Location
San Francisco, CA
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6,551
Tuition
$18,650
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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: My major is Music Production. I take two classes and the workload is doable and engaging. I always try and learn as much as I can each week and ask my instructors questions, and even if I don't ask questions my instructors help and correct my work to make it my best work possible for my skill level.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: An A- is basically the same as it is for every school. You've done most everything correctly with minor mistakes.

2 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition at this school is outrages! It really makes me feel a bit torn becuase I completely love the classes, I love the coursework, I've seen some real improvement in my skill as an artist, but... I have fallen in such a financial hole I pray hard that it's all worth it. The financial aid is barley enough to cover part time classes and this year I've had to pay $842 out of pocket for EACH semester. Becuase the workload can get intense I only have time for a part time job so I really don't have that kind of money :( It's made me start thinking about attending a different school, even, but I haven't found one with the major that I am interested in (illustration).

3 College Freshman

Online Courses: I really like online courses. As someone who needs to keep there availability open so I can keep a part time job, and someone with a high level of anxiety around big crowds, being able to take courses completely online is extremely helpful. Sometimes the workload can get pretty big and it's bothersome that it can take so long just to turn an assignment in, but it's worth it. I feel comfortable in my classroom and around my professors and I am definitely getting better at my trade.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Online Courses: Very simple. Still not as good as being in a classroom, but yo do learn.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academic Experience: The professors are working professionals, knowledge.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I love being able to take all my classes in the
Afternoon and evening. I can go home and draw all night.

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3 College Student

Online Courses: The online courses are great to get around. It does take at least 2 weeks to go through the navigation of seeing your class sections and going to other places as well. I really enjoy talking with the teacher and the students online and also I do not have to commute back and forth to school when it is cold, snowy and windy.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Career Services: Every professor I have had has spoken about job prospects for graduates as well as internships for currents students.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition at the school is worth it because of the exceptional education that I am getting. Financial Aid helps, but only covers about half of the cost of the school. Knowing your cost ahead of time will help you budget and plan for attendance.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I am in the Graphic Design program. I find the courses well thought out and the curriculum current.

5 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: I am an online student and find the online structure convenient and flexible.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Student Body: I am an online student. My Classmates are all online. People with jobs and families who find the online courses flexible and conducive to their lifestyle.

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3 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I'm a fashion design major and the classes are a lot of work. What I like is most of the professors here have had years of career experience in the subject they teach, so they really prepare you for the real world of fashion.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The campus is scattered all over downtown San Francisco, so there is a lot to experience in the city. There are school shuttles that can take you to the building where your classes take place so it's convenient, but they're not always reliable because sometimes they can be late. There is a gym, an indoor pool and weekly classes for cardio, yoga, dance and others. Many of the academy buildings will have cafes inside but there are also many other places to eat a few minutes away just by walking.

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Since the school is in San Francisco, it's really expensive. I live in the dorms, plus there are lab fees, text books, art supplies and other fees. Sometimes financial aid is not enough so I have to find work. Turning in the financial aid work is a big process. It's usually best to turn it in on time.

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1 College Freshman

Academic Experience: The academic level at this school is nothing short of the word "poor" to be very honest. A lot of the Professors are unorganized, unmotivated, and inexperienced in the Motion Picture and Television field. The program is under developed which is the complete opposite from what i was told when i applied for this school (i'm only speaking for the Motion Picture and Television Majors who want to purse acting). I was looking for a full College experience with challenging acting course as well as math, science etc... instead i found myself stuck in elementary level work with teachers who couldn't teach a dog to roll over even if their life depended on it. Your first Semester they put you in this Voice class were you spend most of your time lying on your back/stomach listening to meditation music trying not to fall asleep and doing those horrific waste of time breathing exerciser. Now this wouldn't be such a big problem if A) I didn't care about my career and B) didn't mind spending the load of money it cost to attended this school. There is about 1 and by no exaggeration i mean ONE solid teacher there, but unfortunately everyone who attends that school for acting realizes that same fact and the waiting line for his class is so dam long you'll have to be extremely lucky to get in. (Jim Jarrett) He teaches a completely different method from the rest of the acting teachers and it actually doesn't make you feel like you're wasting your time so, if you're still looking forward to this school and get in his class it will probably the only thing worth your money.

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3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: im content with my flexibility in the school. They give you many options to choose from which helps you create your perfect schedule!

3 College Senior

Student Body: Everyone is doing what they have to. Some just come to get work done and thats it while others try to create friendships and all. Its a good balance overal all though.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: I use the music lab and student library a lot. There is wireless access available, it is very reliable and I have had no issues or problems. If I need to print something, I usually pay 10 cents per page.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: There is a wide variety of classes offerred to help meet my academic requirements. I am a music student who doesn't prefer math. AAU allows me to still fulfill my math requirement by taking an astronomy class.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The competition aspect is very large at the school. But the school offer students opportunities to compete in national contests which they normally win. The object is to really stand out! The library is probably my favorite resource to use at school. All those books, the collection of vogue that dates back to before my grandparents were alive, the movies that you can rent and the theater room. I also adore the Idea of collaboration the whole school has because you'll see a design or styling major linking up with a photography major and advancing both of their portfolios by working together.

3 College Sophomore

Student Body: there is a variety of people at aau. i've noticed most people are easy to get along with and are fun to talk about school with. but i also noticed theres a lot of young people who arent as serious about school as i am. i think there is enough diversity at the school for you to connect with plenty of people and shouldn't worry about it :]

3 College Sophomore

Student Body: The entire study body as a whole is really diverse! It changes a bit based on your program of study.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: the campus is spread out throughout the city. some people say they hate it and that its all about real estate, but im not going to worry about all that. all i know is, i kinda enjoy the change. sometimes one campus can get really boring. although, it would be kinda cool if the aau was all in one location.

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