I can tell you about AAU and be prepared for art hell. General consensus is that you won't graduate in 4 years but when you do you should be able to do just about everything art related except for sewing...not that you'd want to.
As for which is best...depends on you and your level of dedication. Pretty much like that with all schools, I guess. There are modelers with no degree at all so...take it all with a grain of salt, TALK to the people at the schools...find students and talk to them about their experiences. It's an expensive option so make sure you are going to stay with it since most credits you get will NOT transfer (don't let them lie to you).