The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (101)
I've been reading the reviews of this school and can honestly say that I have had some good & bad experiences. Let's start with the bad....the fin-aid aspect of it. When I began here because I was prior military I informed them that I would not by any means take out a student loan because I knew that it would not be needed and if by some chance it was I would just choose another school. After a few minutes of arguing with the advisor he finally left that alone and realized I was firm in my decision. If you do apply for fin-aid and get a grant it takes FOREVER to receive your refund. You'll be close to your classes being over before you see it and the way that they'll set it up on your account will make it look like you owe them money when you don't. I've heard from my other classmates a lot of horror stories on payments so if you choose this school be sure to stay on top of money going to them and coming back to you or you will get screwed. Once they get you in they kind of just leave you alone. When you need info they try to throw you off by saying you have to make appts even when there is literally no one in the advisors office, they have a lot of time that they try to act like they don't have. This is a school to where in my opinion you have to be able to adult and stay on top of your stuff because if you don't they won't and then you'll be upset. The positives in my opinion...I see a lot of people being upset because they feel that they are teaching themselves. I feel that in any school where you are learning a trade, the teacher is there to assist & give you a guideline. They show you examples and you do the work. I've enjoyed this approach because nobody is doing it for me. I have a good foundation and am able to what i need to do from there. My teachers in Durham have been awesome. They are willing to help if they're asked and they are very patient. They don't take over but simple show you what to do and then allow you to do it. The work load is a lot but it's manageable. I am single mother of 2 and one of my kids is a toddler and I still am able to maintain a 3.5 GPA so I feel that the "i have to do it myself" reviews are just people who are too lazy or don't believe in themselves enough to figure things out. It doesn't matter what school you attend there will be some pros and cons but for me the pros have outweighed the headache of the people they've hired to work there.
I have been crying for the past two hours because they say that I have exhausted my loans and unless I want to pay $400 a month, I cannot get my bachelors. Now I am settling with an associates, still having to pay an absurd amount of money per month until they give me my diploma. This means, if I graduate next month, until I pay off $15,000, they will not give me my diploma. This financial plan has changed so many times since I have been there. First I was paying nothing, then I was paying $190 a month and now it is $400 a month. I wish I never went here. I will be in debt until I am 60, having attended "college" and have nothing to show for it. I wish I would have read reviews before I signed up.
This school literally was the worse decision I have ever made. I ended up in debt and with a virtually worthless degree. I might as well have just went to work straight out of high school because the only jobs I am truly qualified for are in retail. Don't waste your time with this school they are a complete rip off!
I'm reading these things about my school and I do find it a bit suspicious now that Ai doesn't need portfolio for an art school, nor an SAT score or shot records... But I've enjoyed my teaching so far. I've learned a lot about Animation and have also received help getting jobs. There is a job fair twice every quarter and I feel my job advisor there has helped me as well as she can whenever she can. She even urges me to step up my game. But the money... I definitely don't see myself paying it all off soon after college. It's definitely a debt that stays with you unless you snag big job right out of graduation. On the note of substitutes, I have to agree that they're bad. I got one recently and she wasn't even a teacher of the major we were learning. When it comes to the housing, it can be another bite in the butt, but you can always try to be an RA and get free housing. Not to mention, the RAs I know are pretty respectful. And if you don't like your roommate, you can file a complaint or move out or they can move out. The only thing I don't really like about the housing is that we're not allowed pets outside or therapy animals, but our school prop manager gets to have his nevertheless... anyway, there's a bunch of good and bad to every school, but Ai... t might be up there... just always research and plan ahead before choosing a college. Some Ai's (like mine, here in Indy) are pretty good and nurture creative growth, but you may not like it, so be careful.
If they don't have a qualified instructor for your major they will substitute another instructor. Which means you will be teaching that instructor and fall behind in upcoming classes. Most directors are elitist, so if your above average you will fall in the cracks of this school. Don't waste your time or your life. Do yourself, your finances, and your career a big favor, find a different college.
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!
It's an amazing school I loved every single minute But it can be very stressful
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.
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.
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!!!