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The Academy of Art University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityD- Faculty AccessibilityF
Useful SchoolworkD+ Excess CompetitionF
Academic SuccessF Creativity/ InnovationD+
Individual ValueF University Resource UseB
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyB- FriendlinessD+
Campus MaintenanceC- Social LifeB-
Surrounding CityA Extra CurricularsC
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Arrogant, Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

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Date: Jan 26 2006
Major: Interior Design (This Major's Salary over time)
The Academy of Art's Interior Design program is not only terrible it's probably one of the worst.

First of all, I've read the administration's OBVIOUS and lengthy posting on this site trying to deflect some of the criticism from MANY students on this site.

Is it easier to complain than to commend? Absolutely not. I will commend the Academy on its ability to run a corporation and to stilfle creativity and to create designer "clones" rather than to encourage a creative and unique vision.

There are always "Favorites" among the teachers and the administration only likes to put the "favorites" work in the SPring Show. My work was in the Spring Show and I was embarassed - not by my work but by the fact that the administration thought my work was worth something - the problem is I have no respect for their opinion and therefore my work being in their "show" is worthless to me.

I have been going to AAU for almost 4 years and I still do not feel like I have been able to express my own creativity. Every class I have had I have been pressured to conform rather than to innovate. Also, they only like one style of design whether it be traditional or contemporary or whatever there's only one style that they "revere".

Overall, this school has been a massive let down. I have learned a lot from my OWN supplemental studying but in terms of learning from the school I would say that it has been a huge waste of money.

Go to a REAL design school like Parsons or the New School in New York or even some other great schools in California as well. If you are going to spend 4 years of your life studying and spending all of your money then you might as well get a decent education from it.

questionIf you don't respect the spring show why did you submit work to show in it? Curious as you have to send work to be evaluated to get into the annual exhibit .
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