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This school is a piece of shit.Other
This school is a piece of shit. I was a fashion styling major, and if you're going for styling just DONT. Its a waste of your time and money. The school is just out to get your money and really does not care about anything else. The dorms are absolutely disgusting and the food is horrible. The fashion styling program is horrible. You only take ONE class that is relevent to your major. So basically you're waisting so much money on other classes where you will NEVER use the content. Just save yourself.
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If you decide to attend this money suckingArt & Design Department
If you decide to attend this money sucking vampire, please consider the following:

- the teachers are crazy good, and nice
- registration, student advisers and the rest of the faculty are incompetent.
- they will drop you from classes for no reason at all.
- they will try to shove unnecessary classes down your throat and collect extra "fees"- the system is so corrupt, they cut the funds for teachers and invest more money in advertising.

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I greaduated AAU in December 2012.Quite BrightArt & Design Department
I greaduated AAU in December 2012. When I applied in 2006 they told me it would cost roughly $80,000 to get my BFA in Commercial Photography there. By the time I was done I was $144,000 in the hole before even counting in the interest.

While I was there instructors were in and out the door every semester so it was random luck if you were to get anyone good. From my experience you had about a 1 in 6 chance of getting someone good. But probably 3 out of those 6 we pretty awful.

From the time I started to the time I graduated the number of photo students more than tippled, studio hours decreased, and they in no way vaguely bothered to keep the amount of equipment up with the increased demand. (You could see how may of each piece of gear was available, or not, to loan out at any given time.)

The LA classes were laughably easy and were maybe, MAYBE, high-school level.
They charged about $1300 a month for a SHARED studio, while the market rate at the time was about that for a studio two building down the block , so housing rates are pretty much extortion.

The available transportation was never on time, so if you had back to back classes you were pretty much always late for the second.

Every year there they raised the tuition by something like $225 a unit (most classes are 3 units)
One year they told us the reason for the tuition increase was to offer us perpetual CS6 suite licences which they are now pulling from everyone one.

I can't even apply to consolidate my loans that I took to go to AAU because, banks, and credit unions (I've tried 2 banks and 3 CUs) don't believe that someone who attended the academy will be able to repay the loans.

Just don't go. Is there value to the education they offer? Yes. Is it anywhere near $144,000 dollars (roughly $300,000 if you include interest over the standard repayment time, (roughly $1,300 a month)) that it actually cost. NoThe Academy of Art University was the biggest mistake of my life.

Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
Starting Job: Bike shop sales; Preparedness: D Reputation: F
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