Location
San Francisco, CA
Undergrads
811
Tuition
$18,948
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
Branch Campus Of
The Art Institutes
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Reviews 95 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Classes are good some of the academic advisers need more training

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: it's in a convenient location, but getting there all the way from stockton is a hassle.

4 College Sophomore

Online Courses: I haven't taken any online courses with this college yet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: We have a small campus between two buildings in UN Plaza in San Francisco. Both buildings serve a variety of students in different majors, though one serves mostly computer/graphic design type students and the other serves mostly those students who work with tangible items such as food, fabrics, art supplies, etc.

AI doesn't have sports available but there are clubs. Our Student Affairs department is very active in planning activities for students outside of class. The library is well-stocked. We have two lounges for students' use, one in the basement of one of the buildings. Both are furnished with couches, tables, chairs, microwaves, vending machines, and more.

As for campus aesthetics, well, it's in UN Plaza. On the one hand, it's a historical site and that's neat. On the other hand, it's UN Plaza. If you know anything about that location, you know what I'm talking about. If not...just do a search for San Francisco UN Plaza and look at some pics. Some will give you a clue as to what I'm referring to.

Overall, though, this school is more than satisfactory thus far.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The computer labs at my school are really good. It's the network reliability that's iffy this quarter. It's my second quarter and I have heard other students and instructors discussing the network being down quite often. Last quarter, it seemed to be pretty reliable. Not so much this quarter.

If you live near campus, you don't necessarily need a personal computer and printer. Each computer lab is equipped with printers and scanners and all labs are accessible to students, even if there's a class in there, so long as there are stations available and you're quiet while the class is in session. If you do not live near campus, however, it's best that you have your own computer at home and if you're in a media program such as Visual and Game Programming, Game Art and Design or similar majors be certain you have a computer fast enough to run the software needed for these majors (Photoshop, Autodesk Maya, Illustrator, among others).

3 College Student

Student Body: It depends on the group of people you are working with because everyone is so diverse.

College Student

Campus Resources: I havent Started college yet but it seems that they have great resources for students.

College Student

Academic Flexibility: I havent started my time at college yet, im supposed to start in two week but im short on funding.

4 College Student

Career Services: Its Seems great, they help you find a job after you graduate which helps alot because being an art student can be hard because of all the competitive energy that go with it.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: One of the specific reasons I chose this school was because the curriculum offers a mix of 2D and 3D animation. The 2D lab is nice and has plenty of space. I also currently have a rewarding internship that gives me practice with the animation production pipeline and working within a team.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The teachers are invested in the students. I've received a lot of attention and feedback both in class and talking to them afterward or during office hours. There are tutors available for my specific major in the Tutor room, and free life model sessions offered. The workload is intense due to the quarter system, especially since I'm taking fulltime units that are mostly the art classes.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: Honestly, the online resources and library are seriously underused by students. Sadly, there is no athletic center. There are interesting and varied campus activities, and I just wish I could go to a lot more of them since I have a huge commute. They could advertise many of them better, however. The poster-posting is erratic and often last-minute.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: There are enough labs and computers on campus that you can nearly always find a space to work. During certain hours, commonly used rooms like the library and open lab can fill up, but there's always somewhere. Most teachers are fine with letting students use a spare computer during their class.
The color printing store can take a while to use, so you want to leave spare time if you must use it. The student printing is essentially free, and copy cards are actually unnecessary if you just scan something in. You don't need to bring a laptop to school at all, and you can get away with not having a computer if you live within the city. If you commute, however, you really should have your own supplies since BART fare adds up.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I'm able to talk to the head of my major when I have scheduling difficulties. I'm able to get my classes together on a few days to reduce the amount of time and expense commuting in. Nearly all of my general ed is complete, so I am taking almost entirely lab classes. Classes are very easy to get into. It's been remarkably convenient, actually, I've had almost no problems.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel I have received so much encouragement and advice from my teachers. They are invested in their students and happy to give advice and feedback. They encourage while keeping me anchored in reality. I feel I can succeed in my career, and that I am receiving a lot of help and direction. I love being at school, and I love doing my homework (even when it's difficult). The school is also at a hub of public transit in San Francisco, so I can commute there without needing a car.

3 College Junior

Student Body: The student body varies. There are some extremely talented, hardworking people. There are also a lot of students who are right out of high school and blow off classes, and even more who have been in part-time limbo for years. It was a depressing reality check when I first arrived. There are also a few blow-hards who talk a big game but have nothing to back it up (or worse, will try to mooch off you). If you seek out the right people, you'll be fine, but you have to make sure you keep yourself focused.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Many things such as water fountains or elevators go unrepaired for a long period of time. Otherwise, there are a few student lounge areas and a number of small study rooms. I see students hanging out in the various labs for a combination of work and socializing. Many students spend a lot of time on campus, which is impressive considering how many commute for hours. The student lounges look nice, and one even has a tv and game systems, I've seen a few students playing eachother. There's also a wall for students to draw and paint on. It always fills up quickly.
It's extremely easy to reach by either Amtrak or BART, though I don't recommend driving at all.

2 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The recruiters are pushy, and while many of the people in the financial office are very nice, many are inexperienced. When I went in to discuss student loans, the worker who helped me seemed to know almost nothing outside of filling out the form. If I hadn't asked a ton of questions, and talked out loud through the process, I would have received no advice or explanations. It was scary, actually, how little she seemed to know about the financial setup.
They do not completely balance out the tuition figure sheet they give you to sign, and there is extra information on it they tell you to ignore and say isn't applicable but mentions interest. They should either simplify it and take that stuff off if it's not applicable, because it is confusing and worrisome and comes across as misleading.

College Junior

Career Services: I haven't used the grad services yet, and thus do not feel comfortable trying to apply a rating to the service. Though I've heard great things about the career center, and expect that they will be helpful once I reach that stage.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: The online format of reading an article and commenting on it is not nearly as interesting as a traditional class setting. On the other hand, the single online class I took was to receive educational credit for my internship hours. The flexibility for replying to topics online was extremely useful for me that quarter. Since it consisted of job-training topics on taking initiative and that sort of thing, it was actually a course I would not have wanted to attend a lecture or classroom for. I have mixed feelings towards it, but all in all it achieved what I wanted and I did receive some food for thought from the course material. It was satisfactory.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The school may not have many areas for students to hang out during breaks such as private outdoor tables, or a cafeteria. But I give them tremendous credit for having a great culinary program. Well equipped with kitchenware, and the teachers are wonderful. They do have plenty of centers for students who needs help with their programs.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The school has several computer labs, but there's always a problem. The internet is slow or the network's not working. I give them credit for having several computer labs out for their students which is very helpful/useful.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The is no private campus to walk around in, which isn't a huge problem. But It would be nice to have a break outdoors without someone bothering you for change, or risking your belongings getting stolen. The school has very helpful centers for students with questions. The Culinary program is wonderful there. They have great equipment and programs.

2 College Sophomore

Student Body: The majority of students that I've seen are hard working , but there's a lot that just seem to be there just for the sake of it. They don't really partake in anything and lack the maturity needed to attend this school

5 College Freshman

Campus Resources: The one unique thing that lead me to this school was that it was the only college that offered a Bachelor's for Audio Production. Usually you have a certificate or you just get in on hands on experience, but being able to have the highest level degree for my program gives me great confidence in myself, my school, and my future.

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