The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (82)
I thought this school was great when I started but after leaving I realized what a scam they are. I only attended one quarter and had to leave for medical reasons. My first quarter was only $3000 but they tried to charger me another $9000 for a second quarter that I did not attend. After a month of pestering them to drop my second quarter charges I found out two of my grants were not accepted. They didn't inform me of this until after my loans wer ccanceled so I'm not stuck paying out of pocket to them AND my loan company. One grant was not accepted due to the fact that they did not finish filing the paperwork. I enjoyed my professors as people but as teachers they simply used YouTube tutorials for many lessons which I could find without paying $300 per credit hour to watch. Now that I'm not attending AI they call me atleast once a week to try to get me to come back and I have also realized the credits I earned are not transferable to any school. Whenever I first applied I was told that the credits were able to be transferred among other things that were untrue. I enjoyed being able to do what I loved and learn more about it but if I knew it was going to cause me this much trouble after leaving I would have never went.
My experience at this school was not pleasent. I had a lot of conflict with the financial department, limited access to equipment that is required to get class assignments done, not to mention the bad condition to the beat up library books. Instructors who teach there is the only good thing about this school.
My experience at the art institute of Philly was not a please tell one. BEWARE NEW STUDENTS, this school does not supple you with very basic equipment in some classrooms like printable white paper and evan a mouse for the computers. This huge corporate chain school clearly shows no concern with properly suppling their students with. Don't let the admission advisor fool you, they don't care for your secuss or goals you have.
Do not go here!!! It's a scam to get your money!! They pressure you to get loans that you'll never be able to pay off!! The terms change all the time. Please listen to me- go to a REAL school. At least your degree will be worth something. If you don't believe it then research for yourself. Just know that they do fake reviews to make their reviews better. You have to know that NO school would get 5 stars from any student so the fact that they do that should prove to you what a scam it is. I don't want to see any more young people go through what I and all the ones who graduated with me went through. If you need more convincing, call a place you want to work and ask them if they would hire someone with a degree from there. That's the real test.
The school is good but it is expensive. I live in student housing and we have our rooms searched at least once a month. There is no alcohol allowed in the apartments regardless of your age. I only recommend attending this school if you have money and you have a place to live outside of the student housing. My car has been vandalized due to the careless "security". I have no problem with the teachers they have taught me a lot since I first attended the school. DO NOT LIVE IN THE STUDENT HOUSING!!! THIS IS A WARNING!!
I loved going to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Unfortunately I was one of those students who transcended right out of high school and I really didn't take college very seriously. I am going back to school now for my MBA and I'm incredibly nervous. The Instructors at AIP and the Advisors were amazing! Things changed drastically after the de-expansion if you will. It was a little depressing. A lot of the staff was either relocated or let go. Major chunks of the building were empty and it did change the demeanor and atmosphone of the Institute. It is, after all the oldest in the country! EDMC bought the Art Institute and there were so many changes made. So the beginning was great! The last year.. EH. I did take a few online courses and I really enjoyed those.
I am currently a student at the art institute of Michigan and I am a victim of this school our school here is has broken so many academic law upon students by not updating ecompanion grades also we have no dean no president here this school is going bankrupt please new students don't come here the audio program is the worst program here and the sad thing about this school is that you can not take any art institutes to court if thereis anyone out there please help us god we have no dean or president
It all began during one of my summer breaks working at a Pizzeria. I quickly became head cook and was seriously thinking about a culinary career. Went to the open house and applied to the Art Institute and was accepted nearly immediately. I was feeling really good about the school. Went to my first classes and found that most instructors were terribly laid-back. That was cool and all but most of the class time was spent chatting and learning close to nothing. Then I was required to take a class that was all about learning about the city I moved to, nothing about culinary anything. Just the city. Then I found out how much I was paying for that one class and it was about $1,000. I felt that most of my classes were filler and the only real education I got was during the hands-on classes which was only once a week from 6 or so to 11PM. Yes, 11PM. The last bus to my dorm was at 11:15PM. I never received any financial help, as in applying for scholarships. I was told that it was very accessible at the school. Every time I tried, I never got an answer. Maybe it was just that the first year classes are so uninformative. I ended up staying only four months at the school and found that the only thing I learned about was how to use the cities skywalks more effectively. So, here I am, not even employed in the culinary field, hearing about how awful AI is every once in a while and I can only nod and wish I didn't have a $6,000 debt for attending the college for 4 months. I have also heard of many lawsuits against AI. It is worth a google search.
Interior Design always intrigued me, and I felt the degree would be a practical application for my art. Initial costs were reasonable for the first year with significant scholarships and grants. Each year tuition increased dramatically and "amazingly" scholarships no longer could aid me during my entire senior year (even with all A's). There came a time I had to choose to leave with debt and no degree OR stay and finish the degree with more debt. Teachers were disassociated from students. Work load was overwhelming and stressful. The school is designed suck the life and money out of its students. If you got an A you passed - just the same as the F student. I've been yet to stabilize an Interior Design at a firm. Let alone a job at Home Depot. Experience is all that matters and firms and government establishments could care less about a degree. I've been struggling to find work, paying hundreds of dollars a month towards my debt, and continue to get rejection letters to potential jobs. My resume is precise. My advice, "If you have a leg in the door -then be my guest." I wish I could have chose another degree every day. But, now I'm stuck. I learned how to professionally upholster to earn my living. It's dirty and hard labor, but it's what I have to do to make it.
Is The Art Institute a good School? Yes. Are they extremely overpriced? Yes. I really liked my time at the art institute. I felt like all of the instructors were very professional, knowledgable, & helpful. The challenge i had was with my degree. I did a one year diploma program. I chose the 1 year plan because i thought it would give me a focused direct classes pertaining to web dev/design. I was disappointed when i had to take intro to audio and video classes, just to fill my schedule. But overall my experience there was a good one.... at least on campus. Campus classes were great. The few online classes that i took were an absolute joke. They are still usting technology from the 90s for classes. Old Forums, old online ebooks. The really need to introduce new thechnolgoy to make the online classes better: google hangout, skype...anything really. However, once i left and started working, and the reality of how much my school cost me, it really hurt. 24,000.00 for one year of school. You can get a 4 year degree for that kind of money. Granted, i didnt want a 4 year degree. But it has not been easy paying that off, and i have been able to get good jobs making good money.