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Degree: Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Graduation Year: 2004

This isn't a real school. It's a corporation posing as an arts college. Their sole mission is to enroll anyone with air in their lungs, borrow money from the federal government under your name and leave you with an eternity of debt with nothing to show for. The "academic advisers" don't have an education background. They are used-car salesmen that are trained to tell you anything you want. They entice young impressionable people with the promise of "Job Placement" into your "dream job". Their "Job Placement" is an assistant clerk who copies and pastes Monster.com leads into the alumni website. Although they claim to have close relationships with local businesses that are lined up to hire Ai alumni, it is entirely up to you to do the legwork they promised they'd do and call the leads yourself. Potential employers have blacklisted Ai schools, so putting it on your resume is futile. They've dubbed the schools "degree-factories" knowing the education provided is not compatible with industry standards. The teachers were burnt out has-beens or artists that never really made it. Some made you watch YouTube tutorials in class, instead of actually teaching. The few good teachers spoke the truth and told students to go elsewhere. They were not hired back the following semesters. Save yourselves! Save your sanity! Save your credit! Save your financial future! Attend a community college or a state school. You'll be paying an Ivy League tuition for a community college education. An expensive art degree is not necessary if you already have the talent. Seek out free online resources or YouTube tutorials. At the end of the day, it is your portfolio that opens doors, not a piece of paper. No matter what you do, ***DO NOT ATTEND ANY ART INSTITUTES!!!*** Steer away from schools that are for-profit, don't require SAT's or a portfolio before enrollment!

5 out of 5
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Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2013

It's an amazing school I loved every single minute But it can be very stressful

2 out of 5
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Degree: Interior Design
Graduation Year: 2007

It was an okay college for what it was. I found it impossible to make friends or feel any connections with the college. I didn't feel any help or guidance was given with helping you figure out what direction to take or if you were good. I very easily ignored them. They didn't care or go after me at all. I finished in like 2 1/2 years which is almost what you have to do even if you want to go slower it's very hard to do by the set up.

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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.

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.

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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!

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