San Francisco, CA
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Reviews 1436 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a tough school with lots of information to keep me on my toes. It's a graduate program and therefore not the take your time and do your best kind of environment. If I don't do the work or ask for help, I won't succeed. There is tons of help available and it's up to me to go get it to be successful.

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition is expensive and I'm in the first year of going to school. I hope by the time I'm ready to emerge into the work life, I'll have invested correctly in myself.

3 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: Most people have no issues with their class schedules and registering early gives you the opportunity to tailor your schedule to meet your needs or provide the necessary free time. Even with a schedule you couldn't control, almost everyone gets at least a day off each week with a regular four class workload at the rate of one class a day. Some choose to have more than one class a day, leaving them with more free days. Even those with more than four classes can arrange them so they still get free days or have time for a part time job. I don't work so I get plenty of time to myself during the week and weekends and getting to class isn't a problem with the free shuttle system if you live downtown.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: One thing the academy is good at is taking peoples interests and talent and turning that into skill. You may come here not knowing anything about your major beyond the fact that it interests you and maybe you have a natural gift for that and then the curriculum and teachers take that and teach you the skill and technique you need to master that to the extent of making it into a career. This is the same with all majors here, not just mine. It's something I saw people talk about in reviews before I started to go here and I've observed it for myself too. The small class sizes are a big plus too because the learning experience is much more personalized. As an acting major, my classes never have more than 16 to 20 people and for a school with about 15000 students last I checked, I'd say that's pretty impressive. My teachers all know me personally so they're not just grading a number and when I see their comments on my performance, I know they're actually talking about what they've observed and not giving a generic speech. The curriculum here is tough or so I've been told. I don't have a problem with my major cause I'm used to large workloads but generally it's a rigorous workload for almost all majors and intentionally so, to weed out those who don't really want this or are unserious.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: For my major, I have no complaints about my professors. They're all experienced and successful in their fields and are actually very good at what they do. They're also helpful when necessary and easy to interact with. The curriculum is what it should be and prepares you for a real career In whatever art you've chosen and not just theoretical text book stuff that leaves you shocked when you get into the real deal after graduation. Registering for classes is pretty straight forward and the key is doing that early. If you're late, you may not get the teachers you want because they have to maintain those small class sizes but mostly, all the teachers are good at what they do. Some just prefer to maintain certain teachers because they've become used to or find of them or their teaching methods. There's an academy resource center which is supposed to provide tutoring for students who need it but I've never had to use it do I can't say how good or helpful it is.

2 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Tuition is expensive. It costs about $40000 to go here if you live in the dorms and there's no financial aid whatsoever for international students which makes no sense considering the fact that this school is largely made up of internationals. We're probably about 70% of the student body if not more. They've also stopped offering on campus jobs to internationals as well which is ridiculous because we're the ones that aren't allowed to get off campus jobs so we should be first to get on campus jobs but we're not provided that opportunity at all so mostly we pay out of pocket or get a private loan or scholarship. Personally, my parents pay every cent out of pocket and I think that's more than a little unfair. Housing is also pretty overpriced. The academy can afford to charge a little less considering the number of buildings they own and the fact that there's no shortage of students to fill up those buildings. In a city like San Francisco that has been said to be the most expensive city to live and rent in in the states, getting an apartment shouldn't be cheaper than living in the dorms but sadly, it is. I'm currently renting a one bedroom apartment 3 blocks from my old dorm and paying less here splitting rent with my flat mate than I did sharing one room with someone else in the dorm with no kitchen.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: For an open campus, the academy has done quite a good job. People say we've taken over San Francisco cause we're everywhere with the shuttles and buildings all over downtown. It's nice having a campus that's essentially the whole of downtown especially in a city like San Francisco (everyone loves it here). The academy does pretty well where facilities and aesthetics are concerned. They do a good job of maintaining facilities and buildings also which is good because we pay a lot of money to go here. Campus activities are organized quite a bit but don't always get the best attendance probably cause of the whole open campus thing but sometimes they can be really fun. For an art school, the academy is doing great with athletics. They often boast about being the only art school with NCAA division athletics and there's quite a wide range of sports to select from as well for those who are into that and I believe they get some good scholarships too from what I've heard.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Pretty good social scene mostly thanks to the fact that we're located in downtown San Francisco and have an open campus so it's easy to get out and about and meet people in common locations and there are quite a few of those. Good facilities and great maintenance culture and the free school shuttle is a blessing. I basically don't pay for transportation to anywhere cause wherever I wanna go is usually close to an academy building so I just take the shuttle. Campus life is what you make of it here. If you wanna stay in your dorm or apt doing nothing then you'll have your chance. But if you wanna get out and be active and involved and socialize then you'll find a welcoming crowd and a group you fit into in this very diverse community. There isn't a lot of segregation and "clique" stuff here either. Most people are open minded and friendly. There's opportunity to work at whatever major you're in and practice your craft as some majors are interdependent and often Dow work using students from other majors and this builds experience and is fun. As an acting major, I've modeled for photography and fashion majors and done a film with a motion pictures and television major and I'm not in my second yer yet. The more people you meet, the more opportunities to get involved and practice whatever you're interested in or suited to and or majoring in and I think it's great.

College Sophomore

Career Services: I'm not a graduate yet so I wouldn't know. But it seems like there are some good opportunities made available in form of the spring show and seminars held from time to time involving important and successful people from different fields as they concern certain majors.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I love taking classes here its just way expensive.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Resources: Computer labs are okay, printing cost money and wireless internet connection sucks.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Career Services: I don't know how the career services are.

1 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: Financial Aid is absolutely horrible. They refuse to help me an any way, they originally said I would have so much money then took over half of it away. It's so hard paying for this college, so expensive and it sucks when they want to go off your parents income when you're living on your own and have no help from your parents.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: I like the academics, it's like any other school you have your classes at specific times.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love the school and classes but it's super expensive.

3 College Freshman

Student Body: There are a lot of stuck up, snobby, spoiled rich kids.

3 College Freshman

Online Courses: I have not yet taken any online classes.

College Freshman

Online Courses: Have not taken any online courses yet

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: It pretty intense and challenging for Graphic design majors. Great amount of work in programs for the major.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: The professors are great and most of them are engaged to the programs you'll learning. Sometimes I find it hard to adjust to new professors at times although the outcome from their teaching were great. One of my best academic experience in my life.

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am pretty confident about this school from what I have learned so far from my first year.

I am satisfied with my educations and the instructors are most likely engaged to their course. I am feeling excited and looking forwards to to learn more from this school.

3 College Freshman

Career Services: Has some seminars and network access to the alumni but not much for graphic design majors.

2 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The educations are great but too expensive for the housing and I find that its too bad that the tuition keeps rising every year. My only disappointment about this school. It is expensive enough to get supplies for each semester.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Mostly you'll experience critique time in most classes which will allow you to get enough practice to help you find your mistakes and accepts feedback to grow as a better designer.

3 College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: Some class can be reschedule few times at a different time and date than what you requested or desired.


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