They don't do what they say they will. They don't have what they
say they have...................
*Hyped up representatives take advantage of prospective students with fast talking and false claims.
*Frequent instructor turnover.
*Instructors reeking of alcohol.
*Many classes don't teach you all that they were supposed to cover.
*Broken down and obsolete equipment.
*Overcrowded computer labs.
*Their accreditation is shoddy at best.
*Apparent racism observed.
*Students left frustrated.
I unexpectedly found that the only school which honors an Al
Collins Associate of Arts Degree in Visual Communication is
California Arts College in California.
I found they didn't have equipment they had advertised on TV.
Also, Equipment constantly broke down and wasn't repaired on
time, which made assignments late and class projects went
Upon completing a video concepts course, the instructor had been
fired and a group of students' portfolio pieces had been either
lost or stolen.
My typography class didn't teach what it was supposed to cover in depth and the instructor ended up being fired.
An instructor in me Macintosh production class came in every week reeking of alcohol.
More than 4 absences in an 8-week class drops a student from that class. I did observe that white students, who would be excessively absent, would still pass, but persons of minority backgrounds, especially Mexican, were being dropped... even excellent students and a women who had a baby!
I was told extra expenses for class materials were taken care of by a part of my tuition, but I would have to reach into my own pocket for over $1000 in extra expenses.
Such as :
Zip drive $200
Portfolio printing $300
Design Process $160 (photo shoot - costume rental)
Typography (photo shoot) $150
Photography (photo shoot) $167
What happened here to me happened to many others!
Most of the students like me received Federal grant monies.
I know they should be envisaged.
A Former student
....UPDATE 8-19-00 ....
Theodore Sistrunk [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Subject: Rebuttal to Report
Sent: 8/20/00 2:53 AM
This is not a rebuttal but an addition to the Al Collins graphic Design School.
I was considering attending. As a requirement of my financial aid, I called 5 places advertising for graphic artists & asked them, ..."If I was an Al Collins grad, would you consider hiring me?" ..They all said no!