StudentsReview :: The Academy of Art University - Extra Detail about the Comment
Search for Schools by Region

or within distance of city

Similar Schools
Art Center College of Design -- Pasadena, CA
School of the Art Institute of Chicago -- Chicago, IL
Ringling School of Art and Design -- Sarasota, FL

  Who's got the Best?

Perceptual Rankings:
You Make 'Em.
We Post 'Em.
You Vote 'Em Up.
You Vote 'Em Down.
Aww yeah.

The Academy of Art University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB+ Faculty AccessibilityC-
Useful SchoolworkB+ Excess CompetitionC
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueF University Resource UseD
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyF FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceD- Social LifeA
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsC-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Violent, Snooty

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Arrogant, Unhelpful

Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Individual Value
Highest Rating
Surrounding City
He cares more about Campus Aesthetics/ Beauty than the average student.
Date: Oct 14 2010
Major: Video/Media (This Major's Salary over time)
First of all, you need to know the bad side. The school is expensive and drains your money from you. It's all in the administration at 79 New Montgomery. This is my third semester, and I have had my advisor changed five times in the last two. Advisement is probably one of the worst parts of this school. If you want to make it, you're going to have to know how to be independent; choosing your own classes, making sure your classes meet the requirements, keeping up with everything. They will not help you. They are nice to an extent, but the majority of the advisors are very busy and have very low patience. It seems like they treat students like high schoolers. If you can know or learn how to do what you need to do on your own with out much help from them, you should be good. Another negative thing about this school is the housing department. This is a for-profit school, and housing finds a way to squeeze you for more and more of your money. If you can stay off campus, that would be best. First year housing is nice to meet new people, but there's a lot of drama, especially at the dorms on Sutter, aka "Slutter".

The best thing by far about this school is the education. A lot of the instructors are douches, but they do their job- they prepare you for the real world. They don't always know how to teach well or deal with immature students, but they are working professionals (for the most part) and give you the best insight on what it's really like out there. I personally would rather have a hard ass teacher who was a prick, but taught me how to survive in the industry rather than an instructor who was nice, sugar coated everything, encouraged me, but did not show me what the industry is really like.

When going to this school, you have to do two things mentally- the first is accept that you're going to art school and that it isn't always taken seriously. What you are choosing to do with your life is difficult, and you have to be ready to take on the challenges that you WILL have once you graduate. No one is going to hold your hand. Despite this, the other mentality you will have to hold onto is the creative side that can take you where you want to go. Often when you get discouraged (which happens a lot, if not every day at this school), you tend to lose some of your creative energy and not focus well or try as hard. This causes you to not do so well or just slack off and get angry with the school for

not teaching you right
or some other lame excuse.

You have to understand that you're the only one you can really blame for how you do after you leave the school.

A lot of people come here and get distracted by the city and the social life. I see it happen every day. If you can have fun, but take your work seriously and learn how to put that before anything else, you should do great! Working hard is the number one key though. You can only be so good, but if you aren't putting in the hard work, you're not going to make it. Even the best ones sweat.

There are some programs at this school that might not suit you like you think. It's best to look through the degree breakdown online and then look through the course book and see each class description. Ask yourself "Am I going to be passionate about all or most of these classes?" If not, maybe you should change your major or find another school. Also ask, "Is what I learn here right now going to correlate to the future, or will things most likely change (making this degree worthless)?" That's a big one to ask, and the answer isn't no like a lot of people that go here think. It's what you do with what they teach you that counts.

It all comes down to

Am I willing to work hard all the time, spend a lot of money, and handle the mental stresses of juggling hours of homework, partying, possibly work, and anything else going on all at the same time?
If you don't think you can, then don't try. If anything, start in the summer semester and take two classes to see if you can handle it. If you can't, it isn't the right school, and at least you haven't wasted as much time and/or money as you would have if you'd have started in the fall or spring.

Best of luck!

Ask a Question or add a response!
The Academy of Art University
Compare AAUSave AAU