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| As a current Interior Design Student, I highly suggest that you look into other options. The curriculum used to be great, with fantastic specialty teachers. Recently the school has laid off ALL Academic Advisors, and 4 specialty Interior Design teachers. Therefore the current teachers, who are still there are pushed to their limits and do not have the work experience to share with students as the other specialty teachers did. This results in a poorly structured course and the students not learning real life experience.|
Please make sure to look for an Interior Design Program that is CIDA Accredited. This means that the school has be certified to be teaching current and proper material. This Illinois Institute of Art Chicago is currently CIDA Accredited but from the way things are going there is a possibility they could loose it.
Ai Chicago is heading for the worst. It is unclear as to where the tuition money is going. Recently the school has installed 42" tv's all over both campuses. During the same quarter over 20+ instructors were laid off... this is not the kind of place you want to be giving your money to.
Please please please look into other Interior Design Programs...
Look for CIDA Accredited, and professional student chapters such as ASID and IIDA.Please contact me if you would like more advice on good Interior Design Education.
|Dec 09 2012|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| This school is more career oriented in which it aim is to teach you skills to find entry level employment in creative fields. I just recently graduate with an Associates in Fashion Merchandising after I decided to change from the BFA: Fashion Design program which I found to be terrible. The instructors I had for many of my classes were good and friendly and often had in depth conversations with me regarding how well I was doing in the program. I did learn about different aspects of the fashion industry from attending this skills and gain some graphic designs skills in the process. I was lucky enough to finish the degree without having to take out any private loans and pace myself so i did not have to do a payment plan either,, because when I went ti the financial aod office I always talk to them in direct and matter of fact tone to provide them from playing any games with me. I will offer the advice as far as career services it is a joke. The scholl has not develop any industry contacts for student to find internships or part time employment while attending school. That department deserves an A for effort, but overall an F for services. I am recent graduate and the career services advisor upon graduation tried pushing me to work retail, but you can do they without a college degree. I empahsize what types of jobs I was interested in the courses I told that had perfrom me to work in that area. I do think its Fashion program needs some work, because if you are not openly creative and have ideas, which you are seeking classes that will teach you the fundamentals you will get lost. The biggest negative experience I had while attending the school was the career services department and having to go two years unemployed in order to complete my degree. The career services department even went as far as to blame the economy as the reasons why they do not have any job contacts!!!!!!!!! |
|Jan 28 2011|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2010 |
| I would have to say in the beginning I struggled a lot to find my place in the my program which is visual communications. Some instructors were very helpful to me, the rest were not., unfortunately their were more unhelpful then helpful. It is true one has to be a deep learner in order to accomplish the project at hand. I am 38 years of age going back to school was not easy for me.., but I ended up liking the career path I choose. I recently have been tested and have been placed under the disability act., which does not matter to any instructor. The accommodations I am to receive are not being met at all. This is a state law that is not regarded as real. I am classes away from expected graduation date and between trying to raise two children on my own and no employment it is starting to become very difficult for me to finish. I wish I had made my decision to attend a different school. When I tried to explain to a certain instructor that I was unable to afford the materials for the project she acted as if I was trying to lie my way out of doing what was expected of me. Since I started the program I have been working on school work only, I have no social life or a solid relationship with my kids since all my time is spent on trying to complete projects and assignments. I do not care about my social life not existing anymore, but I do care about my children, until recently I had to send my son to live with his mother who is not the best candidate for raising my son. I do not want to be in this school anymore, but it feels like I am trapped. I would like to transfer to a different school but it is hard to do since most of my credits are not transferable. I have spent a lot of time, money, and energy in this institution I do not wish to continue my education here any more. I would advise all those who are considering attending this school to find some where else, like a real accredit college like UIC, DePaul, so on and so forth. This is a for profit business your life and it's unwanted situations are of no concern to this store. The classrooms have been getting smaller since I first started. I hope all those who have been ripped off by this store get the justice they deserve?shut them down! |
|Sep 12 2010|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2010 |