Page 2 of 16 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ... LastLast
Results 16 to 30 of 226
  1. #16
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Washington DC
    Posts
    5
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Thanks for the info!


  2. Hide this ad by registering as a member
  3. #17
    Join Date
    Nov 2003
    Location
    CA
    Posts
    34
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Time for a bumper on this thread...

    I was recently looking into AAC and I have a question myself:
    Do you know if the credits transfer to other colleges?
    I'm checking it out this Tuesday and I will e-mail the other colelges I'm applying to, but I just wanted to find out in case anyone knew already.
    I'm looking into a BFA Cinematography (I saw that both Humboldt, Western Washington, and Evergreen State University in Olympia, WA -the other colleges I'm applying to- have Theatrical courses with similar Cinematography classes) and BFA Storyboarding in Computer Illustration.
    Carpe Diem.

  4. #18
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Oakland, CA.
    Posts
    574
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 4 Times in 1 Post
    I am CURRENTLY enrolled in AAC san francisco.. I'd have to agree with most of what Hagac has said. I am pulling a double major in Illustration and 3D and I feel I have alot of potential that is bieng STOMPED on by lack of money. I am constantly wrestleing with the faculty when it comes to loans. It is not uncommon for them to make huge errors in loan ammounts and dispersal dates that can ruin you and make you late on RENT. They DO think of you as a number, with a big dollar sign on the end of it. If your lucky enough to get a good teacher the classes can be great but there is no in between with the school when it comes to help with supplies or financial aid. They don't offer any scolorships or assistance (screw poor people). My overall impression is FUCK THE ACADEMY.. the rare good class is not worth the hastle or CASH.. . there has to be a better alternative to this. If you find it, go there. This is my last semester here.. I'm going to look for a better school. Maybe the CCAC or the Art Institute SF.

  5. #19
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Oakland, CA.
    Posts
    574
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 4 Times in 1 Post
    also, Klev... you go there now right? you said some solid shit about the school... good luck in your studies bro.. If I stay here I'm switching to a full illustration major so maybe I'll be happier with that.. peace.

    oh, and gays are people too, it's all love! -a true SF opinion

  6. #20
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Brooklyn, New York
    Posts
    13
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Hey guys, can you point out how much is the cost per course/class and the cost of each credit/unit. I am considering of taking like 2 courses, and maybe I can complete a Associate of Arts degree in a couple of years. Also, what are mandatory fess for online classes?

  7. #21
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    San Francisco
    Posts
    37
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    There has been recent press coverage about the Academy of Art University (they recently changed their name). This story was featured front page on the SF Chronicle. here's the link:

    A Work of art or a harbinger of violence? Grisly short story gets student expelled from S.F Academy

    Here's what a teacher had to say:

    "Alan Kaufman, author of "Jew Boy" and editor of "The Outlaw Bible of American Poetry,'' teaches modern art and popular culture at the school and has taught sections of Narrative Storytelling. "The (school's) system is based on corporate greed,'' he said. "It doesn't even give the bare minimum to students in terms of psychiatric counseling or social services. It just treats kids like credit cards, like clients, basically. There is no artistic vision."

    To answer your question, each class is $1650 (550 per unit). This doesn't include hidden course fees which are about $65+, lab fees $100, registration $140 each time you register per semester (and online courses), supplies, and if you are doing housing (which i don't recommend) that will run you $1000 a month. Believe me, you will be buried in debt. And financial aid/administration is really not that helpful to your plight. You are a number.

    For an associates and BFA, I would not recommend taking online courses. They are a waste of money. You might as well go to class and try to get a teacher/student relationship. If at all possible, try transfering credits from another institution.

    for BFA: The catalog says you must take 5-6 classes to graduate in four years. LIES!! Advisors say, realistically, 4 classes is more than you can handle.If you really want a good portfolio, a life, and if you are planning to work part time to ease your financial troubles and the high cost of living in SF, you will graduate in 5 or 6 years...or maybe longer. I know plenty of students who have been there since 98 or 99. If you want to graduate in four years, you will have to take 5-6 classes every semester, summer school, and possibly winter intersession. Again, that will probably leave u with a shitty portfolio and an early death due to stress.

    hope this helps.
    "The love between a couple is expressed by the unity of two complementary colors, by their mixture and contrasts, by the secretive vibrations of similar tones."

    ---Vincent van Gogh

  8. #22
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I go to AAC as well... They renamed the school Academy of Art University recently after getting their full creditials.

  9. #23
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    31
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    It's got some cool things going for it, reps from Blizzard North are giving a presentation on Monday, for example.

    Although some of the stuff that goes on in the school may appear unfair to us students, in reality it is no different at any other college. The difference is - in order for this degree to pay off, you have to be extremely talented. That is my warning to all new non-3d students.

    The 3d department is slightly different, as I've seen some insanely good modelers that could not draw or paint to save thier lives. However, they are extremely dedicated and focused, and often do more then is required of them by the school.

    www.Panzar.com - for new 3d students, this is at least what you should have on your senior demo reels, when you get there.

    www.GoodBrush.com - For new Illustration students, this is the quality of work you need to be putting into your senior portfolio, when you get there.

    Do not make the mistake of only comparing yourself to your fellow students, as they are not your only competition. Do not let this discourage you, as we all have to start somewhere, but excelling beyond those examples should be your goal.

  10. #24
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Hawaii
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    hi all.
    been lurking about for awhile, but this thread made me register

    I was wondering, are there any thoughts on AAC's Transportation Design course? I'm contemplating mortgaging my life away with student loans, but wonder if AAC is worth it . . .

  11. #25
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    31
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I've seen some amazing stuff come out of that department, and the teachers seem really qualified - but I've only had a few classes there.

    The best thing you can do is go on a tour. Ask students what they think about the program on the tour.

  12. #26
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Oakland, CA.
    Posts
    574
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 4 Times in 1 Post

    yo

    Hagac makes a good point.. any school you go to is going to be what you put into it at the end... but be warned and prepared for money to be a constant problem at art school in general. If your dad isn't rich you are going to have additional struggles rich kids won't have... AAU isn't the worst school as a whole like I might have imlied.. but the financial aid department and counseling ARE the biggest disasters I've ever seen..

  13. #27
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Hawaii
    Posts
    15
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Thanks for the advice; it has been near impossible to find any thoughts online by AAC(U) students or faculty on the Transportation Design program.

    I agree that it all comes down to what you put in, and in my short experience with them, that thier financial aid department could be a bit more helpful - maybe that part will change for the better eventually :confused:

  14. #28
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Location
    sf
    Posts
    2,069
    Thanks
    485
    Thanked 1,607 Times in 291 Posts
    i attended academy for 2.5 years, and i think its a pretty good school. i got alot out of it, however i was very serious going into it. art school is not a magic bullet. if you wanna work hard and take it very seriously, then take the life drawing classes, heads and hands with james wu, is a must, dont waste your time on liberal arts classes,, and work hard. i would rush through my homework so i could do my own personal work or work on illustration gigs, and i feel i benefitted immensely from this. it also depends on your major. dont bother getting a ba in illustration if you dont have to. i have never had anyone ask me if i have a degree, your portfolio will speak for itself.when i look at portfolios, and i see somebody has a bachelors or worse yet a masters in illustration, i think to myself, they need this piece of paper, why? not to diss you degreed professionals out there, because there are a lot of very talented ones, but all i know is that i know alot of guys i went to school with who have bachelors degrees in art that are working landscaping and cashiers jobs, while i never even finished highschool, dropped out of art school a bit onthe early side, and work as a conceptual artist today. i'm not bragging or anything like that, but academy has a bad habit of misleading potential students into thinking they "need" a degree to work in the field, which is poppycock. so my advice to anyone considering academy is to get in , work your fucking ass off, and get the hell out before you owe them for the rest of your life. -c36

  15. #29
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Compton CAli
    Posts
    664
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 4 Times in 4 Posts
    something i needed to hear, so Thanks C36

  16. #30
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Posts
    31
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    The flip side to El Coro's statement that if you want a Degree in art, then the Academy of Art University is an excellent place to go if you can afford it.

    If you want to work in games I humbly have a few suggestions based upon personal experience...

    Your best bet is to spend the first 2 years here drawing your ass off. Several sketchbooks a semester. Enjoy this time. It's low tech, and the people are friendly.

    The last two years you should spend learning technology, Maya, Zbrush, BodyPaint... anything you can get your hands on. Learn 3d and learn it well, this is your key to quickly entering the industry. All that time you've spent learning to draw and paint really comes in handy here, and those base artistic skills will help you greatly.

    Too many students think they're going to be concept artists. Be realistic with yourselves. How often do you think a concept art position at Blizzard opens up? Check thier website. See who they are hiring. http://www.blizzard.com/jobopp/

    Now that you've read what skillset they're looking for and what jobs are open... I hope you can see the light. If you are still unconvinced, check other companies websites.

    It is rare to find someone who can draw/paint well AND use 3d. Most of the excellent 2d students I know who dont know 3d are still jobless. Most of the excellent 3d students who cannot draw that I know are still jobless. My question to you is - Would you rather be the exception or the expected?

Page 2 of 16 FirstFirst 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 ... LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Academy of Art College or Art Institute of CA, SF
    By ArifQazi in forum Education & Schools for Artists
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: January 5th, 2010, 11:13 AM
  2. Expression College for Digital Arts or Academy of Art College
    By onur in forum Education & Schools for Artists
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: December 10th, 2009, 08:31 PM
  3. Academy of Art College San Francisco
    By stab in forum Education & Schools for Artists
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: April 1st, 2006, 06:33 PM
  4. Art: Academy of Art College's Costume Carnival
    By Main Loop in forum Fine Art
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: October 26th, 2003, 03:09 AM
  5. academy of art college students?
    By daarken in forum Artist Lounge
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: October 19th, 2002, 01:34 AM

Members who have read this thread: 0

There are no members to list at the moment.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Developed Actively by the makers of the Best Amazon Podcast