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I was really impressed by Living Arts College. The work on the walls speaks for itself. Very nice! In addition to speaking with admissions I also spent time talking with current students. ...
Being a graduate from the college, I
wanted to post a review of my experience at the school. There are many mixed reviews online, some that are great and some that are very, very bad. What you need to understand about this school is that you are going to get what you put into it. If you just come to class and do the projects, you will graduate with a nice education and probably land an average industry job. But if you come to this school and put forth effort, you will be successful. You will read on other reviews that the college is small, which it is, but I saw that as a good thing because I came from a private high school that was smaller. I have always worked better when teachers have the ability to sit with you one on one outside of class. At Living Arts College you get this because the school is smaller and the instructors are willing to help if you just ask for it. While in school, I always took the extra time to get to know my teachers. I never had a situation where they said they were too busy to help, if they were busy, they would set a time for me to come back and see them.
As far as accreditation goes, you are not able to transfer the courses you take from the school. But if you're planning on graduating from here, that's not an issue. I can take my bachelor's degree to NC State and get my Masters if I want. But if you are planning on coming to the school and leaving before you graduate, you won't be able to transfer the courses.
Another great thing about the school is the other students at the school. You are surrounded by creative people. These are the types that always doodled in class and had their imaginations running wild. Not only are these people fellow students but could one day be your co worker. So getting to know your fellow students is something I always tried to do and surround myself with the students who cared about their work and worked hard. There are students here that don't care about their work, and try to interrupt class and are always on facebook. But you will find these types everywhere you go. I am assuming that most of the negative reviews come from these students cause they get upset when the teachers critique there work and they can't handle it. I could always tell when a student had just thrown something together a few minutes before then expect a high grade. When they drop out because they are wasting their parent's money, they go online and bash the school. So don't listen to everything you read. I would suggest coming to the school and talking to some of the students. Most everyone is very nice and should be very helpful. Full Sail has the same type of reviews saying scam, don't come here.. so really you just need to research and pay attention to the reviews that people actually took the time to write.
A big part of this school is the cost, it is very expensive. But if you compare it to another major creative school called Full Sail, it is a lot less. I worked hard and kept a 4.0 average so I was able to take advantage of scholarships and grants. Again, this is where you get what you put into it. So yes it is expensive but what school isn't other than community colleges nowadays.
To sum up my experience, it was a really good one. I wouldn't have some of the opportunities I have now if it wasn't for coming to Living Arts College. You get to meet industry professionals and really get a taste of what is to come when you graduate. The one on one attention you get here and the extra time teachers give you if you ask for it is what makes this school stand out the most for me. The school is not perfect, but if you come here and work hard, you will find that opportunities are all around you.
Captivating. motivational. knowledge and expertise inspire you to shoot for greatness. See you all soon when classes start.
The good thing about the teachers here is they are easy to talk to. They are also professionals. They make classes comfortable but professional for the students so we can ask questions and get comments on our projects.
After attending classes at the School
for 6 quarters (1 and a half years) I would have to say there are the students who take learning seriously and stand out, and then students who cave in at each step because they are fearful of resistance and challenge. I consider myself the first. I believe it is likely that many other reviews here are from the second. Make up your own mind. These review sites are seat-of-the-pants by nature. Take note of my tone, calm and collected. Then read some of the other reviews. Filled with personal attacks and disparage.
When people are disenchanted with their performance and want to vent (whatever the reason) it is easy to go to a site and whine. This School has been in business for years. As with anything, people get what they put into it. Universities are large and people can and do drift through easily.
If you want a more personal education experience and are willing to work for your abilities and opportunities then check the School out for yourself, see if it is right for you, but just don't base your sole opinion on the criticism of the meager few on display to the world.
Great school for creative types!. The College is a grand place for a creative like me. Sometimes the work is hard but I am more than pleased with my education. Another great thing is they have guest lectures that are varyied and are present at numerous events through the year. It has helped me grow and I can feel it. As I look forward to graduating, I also have definitely enjoyed my college career at Living Arts College.
Joke of a 'College", SHADY " Director of Education". This place is a Joke. They want one thing...MONEY. The current director of education claims to be a "doctor" and sexually harasses his staff while the VP of the school is a drunk who looks like she should be on a broom or in a casket. Do yourself a favor and pick a real school. You WILL be abused here.
A joke with no punchline.
This school is a business. They are not a school. Their main focus is to get you in the door. Their "Medical Arts" program is a perfect example. What does medical filing and billing have to do with art? Money. They want your money and they will whore themselves however they can to get it.
* They are currently undergoing renovations to the outside while the equipment inside falls apart.
* Their application process is a joke, if you can manage to sign your name at the X you are in.
* Are you a convicted criminal? No problem! This is the only school around with no background check. Thugs and psychopaths welcome!
* Like racism? this school is perfect for you. No matter what color you are you will be alienated!
On the other hand, like any other school in the world, there are a handful of hardworking, talented people in this building. But you will hardly notice them with the hordes of mediocrity in the way.
Do yourself a favor and look into going to a real university, you may find they are cheaper, and offer a higher standard of education. There are also many fine tutorials and online schools out there. For instance, Full Sail Offers an online bachelors program that is cheaper, and they give you a decent laptop, with all the software you need.
No matter what school you decide to go to, RESEARCH them! Ask who the teachers are and look at their portfolios. Be skeptical. And remember, just because something is expensive it doesn't mean it's better!
My review; no free lunch, so why hate?. I go here and could not disagree enough with the last post. LAC costs almost the same as any other college degree? Some of staff are sorta interesting but I am in a CREATIVE program! The professors are great and helpful and it's a fun place to go to college. I am learning every day and hope winter semester is just as good!
Money hungry. Once they get there hands on your financial aid thats all they care about, They do not have it together there and thats the true I do not advise anyone to attend this school , this is a lesson learn, I made a mistake, its a lesson learned, never again.
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