The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (99)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
This is a for-profit ripoff school, who allegedly hires 'industry professionals' as their teachers, but are inconsistent. Teachers phone in the education and are overwhelmed by the amount of students in each class. The best part is, they constantly preach that your success is 'what you make of it', but gloss over many of the character and modelling skills that you will NEED to succeed, and instead fall back on silly things like body studies, etc. You'd think you shouldn't or wouldn't get approved to an art school if you didn't know how to draw already - yet I saw many either who had not drawn a single thing in their lives attempting to draw 'concept art' for a 3D project, or others held back learning about what a 'storyboard' was. Outside of school, unless you have a foot into the industry, or a network that you created while you are at school, you will be SOL. The irony is that I have a friend who self-taught himself 3D modelling and animation, outside of school, and has more success because he is simply more skilled than I am. He said he was quite disappointed at the lackluster portfolios and true lack of talented work displayed by myself and many of my peers and was frankly shocked that I was showing my amateur portfolio to 'industry professionals'. I'm currently still dealing with it and doing the best I can, saddled with $40,000 student loan that I can't even start paying yet, and my only job right now is part-time where I get paid $10/hr to animate characters for a small company. Certainly not what I thought would happen after all the promises the 'recruiter' made to me as I signed all the loans.
I see a lot of reviewers saying that it simply takes drive, passion, and a commitment to learn the necessities for your degree. I agree entirely, but if one has such qualities, they should not waste their money here. Self-teaching is absolutely an option and I strongly encourage taking that route if it is at all possible for you. Paying for programs the school gives a discount for (such as Maya, Mudbox, ZBrush, Photoshop, ect.) and thoroughly studying tutorials on said programs is a much better idea than paying for the tuition. Chances are that researching your program will provide evidence that one doesn't even need a degree to pursue this career. To become successful, one must have drive, a good portfolio, and a big network. One of my teachers who had found a job in my field during his youth confessed to me that his experience at the Art Institute only gave him one thing he didn't teach himself: networking skills (which, in my opinion, is not worth $100,000+).
Don't waste your time. It is a for-profit college designed to extract the government money out of the poor and veterans. You end up with more debt than an ivy league and the experience worse than a community college. Totally the worst thing I ever did.
Great school when I was there, recent changes have not had a positive affect on the school.