The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (101)
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.
The art institutes are a huge scam. You do not need a degree in this field to work in it. Ai required me to retake things like english 100,that I had already passed with an A at another college. The campus based classes are just as bad with transfer credit issues they had meets about my education without my knowledge or presence, as if I was a child. The teachers are awful, either they blatantly hate teaching and don't care if you know it, or they hate it but try to fake it. Do not waste your money here, do a cheaper route like RHODEC or community college. None of the credits for an art major transfer except very basic ones. I quit after many many problems, and my advisor said I was the most promising student she had. And I got charged the entire amount even though I dropped out within their own time frame. Such a fraud, huge huge fraud.
Do not go to The Art Institute for a Game or Animation Degree. This school accepts everyone, charges way too much for tuition ($100,000) , tries to trick you into spending money on unnecessary things such as $1000 rent per month for housing (no this cannot be split between students and you have to share a room with two other students), and an intro kit ($1000) that has items in it that you will never use. They have a HUGE dropout rate, and they say they will will help get you a job. The jobs they send their students are not art related 87% of the time. The four years I went there, they rarely had a career adviser or a head of department because their staff either kept being let go or quitting. A quarter of the teachers there were very knowledgeable and extremely helpful, while the rest were there just to make a few bucks. The Art Institute will squeeze every dollar out of you, and if you don't have what they want, they will say they will work with you but just send you to collections in the end, even after you have been making steady monthly payments.
The cons: It was a for-profit company, so while they told us that underperforming students would not be permitted to advance and/or graduate, the truth was that AiPD was never going to give up the money that student was paying, no matter how terrible the student was at design. There were some TERRIBLE "designers" in some advanced classes. Some teachers were also overworked/overbooked teaching a ton of classes, some of which they clearly had only a passing knowledge of the subject matter. It was hideously expensive so I am over thirty and still paying off the loans I had when I graduated at 21. The pros: It was the only college in my vicinity that offered the sort of major I wanted. Class sizes were small, usually around 15-20 students. I was able to finish a 4yr degree in three years. It was the right sort of college for me - but it's not for everybody!
If I could give this no stars, ever, I would. They are overbearing in ways. They call you all day everyday to "talk" for several hours about nothing. I removed my phone numbers and they were pissed and never stop telling me so. The team you're given to help you through is an uneducated group who has no information for you about anything. They claim they never heard from you; they actually just ignore your emails for about 6 months then claim they were busy. The instructors are hardly knowledgeable. They treat their class like it's something you'll truly need but it isnt. You will spend half your time reviewing other students' work when your teacher should be doing that. Good luck finding a teacher who posts grades on time. Good luck finding an I strict or who even pays attention and grades you correctly, they're hard to come by. Overall this is a highly expensive and overrated school. Art institute is terrible, please don't waste your time. Go to a REAL art school. This is the worst mistake I've ever made.
Classes were not as informative on industry standards or prepared in a professional manner. It does not prepare you for work in your desired field and gives falsified information on active jobs post education.
Let me start by saying this: I LOVED my school. All my instructors (minus the HR instructor) were GREAT, active industry related professionals that knew exactly what they were doing. I learned so much, possibly because I was an older student (26 at the time) ready and determined to get the most of my money. Upon graduation is where the frustration happened. I was sold on the education and committing to the school for the length of the degree because they PROMISE to "help you find a job after graduation". Did I find a job? NOPE. Everything the career advisor was sending me was from the same career search engines I was already using; I'm sure I probably knew about MORE. THE SCHOOL DOES NOT HELP YOU FIND A JOB AS THEY PROMISE!!! I ended up opening my own business because I couldn't find anything. Was it the school that prepared me for the real world? Not really. But they did help me learn time management, but I could have gotten that from any other college for LESS MONEY.
The school was really good. Teachers had "real-world" experience. Plus they had an expedited course so you can finish in 3 years instead of 4.
The place itself felt rather executive but the faculty were helpful. The location strangely fit every major into one building, had id cards for classrooms, and at least two security guards on grounds at all times. The Orange County one by comparison separates the cooking classes from the computer related ones, has less strict security measures and a relaxed atmosphere from the staff. Although I only visited the latter a few times, I felt safe at both schools. Curriculum is surprisingly easy to attend when it's something you like. You can always arrange an alternative class if you want a different type of focus too.