Academic Experience

Location
Henderson, NV
Undergrads
716
Tuition
$17,616
Admission Difficulty
Easy
Branch Campus Of
The Art Institutes
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4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Everything is pertaining to my field. There is always gonna be a big workload to do but it'll pay off once you gain experience in your field which the school helps provide.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Everything is basically straight forward

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: the photography instructors are fantastic, and have real world experience that they pass on to the students

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4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: fantastic possibilites, registation could be easier, as there are gaps when classes are offered creating a delay for final graduation

4 College Student

Academic Experience: There are a range of classes that are offered in different categories. Even general education class coursework is made interesting depending on the teachers offering the course.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 177th
    Best Class Sizes
  • 1500th
    Most Accessible Professors
  • 1514th
    Best Class Availability
  • 1601st
    Least Stressful Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Crystal-Grace Moreno
Hometown
Reno
Major
Media Arts and Animation
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Art Institute instructors are very helpful and encouraging of questions. The best instructors are committed to displaying the most skills, creativity, inspiration, or knowledge about the subject matter that they teach. Students are informed every beginning of the quarter that the best way to contact their teacher is by email; instructors check their email frequently and answer questions promptly, so you're sure to get an answer to your question quickly.

The academic experience can be somewhat challenging. At first, it's relatively easy, as you become reacquainted with the basics, but then classes become harder, and you suddenly find that the material is more complex than you originally thought, as well as somewhat hard to work with. The challenging parts don't necessarily kick in right away, but academically, there are things about the school that are difficult.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
20:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
35
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
57
Full-Time Retention Rate
55%
Part-Time Retention Rate
21%
Transfer-Out Rate
4%
Graduation Rate
35%
Colleges/Divisions
  • Culinary
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • General Education
  • Media Arts
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
16
Most Popular Majors
  • Baking and Pastry Arts: Unknown
  • Computer Graphics: Unknown
  • Culinary Arts: Unknown
  • Graphic Design: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: No
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Depending on which quarter you're in, the level of the class, and whether or not it's a general education class or project class contributes to the class size. If you're a senior and you're taking an advanced class, then the class size is probably eight to 18 people at most. General education classes are the regular science, English, history, and math-related classes; people take them to get the required general education classes for their degree. General education classes might not be tied to a student's specific degree, but they are required, and since every student has to complete the required amount of credits for these general education classes, that means these classes are full. Popular project classes can get full quickly, as well. Full classes usually have 25 to 34 students at most.
Student/Professor Relationships
Students and instructors contact each other mainly via email; this is the best mode of contact for everyone. Students are often encouraged to talk to their teachers if problems arise; with seeking help from the instructor, the student can succeed in the class.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Grading is typically on this scale: 93 to 100 is an A; 90 to 92 is an A-; 87 to 89 is B+; 84 to 86 is B; 80 to 83 is B-; 77 to 79 is C+; and so on.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
The length of the lectures depends on the instructor who is teaching because instructors vary in lecturing times. The size of the class also depends on the subject.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
From the time a student begins school at an art institute, students are advised to get done with their basics first, so they get finished with their prerequisites. It is best to take a general ed class along with the rest of the project classes you have to take, so that your workload is more manageable. So the way that the classes for your degree are set up look like this: basics, intermediate, then advanced classes, portfolio, and business-related classes for any of the different majors-then you're done with school.
The school runs on a quarterly basis, so for those more familiar with a semester system, if you cut the semester in half, that's the length of art institute "sessions," or the time between the beginning of classes and the end soon after finals.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
The cost not only includes tuition and some school supplies, but students also have to factor in: housing, transportation to and from school, food, as well as personal expenses. The overall cost can be daunting.
Tips to Succeed
  • Art students need plenty of inspiration. Therefore, they should research art books and tutorials, and immerse themselves in media.
  • Doing anything excessively isn't the way to go.
  • For people that need sleep to be able to function, they should try to get enough sleep, eat healthy, and keep in mind that fitness boosts up your performance in school, as well as your emotions.
  • If students are having a hard time studying because of the location or atmosphere, they should change up their surroundings; this will help them keep studying or working on their projects.
  • If there are any emotional problems, stress, or hardships, students should look to the right administrator or friend. Parents or family aren't always around for every student to rely on, so use your best judgement.
  • Stay on top of things and do your best to enjoy what you are doing; you're studying for what you want to do someday.
Full-Time Faculty
35
Female Faculty
23%
Male Faculty
77%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 0%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 87%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
$44,025
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • There are people who complain about teachers and classes, yet they can always go to the academics office, place their concerns, and/or ask if they can switch classes for a different teacher if they really hate the class. But they have to change classes within the first week of classes once the new quarter starts.
  • Culinary students take a lot of time learning the safety rules for their degree and for those who are going for this program they should remind themselves about this. Also, there's a lot of cutting, no matter what culinary major a student is in; students must make sure they practice precision and safety with knife cutting.
  • What students don't always know is that they can research about the teachers they will have in the future and ask the people that have taken the class for an inside scoop (ask about the teacher's teaching style).

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 29 responses

  • 34% Learned a lot of new things
  • 27% Applicable to the real world
  • 25% Will advance my career
  • 8% Learned a few new things
  • 3% Waste of time
  • 3% Will help me switch careers
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know

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