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| Let's start with the goods: I was here for Game Art & Design and actually felt like I was learning about the programs pertaining to the major. Most of the teachers had had some sort of experience in the field and could speak truthfully from that experience. I felt safe on campus and in the Shannon Hall dorms, and the Bingo events where you could win free food were a blast. The teachers encouraged you to ask questions if you were confused and often reminded you of the open-and-available tutoring centers, which were immensely helpful when I went to them. I met some great people, improved on my art, and actually liked it here a lot. Sure, some classes were a bit hollow, like Intro to Psychology, but you get that in any college.|
Now to the bads.
This place is EXPENSIVE. Seriously, over-the-top expensive. If you're going here, make sure you have EVERYTHING lined up, from scholarships to grants to loans, and be ready to pay even more because at the time of my departure (brought on by financial issues, no less) they were still hiking up the cost in the face of closing down one of their dorm buildings and giving the campus building some rather unnecessary innovations.
Next, I lived in Shannon Hall and it should be noted that it can be a bit of a fixer-upper sometimes; leaking spots on the top floor, the floors aren't exactly home decor pride, and the fact that it was converted from a parking garage can be a bit obvious times. And at least one elevator isn't working 75% of the time. On the plus side, the repairmen are very quick to respond to complaints and are good at their job. Plus, the RA's were helpful providing it wasn't the weekend, which is when they all vanish off to Narnia or something.
Third; the job aide department is shit. Just saying. It claims to be there to help you get a job, but when I went there a couple of times to ask for advice or help, the people working there simply gave me a link to an online job board and told me to have at it. Pretty useless branch.
And probably the most disappointing factor of all for you game maker-wannabes out there; some of the teachers let slip that you could simply get the same tutorial classes for the 3D programs by just buying the programs on your own computer and looking up free tutorials on Youtube. So, in essence, you're wasting over a grand on a class you could get with the cost of a hundred dollar-or-so program. I'll let you make of that what you will.So, in summary; very friendly, encouraging place if you haul your sleepy ass out of bed to the classes and put effort into them. But cost-wise, as least in game creation, you're better off investing in a good computer and the 3D creation programs and following a series of Youtube tutorials, or at least finding a cheaper school. What ever you choose, good luck, good fortunes, and make sure to double check your finance calculator.
|Jun 18 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2013 |
| Honestly the worst decision i have ever made, school wise. Nothing good for me has come out of this school, never made a single friend or learned anything new my first quarter. You will more than likely only have one class every day, that are 4 hours long. The teachers dont explain anything, when you ask questions they normally get mad and say "you should know how to do this" even when it is an introduction class. The only class i have even enjoyed since being here is math...and i HATE math! All this school wants is money. |
|Jan 25 2012|| 1st Year Female --
Class 2012 |
| I am currently enrolled at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and I have read most of the comments posted. Honestly some of the most positive times of my life occured in that building. With that being said, the most humiliating experience of my life was the moment I realized that I had spent four years of my life, working my ass off for a bestowed degree. For all of the super educated, know-it-alls, pro AI lobbyist on this post whom some how found it appropriate to call President Barack Obama (THE FIRST BLACK MAN TO HOLD THE MOST IMPORTANT SEAT ON THE GLOBE):) a big ear idiot in the oval office. Bestowed means to confer such as to bestow an honorary degree, that is why the credits dont transfer to other strong universities and schools. It says right in your contract (which most of probably didnt read in its entirety, becaused we were distracted by the smoke being blown up our asses during the meeting with the admissions rep who paints a picture of you becoming the next Gordon Ramsey, Emeril Legasse, Steven Spielberg. Your taken on a tour of the school and shown work from famous people who attended the school with the implication that with a degree from their school. After 4 or 5 years of the b.s. (dangling carrot in front of the donkey trick) your so deep in debt that you cant even get more loan money to get you through your last classes. Finally, the school insist that you borrow money from the school so that you can finish. But what they dont tell you is that, you wont get the degree until you pay back the school. So how can I get a job without the degree? Furthermore,the school is not under any obligation to help you get a better paying job inn your field because your contract states in fine print, the school's goal is to train you to achieve an entry level position into the field. After $90,000.00 of debt, the only job Im worthy of is a dishwashing job, mcdonalds cashier job, server, line cook, making a whopping $9-11 per hour. Without the degree in hand you'll never get a better position, and you'll never make enough to pay AI back to get the degree on $9-12 per hour. So now your stuck, unless your fortunate enough to get work for yourself, which are my plans. I couldve done this without the degree, that I probably will never have anyway. I maintained a 3.6-3.8 most of the time in the school and I was awarded the merit scholarship for my high achievements prior to attending that school, I also qualified for $50,000 in scholarships. And yes I voted for Barack, and yes I can form a complete sentence, and yes I fell for the same scam you all did. reguardless of what side of the arguement your on, we all fell for it, but if it makes you feel better about your choice to deny it, then by all means, deny, deny, deny!! Look at the ratio of people who felt this was a good decision to the people who felt that it was a bad one.We are not all lazy and ignorant. |
|Dec 21 2011|| 4th Year Female --
Class 2012 |