IS THE ACADEMY OF DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY’S TUITION TOO HIGH? Grade 12 Applied Math Research Project May 6, 2011 AC A D E M Y O F D E S I G N V S. O T H E R FA S H I O N S C H O O L S I N C A N A DA 20,000 15,000 Tuition 10,000 5,000 0 AOD LCC AIV DAS TO EXPLAIN THE CHART : Academy of Design (AOD)- Tuition $18,225 Lethbridge Community College(LCC)-Tuition $11,401 The Art Institute Vancouver(AIV)-Tuition $12,150 Digital Art School Kelowna(DAS)-Tuition $15,156 (referring to all schools fashion design and merchandising program, all tuition fees are found on the schools sights listed underneath) http://www.collegedata.com/cs/data/college/college_pg03_tmpl.jhtml?schoolId=1235 http://www.wherecreativitygoestoschool.com/vancouver/docs/art_institute_vancouver_tuition.pdf http://www.digitalartschool.com/files/TheValueofEducation03-31-11.pdf http://www.lethbridgecollege.ca/program/fashion-design AC A D E M Y O F D E S I G N V S. S C H O O L S AROUND THE WORLD 25000 20000 15000 tuition 10000 5000 0 PAA AI P AOD EXPLAINING THE CHART Paris American Academy (PAA)- Tuition $9,150 Accademia Italiana(AI)- Tuition $10,500 Parsons(P)- Tuition $21,293 Academy of Design (AOD)- Tuition $18,225 (one year of tuition- all info direct estimates from school sites) http://www.choicedegree.com/parsons-the-new-school-for-design.html http://parisamericanacademy.fr/PAA/Tuition_and_Dates__.html http://www.accademiaitaliana.com/florence/course-fashion-design/id_corso_eng/13 C O M PA R A B L E T O H A RVA R D ? According to the information gathered on the Harvard University site the tuition for your second year and studying to be a doctor the tuition is $18,496. The tuition at the academy of design is $18,225. That’s only a difference of $271. (estimated amount from Harvard tuition/financial aid page) http://www.gse.harvard.edu/admissions/financial_aid/tuition/index.html REVIEWS “Well Kick-ass School comes at a ass kicking price. For the program I wanted to take, it would cost I believe $18,000 for a year (a two year program).. Not exactly pennies. Most of their programs are exceptionally high - something that is not advertised on their website. One year of their schooling was almost equivalent to a 4 year tuition at U of T!” by: Benjamin G. of Toronto Ontario http://www.yelp.ca/biz/academy-of-design-toronto-2 Overall, the school is really good for specialized arts field. You really get hands on experience and it seems like a good place to network and get a job in your field. But it comes at a hefty cost. Lynda W. Of Toronto Ontario http://www.yelp.ca/biz/academy-of-design-toronto-2 S C H O O L & T H E R E A L WO R L D “The Career Services Department serves as a liaison between students and employers, serving the students by promoting the School to prospective employers.” “The School began providing instruction in July 2009 and does not yet have graduates or completers. Therefore, we are unable to provide an employment rate at this time.” http://catalog.careered.com/catalogs/16/Consumer_Disclosure_Information.pdf OPINION In my opinion, I believe that the school is in fact charging too much tuition wise, but not outrageously. Perhaps if they were able to provide a high employment rate, because the Academy of Design is the only fashion school in Canada assisting in employment, it would be an understandable rate. Until this changes my opinion remains that the tuition is too high.