American Inter Continental University
American Inter Continental University - Comments and Student Experiences|
For-Profit schools are schools that does not rely on profit from the Government (through various grants, etc.). Their MAIN source of income is through how many butts they could put in their building.
Please, please, PLEASE, go to this website:
It will shed a TON of light about how AIU (and their parent conglomerate CSC) operates. This could also be held true about other private schools. They are akin to health club, or workout fads, like P90X, where they sell you on a dream of a "ripped" body, but you risk the potential of serious injury (or spending a lot of money in purchasing "supplements"). In this case, they sell you on the dream of a fabulous job, but you don't have anywhere NEAR the connections to see it through.
It also mentions some truths about who these For-Profit schools prey on. Mainly minorities who aren't that well endowed financially. It could definitely explain this school's lack of diversity (which is staggering). Be prepared to see a lot of the thugged-out types roaming around this school.
Also, the Film side of the house shares the house with the music side. And ALL of the people on the music side will try to get on the film side (probably to make their own music videos cheaper), and it dilutes the program CONSIDERABLY. I don't know how many students I run into, in this program, who make me continuously rethink if I'm making the right choice (let's just say about 30, or so, movie ideas about being a Hip-Hop/Rap/R&B star).
Some of the professors know what they're talking about. But, again, we're selling a dream job here, and the fact is that most of the teachers have zero connections to the industry in Atlanta (which is something you need to gain viable experience for better paying jobs). Most of them looks like they either; just got off the plane from California, or never had any luck in the industry. So that hurts your chances of making good use of the degree outside of the school.
There is also NO student organization for students in the Film side of the house. I believe this is, again, based on the fact that this school is a For-Profit school. But if you're possibly looking for a film/video club, that will allow you to go to these film lectures (which helps create a network!), better look elsewhere.
If you think you'll be going to a legitimate campus, have fun working out of an office building (remarkably right down the street from the Art Institute of Atlanta's office buildings).God honest truth, if you're going for a film-type of degree, go to a legitimate university (or a trade school/community college that specializes in Cinematography). And "don't eat the cake", and/or "drink the Kool-Aid", cause you will be hurting.
The school is merging with the Dunwoody campus which means you'll will be going back and forth between the Buckhead campus and the Dunwoody campus (which is 13 minutes for those who drive and probably longer for those that have to ride MARTA).
The school store does not contain all of the supplies that teachers require for class. I spent over a $100 on art supplies for ONE class! The gaming computer lab is down 10 computers out of 24 computer. Our school doesn't even have wireless internet for students.
A lot of student advisers, student accounts, and financial aid people do not know what is going on. Expect a lot of conflicting views on policies and where you are suppose to go to get things done.Please, spend an extra $20,000 to go to a better school. Do research. Visit the school more than one or two days.