Location
Portland, OR
Undergrads
1,004
Tuition
$17,616
Admission Difficulty
Very Easy
Branch Campus Of
The Art Institutes
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Reviews 177 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Despite the headaches by the administration, policies, and cheapening services regarding equipment, supplies, and printing, I feel this school is worth attending. You learn a lot at this school that you don't learn at Portland State University or other colleges and they offer portfolio showings, where hiring managers from top companies such as Laika, Dreamworks, LionsGate, and Disney come to view your work. The teachers try to get to know the students and care about their education and that's what counts in a learning environment, not the administration.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: There's no athletic center, which would be a good thing to have since many of us sit one place for a period of time working. However the resources we have are very good, such as the library, financial and student offices, tutoring centers, and computer labs.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Resources: There's no shortage of computer labs, until finals come and the school tries to make tours and take up those labs. The network is more or less pretty good, it slows down during finals and midterms when the whole school is online submitting assignments. But it's otherwise very reliable. We have a print facility where you submit projects and they print it out for a fee, and this system is absolutely terrible. They don't give time and budget to train the students who work at the center, or at the equipment cage for that matter, about the resources or how to use the computer programs for processing requests. Prints are very expensive, come out terribly half the time, and take 24 hours or more for one print now. Just go to office max.

3 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: The school has overpriced vending machines with often nasty tasting or molding goods, there is no on campus coffee option, which is honestly just wrong, and we sit on carpeted wooden boxes for sofas in the student commons. With that said, the school does try to keep everything up to date as far as technology. We use the latest software such as Z-Brush, Maya animation, and the full spectrum of Adobe products. The next thing they should consider replacing is the broken chairs in all of the classrooms.

1 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: Personally, I need to be in a classroom environment in order to grasp some things. I don't understand learning color theory or any other project based courses online. The last online course I had there was very poor communication between the students and the teacher and incorrect information was posted online, causing me to miss a final and nearly fail the class. I emailed the teacher about it immediately and he didn't get back to me for a week and a half. On campus is just much less stressful and easier to learn, I think.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Being an Animator is very interesting and fun. My fellow students are out of this world in skill, artistic talent, and are very loud. This major allows the students to open up and literally be animated and excited about their work and they're encouraged to act accordingly. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, after all. The workload is intense once you begin your production and beginning animation courses. This major is very project based, but that's what we love about it. It's not sitting at a computer desk answering phone calls all day, we're being imaginative and are allowed to explore creative processes. I've noticed, though, that there are little to no internship opportunities or job notification through the school about animation. One needs to speak to the department director about that, and go searching on their own.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: One of my favorite things about the school and this curriculum is the teachers. They're so excited about what they do and they're very knowledgeable. There are teachers who will sit back after class to speak with you until you're kicked out for school closing! All they want is for you to be successful, and to do that you must understand what you're doing, and the teachers are very good at what they do. The classes are very interesting in terms of what you learn and the projects you're given in order to learn them. However, since the course catalog has been switched around by administration, signing up for the classes you need is very difficult now.

3 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: My rating would be higher, except that the administration has recently made scheduling very difficult by cutting all classes to one class per subject. This is very ineffective as 200 - 300 students often need one class in a given term, and the classes can only handle a MAX of 30 students. Credit transfers were alright, except they kept dancing around whether math credits would transfer or not. I had two departments tell me yes I was clear, or no I wasn't ad needed to test in. The administration has a very strictly governed policy that if you miss three weeks of classes you are expelled, and if you miss three class sessions for one class you are dropped from the class. Regardless of personal issues, such as one needing to drive a long distance, a mental break from course loads (which will happen to most students at least once during college), or a death in the family or severe illness, you are at risk of being dropped. The teachers are, for the most part, very understanding as long as proper notifications given within a reasonable amount of time. I think they need to tiptoe around administration for these excuses however, making it difficult for both student and teacher if a teacher is trying to help a student and a student is unable to attend most classes.

5 Recent Alumnus

Student Body: The school is very diverse and open as far as it's student body. It's a great feeling to walk in and be surrounded by like minds and be able to find people who understand the way you think and work. Everyone is generally respectful of their different majors and many crossover and help other students in other majors, such as animators and graphic designer working with film and photography students on their visual work and art and visa-verse. It very loud and rowdy in the student commons usually, but everyone is very ope and friendly. You'll make friends quickly here.

3 Recent Alumnus

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition and Financial Aid are very pricy and confusing, and not everyone who works in the financial aid offices try to help you understand it the way you need to. Understanding where your money is coming from is very important, and that includes scholarships and grants offered through the school. Because of my grades and current situation with a death in the family, I was granted two small scholarships, but there is no information on how you can get these, how much you will receive, where to apply, and whatever else the school offers, even though the school is known for their entry scholarships. I suggest upon entering the school you ask your financial aid officer right away about any and all possible grants, scholarships and competitions they offer that you could qualify and apply for to apply to your tuition costs. The less you need to borrow, the better off you will be.

5 College Sophomore

Online Courses: There's so much interaction with the other student's online, I love getting to know the other students in my class, even though we aren't in a classroom together!

5 College Sophomore

Student Body: To get accepted you have to be a very driven and committed student to your major. The faculty really wants students who want to go places with what they are studying.

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3 College Sophomore

Tuition & Financial Aid: Very expensive, but tuition includes the cost of books and other fees bundled into one lump sum.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: So much student work is displayed for everyone to see

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: You learn so much and so many resources for future

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: Professors are so experienced in the topic they teach

5 College Sophomore

Career Services: AIPDX sets you up with awesome jobs!

5 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: Professors are really helpful band understanding

5 College Sophomore

Campus Resources: Available to all students, no matter what major

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: So many helpful people and students like myself!

4 College Sophomore

Academic Flexibility: The instructors are very flexible but the classes are not always so easy to schedule if you work full-time outside of going to school full-time like I do.

5 College Sophomore

Student Body: Everyone at the school is so invigorating to be around, all the students just create an energy that makes it very easy to work and design there. Many different majors will cross over and collaborate on projects together as well. Plus every major has a devoted club and theres boards in the student commons for career possibilities, students looking to work with other students even outside of school.

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: There are a lot of different avenues offered at my campus.
My program has a sustainability minor option that I am taking, where I will not only graduate with my BFA, but also an Associates of Science in Sustainability.

5 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I really believe that I have a place in the best major on campus (but Im sure everyone feels that way in their own discipline). All of my instructors are amazing and very knowledgeable, most of them still currently working in the field as well as teaching. My department director is incredibly helpful as well and always had her office door open.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The school is a great campus once you figure out that it's all one big loop. Being in the middle of the city it doesn't really give a whole lot of landscape for a big traditional campus but we do have three floors of a building in a very nice part of town and they layout really is well put together.

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