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$18,650
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Reviews 1436 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: I think AAU has done well with the campus resources. The labs and library are helpful and almost never full. There is always some kind of campus activity going on. The classrooms have what they need. I've been in a few different environments: a fine art room, a drafting room, and a digital room. They all had what we needed. Although, I did hear that the school was cutting the recreational classes and our trips to fund the sports teams...

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: There are many activities to get involved in. Every week they have a guest speaker to come and talk about different things that are important to our careers. Maybe internships one week, portfolios another, and so on. AAU puts on a fashion show, a spring show, and has some nice study abroad programs. They also offer a lot of help for international students and those that get behind in their classes.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: There are 2 computer labs. A Mac lab and a PC lab. They're actually really great! They offer tablets to check out too. Actually, I believe they even have a Cintiq room in the Illustration building.

1 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: For the most part, any frustrations have been with the administration. It's impossible to transfer credits for one. Also, the school has a tendency to lose paperwork. I had to give verification for my financial aid three times for the same aid year. I've been handed off to a different advisor every semester.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: It is difficult to be in such a visual program online. I think that they still try to make you feel like you are in the classroom, but it is hard at times.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: The online program is pretty good. It has a few quarks, but overall I am happy with everything.

5 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: It did not seem very difficult to get aid through the school.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: So far I love it. I've learned how to improve my talent and further my career.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: So far I love everything about this school. I've learned more in two semesters than I have most of my life and career.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: The online courses are great. They are challenging, fast-paced, and require you to work hard- but the end result is learning a lot, a great portfolio, and new skills learned every week.

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5 College Junior

Campus Resources: My school has wonderful professors that really care about giving the students a great education. The courses are challenging that leave you learning more than you could imagine. You also walk away with a wonderful portfolio.

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Well the school doesn't seem to offer much financial aid on their own but that's okay. The credit price is quite high, but I'm also okay with paying it if I'm getting a good education. Being in Kansas, there really isn't a good game design teaching school nearby, and I want to be in one of the best. I know Academy of Art University hit in the top 15 of the Princeton Review of Game Design major schools so that's why I chose it.
Though it's recommended to seek outside scholarships and grants or work hard at a job, so you need a lot of effort to get the funds needed to pay off remaining bills.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: All my teachers so far have been very involved and interactive with all my classes. And they are very balanced. Say one teacher is very casual with talking to his students, well he's serious on his grading, but very encouraging at the same time. Another would be very knowledgeable, and help us as much as we can, but she kept our assignments private, and even gave us a "get out of jail" card (meaning we can either skip an assignment or get rid of a low graded assignment), just because we don't get a Spring Break.
Registration is easy too. I usually talk with my adviser to hear her opinion of what classes I take, I look over them, then I register for them online. And then email her my decisions just so we keep in touch.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: It's pretty cool. I'm a game design major, and it's nice that most of my classmates are in that general area. If not they're usually concept artists, animators, or programmers. I take the classes online for now, and that requires to do a quiz each week, reply in the discussion each week, and do the homework topic and reply to it each week, per class. Also before any of this, you have to read (or watch) the lecture. It's not hard, and being online means you can "pause" it and get on with your life, and come back to class when you're ready.
There are some weeks where class is easy, then there are some projects that will take several weeks to finish. I love the challenge when that happens.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: I chose this school because they were passionate about helping me attain my goal at learning about game design. Even when I didn't talk to them for two years (because I attended another college), once I called them back ready to transfer, they remembered who I was! That surprised me. Even though I don't get financial aid from them, the way they motivate me to keep attending is amazing. The classes are wonderful, and have enough difficulty for me to tackle and strive.
If you want a good game design school. This one is great. Even their online classes.

2 College Junior

Online Courses: It's disappointing because not all the teachers are dedicated to the classes. I've had teachers who post the same responses and critiques to every single student. It makes you wonder if they even look over your work.

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3 College Junior

Academic Experience: You learn what you need to know and then some. It'd be better if the teachers we're had the same level of dedication.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: The labs are great, though they'd be better if they were open to all students.

2 College Junior

Academic Experience: Don't go to this school unless you're prepared to spend the rest of your life with an empty wallet and a trail of debt behind you. The tuition is outrageous, 10 grand for ONE semester, not including housing or the materials and books required for classes. It's honestly an exploitation of those who want to pursue art as a career. Though the experience at this school is unlike any other. The teachers are industry professionals and the material you learn is everything you need to learn to have a successful career. Bring down the tuition to an affordable level, and then I'll give the school and A.

5 College Junior

Career Services: The Academy of Art University will give me the knowledge and the tools to launch my life into where I have always dreamed it to be.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: The online courses are the only thing I am currently taking and they are easy to follow. The website is easy to use and logging in is easy. I even use the mobile app to check on my financial status and grades,

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4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The cost and tuition of the school is a bit high but I feel that it will be completely worth the effort being put into going. The financial aid office gave me straight answers on the cost of everything and offered student loans to help me pay for the classes. The only thing I would recommend is to start your own scholarships instead of only loans.

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Thomas Stark, gives me a call around once or twice a month to keep me up to date on the school and to ask if I have any questions. He has really helped me in getting prepared to take my online courses this fall at The Academy and I am now confident that my school year will go smoothly. My classes were set up just the way I asked them to be in order to accommodate my work schedule. This school really makes me feel confident that I will be a successful game designer after attending The Academy of Art University.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Good school for hard working students that are serious about their field of work.Some professors are good some aren't no school is perfect.....
But there could be some changes like how the buses are running Big time fix (most students that attend AAU can agree with me about this issue) and we could use more classes that are open when the class you want to sign up for is full during the singing up for classes period. Also some of the lousy housing department people should be replaced with more friendly ones.
Oh and one more thing is they should have students living on campus (especially Freshmen) take a roommate test and match you up with students that share the same interest and living habit/lifestyle. It should Not be mandatory but it should be available to students that want that type of option.

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4 College Junior

Student Body: A lot of interesting students you will meet from all over the country and world, some are nice and some aren't. I have meet some really nice students while attending AAU.

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