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1 out of 5
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Degree: Computer Animation
Graduation Year: 2009

Do not, I repeat, DO NOT attend the Art Institute. Your money would be better spent throwing it in a trash can, because at least you won't have life long debilitating loans with incredibly high interest rates. Sadly, I was one of the many students scammed by AI. I was lied to about the job hiring upon graduation rates, and because I was told it was 98% or above, I signed up. I would've never gone to AI had I known those statistics were a complete sham, and that a huge number of the jobs they included as part of their statistics were minimum wage jobs, such as Walmart cashiers and McDonald's employees, rather than jobs related to the expensive degrees we studied for. In addition to the lies, we - the students and teachers, had to fight administration for basic needs - for example, in 2006 we were still recording our Animation into VHS! We did not have DVD writers.... Which everyone and their mom had at home for super cheap, but at a school where we were spending a minimum of 50-100k for a degree didn't even ha e the basics. Furthermore, the school constantly changed policies on portfolio requirements in the middle of portfolio building classes, and even after promising students where we're halfway done with their portfolio classes that the old requirements would be grandfathered in, they backed out of that promise and then forced students to retake the portfolio classes and spend another several thousand to get their degree... Some students couldn't afford that so they were left without the degree they already earned and spent nearly 100k for... Lies after lies after lies... The good teachers started leaving due to abuses and mistreatment of themselves and students. Some teachers sued and won. AI was subsequently sued for lying about graduation jobs and rates and settled for $98 mil, but students like me will never see any of that money, and are still required to pay our loans for a shot th education. The sad part is - I had some decent teachers, but the program structure was so poor, and teacher quality wasn't consistent, the programs were not geared towards endowing students with the proper skills for the career they were studying for, the micro management of the administration debilitated the programs themselves, the abuses towards the teachers and students, and the constant lies about the quality of their education made for what is often looked at by the industry as a laughable degree. Many jobs do not want to hire AI students because of the school's reputation. Yes, there are a small handful of students who were successful after AI, but the vast majority of students were left crawling on their hands and knees through debilitating debt and nothing to show for it. Furthermore, students were promised access to AI's equipment and life drawing classes for life after graduating... Which was later revoked after they decided they didn't want to offer it anymore (probably because it cost them more than they were willing to spend). Also, a big red flag that I was too naive to realize at the time I signed up was the fact that AI didn't require portfolios for admission... This is a HUGE problem if you know anything about how art schools are supposed to be run. Yes, there are those few rare cases where some genius who never did art before suddenly discovers they were a prodigy all along, but that's a RARE occurance and not the norm. AI also used predatory recruitment practices, and took advantage of many low income people, people with disabilities, veterans, minorities, and foreigners. The EDMC- the company that owns the AI schools, is known for their unscrupulous practices... And now they are selling their company to the Dream Center - which makes me wonder if they are trying to run away from other potential issues that might pop up and harm their reputation and pocketbooks. Whatever you do, avoid AI. Do not waste your money or time. Other than some of the cool people I met attending there, attending AI was one of the worst decisions I've ever made. It's crippled my life, my pocketbook, my credit. Don't make the same mistake I and many of my other friends did by attending one of these schools.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2012

The Art Institute of Portland is a great school. But I believe that the program is incredibly overvalued. There were a great variety of classes and I only had two instructors in my 4 years there that I would rate poorly. All the instructors and staff are very understanding of problems and honest about the real working world. There were many opportunities to meet professionals in the classroom and in their studios.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Culinary Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

Well, if you'd like to spend 50k on a worthless peice of paper this is the school for you! Only reason why i finished was because either way i was going to be in debt. Classes are easier than high school. History teacher always ran late don't bother trying on any work or tests because that worthless excuse for a teacher will give you a C anyway and we watch nothing but youtube in class. Yes you pay thousands for a teacher to show you something on Youtube. Your credits aren't even eligible to transfer to a community college and don't bother writing it on your resume that you graduated from here because they won't take you seriously either. Do not bother answering calls for job opportunities from them unless you have a bada** job all on your own they will offer you places that pay $8-$10 an hour, which if you didn't already know, you do not need a degree to get a job like that. Now is that worth 50k to you? Before anyone whines about this review yes i have an awesome job but it is not in my degree. This school was a complete waste of time and a bigger waste of money.

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1 out of 5
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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2015

DO NOT WASTE your money. My parents are $100,00.00 in debt because of this school. They kept cancelling classes, put me in higher level classes without having the prerequisites because they couldn't fill up the classes, charged us for extras they said were included when they first signed me up, etc. I had to stay an extra quarter because they kept discontinuing the classes I needed and changing the requirements. They made up an online course for just me to take so I could graduate. They have now closed this branch. No one new can go there and they are just finishing those that need to complete their degree. They did not help at all with getting a job. They won't answer the phones. This "school" is a scam.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Computer Animation
Graduation Year: 2014

A high school diploma will probably earn you more interviews than a degree from this hole. Seriously. First of all, the Art Institutes are NOT real colleges. They are greedy degree factories fronting as educational facilities to charge out the a** for a slipshod education, take your money, and leave you broke or thousands in debt. A degree from ANY Art Institutes affiliated school is completely worthless. If you put Art Institutes on your resume as your primary place of education, any respectable workplace will throw your application right in the trash. (Unless your dream is working a retail job, that is.) Most all of the instructors (at least in my degree field) literally knew nothing, in some cases, myself or other students were showing THEM the correct way to do things, and all too often, they would turn on Youtube or Lynda and just project random tutorials on how to complete lessons as opposed to actually teaching us. And this was far from a rare occurrence. Also, lots of teachers and other school staff lied through their teeth, promising us that Disney scouted talent from AI "all the time," that they had "numerous" graduates go on to work for Dreamworks, Pixar, and other greats, and that they were supposedly partnered with area businesses who made it a priority to hire AI graduates...Well I've been out of school for 3.5 years now, and I work in the deli at a grocery store. I was a good student who was always in attendance, earned high marks, and put as much effort as I could give into everything I did, but of course, all most businesses care about is the prestige of your school and the curriculum it offers. And AI is nowhere NEAR up to par with the standards demanded by this constantly changing industry (computer animation) Out of date software, teachers with less knowledge of the subject than the students, and literally, no control over the behavior of other students. I'm serious, even roaming the campus of this "college" in comparison to others, you can immediately tell it feels more like I'd never left high school. Also, from the perspective of an art major, this school is poisonous. The teachers are essentially instructed to weed out and destroy any individuality, and completely condemn any idea of creating or working in your own unique style. Several teachers I had forced us all to attempt to create in the exact same style, with the exact same methods, citing the excuse that "this is what you'll see in the industry!" When this could not be farther from the truth. I actually venture to say that my cartooning style suffered from being here, as I was essentially told that I was not allowed to produce work my own way, with my own aesthetics. And the styles they were teaching us were god awful...We all knew this CAN'T have been the "industry standard." It's a total scam, and nothing more. I honestly cannot believe this hole is still allowed to exist, and that the numerous class-action lawsuits against them haven't shut them down completely. PLEASE. Do yourselves a favor and do NOT even consider applying to this college. You will be left dead broke, with no extra skills

2 out of 5
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Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2011

I am not sure how long this school had this program active, but it was horrible. Out of all the years working towards this degree, you can fit all of the actual game classes in one year. The curriculum that was taught was not up to industry standard (behind a few years) and the program only had one instructor who had a game background - and she started teaching right out of school. There was no career placement assistance, and the school is laughed at when I submit my portfolio and resume to employers. Not to mention they have been sued many times from the Department of Education for shady practices.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2015

Going to this school was hands down the worst mistake of my life. Save yourself a lot of time, money, energy and stress by avoiding this school at all costs. Absolutely worthless. I hope no one makes the god awful mistake I did. Most people I know who graduated from here are working as house painters or some other useless job.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Graduation Year: 2013

Art institute is the worst school to go to. My experience there was very horrible, okay I will start with the school and students they are immature people some of them acted like high schoolers. Some students will scream in the halls sometimes it was annoying because you have to study and also there was hardly any space on the student lounge; and in the lounge people would play video games and would scream sometimes I would have to leave and try to fit in a quite room or mostly ended up homeless . One of the teachers would say that the arts Institute degree is a joke and to get master degree but that would end even more in debt. This school would often tell newcomers lies and say that Disney people worked here also I heard from one student that they tell the newcomers that the video games that are played at the lounge where being tested as if the students make popular fighting games. They also call for you a lot when you are in school trying to get what you owe them. They harass you and ask you if your friends or family can pay for your school and not even do they waste a second in calling to milk your money out from you. They do special ceremonies that involve food video game etc.. to lure in the students even more with their ceremonies and also paying this much for a school and not getting extra things like free programs or clubs to help you enhance your skills. I understand that college you have to learn and by yourself but YouTube is not the instructor for learning, some teachers wouldn't know important elements that should be taught in programs and when asked they would simply tell you to look on YouTube or other sources but we don't pay YouTubers we are paying the teachers not other people other wise I would of done my career for free. One time we had a teachers that would teach us poorly and didn't know the programs they taught, and some people worked hard on the class and they ended up almost failing us students, we complained but we never got heard from anyone and they kept those teachers in the same position. I would sometimes ask for help and sometimes when I was getting help from a teacher they would in the middle of helping me on my time would rather help their favorite students and talk a lot to them and would often give up and instead I self taught myself because it was so much better than a teacher that makes time for me but takes it as a joke but I don't because it was my career and grade.This school doesn't get you a job but it should help because people pay a lot of money for whatever reason an art school should cost as much as an engineer career. From my experience stay out of commercial schools it's better to find a job or go to community college it's way better and cheaper then arts Institute they are never serious and the will accept almost anyone with money. Money is this schools priority it's not about education otherwise they would of got you some kind of connection with the fields you study. Also there was this student that had low gpa, lower than this school requires and that student was never taken out of the school. So that is an example of school profit, I am sorry that I sound harsh but it's just I been a fool for falling to this scam and now I have to pay the price for my mistake I made when I was fresh new to the world without internet without knowing how to research properly and scared I would end up in the streets, thank you arts Institute for putting me in debt now I will pay for years and end up in bad credit for not making enough to pay off quick like you guys said I would.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Interior Design
Graduation Year: 2014

The students at the school are great. It is a very small school with no extra curricular activities. The staff is not great. They are not always helpful and direct a lot of independent work with little guidance. Overall I would recommend people to go to an established schools and not a private school.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Graduation Year: 2011

Don't go. They just want your money. I went for a year instate(Nashville) and got 27000 dollars in debt. That was on top of paying about 10000 out of pocket. The financial aid people were absolute no help. I asked them for recommendations for scholarships. They basically told me "We don't have any recommendations. You'll have to Google it." Such piss poor financial aid advice. It's not worth it. Just don't go. For the love of God, don't go.

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