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North Bennet Street School Reviews

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  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Never felt unsafe at the school and I'm a single female.

    Clubs and Activities

    Again, North End of Boston - how can you beat it?

    Great for these types of students

    I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who isn't totally passionate about their craft. If you can't talk wood for hours on end, you aren't going to fit into the Cabinet and furniture program. Same seemed true for all the programs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beethovens' birthday is a pretty big party at the school, along with end of semester/ Dec holiday parties. Always fun to participate in the table hockey tournament.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition costs are right in line with annual tuitions at US colleges, and cheaper than the rate at private schools ( both not for profit and for profit) The class sizes are small and a halfway decent student/teacher ratio, although you always want more. For the dedicated student, you get a lot of help from your teachers when you need it and usually can find someone to help out pretty quickly. I was in a class size of 8, which when I think back to the 200+ in undergraduate school, is a pretty good ratio.

    What to do for fun

    You're in the North End of Boston, what's NOT to do for fun? Great night life, food, bars, the freedom trail, theaters, music, you name it.

    Academic Rigor

    Ok, so Advanced Statistics in Graduate school was harder, but mastering a ball and claw foot took some effort and work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Classmates may form cliques, but concentrate on your studies and listen to your teachers and you'll learn a great deal.

    In three sentences

    Great location, great teachers, dedicated students from a variety of backgrounds. For the serious student ( of all ages) who has a passion for their craft. Not for the hobbyist and expect long hours and a lot of hard work to be sucessful.

  • 12/19/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People with good hand skills, who love jewelry, and want to work in the jewelry industry.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't enroll if you are just looking for a hobby. This is career training. The standards are high. Even if you've made jewelry before, you will be expected to learn the NBSS methods and complete your projects in a reasonable amount of time. There is also little to no design training, it is all about construction. For the most part, you don't get to design your own projects. I would advise taking this course and some basic design courses outside of the school.

    Bang for the buck

    Be prepared for hard, serious work. Just because you pay tuition doesn't mean you will do well or graduate. Just like any school there are test and standards. If you make good grades and work hard, it is absolutely worth the money. Employers will hire NBSS alumni because they know how high the standards are for graduation.

    Did enjoy being here

    Great people, both in the jewelry department and in administration.

    Did learn a lot

    This is a difficult program for people who are serious about a career in the jewelry industry. As for the other reviewers claim that the instructor's methods varied from what she found in books, There is more than one way to skin a cat. I now own a successful jewelry store because of my training at North Bennet Street.

  • 10/16/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    2 people found this inaccurate. 3 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you are already somewhat proficient in the craft of fine jewelry-making, and you wish to hone your skills, and you simply want some kind of paper to hang on your wall or show to perspective employers that you've had some training, AND you have around $40,000 to pay for the endorsement of this school, this might be the school for you. But keep in mind, not all employers recognize NBSS's accreditation commission, ACCSCT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out all other alternatives before signing up for this course.

    Bang for the buck

    The semester cost me around $10,000. This included over $7,000 in tuition, the cost of tools, supplies, transportation, etc. For a school with a national accreditation with non-transferable credits which only offers a diploma but not a degree at the end of the course, I'd say the cost was WAY too much! Especially considering the way I was treated there.

    Did enjoy being here

    Promises were made to keep the after-class workshop open late for at least one night a week so students could keep up with the intensive course curriculum. This promise was never fulfilled. Students were also not allowed to work on their projects at home. Being an older student, I found it difficult to keep up with the younger ones, so once I got behind, it was impossible for me to keep up under these circumstances. At end of semester I was invited to leave because I was struggling.

    Did learn a lot

    Acquired a few basic skills. Later, however, when I compared what I learned at this school with what master metal-smiths were teaching in their text books, I learned that there were many conflicts between what the true masters taught and what was taught by the head instructor of this two-year jewelry making course at NBSS.