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The Academy of Art University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityC- Faculty AccessibilityF
Useful SchoolworkB+ Excess CompetitionD
Academic SuccessD Creativity/ InnovationB-
Individual ValueF University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyD+ FriendlinessB
Campus MaintenanceF Social LifeA+
Surrounding CityA+ Extra CurricularsB
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Broken Spirit

Describes the faculty as:
Arrogant, Condescending, Unhelpful

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Date: Dec 15 2003
Major: Art & Design Department (This Major's Salary over time)
I am currently planning to withdraw from the AAC. I've been terribly unhappy since day 1 of my enrollment. The same problem in digital media sadly still exists in other majors as well—the teachers.

The ********** class I'm taking has been badly taught by my instructor. The most difficult and aggravating thing to deal with was his mismanagment of time. Several times he became confused, and spent a lot of classtime trying to learn the material himself. It was frustrating to learn something new when there isn't a prepared method to teach it. We spend a ridiculous amount of money in this school, so I would expect at the the least, to be taught by someone who is a well versed in their trade. The root of this problem is that some of the teachers at this school DO NOT HAVE TEACHING CREDENTIALS. But wait, you would expect the faculty to at least be the best in their field. But no, you don't get even that. What you are left with are struggling artists who "fit the bill." People who may be stellar at art, but are barren of any teaching merit. That of course doesn't go for all teachers. Most notably—James Gleeson, who out of all my teachers has shown the most genuine patience and professionalism towards his students.

What has also been a problem concerning teachers, is that some of them are not an official part of the faculty. There are times that I've misplaced a teacher's contact information and needed to call them. As they aren't real faculty, their contact information is UNCATALOGUED by the school. No one, including the head of the department, could get me their phone number OR email. Furthermore, they don't have offices or office hours. That makes them unfairly inaccessible. Yet the school does offer workshop hours for struggling students, but they are usually held once a week at one specific time of one specific day for the whole semester. Which means that, if you have a class, job, or imp. engagement during those hours, YOU'RE LUCKED OUT.

This school is also famed for failing to provide what their catalogue offers. Case in point, a computer arts class I took that boasted the opportunity to learn adobe photoshop, after effects, AND 3D design. I'm unable to recall the 3D program we used, as we only used it during the last two weeks of class—to make a sphere. Which consisted of 3 steps: click, click, drag. After that, we were treated to the knowledge of how to SLIDE (not roll) the sphere across the floor in after effects (the only time we used AE for that matter). End of Semester. Final? What final? There wasn't any. We spent 90% of the class getting our feet wet in photoshop. Learning techniques that should take a day, NOT two weeks to understand. I know for a fact the learning curve was low for the rest of my peers, because after an hour of learning and doing the work, class was over. Not over in the sense that everyone just got up and left in the middle of the material. Over in the sense that if we didn't choose to vacate, we would be left sitting and surfing the web, while the the teacher did his own thing for the duration of the class.
Something I'll never understand are the 5 hour foundation classes worth only 3 units. I know people at other universities who recieve 4 units for 2.5 hours of class. Doesn't sound right does it?

I really gave this school a chance. But the number of instructors untrained as teachers overwhelms me. Upon attendance you'll start to realize that for the money you paid, you aren't getting much in return. You'll wonder why the school doesn't care enough to give you quality teachers. And you'll marvel at the feeling of how sucky life is to be cattle. local alternatives = ccac,sfai

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