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It costs a lot to go here.Quite BrightFine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etc
It costs a lot to go here. be ready for that. It's a good school and I don't regret going here. I do think that the student populations are not taught to work together as much as they should. More of a focus and expectation on collaboration should be fostered. I had a hard time finding people who were serious when I attended. I actually hired experienced crew for my projects because i got tired of the run around. The school also seems to foster arrogance and ego in the student body. It's left unchecked and everyone thinks they are the next Tarantino. Post AAU -I have tried very hard to use AAU graduates here in LA in my film projects with no success. I have been burned, let down and lied to by all of them. I have used many, but will no longer employ any AAU students EVER. In the end they are just too arrogant and egotistical. I have better success using USC/UCLA graduates. I also think the Alumni department is snooty and they just don't seem to care. I think this school fosters a lot of hype and pipe dreams at times. They won't help you get a job after you graduate. Not that I expected them to, but many others over the years have cried to me about it.
3rd Year Male -- Class 2007
Surrounding City: A+, Faculty Accessibility: B-
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Skip the outrageous tuition and attitudes and teachDesign Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
Skip the outrageous tuition and attitudes and teach yourself art. Do tutorials from books, videos and internships. Travel. Read as much as you can about your field. Make things as much as you can even if you think they suck. If you have good examples of your work you can get hired at a job. Do freelance work. Don't let educational vultures with a slick title put you in crushing debt for little return. You don't need their "degree" and titles to be successful. Save your money, time and soul.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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I thought about attending AAU for many manyBrightDesign Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etc
I thought about attending AAU for many many years before finally going. While I didn't have a terrible experience, my experience was not worth the money that it costs to attend this school. Best advice if you do decide to go is first to thoroughly examine the requirements needed for your degree. Make sure to get all basic credits (math, english, art history, speech, etc) done elsewhere. These classes are labeled as Libral Arts requirements at AAU. As of Fall 2015 every undergrad class here is about $2400 a piece per semester so there is no reason to pay that kind of money for general education requirements. Next piece of advice would be to be fully aware that you will need to literally LIVE your major to get the most out of it here. You have to work your tail off, probably harder than you ever have before. The grading scale here is very difficult. Basically, a B at a regular college is a C here. A's are extremely rare and difficult to come by unless you are a stellar designer or artist. One complaint for me is, while still teaching things in class, almost every professor both on-campus and online would tell you to look online to learn more about things. For the cost, I don't want to be told to basically self-teach. If it's simply that easy to learn about it, then there would be no reason to go to an art school. The school can be great if you are a die-hard, 100% committed student and creator. If your heart is not in it to spend the time needed to excel then there is truly no reason to pay the outrageous cost of tuition here.
2nd Year Male -- Class 2015
Surrounding City: A+, Individual Value: D
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