Southfield, MI
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Reviews 24 total reviews with an average rating of 4.2

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Most of the social scene is between you and your classmates. You are with the same group of people throughout the year program. This makes for great group work and social interaction. In my class we even have our own Facebook site where we talk about the assignments and the classes themselves. The only thing I would choose to change out the facilities is the outdoor sitting area and the indoor break area. Neither are very large to accommodate the student population. Furthermore the outdoor sitting area is the smoking zone and if you are not a smoker it is unpleasant to sit outside.

5 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: For this program you have two classes going at the same time for up to an eight week period. The classes meet once a week, so you are only in class for two days out of the week. The rest of the assignments and studies are done on your own time in the online course work. Each of these classes has in-class assignments and online assignments due at the end of each week.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: I really love the online classes because it allows me to go to school and still have a job. The professors are quick to respond to emails and help clarify the assignments. I still get to interact with my classmates through online forums. The workload is within reason and the layout of the online classes are easy to comprehend such as deadlines for assignments.

College Junior

Career Services: I do not have much experience with the alumni network since I am not a part of it yet. But I have had the opportunity to speak with a career services advisor and explore what door my new skills can open for me in a career. As for job prospects at the end of our course year we take an internship to learn how to really apply our skills in the job environment.

3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I think the real value of the tuition cost is in the professors, equipment, and hands-on experience received while at Specs Howard. Of course none of us like to spend a lot of money on a quality education but the reward of a good career that you love should be worth something. The financial aid department is very helpful to students in financial need. I would suggest to any new student at Specs Howard just to visit with them and see what they can offer you.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: I am in the Graphic Design program and I love it. This program comes with a Mac Pro and the Adobe Systems software. The curriculum is quite extensive and sometimes extremely difficult but there are plenty of resources in order to be a success. In this program we learn how to use all the Adobe Systems, learn web design, client communication and public speaking skills.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The classes individually only meet once a week so the communication between student and professor is mainly done online but this does not stop students from being successful and working with professors for their best possible work. The registration process was basic. It included an aptitude test, an outline of the course, a registration fee, and working with an advisor to get the best possible program.

4 College Junior

Student Body: At Specs Howard most students only interact with their classmates since it is a commuter school. But these classmates become close friends through the course by collaboration and group projects much like co-workers in the job environment.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: Specs Howard provides the equipment needed for students to learn skills specific to their field. There is a common room for students to mingle and share ideas. The computer lab is available during normal school hours for students to collaborate with professors and professional about assignments or job experience.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: This school offers a computer lab in order for students to use the equipment outside of the classroom and to seek help from experienced professors. Each classroom has full access to a printer and a matting room to finalize their designs. The school uses an online system for students to participate in online courses which makes the program all the more efficient. Each student is also given a personal computer equipped with the latest Adobe Systems software in order to do each assignment and online class work.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Specs Howard provides each student with the equipment needed to learn the skills needed in their pursued careers. The campus may seem small for a trade school but this does not hold them back for preparing students in hands-on experience. The professors know what businesses are looking for in their employees and prepare students to meet those needs with innovation and professionalism.

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: very hands on and only have class twice a week but not alot of homework hours. more hands on learning

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5 College Senior

Campus Resources: it has all the equipment needed for broadcast media and journalism such as television equipment and radio studio equipment

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: lots of hands on equipment very helpful staff and they are nice and caring people

4 College Senior

Student Body: The students at Specs Howard are very diverse. There is a great mix of ages, races, and gender. Also, it's very interesting to pay attention to the lifestyles of my classmates. The students at Specs Howard make the experience very enjoyable.

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4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: The financial aid at Specs Howard was very helpful. The financial aid dept. gave me step by step instructions and told me exactly what to expect when applying for financial aid.

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3 College Senior

Career Services: The Career Services at Specs Howard seem great. However, getting an appointment to actually talk to them is a hassle. The emails they send back are very vague and they never offer to meet with you. It seems like they are only focused on looking for the best students, not helping out the ones that are interested in finding jobs.

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: Everyone is there to help with anything you need. There are plenty of computer bays for the students to use, and we each get our own laptop to use while we attend. The tech support is par none and is always ready to help you with any issues you might possibly have.

3 College Senior

Student Body: The Specs Howard student body is probably the most diverse group I have ever been a part of, however there is one commonality- all of the students are intensely passionate about art. There are students who are weak academically, others who are very strong. There is a very diverse group in terms of race, religion, and sexual orientation. Some of the students are older parents, spouses and employees and others are fresh high school graduates. There is no rule when it comes to the economic background either. There is a pretty big mix!

5 College Senior

Student Body: Comfortable, Stress Free Environment. The student body is good. The student body is VERY DIVERSE overall. Everyone gets along well, its a very comfortable environment, and everyone communicates great with one another.

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: The resources on campus are absolutely impeccable. In the graphic design program each student is assigned a personal computer to use through out their time in the course. When you come on the campus the computers automatically connect to the wi-fi at the school, which is extremely fast, also they have been wirelessly connected to the printers at the school. Other resources that are available to students is a MAC lab with IMAC's, just incase you need to view a larger screen then your laptop.

4 College Senior

Career Services: Career Center – My experience has been good with the Career Center. They have started presenting internship opportunities directly to our online accounts starting with our third marking period.

4 College Senior

Campus Resources: Inside Scoop – Your instructors are all people who have experience in the field and can give you insight you might not be able to get elsewhere. The equipment is top notch and you can hit the ground running. You don't waste time with pre-requisite classes. In the Graphic Design program you are also provided with a MacBook loaded with software to use throughout your program with the option to purchase it at completion.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: A Great Place to Start – I am overall happy with my experience with Specs Howard. It is a certificate program with an accelerated format. I do feel like I have learned a lot. I think I could learn more but I got what I expected and I plan to continue my education when I leave. I think they give you a good foundation.


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