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| Most of the students are self adsorb and teachers will give their time to the students who they favor the most so forgot about asking for help on stuff because they will just make you feel worse. It's a shame because there are some good teachers just not enough. Most of the classes are just a load of BS and you don't really get the chance to do something great more just get it done. It's about quantity not quality. One of the courses is runned by students which is a waste of money because it is not about all of the students just a few that is hand selected by the teacher. Also the school doesn't support the event so the class has to raise their own money. The teacher even advises not to mention the school when asking for donations!!! WHY??? Because then it would have to go to the school and not to support our program.If your a 20 something who lives at home and Mom and Dad are paying for your education then you will fit right in. Most of the classes either use no books or it uses the Adobe classroom in a book. Another great thing about the school is they have site where all the teachers say you can get royalty free images to use for your artwork, but when it comes to portfolio time you can no longer use them. Believe me I wished I transferred schools when I was thinking about before I got this far. Every time I see orientations going on I feel the urge to warn the others. As for the appearance of an Art school it is lacking!!!!!!!! |
|Apr 22 2012|| 3rd Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| I graduated from the Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg back in '09. I'd gone there in '05 because, based on informed research and recruitment, it appeared to be a quality art school. They'll dazzle you with great looking art on the walls and crazy creative projects done using cool equipment, but it's all a smokescreen. As other reviewers have pointed out, the education is sub-standard at best. |
At least half of what I was "taught" in class I either 1) already knew or 2) could've learned for free (and better, no less) from tutorials on the internet. Teacher availability and competence is a coin toss and some don't even have suitably relevant degrees in the fields they're teaching. Furthermore, most projects done in class are woefully underscheduled and you have little time to do anything really creative to put in a portfolio. Most of the time you're just scrambling to get something done.
As for the Fine Arts aspect, this school's only really good if you have a very poor set of art skills. I came into this school with fairly decent drawing abilities and I got Bs in my drawing courses because I wasn't showing enough improvement. However, the people who's drawings looked like a 5-year old's doodle were praised for their exceptional creativity and improvement in skills.
Bottom line, this school is not worth the time and vast financial expense. Attend this institution and you'll wind up like most of us who weren't "designers" or fashionistas: broke, no job opportunities and drowning in outrageous debt. Really, do yourself a favor and study online tutorials while working an unsatisfactory day job. Then, you can scrape up enough money to buy a graphics tablet, make some good art and start promoting yourself. Don't be another notch on ILIS's bedpost.
Oh, and all that Career Assistance after graduation. It's a load of B.S. They make you give them a considerable amount of demo reels and resumes (which you aren't reimbursed for, by the way) and then email you job leads for Wal-Mart and McDonalds or, if it is something artistic, a job placement for a fashion design position when you yourself are a Media Arts Grad and have, in no way, shape or form, any qualifications or knowledge in fashion design. This place is a joke and a HUGE money pit. Stay away!
|Mar 09 2012|| 4th Year Male --
Class 2009 |
| For the sake of your future, do not attend this "college". |
Professionalism is close to non-existent, and quality of education is questionable. I am a recent graduate, and I will be honest, Career Services will email you listings that do not require degrees, and what is relevant is unpaid internship work. I had a paid internship three months post grad, and what the job entailed was a far cry from what I was qualified for. The company that hired me was too small, Nd would have benefitted off of two illegal immigrants at the hourly wage they paid me.I am going back to school for a more useful degree, and recommend anyone that wants to have a proper education look elsewhere. They will yell you anything to hook you on their school, but it is not a Fine Art School. Otherwise, they would require a portfolio and would admit based on talent. Coming from this background and being accepted into internationally recognized schools, I can assure upcoming students: If you have true talent, take it elsewhere to be developed.
|Jan 04 2012|| Alumna Female --
Class 2000 |