New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA)

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Nightlife: Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars Housing: Rated 2.5 of 5 Stars Greek Life: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Diversity: Rated 2.5 of 5 Stars Off Campus Dining: Rated 4 of 5 Stars On Campus Dining: Rated 2.5 of 5 Stars Local Atmosphere: Rated 2.5 of 5 Stars Campus Facilities: Rated 3 of 5 Stars College Life: Rated 2.5 of 5 Stars Academics: Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars Safety & Security: Rated 3 of 5 Stars Athletics: Rated 1.5 of 5 Stars Job/Career Placement: Rated 1.5 of 5 Stars

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Alumnus - Grad Year 2014

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Nightlife: Rated 4 of 5 Stars Housing: Rated 3 of 5 Stars Greek Life: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Diversity: Rated 2 of 5 Stars Off Campus Dining: Rated 4 of 5 Stars On Campus Dining: Rated 3 of 5 Stars Local Atmosphere: Rated 2 of 5 Stars Campus Facilities: Rated 3 of 5 Stars College Life: Rated 4 of 5 Stars Academics: Rated 4 of 5 Stars Safety & Security: Rated 2 of 5 Stars Athletics: Rated 2 of 5 Stars Job/Career Placement: Rated 2 of 5 Stars
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I think NHIA was a fantastic school. The small number of students there allows you to really connect with your professors and create the opportunities you really want. They have fantastic teachers, and a very wonderful, close atmosphere. But like anything, education is really what you make it! A degree at NHIA is not a recipe for a dream job. I worked very hard when I was there, stayed in touch with professors afterwards, and had amazing results!

Academics

The foundations year is a lot of work, and very overwhelming at first, but it really trains you for what comes next! You have to work really hard to keep up with the studio work at this school. And the non-studio classes can be challenging as well! But from my experience, teachers were always helpful whenever I asked for it; be proactive if you want to succeed (like anything).

College Life

It's a small school, so there isn't a whole lot going on, but that also means they really encourage you to start your own clubs and activities! Honestly, I spent most weekends doing homework, but the studios are very social and fun, even when you're working hard. And there is other stuff going on during weekends too. One big downside... Manchester is really not very safe. Don't walk alone, especially at night.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2010

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Nightlife: Rated n/a of 5 Stars Housing: Rated n/a of 5 Stars Greek Life: Rated n/a of 5 Stars Diversity: Rated 3 of 5 Stars Off Campus Dining: Rated n/a of 5 Stars On Campus Dining: Rated 2 of 5 Stars Local Atmosphere: Rated 4 of 5 Stars Campus Facilities: Rated 4 of 5 Stars College Life: Rated 4 of 5 Stars Academics: Rated n/a of 5 Stars Safety & Security: Rated 4 of 5 Stars Athletics: Rated n/a of 5 Stars Job/Career Placement: Rated 1 of 5 Stars
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I think this was the best school I could've had and it suited all my needs: close (enough) to home, "affordable" (least compared to other schools... especially private schools!), professors who paid attention, etc... I'm in debuted to several people who work(ed) there, so I'll do a quick shout-out for some of them.First off, Lynn Pauley was my advisor (every student gets an advisor... a "special" person whom you go to for any issues, problems, they make sure you are getting the credits you need, etc...). -Anyways I wanted to take a water color class (offered only in the spring time), only to find out it conflicted with my schedule. It was Lynn who made the arrangement with Eileen Greene (who is practically the kindest person on Earth) that I could have an independent study with Eileen. This was sooo important to me and I'm practically grateful for it everyday. Eileen is a great professor and to of had one-on-one time with her was absolutely amazing!I also learned from Jim Hoston the lesson of "no such thing as a bad assignment, just a bad artist". He taught me what to do with projects/assignments that seemed daunting (like, painting a still-life). He helped show me how to incorporate what I like to draw into my artwork. A valuable lesson that I only wish I had learned sooner.When I attended, the school was expanding, new classes and teachers coming in and often I was told we were the "guinea pig" class... the "test subject" class. It did have it's ups and downs to it, so I would ask about the program/classes you're interested in and ask current/recently graduated students their thoughts. I'm sure they have improved upon the newer classes, and if I had to pick an art college all over again, I would definitely give this one another shot.Hope my review(s) are helpful and make sure you ask yourself what is the most important thing you need from a college (to succeed). -How important is location to you? How important is one-on-one time? After-school activities? Campus life? I don't think there is a "perfect college" out there for anybody (well, maybe a select few)... but it should all come down to needs vs wants. This school hit a solid A with me for needs, and I suppose that's all that matters.

Academics

Class sizes were perfect. About 20 people to a class. If you wanted help, help was given... you just needed to seek it out. Actually, the way most classes are run (studio classes that is), you got the attention you needed without asking. We would work on projects in class... the professors taking their walk around to see how everyone is doing... and some classes we had critique days to talk about works in process.... in which everyone got feedback from everyone else! I experienced a high-school-like feel relationship between me and my professors. If I wanted extra help, I got it. The professors knew me.The work was extremely hard (at least for me), because I had little knowledge/experience in the "professional" art-world (I had skills, but they needed to be "perfected" and I needed to learn why I was doing what I was doing). I may not of had the best grades, but I knew I was learning and improving... and I think that is what truly mattered.Also, homework (for studio classes) is basically work you do in class... /"work on this for homework, finish for homework" etc. Sounds easy overall, but it is a lot of work... trust me. You'll be busy.

College Life

When I attended, this was a small-sized school growing rapidly (I was actually one of the first Illustrations majors to graduate). There is not many clubs or after-school activities a the time as well as I was a commuter... There was a "critique club" that anyone could join in on during one of my years there... but not much else. Some students including myself, started a recycle-group because there was SO MUCH PAPER being dumped and the president (someone different than who is there now) said for whatever reason that a recycle program was too much or something (money cost? time for the janitors? I dunno/forget). Some students also had to set up a web-design club after the one-time class of it was taken away.It's been a while, and things may have changed, but back in the day there was little to no clubs and if you wanted something, you had to work for it (VERY HARD to do when you're trying to concentrate on your studies).Like I said, I commuted and ran a very tight schedule... so anything social that happened (events, meetings in dorms, etc...) I wasn't really a part of. I will say going to some of those seminars was tough because there was always so much work to do! If you're looking for after-school activities, then you'll find little to none here. But for me, that was just fine because I wanted to concentrate on my artwork instead. Things may have changed, so ask the school and current students what things are like now.Also, this school is very safe (or at least felt like it to me). The police station is literally right next door and the part of the city it's in felt safe. It was kinda odd walking through the park at night and of course you should always be aware of your surroundings... cities have never been a favorite atmosphere for me... but it is what it is. Each building has a security guard at night and when I was leaving I heard something about a bus that travels for students to bring them to their dorms/supermarkets, etc...

Alumnus - Grad Year 2010

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Nightlife: Rated 5 of 5 Stars Housing: Rated 4 of 5 Stars Greek Life: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Diversity: Rated 5 of 5 Stars Off Campus Dining: Rated 5 of 5 Stars On Campus Dining: Rated 3 of 5 Stars Local Atmosphere: Rated 4 of 5 Stars Campus Facilities: Rated 3 of 5 Stars College Life: Rated 3 of 5 Stars Academics: Rated 5 of 5 Stars Safety & Security: Rated 4 of 5 Stars Athletics: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Job/Career Placement: Rated 1 of 5 Stars
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As an older, non-traditional student, I really enjoyed my time at the New Hampshire Institute of Art. I have attended art colleges in both Massachusetts and California, but loved the small class sizes and welcoming atmosphere at NHIA. The professors were great and I loved how many of them are professional artists as well. The one complaint I have was there was no career services center at the time I attended, but one does exist now and it is open to alumni. There are opportunities at NHIA for students and alumni, one just need to find them. I know of a few people in my class that are working as professional artisans, working at the college itself or who are working with others in the art world. They were not handed these jobs, but sought them out. My current job working at a non-profit arts and crafts gallery would not have become a reality for me if it weren't for the connections I made at NHIA.

Academics

Academics were good for an art college. Personally, I would have put more emphasis on writing and traditional artist classes, but we all learn differently.

College Life

I was not as active in the college life, except for a few events, but am excited about the upcoming events for alumni. This is the only college I have attended that is actively creating events for alumni. Todo sobre Gafas de sol de Madera, ventajas, inconvenientes, guias de compra... Todo sobre Gafas de sol de Madera

Alumnus - Grad Year 2010

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Nightlife: Rated n/a of 5 Stars Housing: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Greek Life: Rated n/a of 5 Stars Diversity: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Off Campus Dining: Rated 1 of 5 Stars On Campus Dining: Rated n/a of 5 Stars Local Atmosphere: Rated 2 of 5 Stars Campus Facilities: Rated n/a of 5 Stars College Life: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Academics: Rated 2 of 5 Stars Safety & Security: Rated 3 of 5 Stars Athletics: Rated n/a of 5 Stars Job/Career Placement: Rated n/a of 5 Stars
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This was the worst experience. I now owe $70,000 for a degree that didn't help me accomplish anything. They will not help you find a job upon graduation--you are left to flounder with no real life experience or job aid.Please, please, please think twice about this school and ask an alumni before attending. I can honestly say that I can't think of anyone in my graduating class (or the following class) that has a job in their field.

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If you don't create art the way that the school wants you to create art, then you're wrong. You're left with little to no creative freedom.

College Life

There is really no "campus life". You live on a dry campus with no cafeteria. Your common room is small, packed, and uncomfortable. You better be the first one to the one TV to watch a show you like because you have no cable or phone lines in your room.

Alumnus - Grad Year 2013

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Nightlife: Rated 4 of 5 Stars Housing: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Greek Life: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Diversity: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Off Campus Dining: Rated 5 of 5 Stars On Campus Dining: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Local Atmosphere: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Campus Facilities: Rated 1 of 5 Stars College Life: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Academics: Rated 2 of 5 Stars Safety & Security: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Athletics: Rated 1 of 5 Stars Job/Career Placement: Rated 1 of 5 Stars
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I attended this school for 5 years and it was HORRIBLE. DO NOT ATTEND THIS COLLEGE!!!! Its a horrible headache and you will spend all your time and energy just fighting them. Please take your time to read this review and take it to heart. I am putting myself and my personal professional career as an artist on the line posting this and must take precautions to make sure this does not happen. This college is notorious for shutting down and ruining the future career of students who speak out against them and what they do. For this main reason most students do not speak out, because they live in fear of the school. To all I encourage you to do your research before attending any college. I have so many negative points to post I can not actually fit them all in this review. To start, they advertise amenities, opportunities and support - they do not actually follow through or provide them.-There is no student placement or job placement. Nor is there anyone to help or advise on either. -They allow student violence and bullying(in some cases support it). They take minimum to no action against it and do nothing to help the students. In fact, the school bullies students who fight or stand up for themselves and often cover-up the events. They expel or suspend students who do try to to take action.-They stole money from me and many other students. I am currently fighting to get the money to stole back.-The buildings are horrible, technology is not maintained properly. -Studio hours are not acurate and they are never open. Printers are not maintained forcing students to look elsewhere and spend more money. -They charge lab fee's but do not actual use that money to maintain the labs OR the buildings in general. -During billing periods the school will attach fee's with no explanation of the fee or what it is being applied too or for. The school will often claim you owe money even if you can prove that you paid all fee's upfront and hold you from being able to register for classes or graduating until all their "fee's" are paid. -Dorms are not monitored or maintained. Assigned Resident Directors or Student Assistants do not do their job! Reports made to these individuals about problems are never dealt with and go ignored!-Dorms are unsecured and unsafe. -All dorms are falling apart. The buildings are NEVER maintained. Maintenance at this school does not do their jobs. -The school also actively pays off people to have buildings approved to be open! Over my fives years at this school I lived in two of the dorms, first starting off in the Hampshire House all girls dorm - then being moved to the Plaza after the build was mysteriously shut down without notification until the last minute before move in for the 2012-2013 year. - Hampshire House dorm had infestations of rodents which was never taken care of. The dorm suffered a porch collapse in 2011 that was not fixed right away. This dorm was also broken into multiple times. This dorm is a 3 story Victorian home with NO fire escapes! The bathroom on the second floor bathroom often flooded into the kitchen bellow! A huge health hazard! While living in the Hampshire House the group of girls actively worked together to get the Resident Director replaced and removed from the dorm after a student fell down the stairs and badly hurt herself - in fact she left the girl there leaving the rest of us to take care of her and help her get proper medical attention. The Resident Director never performed her duties as well, which forced us to go to war with the school. Because the Resident Director of the Hampshire House was the Presidents of the schools daughter, they covered it up and openly threatened and attacked us by threatening to expel us all and sue us! After which is when the shut the dorm down, forcing us all to move to other dorms and break us up as a body. -The plaza building was falling apart with the roof collapsing and leaking into the common room. Stoves were often broken along with microwaves preventing students not on the meal plan to have no way of preparing food. Bathrooms in the plaza were often broken and unusable. Students actively smoke pot and do other drugs. Because of the circulated air system in this dorm the smell travels everywhere which is a huge health risk to other students. - Students form cliques and exclude many. Students often bully others and the school will join in and allow it. Students who seek help against such activity are ignored and often forced to be moved or silenced! -Student Artwork and property is disrespected by the staff of the school! Student artwork is thrown into storage and damaged or lost. The school will not refund you for your work either!-Professors play favourites and segregate students. For example, if you are a teachers favourite your work will be put on display. Others will not. Even if you are an extremely talented artist and you spend a lot of time on the piece (speaking from seeing it happening too others all too often)-Only a handful of teachers actually care about the students and seeing them succeed - helping them grow as professionals. These few teachers are often fired after a year even if the students protest and petition the school.-Teachers or staff that try to help the student body or speak out against the school are fired or sued! -All student body protest or plea's for change are ignored and students are punished if they even try. This goes for small or large bodies of students who try to encourage change at the school. I could continue to write about all the illegal and horrible activities this school does but it would honestly be a 15 page document.

Academics

Please see above. -Professors play favourites and segregate students. For example, if you are a teachers favourite your work will be put on display. Others will not. Even if you are an extremely talented artist and you spend a lot of time on the piece (speaking from seeing it happening too others all too often)-Only a handful of teachers actually care about the students and seeing them succeed - helping them grow as professionals. These few teachers are often fired after a year even if the students protest and petition the school.-Classes are unfairly weighed and graded for GPA's. The school will often change them unfairly. -The school constantly restructures the departments forcing you to take more classes and making ones you have taken work against your GPA and class fulfilment to graduate.

College Life

Atmosphere of the school is terrible due to the faculty and staff. Students have the mentality of high schoolers and are very clique oriented. The student body as a whole is very dysfunctional and nasty to one another - bullying is VERY common place here and again the school will do nothing to help these student.One of my closest friends at this school was actively targeted and bullied by a group of girls in the dorm and even threatened her life. When she went to the administration for help, they enabled the group of girls who were the attacking her and ended up punishing the girl who was not at fault. Another one of my friends was targeted and bullied by a teacher, and again the school ignored it and suspended him for fighting the school and teacher. There are many cases of break-in in the dorm as well, and I have had multiple friends at school have their rooms broken into and possessions stolen - myself included. Currently myself and a few friends are fighting the school for money owed to use from student shows and for work lost or stolen. For works sold the school is suppose to send us checks - checks that have been received are purposely not signed so we can not cash them in. Others have not received payment at all. There have been no refunds for lost or damaged work either!

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