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The Academy of Art University

Breakdown of “Surrounding City” at AAU

By Gender
By Major
Architecture & Urban Planning DepartmentA+
Art & Design DepartmentA-
Design Arts - Industrial Design/Graphic Design/etcA-
Fine Arts - Painting/Sculpture/Photography/etcA
Industrial DesignA
Interior DesignA-
Music EducationA+

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Surrounding City compared with similar schools in class.

Academy of Art University
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Surrounding City

... I miss being on a real campus with everything relatively close, not spread out in a busy city with hardly any parking ...Read full comment
... I saved money living an hour away, outside of the city for cheaper rent ...Read full comment
... A lot of people come here and get distracted by the city and the social life ...Read full comment
Basically, you have to bust your ass at this school, and yes you have to be talented. If your not talented, you will be overwhelmed. And Instructors...Read full comment
I am a graduate FILM student, went to the school for 5 1/2 years. Here are my gripes: 1) AAU is nothing more than an extension of High School, wi...Read full comment
... they make u go around the city basically and go on wild goose chases for fabrics and certain types of architectual designs, so u spend the whole ...Read full comment
... so without further ado, let's break down the elements : COST/FINANCIAL AID Like most people have said, this IS a for-profit private school...Read full comment
... The city is beautiful, the faculty for the most part is nice and helpful ...Read full comment
... Because the campus isn't really a campus at all (rather big buildings placed all over SF that you have to get shuttled to and from-unless you pl...Read full comment
I'm on the fence between negative and neutral, but ultimately when I look at where all the students I worked with and graduated with wound up outside ...Read full comment
... AAU advertises the feeling of their campus to be "the city is your campus" but in actuality that's a bit of a stretch ...Read full comment
... They ride the bus and muni to get to work while she houses priceless antique cars all over the city ...Read full comment
... After being laid-off from my job in 2001 I took a couple of refresher courses at City College ...Read full comment
... San Francisco is an expensive city, add another $18,000 for room and board, and another $1,000-$10,000 a year on supplies depending on what depar...Read full comment
... (Eric takes you on a ton of field trips, which means a ton of free flooring and fabric samples) - Lastly, art school is expensive, AAU is actu...Read full comment
... I saved money living an hour away, outside of the city for cheaper rent ...Read full comment
... I went to a city where I knew no one, best way to learn about yourself ...Read full comment
... Overall: If there were one thing to make you feel better about how dreadful the architecture department is, it would be the city of San Franc...Read full comment
So heres the Real Deal, before reading all the Nay-Sayers. Every school is different and especially AAU is run independently per department, by Hol...Read full comment
... Great city experience ...Read full comment
... There are WAY too many students that go here (and that just live in the city) that you're just another face in the crowd ...Read full comment
This is the type of University where it is the students responsibility to get all that they can from the program. It is not a school where students go...Read full comment
My experience so far is very satisfying. I don't know how it is like in the other departments, but in the Illustration/2d Animation department, the fa...Read full comment
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