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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2000

I quit after the first quarter. I was told that 90% of my loan would be paid and in turn I now owe over 7k. I Quit paying my loan and now its ruined my credit. I understand this but when I was lied to in the first place and never got ANY equipment that I was promise only now 6 years later, paying for something I did not get! I am now 49 years old and this really sucks big time!

1 out of 5
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Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2013

Where are the negative stars? THIS SCHOOL S****. Please don't waste your time, effort or money. I can't even get a f****** transcript from these d*** people. Total failure to the students they have. The courses are a joke and I couldn't even get a job with my degree so had to start a new one.

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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2014

If I could give it negative stars, I would. After leaving AI, I took photo at a junior college. In 1 class I had covered more material than in a year at AI. AI was involved in lawsuits from multiple states Attorney Generals, and I have to say I totally understand why.. save yourself a ton of money and go to a JC where you'll actually get a better education.

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Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2014

This college fails it's students because they fail to concentrate on the skills required within the industry. As such you take on an enormous amount of debt for an education that firms will not recognize. You really will not graduate with the skills needed because the position has evolved to the point you need to be able to the entire Adobe Suite, Python, Coding, App development, animation, and a great deal of web design. Advertising is moving from print to the web and sales are bypassing a physical location to online. You need to be able to design the look and functionality of a website, while offering more to the user in the way of apps. This is what graphic design firms are looking for along with package design, book design, interactive learning designed, and an entire host of things requiring design. Web and Graphic Design have merged. The Art Institute fails to recognize this, and they push fluff courses over actual content that builds the skills firms are looking for. I would like to say this is the worse part but it isn't. What makes it worse is you are teaching yourself 60% of the time. Instructors regularly tell you to use the internet and fail to respond to questions in a timely manner. Classes frequently do not match the software version and this causes numerous issues and a huge waste of time. You get a better education simply using Lynda.com, Udemy, and Treehouse. These sites give better instruction and the skills employers are looking for when reviewing skills and testing potential employees. You can spend 1200 between the three sites just mentioned or 90,000 and not get the skills you need. You can also get a better education for less combining your local community college along with the three sites.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production
Graduation Year: 2018

Horrible! I originally transferred to this school because they promised me everything my last school was not. Things were fine for about the first year and a half... I have no complaints. But then about a year ago, they told me I owed them money out of pocket because financial aid no longer covered my courses. Total BS since my original financial plan covered EVERYTHING. I have now been making monthly payments and they slowly keep adding additional amounts to my payment plan. I am now paying OVER 14k out of pocket to finish my degree. If I wasn't less than a year shy of graduating I would of transferred, but unfortunately, none of my credits will transfer over to any other school because of the way AI "classifies" their courses. Before my last set of classes ended my financial counselor told me that I was not to able to take additional classes until my new payment plan (for yet again another amount increase) was signed. I asked him what I needed to do to sign this new payment agreement and I thought the entire thing was handled. FOUR days before those classes were to end and my new ones were starting, I had to make my payment, and I noticed that the new payment plan had NOT been applied. I promptly emailed my financial and academic counselors, but got absolutely no response. I was unable to start my next classes, in fear of being charged completely out of pocket for them.. A few days after the start of classes I noticed my financial counselor had changed within my campus common. I immediately contacted this counselor and again never received a response. I emailed and called this counselor about a dozen times before I received any sort of response from him. We scheduled a time to talk on the phone, but that time came and went and he never called, or emailed. When i tried to contact him I received no response. I spoke to my academic counselor about it and she tried to resolved the situation but she again pushed the situation to the back burner after a day or two. It has now been 5 weeks! My classes are suppose to end next week. I asked them to remove me from my classes since day one if the situation was not fixed, which they have refused and I will not get charged for.... Completely fed up with the school, the academic and financial department, and everyone else I have been in contact with since this mess first started. I have not gotten anywhere and get the runaround EVERY TIME I try to discuss things with them. I would not recommend this school to anyone and would not wish my situation on anyone.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Web Design
Graduation Year: 2018

This school has messed me around and put me 25,000 in debt for nothing. It has expelled me twice saying I dropped out. The first time it was suppose to have been from a mix up of paper work with another student. They charged me 3 tuitions in less than a month and now they did it to me again. I'm super not happy with this school. Everything that they taught me I could have ordered on Adobe myself. I pretty much taught myself. This school sucks. Please save your money and find another school.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2017

This school is not really much of a school at all. Gen ed classes are all in a cookie-cutter format that is inefficient and just not really helpful at all. It felt like taking the same class over and over. The actual art classes usually came with little to no guidance. I did well in these just based off my prior experience and talent, so it took me awhile to realize that nothing at all was actually being taught, save for a few instructors that actually cared enough. The format is basically to have the students try the assignments, get critiqued on how to change it, rinse and repeat. No instruction on how to actually do it to begin with. Which is the entire point of going to school in the first place. Now I've got $60,000 in debt to pay off, and no job in the field, because their "career services" when you're about to graduate is a forwarded list of jobs from indeed.com, which is just pathetic.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Fashion Merchandising
Graduation Year: 2020

Okay the school isn't that bad. It really for people who are very independent and don't really need much guidance or so much on hands instructions. I got dropped fast by the way because I had a baby and now I am back which they told me I had to pay 600$ out of pocket but I told them I couldn't and they gave me a scholarship : ) so I decided to continue, to finish what I started. I looked at it like I'll still have to pay so might as well finish it and I am a fast worker I am dong week 2 work still in week 1 . Online school is really for people that could motivate themselves and keep up with their schooling. People say your teaching yourself but college is the same way but with a little more oversight. Theirs nobody telling you to study, theirs nobody telling you to do your homework you have to take it and want it and do it. I don't really like that the teacher are only online for a certain amount of time but they do give them their personal email. So I don't rate it that bad but it is expensive .. and for future students or anyone looking to attend it's really all on you what you can handle and your pace of work !

1 out of 5
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Degree: Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
Graduation Year: 2013

It's all about the money. You get an academic advisor, but they work for AI (not you). You get a financial advisor, but they work for AI (not you). If you're considering enrolling ask them "How much is this going to cost?" I was told $60,000 when I enrolled, but it's closer to $100K. Mine ended up around $90K, but if you Google other reviews there are a LOT of AI grads that paid over $100K and AI does not find you a job! If you go to their job page (I just did), most of the jobs have (0) availability. One had (10) so I clicked on it and it went to a page that said "no items matched your search". Here's the trick! A regular university requires 120 units to graduate with a Bachelor's. Check your degree program. You have to do it yourself. They don't total it and they'll avoid answering, but do the math yourself. Your program probably requires 140 units at Art Institute. At $500 per unit $70,000 minimum. You will run out of student loan money if you pursue a Bachelor Degree with these guys. If you want to finish the program you gotta pull money out of your pocket. In my case it was nearly $30K P-L-U-S the $59,000 in student loans. There are Community Colleges and Tech Colleges that will do a better job for a lot less money, and you'll meet people from the area and network. If you're already enrolled, consider finishing your AA and just transfer. If you're thinking of enrolling ask these questions: How much will this cost? How many units in this program? How much per unit? The other trick about AI is that the answers are on the web page, but they're hidden. You click on "How Much Will This Cost" and it sends you through a maze of personal questions which will set their sales staff on you.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Digital Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

This "school" and its professors are an absolute joke. It was great in the beginning because the recruiter PAID for my entrance fee because I was on hard times and really wanted to further my education. After that it was nonstop accusation about me "not drawing anything myself from my portfolio." I left after one of my professors failed me because I couldn't do geometric shapes and perspective very well and she claimed none of the art I submitted to get in was my own. It's been 4 years since then (I didn't graduate, by the way.) and I will never consider going back to this or any art college. I've learned art teachers are the absolute worst. They aren't in it to further your artistic prowess. They only want to tear you down and take your money. I'm in 10k and I didn't even finish a semester. Awful place. Do not recommend.

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