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Academy of Art University Reviews of Master's in Fine Arts

11 Reviews

Locations:   San Francisco (CA) 

Annual Tuition: $25,424

0% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
91% of students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student Reviews - Master's in Fine Arts

Student Reviews - Master's in Fine Arts

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Reviewed: 5/14/2018

Degree: Fine Arts

This school is a scam they accept 100% of the enrollment and only about 15% graduate. Let's start off with the cost of the school, if you are anything like most of the people that I met from this school you're not rich and you will come out of the school in debt. As far as the teaching I'm not gonna say that I didn't learn anything , there were definitely things I learned from this but it's not anything you can learn from a YouTube video or a nice anatomy book. The instructor's there paid more attention... Read More

Joanna Mills

Reviewed: 11/16/2014

Degree: Fine Arts

I felt like my teachers and program directors were incredibly helpful and supportive in helping me to grow in my field. The frustrating part was the overall bureaucracy of the university itself. Everything costs an arm and a leg, they don't always have things available that were available at my undergrad where I was paying far less, there are no scholarships for art students, only athletes, and they make us take several courses that have nothing to do with my major but only allow us to take so many... Read More

Adizzah Mahamah

Reviewed: 7/21/2014

Degree: Fine Arts

The Fashion Merchandising program at the AAU is excellent--there are knowledgeable instructors, the lessons are relatable to the real world, and the projects are challenging! There are a few drawbacks, however. In most of MY classes, I was the only American, and consequently, one of few English-speaking student. This sometimes made class discussions somewhat bland. It also makes it hard to connect with other students. Overall, though, the instructors, guest speakers, and inside access to the industry... Read More

Amanda Putnam

Reviewed: 1/2/2014

Degree: Fine Arts

Great school. In terms of education, I am challenged to always become better which pushes me to work harder. Skills have improved in the span of a few months. But the school has a big work load to focus on. In terms of price, this school has no scholarships to give and it is way to expensive to continue my education on campus. Therefore, I must resort to online in my next semesters. But, again the education is mind blowing.

Joanna Mills

Reviewed: 8/16/2013

Degree: Fine Arts

As this was the first year that the program was getting on its feet, there are still a few bugs to work out. I found GLA's (Graduate Liberal Arts - basically gen eds) very pointless for a grad program. However, most of my core classes and professors and the heads of the school of acting are phenomenal and so supportive.

Midori Angevine

Reviewed: 5/29/2013

Degree: Fine Arts

Pros: Gaining knowledge from Instructors that are currently in the industry I am seeking to pursue, endless exposure for networking opportunities with cutting edge brands and companies in my area of study. Cons: Tuition is expensive and Financial aid is limited.

Erin Milosevich

Reviewed: 5/1/2013

Degree: Fine Arts

I like all of the technical instruction and the intensity of the program and teachers. I think there needs to be more focus on how to market yourself as an artist and what it takes to get a job in the "real world".

LaCrystal Smith

Reviewed: 4/17/2013

Degree: Fine Arts

I feel that the cons of enrollment within the Academy of Art University's Graduate Program would be that living directly within the city and it not being a gates in university we are subject to some of the dangers of the cities environment. The pros within the graduate degree's program are endless. As a student you definitely obtain the education you deserve and work hard for. I have learned more than I ever thought I would. I love the transportation that the school offers for us as faculty and students... Read More

MayKan Chan

Reviewed: 12/28/2012

Degree: Fine Arts

Pros Professors are on top of you and push you everywhere they can to ensure your assignment completed in perfection. Each class programmes are well planed and easy for student understand. Assistants and faculties are always around you. Have questions, they answered right away.

Torin Nielsen

Reviewed: 12/19/2012

Degree: Fine Arts

The Academy of Art I feel is a very strong school with a wide array to offer students. The MFA program I am in is always willing to go above and beyond to help its students and it is a very personable relationship. The biggest con to the program though is price. San Francisco is one of the most expensive cities to live in and housing fees and lab fees and other miscellaneous expenditures do seem to rack up quickly.

Andy Wu

Reviewed: 12/10/2012

Degree: Fine Arts

The great thing about the animation and vfx program is that it is good both for people who are interested and want to get into the field and those who have a background. Additionally, for the master thesis, students are will create both a demo reel and a short film. The short film is the most important part as it shows studios both the technical and artistic aspect of your work in addition to knowledge of the pipeline and interaction ability.

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