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Academy of Art University

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79 New Montgomery St, San Francisco, CA 94105

(800) 544-2787

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You get what you pay for, and what you put into it.

I have waited four years to write this review, and to be honest, Will probably write another when I graduate. I am enrolled in the BFA program for Photography. I will tell people that are trying to decide whether or not to go here, and they're concerned about reviews, pricing, etc.. You have to take it with a grain of salt. Everyone experiences their time at the Academy differently. There are things that probably effect everyone the same, and those are the "Cons" if you for the school. Here's my experience.

I chose this school because It has been my dream and passion to succeed in photography as a wedding photographer. I served in the US Navy for four years and received a good bit of money to use for school, and wanted to use it for a degree that mattered, I didn't want to just get a BA in whatever, I wanted it in Photography. I searched for schools in San DIego where I was living at the time, and didn't like what I found. I wanted to go to Brookes Institute, to be honest. But I didn't live in Santa Barbara or whereever it is, and could not live there. I found Academy of Art University and started my research.. With great skepticism I almost did not attend. I saw SO many bad reviews and just was affraid to take a risk and invest into my education at a school I didn't even step foot into.

Well I decided that life was full of chances we had to take, that If I wanted this degree I had to do it this way or no way, at least not then. AT the time of enrollment I was a new mother, a military wife and a now full time student. It was hard. I felt like giving up ALOt, and it was alot of discipline, but I've stayed the course and I really have learned so much there. There has been some things I absolutly hated, I'll be honest, I do not like inconsistency when it comes to direction, especially online since its hard to figure it out anyway without being in person to ask questions, but this happens, and i've learned that I have to roll with it and just quickly ask questions asap. This school is not a shortcut to a degree, just because its online. It is going to be what YOU make of it.. Can you get by sometimes without putting all your effort into it, maybe, but do you want to just GET BY at the cost it is per class? (2200ish)... NO! You want to come away a freaking fabulous photographer, artist, whatever your major is. My first instructor, Mr. Spindler, had a lot of bad comments from people on his personality, I was affraid that he was going to drop me sometimes, but he was hard on us and it really helped change me as a photographer. He did not accept crap work, he made us reshoot it. It did make us mad, but we did it and it helped us grow. If it wasn't for him, I would not have stayed at the Academy and I would not be where I am today. You have to accept the challenge, YOU have to put forth the effort, you have to take the quizzes and read the modules, they can't force you. Yes there is problems, like ANY school I'm sure, and sometimes I have wanted to quit... But all in all, I'm thankful and blessed that I, in the end, will have my BFA in Photography, no matter what!



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any thoughts?

I am looking to get my degree in photography and I have been doing my reseach of schools in California. I came across Academy of Art and after reading some of the reviews I am now skeptical.. any advice on this school would be helpful!



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Mediocre school at best

I am just about to finish my Master's Degree in Fashion Merchandising and I am very disappointed in this school and frustrated. There is no job networking, placement, or assistance offered. There is no real education given. Often times I would be the only native and fluent English speaker in my lecture classes. This makes a lecture difficult to have and the teaching rudimentary. If you are looking for a real education and real knowledge for your field, don't spend the money to come here. It does not get you anything more than what AI or SFAI could provide. It is a lot of money to leave feeling like I have learned nothing and actually feel that I have gotten dumber in my time here......



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Do your homework

Academy of Art is definitely a good school to check out. Depending on the program you're interested in you may find that some of their programs are much better than others. One of my good friends is in the graphics design program and totally loves it. Good quality teachers that know their stuff and great resources. I looked into the film department here and although the program is ""good enough"", i think that if you want a good film school in the San Francisco Bay Area there are definitely others to consider as well. One that I've been really impressed by is the producing/directing program at Berkeley Digital Film Institute. Overall, the Academy is fine, but I wouldn't limit yourself just because they have the most money to advertise. I'd definitely do my homework before deciding.



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used to work here and take classes so I know the inner workings. First off the people who teach here have no teaching credentials or training. That's just so that they don't have to pay more to better qualified people. Also, the teachers are supposed to be professionals in the fields they are teaching. My teacher designed computer programs for a living, and the class was not about computer programming. The classes I took happened to be unhelpful. Some classes are probably good while others are very poor. (I only had poor classes, so that's my guess.)
Also the people in the department I worked in are very religious. The annual christmas party for employees is even held in a church. The school even kicked a student out for writing a first draft for a screen play that contained too much violence. To find that information on the internet use the search words: ""sfgate academy of art""

So if you want to attend a very conservative school with a very religious office staff that is big on censorshipm then this is the school for you! Don't forget the credits at this school won't transfer to other schools.""

If you search for the words ""sfweekly academy of art"" on the internet you will find another interesting article about the school.