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Degree: Multimedia Design
Graduation Year: 2013
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Reading all of the negative comments from people complaining about the online courses and finding fault in everyone BUT themselves for not making the most of their education choices are just lazy. Complain and whine all you want. Bottom line is that it is the student who needs to make the most of it. Those who say "It was easy at first, then it got more difficult" really have no idea what they got into.

OF COURSE IT GETS HARDER, that is what separates truly talented individuals with those that think "anyone can do it". I worked hard and I have never been below the Dean's list. Art is about passion and drive. Did I have a teacher I did not see eye-to-eye with? Definitely. Am I going to blame the Art Institute for any of my shortcomings? No. It is so easy to place the blame on others for your own problems, but guess what? If you do not apply yourself and work hard, you have nobody to blame but yourself.

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Jade - 7 months ago

I took advantage of everything they had to offer in my first year at the Art Institutes. I loved it! It was awesome! But one day I realized that 80% of my teachers were using YOUTUBE to teach us. I COULD HAVE DONE THAT FOR FREE AT HOME! What's the point? They never had any lessons just assignments and youtube videos. Only my gen-ed teachers were actually getting up in front of the class and teaching themselves. Also admissions LIED to me throughout the ENTIRE admissions process about my tuition costs and what was included in supply kits. I applied in January and started attending in June. for 5 months I was told a camera was included in a Digital Photo kit. waited one semester, 2, 3,4. Never got it, when I finally asked about this they said they changed the tuition to not include the camera "a while ago" because it was "too hard to get the cameras" BUT if I wanted to pay OUT OF POCKET they had some at the school store I could buy. So why couldn't they just add it in my tuition if they had some on site in the store??

Its all a big money hungry joke, leaving after this semester, wish I could leave earlier. Very disappointed in how this all turned out. Admissions talked a big game and didn't deliver.

Don't even bother with these schools.

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Samuel - 4 months ago

I'm currently in AIO, I truly loved it there but I started to receive my bills. It started off small so I paid some off but it ended up getting a bit more expensive then expected. I have to leave my job because I needed to focus more on school. It was going great till that bill gotten worse and worse. 7,000 dollars... I only been there for a year... and I also figured out that everything I am doing there is based off youtube and assignments. Please tell more about your time at the AIO because I am about to leave that school. Contact me at Sampgr4@yahoo.com

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Honor Guy - 4 months ago

Calling people a bunch of whiners about what they are going through shows bad form. I happened to have graduated with honors from this school and they have done precious little in regards to pointing me in the right direction to find employment in my designated profession. I get excuse after excuse from their career adviser as to why he has nothing to share with me in regards as jobs. I have applied to over 300+ companies and I am seen as 'just another applicant'. The career adviser then tells me that six months have passed and that those of us still looking for a job are on our own. Really? When were we being helped?

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Troymation - about 1 month ago

I typically find that people who valiantly defend the Art Institutes do so because they have nothing else to compare it to. They have either been denied entry to or more likely have not had a support system or guidance to lead them in the right direction or worse yet simply didn't bother to research or tour a reputable art / digital media / design school and thus don't know what they have been deprived of.

They usually don't have any prior experience or training in the arts and thus don't know what a quality education in the field of visual arts looks / feels / should be like and in effect believe they have received one from the Art Institute.

Working hard is only half the battle..of course, you have to work hard! That should be a given. I'm currently attending SCAD and I can tell you that HERE... if you don't work hard you fail...period...point blank! There is no skating by....and YES, you CAN blame the Art Institute if you've come to the realization that the education you received was less than stellar.

The true judge of the schools greatness has to do with the quality of it's curriculum, reputation, alumni, portfolios, awards, accreditation, instructors and notable (industry respected) professors as well as it's respect for and application of the foundation skills that are important to developing great visual artists...not just sub par wannabes who think they're artists because they learned some software and a few basics.

I (and apparently a ton of other people) found the Art Institute to be greatly lacking is all of these categories.

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Douglas Moore - 22 days ago

We have an old saying in sales, "A happy customer will tell one or two people how great you are if you are lucky. An unhappy customer will tell anyone that will listen." With so many campuses around America I am sure there are some that have no real business being in college in the first place. I can certainly see how a person like that will have buyers remorse when the get the bill for an education they were never capable of completing in the first place. For that you can blame the school, but many schools have the same problem. Perhaps AI should do a better job screening potential candidates but they are in the business to provide an educational opportunity. If they turned away everyone that was unlikely to succeed as all four year state schools do their ratings would go up and this board would then be full of whiners complaining they were discriminated against. Read the disclosure the school must provide to you and if you decide to attend be ready to work very hard. Nothing worthwhile in life will come easy and do not expect anyone to hand you anything, including a job after you finish you education.

Started off great and then all down hill
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Degree: Web Design
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When I started at this school I was very excited and the first few classes I had we're great, but as time went on I was having more and more issues with classes. Many assignments were often vague in their details and I ended up spending more time trying to understand what the assignment wanted than I spent doing the assignment. It can also be diffucult to get ahold of instructors and receive a proper response.

For a while I was trying to get a hold of my academic adviser so I could start taking more classes, but even after the numerous messages I left for him and emails he refused to call me at the times I would be most available. I work third shift so I sleep during the day, I'm not going to be able to get to the phone in time. This completely screwed up my plans for my education and was partially the reason I decided to leave. The class content ranged from great to completely useless. I honestly don't feel that here is anything I couldn't have learned on my own, in fact most of my learning was done on my own by researching outside sources with much more usefull information.

I understand that part of this is about building a portfolio, but grinding through assignments and not learning anything about industry, with no efforts made to reinforce what your supposed to learn, honestly leaves me feeling totally unprepared for a career in the field.

My final class at the school was a video class using Premier. The program was easy to learn but the assignments didn't match up with the book and all the files were completely screwed up.

All this cost me 30 grand if I had stayed it probably would be looking at a $70,000 bill. I feel this is far to expensive considering the issues with this school.

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Employers are not interested in this instituito...
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Degree: Advertising Design
Graduation Year: 2008
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First off, I agree with most of the other reviews I've read on this website regarding the low-quality of education offered by AiO. I had maybe 3-4 great instructors when I was there, and a larger majority of them appeared to have other more pressing matters to attend to besides the educational needs of their students. I've found more often that this degree program was an immense waste of my time and money, and that AiO had damaged my future more than it has helped.

I had rather high hopes for gaining an education when I began the degree program at Art Institute way back in 2004. However, by the time I completed the program in 2008 my hopes had diminished due to the economic collapse somewhat, but I was equipped with a diploma from my four years of 'self-paced' learning offered by AiO. Now, in 2012; after all of my efforts to match up this education with a job I am left with only a bill of sale and an unmanageable albatross of student debt attached around my neck and all hopes of a better life through education are tossed out the window. If you are considering pursuing a degree through this institution, please instead find another option because this is an utter waste of your time and effort. I learned nothing through this degree program that I couldn't have learned on my own.

The 'Advertising' program is set up to prepare the student for an 'entry-level' position at an advertising firm, but here's a thought for you: An entry-level position will not provide adequate income to repay the student debt incurred through this program. It's a trap, and you'll be better served by looking elsewhere for your education. Trust me on this, because I've tried to use the credentials offered by completing this program to find gainful employment, and none of the employers which I submitted to showed the least bit of interest in a degree from this institution. It's completely worthless and you'll be happier in the long-run by committing yourself to another program.

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Financial aid disaster
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Degree: Web Development
Graduation Year: 2015
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I decided to go to school to finally get my Bachelors. The first issue was when I had an advisor who didn't take the time to process my transcripts properly which left me with re-taking math. I am a graduate from ITT and my highest math was pre-calc. After takeing a math class and getting a c- I had to retake (no way). I requested a new advisor who had the same back ground in electronics and knew I had to have a math back ground. He requested a re cap of my transcripts and my math was added. I wasted 3 quaters in Math. Things were going on fine this was to be my third year; I was re-married a year ago and for some reason my financial aid kept gettting kicked back. I took a break in July and now I'm getting calls that I owe the school $10,000.00??????

Not to mention when I started this journey I inquired about my financial aid ending before I finished; I was told that I was could until my last 3 courses. Well 64 credits left until I complete and I have $11,000.00 left of financial aid!!!! I work at a University but I have very demanding hours, which prohibited me to going to class. Speaking to one of my colleagues she stated that I shouldn't have been allowed to go that long with owing them any money, and if I hadn't have taken a break in July I probably would owe them more money. Now I can't get anyone on the phone..to answer the question of the debt except the person trying to collect the debt for me. At this point "poor student services"!!!!!! I am now looking for scholarships, but when I find one and obtain it "I will not return to AIO"!!!

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Don't Throw Your Money Away!
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Beware of the online division of this school. I am a highly educated person that opted to increase my web design knowledge via online education with the Art Institute. If you are an intelligent, warm-blooded human being more than likely you will have much more skill and experience, ethics and professionalism than the zombies AI chooses to employ and entitle "Professional Instructors".

The school is a scam, the instructors are barely mediocre, and the staff doesn't care about the student experience with the instructors or the curriculum. I am still waiting for someone (AI staff) to show some concern regarding a crazed, stalkerly instructor (D Hill) harassing me, and displaying unethical, hurtful behaviors within the classroom environment. I expressed to program directors that I've experienced a great deal of mental anguish, anxiety, and stress due to being consistently harassed by this particular instructor. I paid $1400.00 for this class to experience a big pit of anxiety in my gut??? Seriously?? In addition, once I called out the instructor on her extremely unprofessional behavior she began to grade my projects in a biased and extremely critical way -- vengeance and spite were this instructor's only priorities. Teaching and professionally critiquing was not part of her M.O. I feel ripped off and screwed, on my dime!

Trust me this is NOT a "Higher Education Institution" it's merely a for profit, slaughterhouse, and you're the herd of cattle.

Reconsider your options and do more research before you decide on the scam artists at AI to give your money to. For more reviews check out Yelp.com too.

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Inability to regret my choice
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Where as this school has spent 2 years wasting my time, and my money, I did sign on the dotted line knowing the possibilities. This place is throwing way too much money into advertising and marketing to suggest it has the ability to make it out of 5 years.

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Complete Rip Off
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Graduation Year: 2007
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It took me 4 years to complete an associates degree in Interactive Media Design that is about as useless as the paper it's printed on. I made major sacrifices to finish this degree, working during family vacations holidays all goes of the night while holding a full time job. I ended up on the seans list blah blah but so what after spending all that time and money and busting my hump the job placement center told me that "most of our students are already working in their field of study" then was given nothing nada no help.

I have used some of my skills to acquire my current ADMIN job, making less than 40,000 five years later. Teach yourself this stuff learning how to draw a self portrait is not going to make you the big bucks in web design I haven't done any of my own sites all the programs we used are basically useless more money down the drain...

Do Not believe the recruiters sales pitch they took advantage of a woman with a young family barely scraping by and talked me into what I thought would be a dream job I am not doing anything that has to do with the web and haven't since I graduated. If you want to throw away $40,000 on a two year degree go for it, please don't waste your money and life on this bs school!!!!

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Run away!
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Degree: Multimedia Design
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Ok, This has got to be the worse place to go! I started in July only because I was "convinced" it was the "best" choice. Which it wasn't, this school hardly takes any breaks for holidays not to mention as soon as I got out of high school I started there. That's school overload for you! Also I become very skeptically of them after away. They never wrote me back over emails they always tried to call me. I guess they didn't want a paper trail, I WARN YOU! get a paper trail, they won't screw you over if you do! I told them my phone was broke when it wasn't and then they were forced to email me.

I was in the Media arts and animation program and it sucked, the credits won't transfer and they were a waste of a class, I passed all my classes with A's or B's but the teaching sucked, I was often getting back handed compliments, while other students that you can clearly tell work was worse than mine and turned their assignments in late got praised. It's not fair at all. All this place wants is your money, all the people in the office have to meet a quota for how many students they need to get a year. That's wrong! How can you manipulate people like that just to earn some money.

Well I told them two months before my last class ended, that I was going to transfer to a college near me because it's too much debt that I can take which was 9,900, for one year! and The financial aid lady asks me very rudely "Well you didn't have to pay for anything out of pocket, so what your problem?" Excuse me, that pure rudeness right there. Well anyways when my last class ended I get an email that says thank you for enrolling in another class! What! I already told them I was transferring after this class not to mention there already took out 5,500 for that class! So of course I got mad like any normal person would, So I wrote the financial aid lady and she wouldn't write me back, come to find out she was ignoring me because she didn't like the tone of my email. So I finally called her and she was rude and saying how dare I use that tone in an email and how rude was I, so of course I got mad again and yelled at her " You know what I have emails that you and the academic counselor acknowledged that I was transferring, so I don't understand why you signed me up for another class and charged me" she told me that everything was automatic there so it's not their fault and well I rebutted with "Well you knew two months in advance so why didn't you just cancel it when I told you too." and all I got from here where some umms.... and frantic breathing, so then I implied " well if that money doesn't get put back, you'll get a law suit on your hands."

Then she got nice and made sure she'll take care of everything. After I hung up five minutes later the money was put back and everything was were it should be. YOU NEED A PAPER TRAIL FROM THEM or they will try to screw you over. That school is not worth your time or effort and the teachings are not good at all, so save yourself and go somewhere else!

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COMPLETE RIP OFF
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Graduation Year: NA
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My experience, like many former students of AIO is not good. In short I was promised a useful degree and the potential to get a good job if I would just sign on the dotted line. Everything was done quickly and decisions had to be made on the spot . I have assumed multiple student loans and put myself in debt for nothing.

Classes are low quality at best and tuition is ridiculous for a useless educational experience. Art Institute takes advantage of people and has no remorse about abusing the student loan system of our federal government. I am ashamed that I fell prey to their sales pitch and now have student loan debt and no useful degree to show for it. It's all a sham!

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Graduation Year: did not graduate
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They where very poor at informing students about there college

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