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If you are an interior design student.BrightInterior Design
If you are an interior design student.... It would be helpful to have taken a basic drawing course that includes the fundamental basics of sketch, perspective drawing, adding value/shading, basic figures, and drawing interior/exterior environments. These principles will be used repeatedly throughout every class in the architecture and interior design course. Without this basic knowledge, you will be struggling to complete the assignments within a reasonable amount of time. This is a very expensive college at $2,200 per class. I just don't feel this is a correct match for my creative goals. I cannot reiterate enough that basic drawing and basic skills in photoshop will be beneficial to anyone enrolling in the AID program
1st Year Female -- Class 2018
Scholastic Success: A, Education Quality: F
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I am going into my second year atQuite BrightInterior Design
I am going into my second year at AAU, I transferred to AAU in 2009, completing a year at my community college to complete my liberal arts. I am an interior design major.

- First off, if you plan on coming to AAU, wait a year and go to a community college or state school to get your liberals done, it will save you a TON of money, theres no reason to pay 2200 for an english class when you could pay 200 for it.

- Also if you enjoy having a ton of time to hang out with friends and party, think twice about coming here, the homework work load is intense, especially in the IAD major. During finals week, which in reality is like the last 2 weeks of the semester, you wont see the outside of a drafting table of computer screen.

- The teachers in the IAD major are overall good, if you the right ones, there are a few that are not that great. Also when it comes to taking the survey classes, take them online, the teacher is really boring and in my case ended up falling asleep every class.

- The teachers to get are Stephanie, Eric, and Molly. Molly, you will probably hate from start to end, I did, but in the end you WILL learn to draw perspective like no other person who didnt have her.

- It is hard to get to know people outside of your major because the campus is all over SF, thats what great about this school and not, you get to see all parts of SF, but its hard to meet other people in other majors.

- Try living in the dorms at least for a year, that way you will get to know a TON of people in different majors, my best friend is a fashion major, which led to meeting other people.

- This is school is VERY competitive, people in your major are always seeing whose the best and what theyre doing, so they can bet you. You have to be on top of your game and do your best because when you have to hang ur stuff up in front of class, your classmates are going to tear you apart. You HAVE to be strong and not be afraid of people when they say things about your work

- Find a few REALLY good friends in your major, they are the ones that are gonna challenge you and help you along the way, its like an undercover competition, but they are always going to be there to help and encourage you.

- With the IAD major, teachers wont tell you where to find fabrics or floor samples, but thats part of the learning process, at first you will be running literally all over SF to find a wood floor sample, but eventually you will find where you can get amazing samples. Thats another things, if you dont know where to get materials, dont be afraid and ask another student where they get theres from, and you can always trade materials with fellow friends and class mate. Thats why too, in your 1st semester in materials class, GO TO FIELD TRIPS! you learn soo much! (Eric takes you on a ton of field trips, which means a ton of free flooring and fabric samples)

- Lastly, art school is expensive, AAU is actually one of the more least expensive art schools, and art supplies are VERY expensive and more than likely you will be running around the city and buying art supplies every week, thats why you have to be serious and know you are going to have to work really hard.

1st Year Female -- Class 2012
Collaboration/Competitive: A+, Social Life: C+
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This school is whatever nothing special.Quite BrightInterior Design
This school is whatever nothing special. i went for a semester and im leaving and going to fidm in la. the people in san francisco and aau are very different and live a completely different life style than me. i made one friend. the people in my classes werent talkative, friendly, and everyone was in their own little world. im from la and im used to going out at night and hitting up a bar or a club no one was ever down tto have a goood time. alot of people were just WEIRD. no one listened to weezy f baby, deadmau5, wolfgang gartner, birdman, wale, kid cudi, RUSKO, jack beats etc. they all listen to 90's alternative music. but besides the people classes were fine. they make u go around the city basically and go on wild goose chases for fabrics and certain types of architectual designs, so u spend the whole day looking for shit and waste time. that was so annoying. they dont tell u where to go. PS NVER TAKE MODEL MAKING WITH DAVE. he is so rude, toughest grader, not helpful, basically just a pain in the ass teacher/babysitter for 6 hours everyweek. also make sure u save your money because u will spend at least $200 on foam board alone. you have to pay for so much art stuff the school doesnt provide you with one thing. i spent at least $1,000 on art materials for hw and projects. that is my opinion of the school. also its hard to meet people because there r so many buildings round the city its so stupid becuase aau is getting sued for millions becuase they are buying and renting historic buildings that used to be hotels and like other shit and turingin them into buildings and dorms in residential areas.
1st Year Female -- Class 2014
Friendliness: C, Education Quality: F
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