College Sophomore 2013-10-24T00:23:30Z
I've only taken Observational Drawing online. to be honest It was a disappointment because I was in the class with a bunch of kids that couldn't draw a stick figure. While I understand not everyone is a fine artist and their major has nothing to do with fine art, the lack of creativity in that class was sickening. Also, when the teacher told me to "dumb down" the technical vocabulary when critiquing the other students, I was outraged.
College Sophomore 2013-10-24T00:16:21Z
I came back to college, 24, divorced, and having to work full time. While my class advisers do their absolute best to respect the boundaries of my job, sometimes there is a specific course, such as life drawing that only occurs in the morning. This is entirely understandable, but now I am working seven days a week until December to keep my job hours full time. Its exhausting. Also, because the school is way to expensive, they are pushing me to become a full time student otherwise I will be running out of Government aid. I can not afford to pay the school more than 85 a month, yet alone 450.00 if I were a full time student.
College Sophomore 2013-10-24T00:11:15Z
I haven't had a real opportunity to take advantage of the career services, but there are always seminars for jobs and resumes going on at the campus. I know this from the million signs they always have on each floor.
College Junior 2013-08-13T04:19:58Z
ILIS has a sweet deal with Adobe. Every single computer has ALL the Adobe products you could ever dream of fiddling around with. Many computer labs have giant Mac computers, some have PC's but I've noticed they're replacing those slowly. I've encountered problems with the network a few times in 5 quarters - mostly the inability to access the faculty drive, which isn't the end of the world by any means. It's easy to bring your own device and log onto the network. Speed of the network is fine, I've never complained about slow connections. Wireless is available to all students on campus. Printing in labs is easy - they load $9.00 onto your student ID to print with, and I've never come close to using all $9.00 even when printing personal documents unrelated to school work. The catch is the printers are black and white only. If you desire a color print, you'll have to invest in a minimum of $5.00 for a "print me" card, which you'll take to the printing area and they'll deduct the amount from your card. They have really nice printing options (and basic ones for 50 cents, a piece), for photography prints and other glossy prints. It's a great convenience even if the price is slightly higher than Kinko's. There isn't much to complain about with the resources here. I love working on the huge display Mac computers, it makes my work so much easier!
College Junior 2013-08-13T04:07:24Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
Let's not ignore the elephant in the room. University's are expensive. That being said, ILIS has a tuition rate of $400 per credit hour. Each class is 4 credits. Yes, that's $1600 per class. Yes, if you're full-time, that's $25,600 per year. BUT - thankfully, this school is on a quarterly schedule. You'll graduate quicker, 16 classes per year. Just think, you'll be doing what you love when you graduate! Hopefully. Anyways, be wise and take your gen ed's at a community college - save yourself $30,000 (no joke). Take your core classes at ILIS, and be done with it. The tuition sucks, but that's unavoidable with most schools. The Financial Aid is pretty typical of a college, you can get a wide range of grants, scholarships (you do the dirty work) and LOANS, yay! Just remember that hefty tuition when you decide to blow off a class, are you really doing your money justice?! The Financial Aid office is always helpful, as they should be. Just walk in and they'll answer mostly anything you ask. I must have been in there 5+ times this last year to verify questions I had about my student loans, reimbursement questions and just a friendly chat. Seriously, get to know them. Most importantly, get to know how much money you're racking up.
College Junior 2013-08-13T03:55:42Z
A very open school. We're a school of designers! Tattoos? Piercings? No one will look twice. Typical students are "average", with a fair few people who dress differently. Many instructors are young, and some become like friends with students. You'll see the same folks quarter after quarter because of the small size of the school. Average freshly graduated high school students whose maturity level varies, older students keep to themselves, mostly. Ethnically diverse, economically diverse (come on, it's an art school! we're poor, but creative!), politics are irrelevant, religion is irrelevant, and any sexual preference is openly accepted (by accepted, I mean welcomed - we have a fashion department, after all! flamboyant gay men are not uncommon :P). LGBT clubs exist, I've seen the posters. All in all, a very open-minded student body and faculty. You will not be judged here, we love "different" people!
College Senior 2013-07-29T22:08:02Z
Ai- Schaumburg – Positives: their quarter programs, each quarter is 3 months and time flies by, you can also get done in 3 years if you go full time through the summer as well. They are located in one building so no making long treks across campus with all your books. They are very close to several restaurants, and Woodfield mall. Most of the staff including teachers and other faculty and extremely kind. Knowing from experience they can help you with locking your keys in your car, flat tires, and dead batteries. The classes are all relatively easy, if you keep up with your work and take it seriously. Negatives: The school is pretty expensive, that is considering tuition alone, you must also buy supplies and get projects printed which gets really pricy. There is no cafeteria, only a lounge with vending machines, and microwaves. I've heard about people having housing in bad condition or not being able to solve problems with their roommates. I don't live in the provided housing I found a cheaper option on my own.
College Senior 2013-07-29T22:06:30Z
The entire school is located within one building, 5 floors to be exact. We have a student lounge and an oasis for the students to hang out, do homework, or eat lunch. There is no specific lunchroom, but the lounge has vending machines, and sometimes a food truck will be in the parking lot. There is a photo studio, a green screen room, and a music studio available for student use.
College Senior 2013-07-29T22:02:45Z
The school has several computer labs open for students to use at almost any time of day. Even the computer labs that have classes in them, if you ask the instructor more than likely you will be able to use an open computer. They also have a wireless network for students. They have a printing shop for us to get our color prints for reasonable prices, and we are also given a monthly allowance for the black and white printers in the computer labs.
College Freshman 2013-07-20T01:54:58Z
This is a school for artist in any category. It could be fine art, culinary art, designing clothes, graphic artand illustration, game art, etc. It is great. JOCKS....Need not apply!
College Freshman 2013-07-20T01:52:03Z
The facilities at the Art Institute are great amd there are plenty of advisors to assist .
College Freshman 2013-07-20T01:49:30Z
I have not graduated from college. In fact this is my first year but my roomate is a senior so I get most of my information from her.
College Junior 2013-06-13T23:40:54Z
I love the curriculum offered for my degree, Interior Design. I am even enjoying the general education classes, more than I thought I would. The workload is heavier than another other school I have attended, but that is because the classes are offered in 11 week quarter classes instead of semesters.
College Junior 2013-06-13T23:37:37Z
The flexibility regarding class scheduling is pretty good. It gets more difficult getting core classes scheduled around work, but that is because those are specifically scheduled.
College Junior 2013-06-13T23:31:00Z
This school is more expensive than others, but the staff is very accommodating to my financial needs. I was in volunteer program that allowed me to travel all over the midwest region, but with this I was not always near a computer for constant e-mail communication. The school representative was very understanding and patient with my unreliable schedule. I am taking classes in quarters, instead of semesters. This helps me with classes and I am able to get done in 2 years instead of 5 years. It may be more fast paced, but I feel that helps with real world scenarios.
College Junior 2013-06-13T21:40:14Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
It is very expensive to go to school here, but I think in the long run it will be well worth it because of the education we receive. I could not receive financial aid because of my parent's income which makes it difficult, but grants and loans were available for me.
College Junior 2013-06-13T21:38:38Z
The professors are great! All of them are professionals in their career field and have had a lot of experience and knowledge to give us. The cirriculum is well organized. The class registration is very easy and fast. There are always people available to help. The workload is just enough and it is manageable. There is tutoring available at all times for studying.
College Junior 2013-06-13T21:35:56Z
It is very easy. I can easily pick out my classes according to my schedule. They are very flexible with what days and times I need. A lot of my classes from my junior college did not transfer, but some did.
College Junior 2013-06-13T21:34:05Z
I was in fashion marketing and management, but recently switched to Interior Design. I am very excited about this. The fashion program was great and I did learn a lot, but I was not sure if I wanted to move in order to get a job for this. So I switched to Interior design and the classes look awesome. There's a lot of computer work involved and so many new programs to learn.
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-18T05:07:25Z
i love my instructors but im not getting what i need anymore
Recent Alumnus 2013-05-18T05:05:37Z
when i started there a year and a half ago, things were very flexable and great. about 6 months ago things went downhill, many teachers were let go and we are being pushed into independant study classes. now it seems as if no one cares and the curriculum isnt up to date and the equipment is always breaking down
College Junior 2013-04-30T03:40:21Z
All of my questions are always answered quickly and efficiently
College Senior 2013-04-17T21:03:28Z
In terms of accessibility, the campus resources regarding computers and printing are phenomenal. Being that almost every classroom in itself is a computer lab, there is never a time when one cannot find access to a computer. The only negative thing regarding the campus resources is the cost of printing. Students can print in black and white for 10 cents a page, however; if they want color prints, they must have it printed for them at the service bureau for $1. Any paper besides laser (i.e. Glossy, Luster, or Matte), costs $3 or more per print. The commonly used mounting board ranges from $3-5 meaning a single printed photograph can cost a student $6-8 or more.
College Senior 2013-04-17T20:57:31Z
The greatest thing about my school regarding campus resources is the extensive amount of equipment available for students to both use and check out for 4 to 24hr periods. Being that the school consists entirely of art majors, we are all constantly in need of equipment that, being students, is too far beyond our price-range as of yet. They have more equipment options for each major than one could ever imagine to use and they always have enough available so students never have to worry about having access. Another wonderful perk about the campus resources is that we have studios with the latest equipment available for all majors: a photography studio, a music studio, and even a studio with a giant green screen for special effects.
College Senior 2013-04-17T20:49:47Z
Being that it is an art school, the student body is very diverse. Everyone is very friendly and non-judgmental; being so, it is very easy to make friends. The primary age group at the school is about 18-22, however; we have many older adults who are returning to school to pursue new careers or to simply further their education in the field they are already in. The large majority of students work part-time as the school does a wonderful job finding students temporary work- including jobs with flexible hours available within the school itself.
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