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Tue, Jan. 30th, 2007, 04:38 pm

im interested in AIB and i really wanna know more about it. Is this school really hard to get into? are the dorms nice? which ones should i stay away from? does a lot of the school live on campus or commute?

Tue, Jan. 30th, 2007 09:59 pm (UTC)

i'm a graduate, and aib was definitely different when i was there, but i can tell you a couple of things that won't change, and hopefully we have some current members here, this comm is...quiet to say the least ;)

anyway -

1. don't slack on building your portfolio or anything, but, imo, aib is very easy to get into. theirs was the first letter i got, way before any others.

2. you live in connecticut, so what do you mean by commute? i can guarantee you won't be driving in from there everyday. at least, not happily. 'commuters' according to aib kids are those that live elsewhere in massachusetts and either drive in or take the commuter rail every day. have you spent any time in boston? trust me, you don't want to drive there, much less try to find parking nearby for the duration of classes. if you live in the dorms there's a shuttle that takes you back and forth [i don't think that's changed], and if you live in an apartment you'll learn how to take the T [subway]. or walk, if you lived really close by.

also, aib doesn't have a campus, so...no one lives on it ;) we do share a miniscule "campus" with lesley, our parent university, but it's not a typical college campus like northeastern, bu, uconn, penn state, etc. basically you live in the dorms, and go to school in the city, and do whatever you want in between. some people love that, i know i did, i personally feel like living on a campus fosters people too much to their detriment, but some are overwhelmed by that idea.

3. the dorm situation as of late seems to be in constant flux, i would take a tour and see for yourself, and maybe someone else can add to this.

anyways, good luck, feel free to post more questions... :)

ps what program were you thinking of applying in?

Tue, Jan. 30th, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)

photography...AIB had the longest line at the national portfolio day in hartford and there were so many people applying that i thought it was that hard to get into because they say the population of aib student is so small.

Tue, Jan. 30th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)

it is small, that is one of the reasons i started looking into them, i really loved how everyone knew everyone else, and it's way easier to meet new people and make new friends that way too.

i actually got my portfolio reviewed by someone from aib at one of those things too. back then my first choice was massart - i thought it was a better school, in part because since they are a state school it would have been cheaper for me and also they have money to have better facilities and more programs, they are larger, and i got rejected from there as did almost everyone i met at aib...heh.

but the photo dept is really a different breed, so i guess that area could be more difficult [i'm a graphic designer myself]. being part of the gd program i did have to take intro to photo for a semester and it was probably my least favorite thing ever but...the timing is terrible and the faculty generally doesn't really like anyone who isn't photo. but i lived with all photo majors and loved most of them dearly as well as their work. you will be facing harsh/honest critiques that i wish all majors had but they don't so, if you can't take criticism aib photo is definitely not the place for you :)

Wed, Jan. 31st, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)

I'm at AIB right now as an Illustration major. I like it, for the most part. It's more focused than Mass Art, I think. That's a more fine arts-type school.
I like the dorms and on campus. Doble is the most quiet, I think. White is pretty crazy every year it seems.
Most kids live on campus freshman year, but most seem to get apartments in Alston or Arlington or Brighton sophomore year. You could get one in Boston, of course, it's just that those areas are more affordable.
Good luck!

Wed, Jan. 31st, 2007 06:22 am (UTC)

-ridiculously easy to get into
-the dorms suck
-photo program is great and focused

Mon, Feb. 5th, 2007 04:23 am (UTC)

AIB is superrr easy to get into
the people here are awesome
my dorm is pretty decent, I live in lawrence. Wicked far away from everything
campus food sucks!!!
tons of people live in but i know a lot of commuters so you arent really missing out either wayy
good luck