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The Academy of Art University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC- Faculty AccessibilityC
Useful SchoolworkC- Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessD Creativity/ InnovationB-
Individual ValueD University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC+ FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeA-
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsB-
Describes the student body as:
Arrogant, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Condescending

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Date: May 29 2005
Major: Other (This Major's Salary over time)
I would suggest that you check out a few schools BEFORE making a decicion. I am a Motion PIcture/TV student, and I can say confidantly that the school's strength is the access to equiptment. You get 35mm, 16mm, they have some digital cameras as well, decent lighting kits, dollies, tracks, etc, and they teach how to use most of it.

Most of the teachers are OK. A few great teachers and a handfull of bad ones as well.

This school is for motivated people and not people who expect to be baby-feed info and book info. The more important info you will not find in-class but by working on sets with student and just chatting within the school body.

If you want more of a structured and theory-based film making education, I would suggest checking out a REAL university like USC or UCLA, NYU. The AAU is for people with poor high school grades.

Lastly I would STRONGLY suggest that you stay where you are and attend a community college- take classes that you are going to have to take to achieve your degree anyway. Like basic Mac computer classes, digital design, Art History, sketching. The reason why is because once you attend the school NO transfer credits will be accepted either in or out. In other words once you attend the school you are forced to continue your education at the school and you may not go to other schools carrying the class credits you've already earned. THIS SUCKS! so earn as many credit as possible. Do you wanna pay maybe $100-300 dollars for community college art class, or $1,500 at the AAU?

I would also suggest to save a nice some of money

to invest in some equiptment what ever your major is. You will find more work and friend with your own equiptment.

Lastly, if you have no knowledge of the movie making industry I would suggest picking up a book and just getting som ebasic info. The first two years or schooling will seem wastfull. You will not get any good equiptment, yo uwillnot get to shoot the short movie that you have in your head right now. You will be frustrated and broke. from the first year alone, I think maybe only 15% of the students stay. So yuo better know that this is what you wan to invest your time and SOUL to. I owe over $100,ooo in student loans. be wary.

questionHi, I would like to get some review on the MFA - Motion Picture and television program… how is the curriculum and the prof. strength. Please let me know whoever is a part of an MFA degree and do they have some credit transfers available incase we have done some undergrad film courses and worked in the industry for more than 2 years? Thank you.
questionHi Im very thankfull for you taking the time to write this review. What year are you now? What is your MFA? Im very interested in the Animation & Visual Effcts MFA. Ill be very gratefull if i could comunicate with you and make a couple of questions..!!! Thanks in Advanced..!!!
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