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The Academy of Art University

How this student rated the school
Research Quality- Research Availability-
Research Funding- Graduate Politics-
Errand Runners- Degree Completion-
Alternative pay [ta/gsi]- Sufficient Pay-
CompetitivenessB+ Education QualityA
Faculty AccessibilityB+ Useful Research-
Extracurriculars- Success-UnderstandingA-
Surrounding CityA Social Life/Environment-
"Individual" treatmentA- FriendlinessA-
Safety- Campus Beauty-
Campus Maintenance- University Resource/spending-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Approachable

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Arrogant

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Date: Dec 31 1969
Major: Art & Design Department (This Major's Salary over time)
I am in my first semester in the online MFA program for film, focusing on screenwriting. I graduated May 2008 with a B.A. in Film from Emerson College with barely any skills. This was my own fault, I just didn't put enough effort into it. This time around, I am 100% focused and dedicated to my craft.

The online program can be tricky at first; it starts out slow and then you are bombarded with hours upon hours of homework. But if you put in the effort, you are guaranteed to see visible improvements in your work. Going into my editing class, I had very minimal experience with final cut pro. Now, half way through the semester, I can edit, organize clips, apply transitions, correct audio, and so much more. I got off to a rough start with my story development class, in large part to unclear instructions from my professor. After having a dialog with the entire class about his teaching style, he took that information and made some key changes that make the assignments much more clear. Now THAT is a teacher.

From what I have noticed from reading other posts, online students seem to have a much better experience with AAU. I have never felt like I was just another number or dollar sign, especially with my advisors who have been so friendly and helpful through this whole transition to grad school. I have wonderful discussions with classmates because everyone is dedicated to their work and open to sharing their thoughts and opinions. It's truly the best learning experience I have ever had. Period.

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