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San Francisco, CA
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$18,650
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Reviews 1273 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The school owns 2% of San Francisco which is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand every building has it's own focus and after a while you get to know certain staff and classmates who are truly dedicated to their craft. On the other hand, traveling to and from class takes a lot of time and the shuttles aren't always reliable. So long as you're smart about your time it isn't too much of a hassle.

4 Recent Alumnus

Career Services: The school constantly has facilitates events to show off their students to prospective employers. Even some of the larger studios come up in order to see student work and participate in workshops.

3 College Freshman

Student Body: I go to school online so I find that a lot of the time my classmates are busy with work or families. I too, have a full time job and other responsibilities, but I try to make it a habit to log on frequently and post in the discussion topics -- I'm finding that a lot of the time I'm one of the few people posting anything at all and this makes it difficult to get points for participation when no one else is talking.

6 people found this useful Report
College Freshman

Campus Resources: I can't really explain this in detail as I go to school online -- I live in Washington not in California.

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: I don't live on campus so I am essentially forced to use the online libraries the Academy offers. A lot of the time when I am searching for a book or magazine that will help with a paper, the library will simply just tell me the item is "on shelf" which I'm assuming means the book or magazine is on the shelf at the school, which doesn't help me when I need to be able to see it online.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academic Experience: Regarding being an animation/Rigging major, there are a lot of like minded people to interact with and get feed back on. There is always someone willing to help, whether they are a fellow classmate or one of the heads of departments.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Academic Experience: The vibe of the place is pretty welcoming overall. The professors are all easily approached and are willing to direct you to people who know information that they may not. The subjects I've gone through so far have all given me something new I hadn't known during my field work, so it was great to pick up new tricks. I'm not a particularly huge fan of the early registrations for the next session, as they start literally five weeks into the current semester, but nothing major there.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Online Courses: Not the favored way to take a class by a long shot. Sure, you don't need to be dashing about frantically to get to your class, but you don't get that same level of interaction between yourself or your classmates. That's not to knock anything against them, as I've only had one class online so far, but it does make it more difficult to connect and retain the material.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Student Body: As a whole, a good group of people from a variety of backgrounds form the student body. Some are outgoing, some are quiet, and others are in the grey area. Th real trick is getting them all to communicate to one another.

1 person found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Career Services: For an online student, AAU provides an adequate amount of career services to create a strong resume, cover letter, and follow up letters among other things. As an on line student, you also have the option of calling the school who have the most friendly and helpful staff who will guide you exactly where you need to go. You can make appointments, all in addition to email communication.

2 people found this useful Report
Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: I'm an online student, and live more than 400 miles from the campus.

1 person found this useful Report
Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid: I'm not sure how I'm supposed to rate this accurately. First and foremost, tuition is so expensive that it makes it nearly impossible to be a student and and work part/ full time. As an undergrad, I was able to pull it off, but for my Masters, it became too much. Now I'm up to my brows in debt, without any idea where I'm going from when I graduate. This varies among many, but I fall under the majority with parents who never have the financial means to support me. I'm also a cancer survivor with some learning challenges so my work ethic has to be much more strict to achieve what I have already.

4 people found this useful Report
3 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: The instructors here are professional tend to their students as effectively as they possibly can.

The communication between teacher to student, and student to student is limited though even with the great advancements in technology, you can't get the same response time online as you would on campus. Although enjoy the freedom and flexibility of being an online student, direct person to person (on campus) communication is more effective in that ideas and feedback is rallied back and forth much faster, and direct. In addition, person to person (on campus) communication is more effective in that you can get a better, clearer read on you instructors, and fellow students responses with not just words but with facial and body, and tone and immediate response time.

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: I was on the campus network offers students to wear anytime. Equipped with a very fast wifi network, teteapi only certain parts to facilitate student doing his work.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I wouldnt choose any other major. being a Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media major, you are exposed to a wealth of information which can be overwhelming at times, but mostly, it is absolutely what I need and I would never complain otherwise. Everything that I learn will actually be utilized in my career as a professional, so there's no need for me to complain about anything that I am learning. It is supposed to be difficult, hard, seemingly impossible, because it's new. In fact, I'd be disappointed if the challenge was easy. I know I wouldnt have learned a thing if it came easy to me.

4 College Freshman

Online Courses: Its not live, for one thing. It's basically up to you to gain the understanding and there's quite alot more legwork, in my opinion, because I don't have a professor right in front of me giving me tips, and I can simply raise my hand or address him after class if I have any questions about an assignment, but as far as assistance with that goes, AAU really does try to give as many resources as possible because they understand the frustration of now having immediate access, so they try to accommodate these needs as much as possible, but ultimately, it's up to the student to seek help.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: Being an online student and being able to log in whenever I want within the span of a week to be counted as "present" is an automatic plus, over having to physically show up for classes each day On Time, so I'd say overall flexibility-wise, I have nothing to complain about.

5 College Freshman

Student Body: I'm an online student, so I suppose my opinion could be viewed as a little biased because I'm not actually on campus, which makes it a little bit more difficult for me to interact with students like myself, however, the online classes that I am taking opened up a grander possibility, and now I find myself interacting with students on a weekly basis. Some of us have even tried to meet online to interact with each other directly, which is great for networking, so I'd say my experience has been very good.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition in my opinion just keeps getting higher and higher. The only reason I give it a B instead of a C or a D is because if you have any questions, at least you can talk to industry professionals. I spent a few summers teaching myself the programs on my own compared to the classes themselves. Just understand that the amount of money you pay for classes doesn't necessarily mean you'll have a job waiting for you in the field whatsoever.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: I feel like I can log on no problem to the school's network and the resources are fantastic when you need them. the only problem I've had so far is that I've already had 4 different advisors who can barely remember my name.

2 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: This grade is based upon the last two semesters i've been at the academy. Prior to these last two semesters, my experience at the academy were awesome. However, I feel that the quality of the school as well as the teaching level, has gone down. The classroom sizes are getting too large, making it difficult to understand demos from knitwear/CDFP instructors. Some instructors, I don't feel have the right amount of knowledge to be teaching at the academy, and are not inspiring. My experience here is just going down and I am looking to transfer out into another college. A college that I can get more out of my learning experience.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Student

Online Courses: The online classes are very flexible although the work has to be handed within a week rather than bi-weekly. This can affect a students lifestyle especially if they have a busy work life and children. But the school does provide advice and online tools to help us get by these trials and tribulations with our real life issues with time management. We all have to work together and not procrastinate.

5 people found this useful Report
College Student

Student Body: I am unknown to this option, so I can not actually rate it. I believe there is no student body in the online courses to my knowledge

5 College Student

Academic Flexibility: My reason for choosing this rating is because they understand their students needs online and on campus. They are highly experienced in their field and provide great mentoring to all students even the ones who study online. They offer a vast amount of support and advice to all of their students.

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: The facilities are amazing, they have the best technology and industry standard gear to use when you take classes with them.

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