doesn't seem to be much different from other schools. They are clean and very well maintained.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academy is known for its hard grading scale, and it's true. The teachers hold us up to a very high standard, which can sometimes be frustrating, but once you hit a breakthrough you will be happy they pushed you so hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    The best tip I can give is to read up on the school. The Academy has some bad reviews on the usual websites like Yelp, so go deeper. Talk to current students and read about the teachers who actually work here. Though they are hard graders, it is all to get us into our prospective field of study.

    In three sentences

    I came to the school with mixed expectations. But the minute I stepped into the classroom I knew that the teachers here were here to make us better. I have not once felt like I am wasting my education here.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you're looking for a creative program you can study on your own time, check out the online options.

    Academic Rigor

    The summer is an accelerated programs. You've got to stay on top of the work at all times.

    Tips for prospective students

    For online programs, you get as much as you put into it. It's important to be an active participant in the discussions and work to get the most out of the classes.

    In three sentences

    It's an engaging online masters program with majors more to my liking.

  • 07/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Every AAU building is card accessed ONLY, if that doesn't make u feel all warm and safe inside then know the security here is wonderful and fully qualified for your safety every identification card is checked at the door to ensure staff and students are up to date on there current id's. AAU also has its own shuttle service to ensure students and staff get from building to building safely including to and from dorm buildings.

    Clubs and Activities

    Academy of Art has Sports!!! The Academy has added so many great new activities for students and still contributing to those activities. Art is the focus but AAU offers so many ways to expand to new horizons such as Baseball, Basketball, Dance, Tennis, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    The Academy of Art University deserves its bucks because it offers one hell of a bang. AAU truly is an investment, do not dive in unless your completely sure and ready to better yourself as an artist.

    What to do for fun

    Scream San Francisco!!....Now wasn't that fun just on its own. This city has more fun to offer than I can say. I would simply recommend every student getting out there be creative and explore we are artist this is what we do.

    Food and Dining

    There is absoulutley no dissapoitments when it comes to food n dining. There is quite literally something for Everyone.

    Dorm Life

    Its San Francisco!!!! The dorms are great, any artists' perfect escape even if your a homebody. The dorm buildings are placed strategicly through out SF at beautiful locations. Some of these dorms my even keep you inside there so great but being in such a beautiful city its unlikely.

    Academic Rigor

    Invest in a good durable notebook, this is art school but trust your going to Want to take notes. The things you learn here no matter your talent will be useful through out your entire artistic career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Portfolio!!!!! Your portfolio is key. If you have a piece of art doesn't matter if its from preschool pack it up and bring it along. At AAU inspiration is everywhere and things you may have done in the past can always assist you in your future work.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University is the first step towards a life altering transition for any career oriented artist.The resources AAU places at every students disposal are top of the line and more than helpful in assisting any artist with there passion. No matter how long your stay at AAU may be, you will leave with this great outlook, will, and determination to continue the escalation of personal success.

  • 07/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Annual Fashion show for seniors

    Bang for the buck

    The staff is wonderfully helpful and responsive.

    What to do for fun

    The school is in SF so there is plenty to do on and off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Very thorough programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is an expensive school. Start the scholarship search and financial planning ASAP.

    In three sentences

    Easy place to be. Very welcoming and supportive. Great programs.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    AAU's online program is great for any student who is self motivated. It is great for students of all ages, but especially older students who have jobs and families.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sorry, again, I can not comment on this.

    Bang for the buck

    AAU is not a cheap place to go, however, they are one of the top art schools in the United States and I do believe you get what you pay for. All of my instructors have been very knowledgeable and they are all artists working in their fields.

    What to do for fun

    Ditto for this as well.

    Food and Dining

    Again, as an online student I can't comment on campus life.

    Dorm Life

    Since I am an online student I can't comment on dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Being in California, AAU has the latest technology and are up to date on what the industry (whatever art industry you are studying) needs and educate students based on those needs.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to do the online program, be ready to work. Just because it is online does not mean it is easy. You also need to have good time management skills as it is up to you when do to the work. However, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, you will have the skills you need to advance in your career

    In three sentences

    AAU is a great school for anyone looking to learn in a creative field. Excellent instructors and really comprehensive studies. Their online program is the best out there and great for continuing education students like myself.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Pretty safe I guess, like you need your id badge to enter any school building and to enter any dorm. They have lots of security around the freshmen dorms and in the school buildings. Haven't really seen much security in the upper upperclassmen dorms though....

    Greek Life

    idk...

    Clubs and Activities

    they could use a bit more clubs , campus life has organized many fun activities for the school though.

    Great for these types of students

    students who love the city and Art.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ever October the school has this special Alcatraz VIP tour given only to AAU students. The island is only opened for AAU staff and students and other tourist can't tour the island that day. It's pretty cool if you never been to Alcatraz before.

    Bang for the buck

    A very very expensive school but what school isn't nowadays? actually a lot of other art school I checked out were a lot more pricey then AAU so the pricing is somewhat reasonable....if your rich lol

    What to do for fun

    The school is located in the city so you will never run out of places to go for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food that is served in the school's cafe is really really good....most of the time. They have a wide range of food to choose from. ex. vegetarian,and non-vegetarian meals.

    Dorm Life

    I had an ok dorm life experience but I'm very quiet and reserved compared to most of the other students in my dorm. The dorms could be better, I've seen most of the campus dorms and some are very very nice but others....Especially the freshmen dorms could be A lot better.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a Motion picture and television major the classes are grate and the teachers/staff and very helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do your research on Any school before you decide to invest your money and time into it.

    In three sentences

    This is a very good school that offers and has great programs. I'm a MPT major, I am entering my second year at this school. I really love its motion picture and television department. the staff are very nice and friendly.

  • 07/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, Imaginative, Dedicated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Reserve a lot of time! Stay positive.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University is more on the expensive side and classes have very detailed Assignments and projects that require extensive time a lot of effort. Overall, I have learned an amazing amount and improved immensely thus far in a short amount of time. If you are dedicated and can find the funds to pay, this college will improve your abilities and teach you many new ones applicable in today's job environment.

  • 07/31/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I have none.

    Bang for the buck

    Its expensive but well worth the knowledge.

    What to do for fun

    Getting school work done and knowing i am that much closer to my dream!

    Food and Dining

    I have never tried thier food.

    Dorm Life

    I dont live in the Dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academics seem challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to apply for scholarships before you graduate High School.

    In three sentences

    The admissions representatives are very helpful and patient.They let me know all of the information i ask them about. Also, the online Photography course seems very exciting!

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    great music city!

    What to do for fun

    Shop in Haight Ashbury visit coit tower for sweeping views of the city , the waterfront and fishermans wharf is eclectic fun, golden gate park provides great concerts and hikes, and travel across the golden gate to Marin headlands for picture perfect views of the city.

    Food and Dining

    yum!

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes easy others very hard set aside time to work on school through the whole week.

    Tips for prospective students

    Expect to buy lots of supplies if taking online classes. Be ready to critique your peers and accept criticism and praise from your peers as well. Your opinion counts participation in the class discussion is imparitive to your grade.

    In three sentences

    AAU offers an outstanding self directed online photography program that allows you the freedom to work and attend school simultaneously. Their resource materials and software available to students is terrific. I would love the chance to use their on site camera equipment on campus.

  • 08/01/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Academy of Art is an outstanding school, with many of their graduates being successful it has definitely pushed me to attend this school. The major I am planning on going for has excellent courses to help me expand my knowledge. The schools faculty has been very helpful by providing me with useful information for my career.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    I am studying online, via NY.

    In three sentences

    I am looking forward to learning from the top fashion design school online. I am eager to graduate from Academy of Art. What will inspire me the most, I wonder.

  • 08/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Looking to learn and progress as an artist.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and don't give up!

    In three sentences

    The classes are exciting and informative. Knowledgeable professors with clear expectations and curriculum . I can see my work progressing with each class.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Ok. This can be so unique for so many different people. Some like my brothers choose to stay on computers and video games. Some of my sisters are movie fanatics. Me, I like to explore different places, malls, beaches,love to take pictures and I love thrifting. So, do what you do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Home cooking all the way for me, sorry I am still spoiled by staying at home.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home, its cheaper for me.

    Academic Rigor

    Even though you can get sucky professors, teachers and advisors, remember it is YOUR education, YOU are PAYING THEM. Have a plan, know your plan and stay true to your own plan, its ok to tweak it and rearrange it so that your degree goals will help you do your best and get good grades. If you need tutoringHELP EXTRA HELP for heavens sake ASK, don't let pride flunk you, or lower your GPA score.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even though an education seems out of reach and quite expensive, take the risk, go to a community college first its cheaper, and get your core classes. If you qualify for loans, get them education is worth the debt but be smart about how much you get and also make sure the school is where you want to be, to much money wasted switching from colleges or go online college a degree is a degree. Don't believe the hype that someone's degree is better because they went to a University vs a community college or that they attended online.

    In three sentences

    It seems to offer unique degrees with a hands on type approach and the fact that I can work toward my degree on line is a huge important factor for me. Graduates tend to get hired by major companies and this is a number one factor for me. Although, it might seem pricey for a University that can be attended anywhere in the USA or global it pays for itself.

  • 08/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    This school is great because they people to help you when you need it. The application process is simple and easy. Everyone is so nice and helpful.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety is great and is fair when it comes to keeping students safe at the school and making sure if something happens, the campus will help out those students in need.

    Greek Life

    I don't recall any type of Greek Life at the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of fascinating clubs and activities one can do. In the pre-college, I went to Alcatraz, and I went to fisherman's wharf. I also had some fun video game nights with some friends I met. The clubs, they didn't offer any during the pre-college experience, but they have a lot to where students can pick more than one and get involved in the school. Hopefully, when I return, I will get involved in the Christian Student Fellowship at the school.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that love art, that want to pursue art and work for big company names and the companies are located in the city of San Francisco.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I can remember. There isn't anything unusual of the school.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition at the school isn't cheap. It is expensive, unless you are able to get some financial aid (which I didn't get) and if you get grans (which I also didn't get). It is worth it if you live in San Francisco and you live at home and only pay for the tuition because they want the housing bill upfront fully paid.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot of stuff that can be done in the city. You can walk around the city of San Francisco and explore places like Chinatown or japan town. Also, the city of San Francisco has a lot of history like visiting Alcatraz, a prison used in the early 1930's. Fishermans wharf, the bay area in San Francisco, and you are able to walk around the city and just explore a new environment of the city. Also, at the school, you can meet a lot of new people. There is a lot to do at the dorms, like hangout and play pool, or go to a dorm and play video games or watch movies, and even enjoy the pool the school has.

    Food and Dining

    The food was delicious, but there were times it was repetitive for dinner, but other than that, they have different locations to go and eat besides eating at the same one every day for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life was great. I have experienced it at a pre college summer course in the summer of 2011. I loved the dorms and I had a great time with the roommate I was assigned. The school will do their best to assign you with people that will have similar interest.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes (from the pre college experience) were not too difficult, but I will find out on how they are as a full time student when I attend the school in the fall of 2012. The classes did help me figure out on what I wanted to do at the school.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you are looking for colleges, make sure they have on what you want and that you will be willing to go to the school and accept all the challenges that come your ways whether its classes, or paying for tuition or having to change your major. Make sure you want to figure out what you want to do before you just apply to a college and say your no longer interested in the school.

    In three sentences

    It is a marvelous school for all types of of art and design. I have experienced the environment of the city and the school and I loved being in the city and exploring a new city and a different life style. At this school, they will be willing to help students study on what they want to become for their future and for the future of all art students.

  • 08/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    AAU online students need to be very self motivated, organized and independent. Look at is as being sort of a freelance artist in a way. You are expected to do the work on your time but there is a deadline to meet. If you don't meet that deadline then you are penalized such as a lower grade immediately!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    If you're an online student, you might have the opportunity to take a local AAU drawing class in person. Check with the online coordinator for that one.

    Bang for the buck

    I think by taking my classes online, I'll be saving money by not commuting and by being more in charge of my class fees and supplies.

    Academic Rigor

    I think it depends on the subject matter and you. For me first semester, I planned on taking 2 classes but at the last minute they switched one of my classes due to an accepted transfer class. So my schedule went from manageable to 24/7 schoolwork. Make sure you're ready to take on the work load.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're taking online classes, make sure you're proficient at using a digital camera, scanner and resizing software such as photoshop.

    In three sentences

    AAU has a couple of online BA programs. That is why I have selected them. You definitely will need a printer and a scanner.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Whether you want to pursue your dreams in acting, animation, interior design, fashion, web design, new media, photography, industrial design and even landscape architecture, AAU is the place for you.

    Food and Dining

    The Urban Knights Cafe, a dining hall, caters to all students; meal plans, however, are strictly offered to students who live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is campus housing, usually two students per room. Special Interest Communities exist for students under 21 years of age.

    Academic Rigor

    Homework and classwork are assigned routinely.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University is true to its roots, having been created by artists, for artists. Classes offered at this San Francisco-based institution open up to a wide, suffice it to say infinite, variety of occupations, whether you have an aspiration for acting or dreams of designing new media. It's all about expression!

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    The Academy offers free recreation classes, such as yoga, swim, ballet, judo, etc. The school also has a gym and pool for students to use.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students who are pursuing an artistic career!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The school buildings is all over San Francisco, so campus is on San Francisco!

    What to do for fun

    The Academy has Art Cafes for students to eat, study, and hang out with their friends. The college also has events for students to attend such as a trip to any current musicals/shows, famous areas, and dances.

    Food and Dining

    The Academy has many cafes near the dorms as well as some inside the art buildings. The school buildings are also located near great dining areas, such as Pier 39, the famous Brenda's, and the busy street of New Montgomery.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is great, but like any other dormitories, it all depends on who you room with!

    Tips for prospective students

    The Academy is definitely a college for design pursuing students to check out!

    In three sentences

    The Academy is a great college! It is very diverse and offers many different areas of design. The instructors are current professionals in their areas of expertise.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Online, work at your own pace!

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore all options and talk to an advisor; dont just assume.

    In three sentences

    Easy and Valuable Learning Online Photography- Smaller choice of classes- more of a jack of all trades vs one specific area of expertise. Instructors are very knowledgeable and wise to industry standards!

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Meet new people! They constantly have meetups!

    Food and Dining

    I don't live on campus, but I'm not a bad cook myself.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus, but hear that it is lacking in community atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    So far the classes seem reasonable.

    Tips for prospective students

    If the school offers a program doing what you love, take the change.

    In three sentences

    The admissions office at the Academy has been amazingly helpful with all of my needs. The online classes are logical and make you feel like you are in the classroom. The course material always pertains to your major.

  • 08/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    San Francisco has many activities for the artist and the students of AAU.

    Food and Dining

    As an online student, I cannot rate the food and dining.

    Dorm Life

    As an online student, I cannot rate Dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    This school has high standards for its students, and the coursework show what is expected. They teach to industry standards in very class to prepare the students for real life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Online prospective students need to know how to take great pictures of their work for posting. They should know how t use editing software as the pictures need to be a certain size and sharpness.

    In three sentences

    The online program is intense and time consuming, however it is a fun rewarding challenge. The fashion design program's assignments are time sensitive and set to industry standards, with professors who currently work in the field. It is a school for creative personalities.

  • 09/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Museums, clubbing, and working more on my craft

    Food and Dining

    This school has cafe's and diners. Luckily your in SF because there are restaurants on every corner.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing and its a good feeling to be on your own

    Academic Rigor

    This school offers courses that will guide you towards your career

    Tips for prospective students

    Take full advantage of the is opportunity and also promote yourself in all opportunities that they offer.

    In three sentences

    An opportunity of an lifetime, chance to grow with wonderful and unique people, and help mold your craft into something amazing.

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I know there are clubs that relate to the different majors. Being online, it is hard to participate.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Back to what I said above, the school does travel the country to different cities throughout the year to hold workshops for online students, which is pretty great. I haven't made it to one yet, but I intend to.

    Bang for the buck

    I love this school. The instructors are not only teachers, but mentors. Most of them do free lance outside the classroom. I am still in touch with a couple of my instructors for whenever I need a little guidance not relating to school work. The only drawback I personally experience is not being there in person and being able to participate in some of the gatherings and sports events.

    What to do for fun

    The San Francisco area is full of creative and artist things to do and see. There are museums and association and group meetings.

    Food and Dining

    I don't know, I am an online student.

    Dorm Life

    I am taking my classes online. But, from the school news I read, there are always gatherings, sports events and games, and activities to keep the students involved with social life outside the classroom and still in keeping with their major and interests.

    Academic Rigor

    The instructor's mean business when it comes to work, digging deep, and meeting deadlines. Their priority is to teach exactly what you need to know for going into the industry, which includes every bit of the above mentioned things.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work. If you really want it and have a great passion for it, you will realize how worth it is.

    In three sentences

    It is a University created for artists by artists. The instructors are straight from the industry to give the student real time experienced knowledge. The University is here for the student from day one of school to day one of the job.

  • 09/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school is 100% worth every penny spent on tuition/books/etc. If that is, the student is willing and ready to put forth a hundred and ten percent. It is a fast paced program, and there is a lot of information that is covered in each class. As long as the student is ready upon starting, then I could not imagine someone not enjoying attending AOAU.

    What to do for fun

    I haven't spent much time in San Francisco, so it is rather difficult for me to share this topic with others.

    Dorm Life

    I would not know anything about the dorm life, as I am an online student, however I do know that there is college housing available through the school, and this housing is located in San Francisco, CA. There are a few different housing options available to students as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is pretty intense, there is no doubt that a student will remain busy throughout the entire semester, each and every semester. Though, the amount of work assigned to students is not so much so that the student will easily fall behind or anything like that, it's do-able and the fast pace at which the classes move actually makes the semester go by faster which is nice.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're not sure, or if you just want to give the school a try before delving into a full time schedule, or if you're someone whom does not live in San Francisco but you're interested in obtaining a degree in the Arts or just interested in this school in general, then check out their online program, it's truly astounding.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University offers students from all over the world to attend their classes both online and on site. I am able to fully complete the coursework required for me to receive my bachelors degree as an online student. The staff members from AOAU are truly significantly incredible individuals, and it's apparent that they do care for the students well being.

  • 10/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I am currently taking their online classes.

    Dorm Life

    I am currently taking their online classes and love how efficient they are at teaching film online.

    Academic Rigor

    They are devoted to make sure that your education experience is top notch and that you get the best education they can give.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look and read about all the professionals in all types of art who have graduated from the Academy of Art University.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Arts University is very efficient with their schooling. I am studying Motion picture and television and am very happy with the quality of education that I am receiving. They truly are one of the top art schools in the nation.

  • 10/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    this school is not easy, but it's well worth the effort.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're unsure about enrolling with this school don't forget that AAU offers many online options.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University is a great artistic environment, filled with carrying, motivated, and passionate staff. With a campus that sprawls, practically most of San Fransisco this school AAU fosters a creative atmosphere. Attending this university puts you shoulder to shoulder with more national and international diversity than an hour in JFK.

  • 10/10/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    How is the food and dining here?

    Dorm Life

    I would like to know what dor life is like.

    In three sentences

    I saw the Fall show at Mercedes Benz in Feb for Academy of Art and it was great! I am also going to the Chicago open house this November. I would really like to go here.

  • 10/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The homework is fun due to the fact it is in the field of study that students want to pursue for a professional career.

    Food and Dining

    Depend on whether or not a student takes classes from home online.

    Dorm Life

    Depend on whether or not a student takes classes from home online.

    Academic Rigor

    Assignments at times are a bit tough in the beginning but with practice and focus on the issues and techniques it becomes much better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not give up keep trying and working hard in the classes and never be afraid to ask questions.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University has great instructors. The school also has great courses. And it is fun working along side professionals and fellow students.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are Campus Cars that will pick you up if you get lost and Campus Security to walk you home if you need it

    Greek Life

    No sororities but the students are trying to get some started

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a lot of clubs to join and they are helpful

    Great for these types of students

    Great for artist and musicians

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    They held the last Halloween dance at the wax museum in SF.

    Bang for the buck

    worth the money

    What to do for fun

    Hundred of clubs to join, and they also have some sports

    Food and Dining

    Food is cheap and freshly made when you oder it

    Dorm Life

    I dont live in the dorms but I have heard good things

    Academic Rigor

    Very tough school, you must be willing to work hard

    Tips for prospective students

    Call the school, take a tour, and get info from an student advisor at AAU.

    In three sentences

    This school has great teachers, and councilors that help you out. It's a great school and I recommend it for artist

  • 10/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    I find that to be successful in the online learning at A.A.U., it is important to have good time management, turn in all assignments, and be actively involved in discussions.

    In three sentences

    Great online classes that are geared well to prepare one to know and understand current industry standards, terminology, and career options within. The instructors are very involved, and helpful. The technology of the online classes is very up to date, and easy to use.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Academy also partners with a gym and has local events for you to mingle with other students. Such a great plus and a way for you to experience the city.

    Food and Dining

    I do not dine on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Although the school is easy to e accepted in, by no means is it an easy school. The teachers really do know their stuff and you can bet your brain will be getting a workout.

    Tips for prospective students

    My best tip for this school is just talking with the advisers and having them help you instead of trying to take on all the work yourself.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University is a great place to pursue your photographic studies. The faculty and advisers have been super helpful in setting me up with my classes. The decision in deciding if this school would be beneficial for you should be an easy one.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Wouldn't know.

    Greek Life

    There isn't any. Which is good.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's plenty of great stuff for online students, so I'd imagine there's even more for on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working. Committed to what you are studying.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't go to school on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's too expensive. It's a good school but it's not ivy league or anything obviously.

    What to do for fun

    I know there are tons of activities. And it's in San Francisco so there's no shortage of fun.

    Academic Rigor

    It's a lot of work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a lot of money. Be careful about taking too many classes. Learn to be great at time management.

    In three sentences

    It's a good school. Learning a lot. Only downside is expenses.

  • 11/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    design students/gamers/ artists

    Food and Dining

    unknown

    Dorm Life

    I dont live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    The classes that I am taking do take a fairly significant amount of time each week to do homework and projects and at times can be very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Start applying for scholarships and grants as soon as possible because this school is really expensive

    In three sentences

    I am a current Fashion Design student. I really enjoy going to AAU. I am an online student and enjoy both of my classes. The school is a bit expensive but I know it will pay off when I graduate with my BFA.

  • 11/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The online classes are good for professionals who still want to work and would rather do classes in their own time. It is also good for parents who find it hard to attended classes physically.

    Bang for the buck

    Online campus is very thorough and helps in every area of your online experience.

    Dorm Life

    *taking classes online at the moment*

    Academic Rigor

    Very intensive class but well worth it!

    Tips for prospective students

    If doing your classes online be prepared to budget your time wisely.

    In three sentences

    Very good online classes. Easy to follow class material. Very helpful teachers and staff.

  • 12/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    Can really establish connections to big names in your field.

    Great for these types of students

    Artsy

    What to do for fun

    A lot of clubs and academic events.

    Food and Dining

    Not a bad variety of options, hard to get to however.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice student housing, a lot of options for anytime of student.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take SATS, ACTS and academic tests beforehand, you maybe able to skip some class which will save you a lot of money.

    In three sentences

    Classes are very enriching, really hands on and explore every window of opportunity. The staff, however is not and could use some work with being more proactive. And the cost is very high which I think if a big problem.

  • 12/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    They have sports teams, two gyms, movie screening, discounts to museums, plays and much much more in the city to do.

    Food and Dining

    There are 3 dining halls, they serve 4 meals a day, the meals are all made the day of and are good, cafe style food but you can special order items. There are also cafe's on campus were you can buy food that is good.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are nice, in generally good areas with a lot of student activities.

    Academic Rigor

    The school is hard and challenging but at the end of the day you are building an amazing portfolio and the teachers are helping expand your creativity and skill.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come to this school if you don't plan on trying, it is very challenging but if you are willing to put the effort in you can do well here, it's not about grades at the end it's about the portfolio at the end and the skills you learn. There are a lot of expenses for art supplies through out the semester.

    In three sentences

    A top of the line art school that has a high acceptance rate as well as a high drop out rate due to the fact that they will accept anyone. While they do accept everyone the school is very intensive and hard. For the students that try their best you will get a great education out of it.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety at our school is great. They make sure we are students in every building. The housing safety is good. They make sure no one brings weapons in the dorm or no one gets hurt.

    Clubs and Activities

    The club and activities that our school have works for everyone. They have things for everyone to do. For each major as well. I enjoy going to the clubs I am in.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do at AAU for fun. I am always doing something different with all my friends that I made at the school. From exploring the city to just fooling around with programs that we got from the school

    Food and Dining

    Food is great. Healthy food in all the dining areas, and they make variety of food everyday

    Dorm Life

    Great living in dorms. Great place to make you friends and the people you will be working with one day.

    Academic Rigor

    The school gives lots of work to do and it requires a lot of time to do each one and get the good grade from them. So prepare for a lot of work

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare for a lot of projects and homework. Buy all supplies before you leave for school.

    In three sentences

    Great art school to go to. Many students from all over the world. Easy to make new friends.

  • 01/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Online classes are great for older students, foreign students, students who cannot relocate, students who have homes and families, jobs and responsibilities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Academy of Art University has a special facebook page for students to touch base, invite fellow students to an outing, discuss problems, classes, exciting accomplishments and even discuss failures. This app has been very informative and engaging for all students.

    Bang for the buck

    I think that Academy of Art University online is worth every dollar I am paying for the experience of a lifetime.

    What to do for fun

    Home, family, church and friends.

    Food and Dining

    Again, online school makes it possible for me to save money on dining out because I am in my own home and doing my assignments when it is most convenient for me.

    Dorm Life

    Because I am attending Academy of Art online, I am able to stay in my own home, working on my assignments at any time of the day or night. I am comfortable in my own bed and community.

    Academic Rigor

    The rumor at AAU is that an A is only for those students who need no further instruction. To get an A means you have worked very hard and improved beyond expectations. People earn their grades here by hard work and attention to the rules and details. I have loved the experience so far knowing that I have learned so very much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Online learning is convenient for people who need to fit school with work and family. Academy of Art University online understands and helps with many resources and people who are available to answer questions. My best advice is to try not to get behind, because it is so difficult to catch up.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University online is convenient and challenging for artists of all disciplines. They focus on traditional media and digital art both. The instructors are approachable and encouraging; the councelers helpful and understanding.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You are not aloud in campus buildings unless you have a student or faculty ID card.

    Greek Life

    I believe there is one Sorority and one Fraternity, not completely sure.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a couple of gyms, a pool, many clubs, and a variety of workshops, which are all free for students.

    Great for these types of students

    Unique, open minded, adventurous, and willing to learn.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some classes by Fisherman's Warf.

    Bang for the buck

    The school's tuition is well worth what you are getting for in an education.

    What to do for fun

    Well the school is in San Francisco, what isn't there to do for fun. There is Fisherman's Warf, Alcatraz, shopping, dining, and sight seeing.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing, and it caters to everyone. If you are an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan, or just trying to eat healthy there is something for you. The options are endless, and there is always something different.

    Dorm Life

    What I like about the dorms is that it's a nice, comfortable, safe place to sleep. The security is great. What I don't like about the dorms is that it is in the city; and the city is a bit noisy, but it's not that bad and you get used to it.

    Academic Rigor

    The school holds students to professional standards, which is why they are really tough on grading. The school pushes you to be the best you can be. They want you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    You have the talent, the school teaches you the skill to become more amazing than you already are. If it gets tough, don't give up, just keep trying.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University is an amazing school for artists by artist of all kinds. The instructors are very skilled, talented, and amazing. Also the school is filled with spectacularly talented students.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students of the Arts who do not have access to the education locally.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost is high, with Financial Aid I can only afford two courses a semester.

    What to do for fun

    Get with the other students, they will help you learn and grown.

    Food and Dining

    I go online and do not live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I go online and do not live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This school keeps you busy.

    Tips for prospective students

    While you can work the schedule online around your life, you need to still make time for school.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University is amazing. I am getting the education and opportunities that I am unable to get living where I do. I would suggest anyone wanting to get an education in the arts to go here.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The school does a very good job of making students feel safe. Every campus has someone at the door and no matter the time of day adding to the sense of security.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a plethora of different clubs and activities available to students. Whether it be sports or gaming clubs this school encourages lasting friendships.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students looking to challenge their skills. There will always be a class that teaches you more about what you're good at and what you need to improve on.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Can't think of any, but there is a good sense of family and friendship between the students.

    Bang for the buck

    Although seemingly expensive, in my first year I feel like I've learned so much already and can only begin to imagine all that I'll know once I graduate.

    What to do for fun

    The school offers workshops that help you better yourself as an artist as well as offer an opportunity to learn from your fellow peers at the school

    Food and Dining

    Whether you're on the meal plan or not there are plenty of options.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't personally stay in the dorms, but I've yet to hear anything bad about dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Unlike what I've heard from other art schools, Academy of Art really expects the absolute best from their students and the challenge of it really does foster an environment that produces some amazing artists.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for truly challenging work. Take your first semester to test the waters if you're uncertain about which major is right for you.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art has been everything I was looking for in a school and more. Despite the long hours and hard work, there hasn't been a single day that I didn't feel that this was the school for me. Every class I've attended has taught me something new both in the arts and where I stand as a student.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    has a great food court.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are excellent.

    Tips for prospective students

    visit the campus first and see if it is the right fit for you.

    In three sentences

    This school has a great art program. I am thinking about applying. This could be a great school for me.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    When I got the manuals and information when I was first looking into AAU, San Francisco looked full of art and culture and it definitely is an exciting place to be if you are pursing the arts!

    Food and Dining

    Again I do not live on campus beings an online student but I give four stars because every place has a down fall in food.

    Dorm Life

    I am going to give five stars though I am an online student and have never been in the dorms. I say five stars because everyone at AAU is friendly.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors will challenge you to do your best and push you beyond your limits at times but it is worth it because your work will reflect the new skills you learned.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are taking classes online, make sure you put forth your best effort and participate as much as possible. You will learn a lot from your other classmates and your professor just by reading their feedback and interacting.

    In three sentences

    The instructors are great; they are working in the fields you are studying. Everything is easy to use online and you are still getting the same education as on campus. I love attending AAU!

  • 01/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    There is one fraternity and one sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs, not really known. So many members not so much participation.

    Great for these types of students

    Art loving, computer and printing savvy, creative, and have money.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campus is allround the city of San Francisco.

    Bang for the buck

    Little more buck than bang. Hard to say, for the school is good, but not sure if it is worth the price tag.

    What to do for fun

    Go out to art events, shows, and personal activities.

    Dorm Life

    Never lived in the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have many scholarships and grants. Stay on top of work at all times. And go over the top on any and all projects.

    In three sentences

    Great school for learning your craft by people in your craft. Very expensive and money hungry. Materials not included and counselors are not very good at their job.

  • 01/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The AAU offers a number you can call if you're ever in a bad situation or lost and someone will come get you. you can feel safe knowing there are people out there who are there to help. Also there's a lot of security, and they're attentive to the surroundings.

    Great for these types of students

    If your a book worm or like research and movies and whatnot, the library is awesome. they even have a theatre you can rent out with your friends with movies you can rent out too !

    Bang for the buck

    Movie nights at the Urban Knights Cafe- they have free movies that are new and offer drinks and popcorn. cant complain about a free movie on a big screen with some friends. the gym- The gym is free!! it has everything you'll ever need and will never need to pay for a membership again as long as your a student. not only is there a gym and a pool for free, but they also offer classes like dance and yoga and sometimes massages!

    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun in SF. usually the dorms are putting on activities and there are forum boards with info and websites. If all else fails, pull up the computer and search things to do in San Fransisco, you'll find something!

    Food and Dining

    The foods not bad, but i wouldn't get sucked into the food program unless you have to. If you have allergies or a sensitive stomach, definitely stay away from the meal plan at the dorms, its kind of a cafeteria set up, so sometimes the main meals might have something your allergic too and the only other option is something less appealing. i would go for a dorm with a kitchen if you have this problem, or knight cash.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are fun ! if you are a first time student and coming from out of state, i would suggest it! don't get sucked in to the rumors of each building. they are all an experience in themselves. You should be clean in your room, keeping your clothes off the floor and stuff like that, bed bugs and other critters can get you if you're not careful. at AAU, you have to be full time to stay in the dorms. so be aware of this, it can be a handful, but then again, not worrying about your bills equals out the weight sometimes. but all in all , dorms are great! i might go back to them soon.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging enough to keep you interested and on your toes. sometimes four courses can be a bit much, for some it can seem impossible to do, but its possible for some. Really it all depends on time management and how badly you want to succeed. If you love what your doing, its more fun than a chore.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you really know what you want to do before you enroll here. if you think you want to test the waters in a community college first , you should. This is a school where you kind of should be sure you know you want to be there, there's a lot of money and time involved and you cant transfer back to community colleges. just make sure you do your research well before making a decision.

    In three sentences

    Academy of art university is a fun, hands on, real, and exciting. Your getting to experience the city of San Francisco while learn about what you love from people who love what they do. A real learning experience.

  • 02/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus safety program is very effective. They will pick you up if you are lost and even if its as late as 3 am. No one can enter the building without an id and there is always some nearby if you need assistance.

    Clubs and Activities

    african student union speak out sororities/frats gaming fashion LGBT

    Great for these types of students

    The school is great for deep thinkers and often considered weird people. Here you will be amongst friends

    Bang for the buck

    its expensive but worth your while

    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs that you can join on campus. Also there are many night clubs surrounding the area that can be enjoyable as well.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good for the most part but I rather cook myself.

    Dorm Life

    In the dorms you will get to know a lot people who share you interest. One thing that is bothersome is that there are a lot of rules for the dorms. Some of the rules seem unnecessary.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is very tasking but is worth while if you love what you are doing. There is strict policy on absences and you can be given a F if you are absent more than 3 times. On a positive not you do not have to come to the school with any prior experience in your field.

    Tips for prospective students

    A tip before attending the Academy of Art is to know exactly what you want to do career wise. It is not a school that you want to waste of a lot time at. Not only is it costly it is very specific to your career so every moment is precious.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art has been one of the best experiences in my life. It opened the door for me to study something I love in a small and personal environment. Also it is the only art school in the country that offered a sports program.

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    not there yet

    Dorm Life

    Not there yet

    Academic Rigor

    From what I've seen people are doing well who have gone to the school and doing great finding work after.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always have a back up college if you find something you do not like for your college of choice. Always leave your options open and if you want online classes check to see if they offer. Because Academy of art university does : )

    In three sentences

    Will definately by my college of choice.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Stay open-minded! Get everything you can out of your years here because they will fly by.

    What to do for fun

    The school provides trips to Tahoe, tickets to theater shows, movie nights, sports games, and workout classes. There may also be discounts via student ID at many San Francisco locations.

    Food and Dining

    I have never eaten food straight from the Academy; I buy what I find in the city.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in the dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    Accept all of the help offered to you by your advisors; do not take it for granted because they are there to make sure you get the best outcome from your academic experience.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University is a great place for artistic expression as well as bettering yourself as an artist. I have taken many classes that challenge me and in turn I have used those skills for more than just my major. I am definitely enjoying my academic experience.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great. There is a guard in duty at all times at all buildings.

    Greek Life

    Getting there

    Clubs and Activities

    Great activities like Rock climbing and trips to resorts.

    Great for these types of students

    Any kind of student.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes this school gives you the education you pay for.

    What to do for fun

    Go to student events and hangout with fellow classmates.

    Food and Dining

    Foods great as well!

    Dorm Life

    Great dorm life and events to get to know your fellow classmates. You get to create great connections with people that's are studying in different areas. Very friendly environment as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to class everyday!! Be on time and have your homework in as expected. Do your best the teachers are grey but it's up to you to make what you have worth it.

    In three sentences

    A great school where the teachers guide you and are there for you when you're struggling in your subject. Lots of workshops and great advisors that guide you throughout your studies whether you're online or insure student. Teachers that have worked in the field you are studying and know what they're doing is a great relief.

  • 02/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Take online classes don't go to the school.

    Food and Dining

    I live at home.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home.

    In three sentences

    I love how the school has the opportunity to take classes online for my major. They're great at helping you getting to know the online setup. They are great at making sure you're doing great in class and have everything in order.

  • 02/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at this school. You are required to have a school badge to enter any of the buildings, and there are campus shuttles that run throughout the city.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many different clubs and activities constantly taking place through the school. And AAU is one of few art schools that has a sports team.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers eager to learn.

    Bang for the buck

    I love this school, and they do offer many different activities for students to get to know each other and have fun, but the school is very expensive, and some teachers do not take full advantage of the short class times to teach all that they can.

    What to do for fun

    Academy of Act offers many different student activities, from sporting evens, movie nights, to dance mixers.

    Food and Dining

    There are a few cafes that the school offers, with food that is moderate.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is not a school that you can slack off at, come here, and strive to learn and work as much as possible.

    In three sentences

    I love this school, and I feel that I am learning an adequate amount, and that I am likely to find a job after I finish at this school. However, I think that this school is far too expensive for what it offers. I wish that Academy of Art would help students more in finding scholarships and grants.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is really important in such a big city and The Academy of Art University does a great job at insuring the safety of its students.

    Clubs and Activities

    The Academy has MANY clubs and activities to look into. New clubs are constantly being made by new students who are passionate about what they do. Its guaranteed that each student can find one that they would fit into.

    Great for these types of students

    Academy of Art has a great environment for learning and having fun. I would recommend this school to anyone looking into a career in any field of art. You are introduced to many different kinds of people and cultures, there is an endless amount of inspiration coming from every corner in the city. This school is also very helpful for people who speak English as a second language, with special classes dedicated to those students and their needs. Also, the school has a great workshop program which allows students to work one on one with instructors on homework assignments. I personally go to these workshops two to three times a week. They're great!

    What to do for fun

    Academy of Art has many fun activities that go on throughout the week. Whether its attending the school sports games, going to yoga, or eating popcorn with your friends at movie night, there will always be something for people to go to when they need a short break from classes.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria is located in a central part of the school and is easy to access and find. Shuttle buses are constantly passing by the main building meaning, it is only a few minutes away from any dorm. The food is good and the eating area is kept relatively clean.

    Dorm Life

    The dormitories are clean and vary in styles and locations. In general the dorms are very roomy and comfortable. You get the opportunity to meet people from different majors which in turn can inspire you as a artist and help you connect with other fields of art.

    Academic Rigor

    Academy of Art is a challenging school, it requires students to be mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared to explore the boundaries of art, whether its learning about them or breaking them down, the Academy will help you find out where you fit in the world as an artist.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard everyday, live and breath your art, walk into class with an open mind, learn to take criticism, be passionate, be fearless, take chances, and never doubt yourself as an artist. Our differences are what set us apart, and they are the same qualities that will make you stand out.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University is a diverse and friendly school where the students are encouraged to explore and develop there artistic styles. I've been at the Academy for two semesters and I have never come across such inspiring and passionate teachers, all of whom are currently working in the field that I'm studying. The school offers many opportunities for the students to succeed, and I couldn't be happier with my decision to attend the Academy of Art University.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Each building is secured with ID scan-access only. Other than that, security can be found in most buildings to overlook anything that goes wrong or to help you if you are lost. A phone number is provided to all students if he/she feels the need to have a security guard walk him/her to their dorm after hours.

    Greek Life

    There is a fraternity and sorority that students can join through certain criteria that each group requires.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide variety of clubs that are run by AAU's very own students. You can easily find one that relates to your major and can help you to build connections and experiences beneficial to your future. You can find a full list of clubs and activities located on their website.

    Great for these types of students

    San Francisco is diverse in race, culture, sexuality- there is so much inspiration that comes into enrolling at AAU. Even for students that have difficulty being creative, there is something bound to influence you to help with your type of art. Don't be hesitant to approach people because everybody is unique there and every individual shares the same passion for art as you do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Each building is dedicated to specific majors. However do not be alarmed if you find yourself placed with students that don not have the same major as you. Some main locations that students may want to check out are: Library, Mac Lab, ARC is located in 180 New Montgomery / Financial Aid is at 150 Hayes / Admissions at 79 New Montgomery and there are 4 Utrecht stores located near/in the school as well.

    Bang for the buck

    As art students, we are required to purchase a lot of materials to succeed. When people hear coupons, people think they are only for people who can not afford it. NO THEY ARE NOT- when you see coupons provided by Utrecht sometimes lying around the campus, pick one up. You never know when you might need it. Using coupons is a way to save money to buy other items. Even a dollar salvaged from the coupon can get you tool that can last all semester. So research where to get the best deals first!

    What to do for fun

    San Francisco is a huge city and you can find yourself sightseeing to having a night out at clubs, parties etc. For international or out-of-state students that do not necessarily know where to go to hang, AAU has a group known as Campus Life that plans events for students to do. Events range from informational guest speakers to relaxing massages or coming to watch bands play.

    Food and Dining

    Academy of Art University does NOT have their own cafeteria like typical UC and CSU colleges provide. There are tables, some vending machines, and a couple of microwaves, but to eat, most students bring their own lunch. Some students walk to nearby restaurants or fast food chains as well. There is an Urban Knights Cafe owned by the school, but it may be difficult to go eat there and come back on class on time.

    Dorm Life

    Housing on-campus costs as a high as $7000 per semester. The dorms are noÂ?t the best, but they provide the essentials to giving students a place to stay while they attend AAU. Originally the university was only one building, but as time passed, buildings around SF were purchased and became part of the campus. Living in dorms can be anywhere from walking distance to class to riding the city transportation systems or using the school shuttle bus.

    Academic Rigor

    The workload is strenuous and there is no room for procrastination. You may find yourself with only a few moments of personal time, so if you aÂ?re someone who goes by 'play first, work later'; this school is definitely not for you. Each assignment requires an estimate of 15-20 hours depending on how much you aim for a high grade. In fact, instructors tell students early on that receiving an A grade is nearly impossible and most students are given (average) C's. The teachers themselves are professionals, but they lack teaching skills. Other students mainly give feedback and it is up to you to receive their criticism as a positive thing to better yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is extremely expensive compared to if you were to start off in a community college. AAU is one of the least expensive of art schools, but most students enrolled here depend on financial aid. Even if your tuition is paid in full, materials that are required for the class will decrease your wallet-size. This is something that many potential students should consider because unless you're willing to sacrifice your time and money, transferring credits may not be accepted at other schools.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University is the place to be if you are determined to succeed in all aspects that the school throws at you. The workload is rigorous and consuming- no time for procrastination and little personal time. If you have a deep passion to continue art as a career, AAU will aid you along the way to reaching your fullest potential with the skills they teach and the networks that you will develop.

  • 04/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    High security, you have to scan your ID to get into any building.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of activities.

    Bang for the buck

    Good school, really pricey.

    Food and Dining

    Food is not good! Don't get the meal plan if you can help it.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is welcoming and friendly and there are lots of events for you to get involved and meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging, but doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and don't be late for class, thats all you need to know.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University is a great school, but quite expensive. You need to be ready to work hard to get good grades. The cost of dorms and food are really pricey.

  • 04/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Coming to this is the decision you will make.

    In three sentences

    Coming to Academy of Art was the best decision I made. Because made me want to learn more,and the instructor are there.

  • 04/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Be very careful about applying here.

    In three sentences

    This school is expensive. This school is EXTREMELY expensive. Can't tell if it's worth it.

  • 04/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is available 24 hours a day. Even though the dorms and school buildings are at various locations, Safety personnel are always available to help with transportation issues.

    Greek Life

    I am not aware of any.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various ethnic clubs as well as religious, sports, and hobby clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    AAU is great for non-traditional learners who prefer hands-on learning.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Urban Cafe is a great place to hang out and meet fellow students.

    Bang for the buck

    I am a music production major. I like the fact that several of my classes are taught by teachers that have first hand life experience. I also have opportunities to have hands-on learning by working with sound boards and the latest computer technology and programs.

    What to do for fun

    Being in a large city there is a lot of extra curricular things to visit and see. There is the Embarcadero, Pier 39, The San Francisco Giants and AT&T Park. If you enjoy art and museums, there are always displays and shows around town.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the dorm buildings have an onsite cafe which serves 3 meals a day. There are also a lot of small restaurants, coffee shops, and pubs throughout the city. Many of the restaurants participate in the schools Knight Kash program where you can preload a card and use it to purchase food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms consist of various apartment like buildings located throughout the city. You are able to choose the type of dorm you prefer or can afford. Whether you choose to room with 3 others or share a bathroom with another room, there are several types to choose from.

    Academic Rigor

    There is homework every week and tests or quizzes often. Depending on your major and the particular class, it may seem more challenging than others.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you plan to live in San Francisco while attending AAU, it can be expensive. Plan accordingly for housing costs, food and neccessities. Since the campus is not just in one location of the city like some state universities, expect to walk or take transportation to some of your classes. The school does offer transportation to class locations and dorms.

    In three sentences

    AAU is great for students wanting to earn a degree for something that is already their passion.

  • 05/01/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I think it's good to my career.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Though the school is extremely expensive, it's worth it in all of the things that you get to learn and take away from the classes.

    What to do for fun

    Share art with others and go to local events.

    Food and Dining

    The school is located all over down town so there are plenty of dining opportunities at a fair price for students all around.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is really nice a easy to connect with. It makes great relationships for later in the art world.

    Academic Rigor

    Very high standing classes that if you don't know what you got yourself into, you may struggle with the grading system.

    Tips for prospective students

    It always helps to know someone already attending to get the lay down of how everything works, and though there is a lot to do, don't be afraid of it.

    In three sentences

    A great place to learn valuable knowledge about the arts. It's a place surrounded and full of art and great people. A very highly respected place with really nice and friendly people.

  • 05/25/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    AAU keeps 24 hour security handy for protection purposes. Only people with school I.D.s have access to the dorms/residents.

    Clubs and Activities

    This school offers so many activities and clubs. If you want you can even create own!

    Great for these types of students

    AAU is a school for anyone with passion and a true love for the arts. It's open door policy leaves endless possibilities for incoming students to truly spread their wings.

    What to do for fun

    They have Movie Knight, where people come to eat and watch movies. They also have sporting events and many clubs to participate in, or even create your own.

    Food and Dining

    Academy of Art University has cafes that offer many multifarious foods for students to indulge in. They also have Knight Kash that students can use at certain restaurants around town.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are beautiful, small, but nice.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is awesome because they actually have hired teachers that are currently in the field(s) that we aspire to be in!

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice for students is just to really take full advantage of this school. They offer sports, clubs, and many activities.

    In three sentences

    I give AA five stars. The people that worked there were so kind and helpful. I'm so elated to be attending this school on the fall.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is hard for them to control since the campus is the city. But they are very good about only letting students into all buildings and making people sign in to dorms with no overnight guests unless approved. Campus shuttles run frequently.

    Greek Life

    I don't think we have a Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    School has lots of clubs and activities. Free yoga classes, zumba, running, dance etc. Every year cheap trips to Tahoe and Yosemite.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for art students who want to live in San Francisco. Only for driven people, if you aren't sure what you want to do don't go here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is the whole city. They own about 48 buildings all over. Bay to Breakers is an annual 12k run/ costume contest/ party. This is something to experience.

    Bang for the buck

    It is an expensive school. Even if it is a good education I don't think it should cost this much.

    What to do for fun

    San Francisco is filled with fun things to do. If you are bored it is not the citys fault. Festivals, live music, yoga classes, sports games, bars, clubs, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls are ok. For the price you mine as well just go to the grocery store but if you don't have a kitchen then get a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms I lived in, Half Moon Lofts, were really nice. The loft style 21+ apartments fit 4-5 people. I would recommend here or Bluxome over any of the 18+ dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Design is hard to give grades, it is all opinion based. If you get a C that is average. A B is above average and an A means the teacher would hire you for a job.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what major you want before going to this school. Normally it takes about 5 years to get your Bachelor's Degree so if you switch majors it will take a very long time. You get out of it with what you put into it.

    In three sentences

    Overall this is a good art school, each department is very different depending on your major. The teaching method is basically figure it out on your own. It is not a school to teach you, only to critique your work. The only bad thing is it is a very slow process to graduate.

  • 06/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    All the buildings has security entrance. You need your student ID to open the door electronically. If you do not have, you need to sign. I did not experience any security problem from the outside. But there were some sad experience from the outside. One of my friends got her bag including money and final projects (!) stolen.

    Clubs and Activities

    I do not have any activity in any club because of the pretty busy schedule however as I know the school has very good activities in different clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    It is a great school for the students who can spend all her/his time for the art.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It is an urban school but has a lot of campuses. All the buildings are located around San Francisco. But it could be better if the school has one big campus that includes all majors and departments. Shuttles run around the city during the classes but it means spending your time on the way. It is a private school and deserves better building that has synergy with all departments in one place.

    Bang for the buck

    I am proud of being an Academy student. It definitely deserves the money that you spend. However I wish it could do lower the price. If you do not have scholarship, it is pretty hard to pay all the money.

    What to do for fun

    The school focuses in all athletics. It has a lot of student team for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Unfortunately, Academy has no cafe in most of the campuses. You need to bring your own lunch, or eat at outside.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in dormitory, but have friends living there. As I know they are pleased to live in dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not an easy art school. You will sweat. However, success is %90 sweat, %10 talent.

    Tips for prospective students

    I strongly recommend to be a member of Facebook group of Academy. It prepares you to have some idea about the school before you start your first day. All students share feelings, ideas, needs, anything that you might need there. I also would like to remind you that studio classes usually need expensive tools from art stores. Even though it depends on the classes, just prepare yourself to spend some money except food, dining, accommodation, tuition, etc.

    In three sentences

    Being in Academy is a great feeling with amazing artists and instructors. It has a pretty professional environment in all campuses. Since it is an urban school in San Francisco, you have already been in a city that has an artistic view.

  • 06/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Online student - can't comment.

    Greek Life

    Online student - can't comment.

    Clubs and Activities

    Online student - can't comment.

    Great for these types of students

    Dedicated, motivated, ambitious, talented.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Online student - can't comment.

    Bang for the buck

    Affordable compared to other high level art schools.

    What to do for fun

    Online student - can't comment.

    Food and Dining

    Online student - can't comment.

    Dorm Life

    Online student - can't comment.

    Academic Rigor

    Be prepared to work rigorously towards your academic goals. This school is not for the feint of heart.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your life into a routine that will allow you plenty of time to devote to classes. The workload is heavy so you will need to be very dedicated.

    In three sentences

    This is a fantastic school for learning professional level skills in many areas of art. The workload is extremely heavy so you have to be a hard worker to make it. High dropout rate but also great networking ops and ties with big companies for graduates.

  • 06/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are a great deal of clubs available for students

    Great for these types of students

    Art, Design, Acting, Photography. The online classes are great for students who learn best at home.

    Bang for the buck

    You will learn a great deal, and the classes are worth the money

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities for the student body.

    Food and Dining

    Again, I am an online student. I have no answer for food and dining

    Dorm Life

    I am an online student, but campus life has a lot to offer, including a campus shuttle.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are serious about attending Academy of Art University, you will need to make sure you can handle working hard and managing your time wisely. Make sure you can afford to attend.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University is a great college for aspiring artists to pursue their dream of working in the professional world. The onsite, and online class options are a great flexible way for students to earn their degree, as well as being able to work and earn income while attending college. I would recommend anyone to this great art school.

  • 07/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I really wouldn't know how living on campus is because I live in Michigan and attend online- however I couldn't imaging it being bad!

    Dorm Life

    I really wouldn't know how living on campus is because I live in Michigan and attend online- however I couldn't imaging it being bad!

    Academic Rigor

    I love online learning- and I am very happy that I transferred to the Academy of Art! Each class is leading to endless results! The best thing you can do is prepare yourself for an awesome amount of knowledge!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get in early- as getting into any school can be quite vigorous. Each teacher is here to help and if you ever have any issues that you want worked out just send them an email and you will have a response in no time!

    In three sentences

    The professors are 100% for the students and there success! All of the classes are hands on and they really try to get you to understand whats going on! This school is the best and is teaching us for the real job market once we are finished.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Artistic students come on down!

    Bang for the buck

    You get a little bang for the buck and the bank gets a total knockout.

    What to do for fun

    As a former visitor, stay aware you are in San Francisco! There are some cool, free, yes free, places around town and some neat things to take part in.

    Academic Rigor

    The school goes hard, in a great way, to secure a great learning experience. So that you may carry this experience into the wild of mankind. And Shine. I received my schedule for interior design and did a little research and people say its some work and it is mandatory you keep up. But so far its by ear. Well, eyes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for many scholarships and grants as possible before applying to this college. It will leave the bank dry, but I hear it is worth it. So just save yourself the trouble, and be sure of what you want to do, passionate, so you stay determined.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    At the Academy of Art University there are many fun places to explore since most of the many campuses are located throughout the downtown and pier area of San Francisco. One can literally travel from one end of San Francisco to the other and enjoy parks, museums, art galleries, shopping malls, bookstores, etc with an accompaniment of a friend and the desire to walk and explore the many sights. San Francisco is an exciting place to explore for all students with unlimited resources to enjoy and explore the famous windy city.

    Food and Dining

    The AAU has most of their campus buildings with some basic food and dining areas, but not all have a large area for dining. There are very few buildings with a large cafeteria/food market available, but the ones that are attached with the larger food venues are enough to have a delicious lunch and comfortable conversation with one's peers. If one is the type that packs a lunch, there are plenty of areas to enjoy your homemade meals.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at the AAU does not apply to me since i commute within the area, but the information that i have from peers that live in the dorms varies. Some of my close friends state that some dormitories may be loud with limited space for personal belongings and others may be more spacious and with a quieter environment. I believe that a student should do his/her research prior to considering the dorms to have a broader perspective on the dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at the AAU is a level of high expectations and like i stated before, professional. In every class that one registers for, the minimum expectant hours for each course is 10 hours, minimum. Most of the time 10 hours are not enough so the student must be prepared to have a huge workload and must have efficient time management skills.

    Tips for prospective students

    For prospective students that are seeking to attend at the Academy of Art University, there is in no doubt that one must be passionate and 100% sure of what one wants to study in the art related field. If one is coming directly to the Academy of Art University after high school, i strongly recommend to attend a junior college so that one can get the experience of the workloads that are expected in a college environment. The AAU expects professional level work without any excuses, period!

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University is a rigorous school where it's product, (students), is transformed into a knowledgable and well rounded artist. Regardless of what major one choses to pursue, the information that is taught at the university is at the most informative and professional level one will experience. Along the road to achieving an AA, BFA, or a Master's degree in any major will be a bumpy and adventurous one, but the results in one's knowledge will become greater and worthwhile.

  • 07/30/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Clubs and Activities

    I like the teams in the school and the name of them. (Urban Knight)

    What to do for fun

    There is a few bars out and clubs; and there is also a great Diner down the street from the dorms on Sutter St.. It's called Lori's Diner.

    In three sentences

    They have nice and creative dorms. The classes that I am attending is amazing; when I seen the programs and computers I felt at home. The teachers are great too they know how to teach you from where you are from.

  • 08/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    I felt as though I learned some new information on the subjects at hand but for the money I would have liked the online courses to be more interactive and technologically savvy.

    Academic Rigor

    I felt as though the grading system was fair.

    Tips for prospective students

    I am an online student, so a bit of advice to my fellow online pupils stay organized and do not delay your projects.

    In three sentences

    Having completed my first semester in the spring, my impression is that the online courses could be a bit more interactive. I feel that for the cost of tuition, they are not up to par with technology. One of my instructors was pretty much absent and I felt as if it was left up to the textbook to do the teaching.

  • 08/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those that are new to online college, for those that are busy with work, kids and personal life, and for those that rather work at their own pace.

    What to do for fun

    Connect with students from the Academy of art University app on Facebook if you are an online student or planning on going to school on campus. Many students in that area know what to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    I am an online student.

    Dorm Life

    I am an online student.

    Academic Rigor

    The majors for this school isn't limited, so there are many majors and sub majors to choose from.

    Tips for prospective students

    Stay ahead of assignments and reading, once you get behind then it becomes a catch up game. If you are struggling with a certain assignment don't be afraid to ask for help from the ARC (academic resource coach). If you are worried about taking online courses don't be because each module is packed with tips, exercises and video instructions.

    In three sentences

    Very unique and easy going classmates. Instructors are down to earth and helpful. The time given for each assignment is wonderful.

  • 08/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Well, you can always organize an event in the building. The Piers are close to some of the dorm rooms and friends are always close by!

    Food and Dining

    I wish I could say more but I have not had our food and dining yet.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are awesome! I enjoyed my time with my roommate and she introduced me to a lot of new people. The RA's also try to get people involved as much as possible.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be pretty difficult but it's only so that you can succeed in your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your advisor a lot! They are very helpful. Make sure you keep in contact with you financial aid advisor at all times! And as for you books, try to rent them instead of buying, way cheaper in the end.

    In three sentences

    They have great programs for most intending majors. They are very open on their payment options. Lastly, they are efficient in making sure you get the classes that you need.

  • 08/28/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything you could think of, just look it up. My favorite thing was to get away from the city by going on hikes or just hanging on the pier watching boats and sea lions.

    Food and Dining

    School cafeteria was not the best and food plan was a joke. Living in the city, you have every food you can think of in walking or bus distance.

    Dorm Life

    Great way to make friends and create creative groups and network with future co-workers.

    Academic Rigor

    As a graphic design major, the work load was intense most of the time. Every teacher expects you to work the hardest and put the most hours into their class alone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Network, network, network and time management skills are a must.

    In three sentences

    Was a great learning experience and socializing time in my life. Being in the middle of San Francisco, with the city as your campus has great benefits as well as frustrations (such as grocery shopping trips). Great skills learned, lots of money paid, lots of ups and downs with the work load, and little help in job search when graduating.

  • 09/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    This school is pricey, but you are getting your moneys worth. These classes are built on classical principles and the teachers are talented and passionate about what they do. It's contagious!

    What to do for fun

    Since it's located in San Francisco, there's always something to do!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a financial plan, the school is a bit pricey. Come in with a game plan. It's easy to be distracted by all the commotion in the school and in the city and lose focus of what you really want to do.

    In three sentences

    The classrooms are cozy, the faculty are personable, and the resources are always more than helpful. You really get what you pay for. Can make an artist out of anybody!

  • 09/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The Academy of Art has many events that their students can attend and enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    The Academy of Art will make sure their students have delicious food and that it is prepared correctly.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are made so that every student is satisfied with their dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academy of Art will challenge their students so that they will be the best they can be. They are challenged to see what they can do, then they are helped and shown a way to improve their current knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be challenged. This school will try to get the best out of their students. The Academy of Art will turn anyone into a great professional in any of the majors they offer.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University gives their students great support. The staff are always willing to help any student with any project or work. It is a great school that will get you on track with the most up to date knowledge so that the graduate can be well prepared for the future.

  • 09/12/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    5 TIPS TO STAY SAFE 1. Be cautious at parties. Date rape drugs are prevalent at college parties and many are impossible to detect without a test kit, so it's important to never set down a drink and come back to it. 2. Go with groups. It's also best to go to parties or unknown areas with a group and leave with that group. In the interim, the group can watch out for its members -- especially when alcohol is involved because personalities can change under the influence. 3. Choose well-lit ATMs and parking lots. Making a stop at a cash machine is a common for college students, but predators can use ATMs in less-traveled locations as a hunting ground. Dark parking lots are also a dangerous spot, but if there are no other options, remember that there is safety in numbers and campus security guards will escort a student to a vehicle. 4. Lock doors to prevent hall-cruising assaults. A significant amount of on-campus violence comes from hall cruising. This occurs when innocent-looking predators gain access to a dormitory, residence hall or sorority home with the help of trusting residents and then prowl the halls to check for unlocked doors and victims.

    Greek Life

    I'm really obsessed with Japanese cartoons called Anime. I've been animation and drawing anime for years. I'm always dreaming of going to an anime convention but I haven't been able to attend

    Clubs and Activities

    Art club

    Great for these types of students

    Do your best and you will success

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure If the campus has security and close the to the school. Most college campus don't have much seurtiy.

    Bang for the buck

    If I need money to support myself for college. I'd try to find a job at the college like the school's cafe if there hiring

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with my friends, Go to the mall, and do animation.

    Food and Dining

    Some school food is ok but it's more highly recommended if you eat healthy. try to stay away from chips, soda and candy. Eat fruits and veggies. You'll be more wide wake and for alert.

    Dorm Life

    I'd make sure if I'm comfortable with my roommate. If I don't like my roommate. I'll go to the office and ask for a new roommate for a new dorm to stay.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you and pay attention to your attendance and participation requirements, you are sure to do extremely well at that university

    Tips for prospective students

    Before graduating high school 1)Make sure that disability documentation and special education reports are up to date and obtain a copy for your records. 2)Understand your specific disability and the support you are currently receiving. 3) Before taking the SAT, inquire about special accommodations for testing. 4) Develop reading, study, time management and organizational skills.

    In three sentences

    My mother found this university that was close to my hometown. I'm hoping to get a scholarship so I'll be able to attend at this university. I love art and I believe this school will help me.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The online program is overpriced and I feel that the professors don't really do much. You learn the most from other students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get your work done early in each week's class. Some professors allow you to fix work for a better grade.

    In three sentences

    There's a reason why their graduation rate is only 35%. They allow anyone into the school with no requirements.

  • 11/14/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    I will not be living on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    I will be taking online classes which I haven't started yet.

  • 11/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    San Francisco is a very safe city to live in.

    Greek Life

    None really.

    Great for these types of students

    Commercial art

    Bang for the buck

    It was the most affordable art school I found in California.

    What to do for fun

    Go out and see the opening receptions at all the art galleries. Visit the different neighborhoods in San Francisco and make sure you venture out.

    Food and Dining

    I wouldn't recommend the meal plan if you live in dorms unless you actually live near the building with the cafeteria. Cooking for yourself is cheaper.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the dorms the first year of school, but found it better once I moved into an apartment instead. There is not a big campus lifestyle since the school itself is more spread out throughout the city.

    Academic Rigor

    It is a good challenge and you learn many great skills and techniques.

    Tips for prospective students

    The first year can be hard, but the further you go you can branch out to create the kind of art you want to do.

    In three sentences

    Great for art students wanting to learn traditional fine art skills that will help open doors to more forms of art. The teachers are professional artists and most teach part time, so you learn from people who are teaching from personal experience.

  • 11/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Since the school is based in downtown San Francisco, it is close to the Moscone Center, Union Square and the Westfield Shopping Center. Other odd yet nice places to go to that are relatively close are chinese restaurants in China Town and Japan Town. The piers are still somewhat far but also available close to the Embarcadero Bart station.

    Food and Dining

    Academy of Art University offers it''s own meal plans which includes three meals a day at their cafeteria. Many students who are not on the meal plan tend to eat out in downtown San Francisco which could get expensive at times.

    Dorm Life

    Students are better off living off campus due to the pricing of dormitory. I personally live off campus and commute an hour to San Francisco to go to class. I have classmates that live in the dormitories and have described that there are strict curfews set and strict rules against visitors. For the same amount of money or even less, you can have your own apartment or share an apartment, loft or house with other students at the Academy of Art University and have your own set of rules.

    Academic Rigor

    When attending Academy of Art University, one has to be prepared to dish out twenty to forty hours per week on homework assignments or projects assigned during the semester. Professors are pressured by the department directors to grade accordingly in comparison to actual industry standards. Assignments are not graded easily and the final grades project the quality of skill you have in the industry. One has to have very good work ethic set in order to be successful at this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    In order to be successful at the Academy of Art, one has to come in with good habits of setting time aside for homework and projects. It''s beneficial to attend the available workshops corresponding to the classes that you take because they offer extra help on your homework assignments and even extra projects that you have set for yourself. Always make sure to keep in contact with your professors since they do not mind giving you advice even after you''re not a current student in their class. Also, be prepared to sacrifice some, if not all, social life you may have due to the intensity of class schedule and homework assignments. If anything, you can shake things up and make life exciting by creating study groups or parties.

    In three sentences

    Academy of art University is a portfolio driven school where professors have an immense amount of experience in the art industry and implement their techniques and expertise into their courses. With the Academy of Art University''s annual Spring Show as their highlight, students aim to have their pieces showcased in hopes of being seen by top design companies'' recruiters who visit the show. Academy of Art University has the latest tools and expertise available to create the most well equipped graduate available for the art industry.

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    The amount being paid for this school is extravagant but I must say that the information that they give you to better your work is worth it. Not only are the classes and professors incredibly well informed but they also post seminars for students to attend that will help them in the career field.

    What to do for fun

    There are many art museums around San Francisco if you just go walking around. I even encountered one for Dr. Seuss. They also have many stores in the area that you can go to. Most memorable for me was the mall in the area. In the food court they had a light show on the ceiling. If you go out to fisherman's warf there is an awesome arcade museum with still playable games inside. Outside of that building they have some old wartime subs and ships that you can visit. On the warf you'll also come across street performers, tours of Alcatraz and also the Golden Gate bridge. If you feel like leaving San Francisco for a little bit you can visit San Jose and visit The Winchester Mystery House. Home to stairs that go nowhere and a door that opens to a drop off the second floor. There are tons of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Being in the San Fransisco bay area there are tons of great places for food. If you want to stay on campus they have full menus set up in their dining hall. If you want to go out on the town there are some great diners closer to the central part of the city, in china-town they have wonderful authentic meals, then if you decide to go to the fisherman's warf you can dine on freshly caught sea food or visit Bubba Gumps (famous due to their shrimp and the movie Forrest Gump).

    Dorm Life

    I do not live on campus, I am attending online. I am basing the next couple of reviews off of my visits to the academy. They have all been good experiences. The housing is beautiful and secure, everyone seems friendly, and the dorm rooms are awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is made for professionals and they expect that professional quality from all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard. This school is absolutely great and can get you where you want to go in any respective art field. Your teachers and advisers are incredibly helpful and friendly so don't be afraid to ask them questions. Make time for your studies and make sure to stay on top of your homework.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful school. The teachers are friendly and willing to help. Plus the classes are great and open the doors to new information and tools to expand your artistic career.

  • 11/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Self-motivated leader-types

    Bang for the buck

    AAU is among the cheapest private art institutions that one can attend. You get what you pay for. PUSH YOURSELF. Do not settle.

    What to do for fun

    Lots and lots of extracurricular clubs and activities are available just for enjoyment, or furthering skills that we acquire.

    Food and Dining

    The School of Industrial Design has a little cafe built into it, which has very limited and mediocre food.

    Dorm Life

    Have not lived in Academy of Art dorms, but they are scattered throughout the city of San Francisco, which is cool. I think for many, it saves them the hassle of looking for housing, especially if someone is new to the city.

    Academic Rigor

    I cannot speak to other disciplines, but for Industrial Design, there is almost no competitive portfolio review.It is very easy for most students on a graduate level to enroll in the program with close to no knowledge of the field, or competitive work examples. This lack in being selective about enrolling only the most promising students lowers the competitive bar, so you end up with a lot of mediocre students -- you will have to push yourself very hard. Eventually, those who do not have a true passion for the filed will drop out or pursue other majors, as Industrial Design tends to be a very tough field to be in. Many students show up without completing their assignments and will still pass the class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get in touch with alumni or current students to find out who the best instructors are -- they are ever-changing.

    In three sentences

    For the most part, classes are taught by passionate industry professionals, who will help you become the best if you show them your passion and hard work. Speaking only to the graduate school of Industrial Design, there is a lack of severe competition so you will need to push yourself if you want to get the most out of your education -- talent will only take you so far. Very accessible campus locations.

  • 12/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i dont even know why we have campus safety. Girls are constantly getting mugged, jumped or robbed on their way back home from studying or a friends house and campus safety does nothing. my friend recently had his laptop stolen from his dorm room and campus safety just shrugged their shoulders and said tough luck- like huh???

    Greek Life

    there is no greek life- no wait actually there is but its like soooo lame compared to real colleges

    Clubs and Activities

    all clubs are pretty lame here. but I mean it's a private art school, so eh

    Bang for the buck

    free tutoring. free talks with real companies for whatever major you're in.

    What to do for fun

    Go out with friends, enjoy the city.

    Dorm Life

    Every dorm as awful. There are no private bathrooms, and if you do get a private bathroom is shared with someone else. The rooms cost as much as a shared apartment with one other person, the rooms are freezing in the winter. It's honestly a horrible experience. But there's community kitchens so you can always share someone's food.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research before coming into this school. It has huge opportunities for their students but if you arent take advantage of them they're not work 30,000 a year. Just because it's an art school doesn't mean it's easy. Each studen gets about 10 hours of homework from their core classes, and doing those 10 hours only gets you about a C/C-.

    In three sentences

    A refiner, the academy takes uncut, jagged edged diamonds in the rought turns them into crystal cut diamonds. Liars when it comes to dorms. Money suckers.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I don't count on campus safety for my life, and that is saying a lot. Why? because, me and my friend were stuck at 180 for 2 hours at 12am to get a ride from them and they took to long to show up.

    Food and Dining

    I would say if you are gluten free or lactose, the only cafe you can go to is Rodin Cafe. I've seen in 625 Sutter cafe, hair in the food, and the reason why is because peoples hair mounts on the food when other people try and get there orders. I've seen, bugs on plates because the door is open for people to come in but I would say, going to the cafeteria and eating their let me meet new friends.

    Dorm Life

    I can't say that in dorm life it is terrible in general because it has only been my first semester but, beware if you have to share bathrooms( hallway bathrooms) because they tend to get messy cause of the girls. But dorm life is fun, it is adventurous and you get to meet new people, the only negative part is if you and your roomates don't click, its hard changing roomates after the third week.

    Academic Rigor

    The only reason why there are so many drop outs in the school is because, alot of people got opportunites early and they took it and/or they cannot pay for the schooling since its expensive and/or it is not for them, the school is not for them. The school is competive and it test you in the good ways.

    Tips for prospective students

    All i say is, If you need help, go to 79 Montgomery or talk to your professors because they will help you.

    In three sentences

    If you really want to come to this school, you will understand that it is competive and it is stressful. But most of all, it is expensive but even with all of that, it is a good school. Even if you see all the negative feedbacks, I say, give it a shot and see if you like it.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Their are lots of activities for student. If you have time for fun than you will have fun there is always something you can do.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining looks very good. And high quality.

    Dorm Life

    I am a online student, but all I have learned about the dorm life, It seams really amassing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have everything ready for first day of class. Find a quite place for your home work. Be ready to work your butt of. If you don't love what you are studding for you will probable look for something else. But if you love and have a hart for what you are studding for no mater the work lode you will get thro.

    In three sentences

    You never get bored. Always learning something new. Good explaining on what is expected of you for your projects.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    In the city, the sky is the limit! Being able to study in one of the most historical places is simply amazing. I'd check out the bars, lounges, and cafes.

    Food and Dining

    excellent vegetarian options. but there an amazing variety.

    Dorm Life

    Expensive but it's a good way to meet new people and make great long-lasting friendships.

    Academic Rigor

    Instructors have experience in the fields they teach so they know what they're talking about and know people in the industry.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay on top of you studies, stay motivated and passionate. Make everything you do Art. Tuition cost too much to take it for granted.

    In three sentences

    So far my experience with AAU, has been amazing. Being a web design major, it's important that we train and work with up-to-date equipment. AAU leases out their computers/equipment so every 2 years we are able to work with the tools need and used by professionals today.

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    People with family's or who's schedule is demanding but still wish for their dreams to come true.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    No comment

    Bang for the buck

    Every class is very worth wile.

    What to do for fun

    Play sports, visit family, spend time with friends, watch movies

    Food and Dining

    I am an online student

    Dorm Life

    I am not on campus

    Academic Rigor

    Each class is challenging, but in the end it is worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be as organized as possible, even if you are an online student, your schedule will dictate how successful you are in the program.

    In three sentences

    The Masters of Architecture program at AAU is amazing! I am currently an online student while working full time and I don't think my dreams would have been made possible if I didn't enroll in the program. My portfolio work has been consistantly strong, and while I am learning so much, I feel that the career I have always wanted is possible!

  • 01/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Bring my own food

    Dorm Life

    I dont live in the dorms

    In three sentences

    So far the classes are great, very detailed and a lot of work, but professor are very helpful. Class average is small abut 15 that helps a lot when having to get demonstrations from teachers or even asking for questions.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Although I'm an online student, they still offer stuff for online students.

    Food and Dining

    Once again, I'm an online student so I don't have to worry about it.

    Dorm Life

    I am able to live at home while attending the school all online.

    Tips for prospective students

    Seriously look around and really consider what you want to become and what you want to do with the rest of your life. This place is going to cost a big chunk of money.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art seems to be on top of the chain. Although you learn a lot and offers different workloads than other schools, it's extremely expensive and I wish there was a way it could be cheaper!

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    as far as i know there are no fraternaties/sororities associated with the school.

    Great for these types of students

    this school is great for anyone who is creative, and wants to use that creativeness to build a career.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    i was surprised to see that an art school had a sports program.

    What to do for fun

    there are loads of student communities both online and on campus.

    Dorm Life

    i have not been able to take campus classes. the cost of housing has risen by over $3,000 dollars since last year.

    Tips for prospective students

    college is tough in the first place, but when your learning art it can be even tougher because whatever you produce weather it be fashion, acting or painting is an expression of yourself. prospective student must remember that any criticism you get is not to insult you , it's to help you, remember what they tell you so that next time you don't repeat the same mistakes.

    In three sentences

    academy of art university is the perfect school for art lovers of all kind. I genuinely enjoy going to class. Though taking certain classes online can be difficult the teachers are understanding, and make it easy to do class work.

  • 01/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Walked to the bay,went to museums, visited Japan Town, San Francisco is so amazing.

    Food and Dining

    It was alright. The cafe in the Polk building was amazing.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm was so much fun I feel like my roommates and I were like sisters. Best time ever.

    Academic Rigor

    They really care about each and every student and offer individual help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to work and really push your creative mind. Always try your hardest and open your mind to new ideas.

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University has given me a chance to grow. I love the environment and the inspiration given to each student. I enjoy how truly passionate each teacher is to the subject they teach.

  • 01/23/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and ask questions

    In three sentences

    Its been a great opportunity being at this college I've learned so much. Being here has made learn new things and I will continue to learn new thing as well.

  • 01/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I'm an online student, so I can't say anything about.

    Food and Dining

    I'm an online student, so I can't say anything about.

    Dorm Life

    I'm an online student, so I can't say anything about.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers don't just give A's because you did a pretty job. They give A's depending on the project whether it looks professional or not.

    Tips for prospective students

    Invest as much of your time studying all material as it's really unique and professional, but if you miss something, you may lose something really important.

    In three sentences

    A great school. Everything they teach is intended to make us become professional students. They don't just want us to get a degree and get out there without knowing anything. They really want us to go out to the world and show the quality of a student graduated from the AAU.

  • 02/07/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    I love to draw and create media.

    Food and Dining

    Looks like a delicious delicacy

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. Future Students Will Love It.

    Academic Rigor

    Very Lovely And Rigor Learning Critique.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply Soon

    In three sentences

    The Academy of Art University prepares aspiring artists and designers for careers in the fields of art and design by delivering excellent undergraduate and professional degree and certificate programs. From its founding in 1929, the school's philosophy has been to hire established and practicing art and design professionals to teach future professionals.

  • 02/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    School and work are my life and in my spare time I go out and take photos!

    Food and Dining

    Bad for you! Buy your own food

    Dorm Life

    Horrible, they treat you like a child!

    Academic Rigor

    Hardest program I have ever had to do. The work load is insane!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be confused on what you want to do go into the school with nothing but passion and you will make it out.

    In three sentences

    A good school if you are prepared to do the work and pay for everything yourself. There are a lot of outside expenses that they do not warn you about. The programs are long but the education can be worth it. WORK HARD!

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for those who love art and have a creative mind.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is expensive. I am only in my second semester online and I am struggling to afford the tuition. However the classes seem to be worth it. The instructors are very good, and I have improved in my art skills since taking that courses online.

    Food and Dining

    Again, I am giving this a one because I do not live on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I am giving this a one because I do not attend on campus. The expenses to move and live on campus was outrageous for me personally.

    Academic Rigor

    There classes are great. I attend online for illustration, and I am learning and improving in my artistic abilities rapidly from taking their courses. I love the classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be aware of the cost of each semester that you will have to pay our of pocket. When attending online this can become a hassle and may get you in a sticky situation.

    In three sentences

    This school has very good courses for online students, the classes are challenging and informational. There online instructors are very helpful, and give great one on one interactions with the students. This is a wonderful school academically.

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun I enjoy cooking and entertaining with family and friends. Baking cookies with my kids.. Going out to the park and enjoying being a wife and mom

    Food and Dining

    I'm an online student

    Dorm Life

    I'm an online student

    Academic Rigor

    There are many subjects to focus on with this school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are planning on taking classes online like I have please take the time to create a schedule for your entire day and month. You may find yourself working on one project for a long time and maybe run out of time to get to another class. Always sign in no matter what and stay motivated. Online classes can be very challenging because it's up to you ta make sure you sign into class and get your work done unlike a traditional school where you are following along with everyone else. And have fun!

    In three sentences

    So far this has been a great experience. The teachers communicate well and the students do also. They make it easy to follow along.

  • 03/11/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt as safe anywhere else as I do here.

    Clubs and Activities

    Choir and drama clubs are loads of fun and excitement!

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely worh my money to go to school here.

    What to do for fun

    Take a walk, book store, choir club, etc.Theres no end of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty tasty.

    Dorm Life

    The roomies you get are fun and full of life.

    Academic Rigor

    It's challenging but alot offun and worth while.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have a plan for finacial aid, and prepare to work hard to earn your degree.

    In three sentences

    Academy of Art University is a great college for trying to pursue the arts. It's a lot cheaper than most colleges out there for the arts. I haven't been to a class but they look like fun from what I've seen so far, so I'm excited!

  • 05/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Does not apply

    Greek Life

    Does not apply

    Clubs and Activities

    AAUOO is a great online club. You will find different majors and great people to communicate with.

    Great for these types of students

    Teachers work well with you. Do not think its easy and you will breeze right threw. A great learning experience towards your degree.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I am a online student

    Bang for the buck

    The university give you all the information you need, its up to you to grab hold and master and run with it.

    What to do for fun

    I bowl within a league, spend a lot of time reading and trying to master my craft. I find time to just think to myself and map out my goals and dreams

    Food and Dining

    Because I am a online student this does not apply to me. I do know that once you go to the school website you are able to see a listing of places to dine.

    Dorm Life

    I am a online student

    Academic Rigor

    Fashion Design

    Tips for prospective students

    Read everything concerning the school and your major. Ask plenty of question and be prepared to focus and stay focused while in school. Make good friends that can help you along the way.

    In three sentences

    As a online student the outcome will be rewarding. They do not offer a lot of scholarships. You have to be focused to do well.

  • 06/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    100% online student

    Greek Life

    100% online student

    Clubs and Activities

    100% online student

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    100% online student

    What to do for fun

    100% online student

    Food and Dining

    100% online student

    Dorm Life

    100% online student

    Academic Rigor

    you have to devote a lot of time to your work but it's worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know how much time you can devote to each class. It is not easy but worth it.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school

  • 07/25/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This being in San Francisco, more often than not you will be out of sight of campus safety. You do have to watch out where you go in the city, but if anything happens the campus safety does a great job to help you and to report the problem. They are also very diligent about who gets into the school buildings and buses, so it is very unlikely that strangers will be able to sneak inside.

    Greek Life

    Many people do not join the fraternities and sororities, but those who do seem to enjoy it. These groups get together every once in a while to volunteer at places. For example, they head to parks to spend a day cleaning and ridding the location of trash.

    Clubs and Activities

    There seems to be a club for just about every interest possible. Many of the clubs, such as the Comic Book Club, is a way for students to get together to discuss comics and to collaborate on projects. They also provide many fitness activities, from yoga, to salsa dancing, to hip hop.

    Great for these types of students

    AAU is a great place for any artistic types. It also has very welcoming arms to anyone with a passion for comics, movies, and music. Furthermore, if you were a student who would turn in your homework with doodles all over the corners of the page, you will love it here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Almost all of the school locations are made from buildings that were constructed in the 1920s. The Powell Street building that holds illustration and figure drawing classes used to be a gentleman's club in the 20s.

    Bang for the buck

    This school is expensive, but the professors are very helpful and want you to succeed. As long as you give it your all, you will gain knowledge and skill.

    What to do for fun

    Being in San Francisco, one can spend a day shopping in Union Square, walking the piers, going to museums, or heading to a historical district to take in the culture. Bart and Muni can take you all around without being too expensive.

    Food and Dining

    The food at the caf�©s is actually better than what most other colleges' provide, but there is a lack of variety that can get boring after a while. The dining halls are comfy and the cooks are friendly. It is nice that they provide some vegan and vegetarian options, but they too have little variety.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are located all over San Francisco, so it's easy to find something to do outside of class time. The RA's are friendly and always are putting some event on to get everyone together to watch a movie, play a game, or to make a trip somewhere. The rooms can be small and expensive, but I would recommend spending the first year in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes that the school offers like English is fairly simple and not too time-consuming, but there are many other classes to make up for that. Much of the homework is not necessarily hard, but it does take a long time--especially if you have to correct mistakes after you turn it in. The amount of work is what makes the school so rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep in mind that this is not a college to goof off at or to dabble in crafts. This is a place for people who will do anything it takes to make sure they have a career in art. Work hard and put 100% into every assignment.

    In three sentences

    AAU is filled with people from all over the world who share the traits of creativity, hard-work, diligence, and passion--which is the type of people you want to surround yourself with if you love art. The teachers all are professional artists and teach their craft from the ground up. The work is not easy, but the effort you put into it will get you far.