I received an email from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, the school that also runs the Art Institute Online. I get way too many phone calls and the occasional email from these guys, and I finally got fed up. I usually ignore them, but this time I wrote Al K. back thusly:
To be honest, Al, I find it difficult to trust a school that has to solicit students. When I visited The Art Institute of Houston last year, the facilitator told us that the AI’s credits were transferable, then made us sign a waiver that stated they probably were NOT transferable – even to other Art Institutes. Charming. We paid to apply to the school (for my daughter, who is 19), but my daughter buckled under the art submission requirements for enrollment. Her stress at such a minor detailed showed me she is not ready for the challenge of higher education yet. Her maturity is more like a 15 year old (and she agrees on this).
Both of us are very artistic (it runs in the family), and she is a talented anime style artist. She wants to learn animation in a form that would serve her for comic art, film animation, and video games. We’re not interested in some cut-rate education that would teach her Photoshop and Illustrator that’s going to be useless by the time she graduates. We’re not interested in learning cheesy 64-bit graphics. We want something cutting edge that will propel her into her field of interest AND will allow her to develop her own style, rather than being pigeonholed into a cookie-cutter set of classroom assignments.
I don’t know what your position entails as the Asst. Director of the Online school, but I’m doubtful you can assure me that what we need is what your school offers. I’ve known too many people enter into these IT-Tech type schools only to pay a lot of money to learn how to run Word and how to make a spreadsheet. It’s pathetic and all of this can be learned on one’s own time if one truly has the interest. My interest in the Art Institute was twofold: to give my daughter a nurturing environment that is supportive of her career leanings (something my extended family does not provide), and to provide her with serious skills that would be respected by industry professional upon her graduation — and by “industry” I do not mean advertising or other menial drudge work. She is not inspired by that, and due to her emotional handicaps, a lack of inspiration is a guarantee of failure.
Feel free to tell me why we should choose your school, but don’t call me on the phone anymore. You can mail me materials to my primary email address at email@example.com or at my home
We do have a friend in Pittsburgh who wants us to move up there. I don’t think it’s likely to actually happen, but it’s a possibility. Perhaps you can provide additional incentive.
Have a good day,
The Prayer: That Kara will find what she needs to inspire her growth, and soon. She’s spent far too long coasting.