We have had several people inquire about our opinion on the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The Academy of Art University in San Francisco is a very large University and one of the largest graphic arts and art schools in the country. The school, however, is very expensive. Many students have been debating whether or not they should attend the school.
After interviewing several students who have attended and graduated from the school, here are some of the main things that previous students have mentioned after having attended and graduated from this school.
Don’t expect the school to help you find a job after graduating
One of the downfalls of attending the school is that they don’t do much to help you find work after graduating. If you are thinking about attending this school, make sure that you know what your plans are after graduating and how you’re going to find work. You can depend on the school to help you find a job. If you’re considering going into fine arts, be aware that finding work in the finance industry is always difficult no matter where you go to school. If you are considering going into the graphic design industry, the school is a little more apt to help you find work, but you can’t depend on them.
Keep in Mind That it is Expensive
The Academy of Art University is one of the most expensive art schools in the country. If you are majoring in something like fine arts which is difficult to obtain employment with, then it might be best to attend a school that is cheaper so that you don’t end up with too much debt after school while unable to find work.
It’s Only Worth it if You Can Afford It
Unless you are extremely proficient in your field and are sure that you will be a will be able to obtain a employment. If the cost of school is not an issue for you then, yes it’s a great school to go to. If you plan on going into debt to attend the school. Then I would seriously consider avoiding the Academy of Art University.
Their Full Accreditation is Recent
AAU has only about fully accredited with the last few years. So, the school doesn’t have a long-standing reputation for being fully legitimate. Although the school does have some very good programs in fashion, graphic design and illustration, the accreditation and reputability of the school hasn’t justified its high costs in the past.
Think About the Cost of Living
Keep in mind also, that in addition to paying high tuition costs you will also need to pay for the cost of living in the Bay Area and the San Francisco area is one of the highest in the world.
The bottom line is that AAU is a good school as far as having top-notch programs, quality classes and instructors. However, the instructors, classes and the programs are not so great that they justify the high expense associated with attending the school.