Recent Alumnus 2012-05-17T20:55:14Z
Not What Most People Expect in an Art School – The students at my school aren't what most people expect from an art school. The typical art student that most people think of are those kids who have a cigarette in one hand and coffee in the other, wearing "hipster" clothing and talking about how amazing they are.
Of course at my school, there are some students that are like that. But there are more who legitimately want a career in art. It's a diverse group of people, yet still unified in their interest in art
College Sophomore 2012-04-17T01:59:46Z
The school has a wide diversity. The students come from many different backgrounds. A lot come from out of state to go to the American Acedemy of Art. I find it very insperational that people will travel so far from home to reach a greatter hight with their education. But no matter our backgrounds we all share one devotion to our art.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-07T07:45:49Z
This school has gone through 4 career advisors in 6 years. That's right, there's only one career service advisor for 500+ students. Makes sense, right? So of course she helped me locate an internship when I contacted her, right? NO. I was completely ignored while I was in school. Then, I heard from the new advisor after I graduated about some opportunities. So I sent her my updated information, and never heard back again. There has since been 1 or 2 more new advisors that I have not cared to talk to. I have since decided to take my future into my own hands and go back to a school that actually accomplishes what it promises. Seriously. WORST. SCHOOL. EVER.
Recent Alumnus 2012-03-07T07:39:20Z
If you're going to this school to be a fine artist or an illustrator, by all means, there's some awesome teachers and you'll be a very skilled artist when you leave, granted you're rich and are guaranteed a job once you leave school.
HOWEVER, if you are planning on going to this school for: Web Design, Photography, 3D Modeling and Animation, or Film... RUN. Do NOT even look back! Their curriculum is a JOKE. I didn't even get some of the classes outlined in the introduction booklet they handed to my parents! The Academy sucks you in by giving you lots of drawing classes the first two years with great teachers. You don't even touch a computer until the 2nd semester of Sophomore year.
Web Design: you guys don't even have a curriculum. You will be put in a classroom and told to figure things out and make your own assignments. When you want to be graded, you walk into the animation classroom and bug the teacher to give you a grade. Seriously.
3D Modeling: You guys will be taught well, but Lord help you through the portfolio process. You'll get A's and B's on all your assignments Sophomore, Junior, and Senior year, only to be expected to DOUBLE your portfolio (in quantity and quality) the LAST semester before graduation. And your portfolio teacher will make fun of your work in front of the class and threaten to fail you if your work is not feature film quality. Your portfolio teacher is also Satan.
Animation: You will be treated like a 3D Modeling student up until the LAST semester before graduation, when your portfolio teacher expects you to teach yourself animation AND come up with an awesome portfolio in about 3 months. He won't help you, and he'll yell at you because you were never taught animation. He will also try to convince you to change your mind half-way through the last semester and switch over to 3D Modeling because you're not pumping out awesome animations fast enough. If you argue that you came to this school the whole time for Animation, he'll threaten to fail you your last semester.
I completely regret going to this sorry excuse for a school. I'm learning so much more at a different school. This school is LUCKY I can't sue them, because I feel completely ROBBED of money and got next to NO education in return. PLUS, I heard from the career advisor ONCE since graduating 3 years ago. She told me she found some jobs and needed some updated information from me. So I sent it to her and never heard back again. Everyone I know is either working retail or going to school for something else now. SAVE YOUR MONEY, YOUR TIME, AND YOUR AGGRAVATION. WORST. SCHOOL. EVER.
College Junior 2012-01-09T19:50:11Z
Probably the Best in Careers – I definitely love the career services in this school and I highly doubt there is another art school that is the same in this area. They have the specific career office that students can visit at any time. They help you set up a portfolio and help out in other areas like interviews. Another thing that I find helpful is that even though you graduate and no longer attend the academy, the career service is always available in helping you find a job.
College Junior 2012-01-09T19:43:28Z
Great Art School – I would have to say that my overall experience in the academy is pretty great. The classes are great, because you really get to work one on one with the teacher and easily receive help if needed. The people who attend are friendly, social, and its just a good atmosphere to be in. Overall, its a great school. I am proud to say that I am a student of the academy.
College Junior 2011-08-26T16:27:29Z
Good Environment – Since it is an art school, all the people in the school have this bond because we have one common interest, which is art. It creates a good environment in which we can be ourselves and others will accept it and even embrace the uniqueness of an artist. Though it does create an atmosphere of competition, which is a good thing because it prepares ourselves for what to expect later in life, when we search for our careers.
College Junior 2011-08-26T16:20:58Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Helpful and Worth While – The financial aid I have been given at the academy is great. They have an office that open all the time that if needed any help or explanation of some financial issues, they are gladly willing to talk it out with you one on one. Though the tuition is high, it is worth it and reasonable since they do not receive any financial help from the government. I know that I am getting my money's worth with the education that I will receive from this school.
Recent Alumnus 2010-07-02T00:45:51Z
that 'director of operations' guy they have there, steve milotto or whatever his name is, he was running some kind of scam with the pop and snack machines, prolly keepin the moneys and we was eating expired, stale cheetos for like a year. i was getting sick off that! anyways he still works there so F this place in general. i didnt like the rest of those people either.
Not sure I would enroll in a college owned and run by Richard Otto. I know he was fined a substantial amount of money when he owned and ran Catherine College in Chicago. From what I have heard about this school from the students who have enrolled, and their irate parents, I can only advise you to choose the reputable and accredited colleges to pursue art and media.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-11T05:22:12Z
Unethical Lies. As for the high marks posted on this page...re-read them..yes, the Academy wrote those about itself. How could a 2014 graduate have such a thoroughly glowing review for a school it hasn't attended yet? The school year would start in Fall of 2010. Yes, these people are THAT moronic.
Recent Alumnus 2010-06-11T05:17:45Z
AVOID THIS SCAM. If you'll pay the ridiculous tuition costs, they'll accept you. Doesn't matter if you can draw or not. Most students leave after the first semester or stay and go into debt with a degree that means nothing from this place. It's run by unethical business people and it shows more than they realize. They lie about their job placement rate and are well know for losing whatever accreditation they have/had for long periods of time. I could go on, but you would be INFURIATED to hear all of it. Stay away from here.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-24T21:26:35Z
A Home Away from Home – Freshman year has truly been the most fun I've had in school. Freshman year you spend a lot of time with the same people and you take the same classes. With only 500 students attending the academy becomes a place where everyone becomes very close and familiar with one another. Quite simply the school is the best learning experiences I've had the pleasure to be apart of.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-24T21:15:47Z
Carrer Services – The most recognizable and easily most useful resource at the academy is the career services department. They work hand in hand with the classes you take at the academy so fluidly that by the time you graduate you are ready to go out and work as a professional artist.
Recent Alumnus 2010-04-24T21:09:54Z
Why AAA? For any aspiring artist, this is the school to attend. It's well worth the money and the pay off is astounding. This school actually focuses on art skills, as opposed to just rounding you off in every area, and making your art skills sub par. The American Academy of Art truly forces you to discipline yourself as an artist and it really hones your skills as a professional. I've never enjoyed school until I attended the academy, and I regret none of it.
College Senior 2010-03-29T18:39:23Z
the school is located right in downtown chicago which i love the most. its get tiring taking the train but i have to do it to get a great education. this was my first choice of school n will not transfer
College Senior 2010-03-29T18:35:52Z
Love It – i love my school. They have guided me from day one. what i love the most is that its a small private school and i get more one on one time with the teachers.
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