NYIP, was once a on campus in-house school. Now it is primarily correspondence school. If I recall, they have a nice promotional brochure.
If it were a scam, you would hear folks grumble in here. It is as any other (but this is much better than many) if you put your time in to do the work, study, and do the assigned projects, you have to learn something. The tuition is very reasonable for the procuct you will receive. And, if you don't like it you will get your money back. You will have to call (not toll free -- with a phone card the call is cheap) your assigned instructor. You will get back a taped commentary when you send in your project. This is one thing that you can gain from. But, don't do the projects just to get them done and finish quickly. So some thinking and you will suceed. They are not big for making you buy the latest and the greatest. They are fine people. And, by the way, I am not affiliated with the NYIP, just speaking from my own experience years ago.
As mentioned, it all depends on how much effort you are willing to put into it. They are also offering advanced courses in specialties like advertising and commercial, but you probably have to pass the initial course first.
They are registered with the New York State Board or Regents, so they must have some credability.
A diploma in any shape and form from an art institute is only as good as the paper it is written on.
Useless, ... if you don't learn all that they were teaching to you, or if you just slipped through, barely making the grade!
Also it is totally useless if you can't use it to further build on!
You may have 10 of those diplomas on your wall, they might not land you any assignement nor guarantee you a decent living.
That has nothing to do with that part of the business.
You do not need a diploma to be the best photographer in the world!
However, NYIP will teach you to be a craftsman! A photographer.
You may go in person to the most prestigious university or attend a correspondance school, it makes no difference, it is up to you how much you absorb!
NYIP was around probably longer then you were... that must mean something!
I used their free downloads in the past, many times. ... and YES! They have tought me many things. (Absolutely free of charge!) Even though I've been shooting since the mid 50's.
This is a very loud crowd here. You should read some of the threads and see what happens after somebody gets sucked in by one of the switch and bait camera dealers... (Yes they exist! .. they even advertise in the same magazine!!!)
... However, (on a different note,) ... my old man told me when I was a wee lad, not to inquire about people or institutions your way.
Are they a scam? I don't think so! (Are you for real, for that matter? ... that remains to be seen...)
Maybe you should inquire about the effectiveness of NYIP's teaching methods from the folks here who learned from them. ... or ...inquire about other things related to NYIP.
Are they the best place to learn from, if you wish to do a certain type of photography etc...ect. etc.
Ask those questions and you'll make friends. You'll get lots of helping replies! (Ask if we are nuts and you'll get the finger! Human nature I guess!)
A good photographer needs to interact with people on a slightly higher skill level then your approach with this title! (Sorry! This is the way I see it!)
I understand! ... It was Christmas, maybe just too much merry making...
Remember? In this country, you are innocent, until proven guilty!
I also am a NYIP graduate and it is well worth the money. It took me just over a year to do but you can do it faster. I did not want to do it fast because I wanted to do it right and learn everything. They will make you a better photograther it all depends on how much you put into it. You will get sent alot of stuff so be ready.
I am a current student at NYIP and I beleive it is a SCAM! I sent in som $900.00 and have recieved nothing from them. I have been in contact with them on several occasions and they have indicated that they have sent the materials. There are no mess ups as far as mailing addresss is concerned. They just plain lied. I will request a refund asap!