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1 out of 5
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Degree: Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Graduation Year: 2016

The school is a scam. They overcharge for everything. I received financial aid and grants from the government, and they took the entire amount of my grants and loans, plus made my mother take out a parent plus loan to pay for me being there 4 months. They took all that money, which would have been between $27,000 and $30,000 for four months, and that didn't even cover my books. I had to pay all my supplies and books out of pocket. Granted I had housing, but the housing was an apartment I shared with 3 other guys who were paying the same I was in tuition. They were making a killing off of us. I only stayed four months for two reasons. One was because they promised me faithfully they would assist me in finding employment since I came from out of town. They said employers send them jobs all the time... no problem. This was BS. The lady who was supposed to help me kept cancelling my appointments to see her, and when I finally did she her, she said to look online and make a resume.. Ok, I already knew that. I had already applied everywhere. I was starving, eating dry cereal out of the box. She was no help. The second reason I left was the cost. I knew I would never pay them off in my lifetime if I continued paying that much every four months. The lady who recruited me to join the school was all helpful and nice while she was trying to get me in. After that, she hardly said hello when I passed her.... My roommates were typical college roommates I imagine. They ate any food I brought in for myself. They stole stuff from me. They stayed up playing musical instruments and partying many nights a week, and let people come there and stay who also ate my food... The lady who was supposed to oversee the students in the apartments didn't care what they did really. She partied with them. Some of the teachers were ok, but some were just strange. My film teacher was stuck on Nazi films, and that's all we watched or talked about. I don't recommend this school to anyone. You can go some place way cheaper and get the same degree. This place is way too high for what they do. When I left, I couldn't get my transcripts from them to attend another school because they said I owed $60. I asked what I owed it for, and they couldn't really tell me so I asked for a statement showing what I owed that for... They sent me a statement showing different items, but beside each thing it said i owed $0. Then at the bottom of the list it said total amount owed was $60, so I still didn't know what I owed it for, but I had to pay it quickly to get into another school. I wish I had never went to this school. They took so much of my money while I was there from my financial aid, I had to pay most of my senior year out of pocket at a different school, but I graduate in two months from another college, so I struggled, but I made it. No thanks to The Art Institute.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2016

First off I would like to say that the Art Institute online is a joke! Big waste of time and money for sure. I was looking at my financials for the past year and I saw so many double charges! Yes double for the same thing for the same class! Outrageous! I missed one class because I got married and went on a honeymoon but the school knew about it the very first day I signed up..well months went by and it was time for my honeymoon and they told me I was charged for that class thousands of dollars anyway and now I have to pay again thousands of dollars for the same class and re entry.i hope who ever is reading this stays away from this school...RUN!!!

2 out of 5
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Degree: Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation
Graduation Year: 2014

Could never get a hold of them. They never cared about students if you were trying to get any extra help. Even doing simple things or common questions I could never get a hold of anyone. Left messages constantly, never got calls back. The only time I finally got calls was when I left and literally monthly calls asking if I was coming back even though I told them on multiple occasions that I was not. They would try and guilt trip or offer financial help to get me back, even thought that was not why I even left. A few teachers were awesome, but not worth the crippling debit. Cash grab school. Would not suggest.

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2 out of 5
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Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2006

Horrible school filled with broken promises and lies. Over $65,000 in student loans with an interest payback of over $142,000 A complete joke. Never found a job in the field. I would not wish this terrible dishonest for profit school on anyone. They knew all the tricks to get you to enroll.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Culinary Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

I used the GI bill for this program for two quarters. If I could I would have never signed up. They will force you to buy overpriced knives and they do not offer an alternative to buying tools from another source. They will also nickel and dime you for everything to clued the food you cook. They use cheap ingredients. They are not helpful of vets with disabilities and they do not know how to handle the discipline vets have. They are more concerned with the payment towards the school. They prey on the students with the GI bill since it is easy money, once they get their money they will just ignore you and they don't care if you struggle. Be ready to just do dishes and clean floors. Instructors are unqualified to cook at a restaurant so they teach. Most teachers do not want to be there because they also complain about the "corporation" structure of the school. After attending school and working in the industry I realized the degree is worthless. They allow students with ZERO ability to cook and clean a passing grade no matter how they did I in class. I WOULD NOT recommend this for any Veteran wanting to use their GI Bill.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Web Development
Graduation Year: 2012

The worst school I have ever attended. Extremely money driven, the school refused time after time to hire tutors, they refused to solve the problem for why so many students couldn't get wifi connection, they were audited and they were accused by the federal gov. For forcing students to take necessary classes purely for profit, they ended up losing their accreditation as well. Total waste of money, dont waste your time and student loan money.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2012

The Art Institutes is truly a rip off. I should have listened to my sister when she expressed her struggles with the school in PA! All they want is the money. Once you graduate they have no interest in you afterwards. I have been trying to get my transcripts now for another school for nearly 9 months and I am now in my 4th term at the new school. I paid the $5, which I'm sure is for shipping and still have not received my transcripts. I have sent emails, made calls, left voice messages, and still nothing. I've left messages with the Dean and NOTHING!!! A couple of my instructors were great, but a lot of them teach from their own experience rather than curriculum...actually, there is no curriculum! All of these reviews are great, but I want to ask, what is anyone doing about it, other than writing reviews. I very much intend to sue somebody for classes that I have to repeat because of their negligence. If everyone who has a negative experience would take action, no matter where you are, things will begin to change, even if that leads to every single AI closing down. Comments welcomed!

1 out of 5
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2012

This school is a rip off. The teachers are terrible and so is the curriculum. I had no idea one class at this place lasted four freaking hours. What kind of school has a class lasting that long. I was given a paper to write in each class, and it was due at the end of these classes. The library is so small it looks like a bedroom. Everything was so fast paced. I noticed none of the teachers were actually or had worked in their areas of expertise. They were basically English, or economic majors teaching us about fashion. PLEASE DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME AT THIS COLLEGE. You will end up in debt and paying for most of your supplies and books with your own money. You will never see any of your financial aid.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2007

Total waste of time and money. They promise the Hollywood studios, like Disney and DreamWorks are looking for AI graduates, not true! The debt you will get yourself into, should be against the law. They do take advantage of the poor and military and should be investigated for their recruiting practices. AI should be shut down!

2 out of 5
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Degree: Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, Other
Graduation Year: 2011

This place is a rip off. While some teachers are excellent and provide great advice for improvement, others have never worked in the field or even know what is required to succeed. Their job placement program is a complete fraud if you're not attending a school in California. By this I mean they will try to stick you in a job that has little to nothing to do with your degree and say that you've been successfully placed. Internships are limited to none and actual knowledge of the job market is limited at best.

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