I had a horrible experience with NIIMD in Calgary and I just want to warn everybody out there so that you do not get caught up in the lies of NIIMD.
I was taking the makeup program when all of the sudden the director and lead makeup instructor up and quit. Which in turn caused the full time makeup program which started Oct. 7th 2008 to stop, I paid the tuition in full on the first day of class which was around $7,200 for the 4 month program which now since the program in over I have been informed that I will not be getting any of my money refunded.
NIIMD is not an accredited institution (well the hair part of the program is) so if you are trying to pay with RESP money you will not be able to but they (the owners Maxwell and Lina) will say that they will "talk" to your financial institution to try and make it possible for you to pay with RESP money (FYI it didn't work).
There is no heat in the part of the building where the program is taking place (the owners claim that all of the heat is at the top of the ceiling so if you were to go and stand on a desk you would be able to feel the heat, if it were possible to stand on a desk all day and do makeup I would have because if was freezing to the point where we all wore winter jackets) the makeup instructor had to bring a space heater from home because the school was to cheap to pay for one themselves, that was until we complained so much about it being cold they bought 2 tiny space heaters that blew the breaker every time we would turn them on. The owners claim that they are going to get fans put into their office space and that would solve the heat situation; however, the only reason why they can now afford the fans is because they do not have to pay any instructors (and they made off with all of my money). The only way that I am able to get value for my money is if I start the 4 month program all over again starting Jan 13th 2009 they will no give me any of my money back which I feel it crap and that I have been robbed of an expensive education that I didn't get anything out of.
For all of you out there even thinking of taking this program do not do it, at the end you will not come out of there with anything accept a pat on the back and $8000 wasted.
If anyone can help me with this situation I would be so thankful.