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Reviews 18 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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4 College Senior

Academic Experience: Most classes are very structured and focused. The range of classes is good and I feel definitely prepares you for the career field. I just wish that the school would jump on the band wagon and get everything submitted digitally, so the printing costs for final projects and presentations wouldn't be so outrageous.

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3 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I feel that because it is a private school it is on the expensive side, however it is much better than the school I attended previously. I feel I am getting a good quality education here. It is nice that tuition is locked in as long as you remain at least part time and don't take a leave of absence; so I know I wont be surprised by tuition costs. The financial aid officer is relatively new and seems in over their head, so a more experienced officer would be nice

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: All faculty currently work in the industry and give real life examples and advice which is very helpful. The school works very closely with professional associations like ASID & IIDA and have many volunteer opportunities along with seminars.

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: The school is small but the library has great resources. Since there is now only one librarian, the hours are lacking. Resource room has some great things, but is in dire need of organization. Computer labs are spacious and the software is always up to date. Eating areas are almost non-existent.

4 College Senior

Career Services: Career services are great at this school. There is always plenty of information available to current and past students. Alumni achievements are celebrated in quarterly emails, letting everyone know who landed a big job. Alumni are also always welcome to come back in and search through the job books.

3 College Senior

Campus Resources: There are plenty of computers and the software is always up to date. The wireless network is easy to connect to and the speed is relatively fast for the number of users connected to it. However, the printer availability is lacking. A large plotter is not available to students and that does irritate students when it comes to outside printing costs.

3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: The education is worth the cost but it is expensive. Not more than a private school but in the same range as one. They accept and help provide scholarships. They don't accept scholarships for the certificate program which is 12 weeks long.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: The environment at IDI is great. People are really friendly and helpful when working on projects. Everyone works together really well. The people are fun and everyone seems to have the same goal but that doesn't create a competitive spirit at all. People are more focused on helping each other get there together.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: They have available computers upstairs for students and space throughout the campus for personal work. I have not had to deal with the network yet.

4 College Sophomore

Student Body: There is a lot of diversity on campus of gender, age, ethnicity, and even country of origin.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: We have a current, inspiring library with many resources. Another excellent resource is the gallery upstairs which displays the best projects from recent classes. They are great for seeing what this school can teach you.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I work full time and go to school part time. In the beggining when you have a bunch of classes to pick from it is great. You can customize classes for the morning, afternoon, and evening schedules as you please. However, when you are nearing the end of the curriculum it gets harder to get into a class especialy if you can only go in the evenings as the time slots for the classes alternate every other term.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: The best thing about this school is that it only focouses on design fundementals. They are kept up to date on everything design as far as the education which is really what matters. The campus is very small and not very inviting. There is no interaction between staff and student other than the norm in class. But then again most of the students in this school are older and have jobs and families so the campus is geared more toward that market. If you are young and looking for campus fun this is the wrong school for you.

1 College Junior

Campus Resources: The network speed is ok. The reliability of the network is questionable sometimes you can't even log on to the schools network. For as much as they are charging for classes they should be able to provide a computer lab where we can print full scale plans on a plotter without additional cost. (I transfered from Books college and they used to provide it why not this school, whom, by the way is charging me double what I paid at Brooks)

1 College Junior

Campus Resources: There aren't ANY resources. The campus is too small. The library is too small chairs in there are not confortable so even if you wanted to stay to do homework or study after 10 minutes in any chair makes you want to leave. I'm not sure if we have a student center and I have been there 2 years. We do have two snack vending machines, one coffee machine, and two soda machines though.

College Junior

Career Services: I have not had the opportunity to solicit the help of our career services yet. No comment.

3 College Junior

Student Body: I don't think we have a student body. We do, however, have members of ASID who perform volunteer work with habitat for humanity and other functions. The meetings are held in the mornings and afternoons and I am a part of the evening population.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: The curriculum is rigorous and chalanging. The best thing about that school is Don Gardner he teachers 7 different subjects. He is very knowledgeable and he cares about the quality of education his students get. Many of the other teachers don't evoke inspiration. School spirit is not very high and it feels like creativity is not wanted (art school!). They have their own set "standards" of teaching which they are very strict about. However, I will say that IDI is in the top 10 design schools in the U.S., they offer the AA, BA and MA degrees in interior design and the students that graduate from IDI have a high success rate of being hired. Lets hope some of that success rubs off on me.

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