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They are a business not a school, They are not being honest and upfront, they don't care about the succeed of the student only money, you will most likely ending up in debt! you will most likely get depression, basically your life is F****d! AVOID THIS SCHOOL AT ALL COST!
They don't care. This school simply does not care at all about their students. I've regretted going here ever since my first few quarters, and now I only have 1 quarter left until graduation. I wanted to transfer immediately, but my parents were skeptical about my concerns of the school not giving a quality education at all and only handing out good to average grades. What ever they call "career services" s****. It's a sham, there is NOTHING to do with career services or helping students find information on how to pursue careers, how to interview, how to write a proper resume- nothing. Career services here is literally just an empty office that's never open, and when it is NOBODY is there. It has been like this during my entire stay here. I can barely ever find anyone to talk to in the main office, no program directors, advisors, teachers, nobody ever. It's like there are less and less employees here every quarter. The "print center" they provide for students is absolutely useless. Again, it is never open, nobody is in there, and nobody in this school teaches you how to properly print. there's never any paper, and half the time when someone is in there, the computers and/or printers do not work. Every piece of tech is out of date here, we've all come to realize that the 8 yr old computers are finally breaking down, and barely any work properly or even turn on anymore. There are no educational resources, and the library contains about 100 books, if even that, and again, more than half of the computers do not work, and there are no technicians in the building to help with technology problems we always seem to face. This school is a huge slap int he face to those who actually come to school to learn. I had always wanted to go to art school, and really hone my craft as a graphic designer. But a majority of everything I have learned has been by myself and I would consider myself mostly self taught. Instructors rarely ever care about the quality of work a student exhibits and many instructors freely pass out good grades for nothing. Critiques here are lousy and non-helpful which cause poor quality work to never improve. The environment here is terrible and students only ever become passive and by the end everyone is unhappy and knows it was not worth going here at all. Please save yourself, time, money, and stress. I received a very poor quality education here. I only feel that it is because of my persistence in independent study and learning on my own as a freelancer that I feel like I can successfully find careers in my field. I can't say much for other students who never even got a chance to learn for what they paid for. This school is terrible.
The Art Institute offers a mixed bag of educational experiences. Some of the instructors are very good and dedicated, some are indifferent at best. They are increasingly using adjunct part-time instructors to save money on teachers -- and the slippage in quality of teaching and the dedication of the teachers shows as a result. The enrollment at the campus has declined bigly in the past few years -- the parking lot looks like a ghost town. They have cut back a lot on their services, class offerings, and support for students. Go to a public school.
The art institute IE CA is totally unprofessional they are employing teachers that are old and displaying memory problems they do not allow you to choose your electives they have attendance rule they revise and do not inform the students of so that they can screw the out of they money and classes they paid for, they have teachers who are biased and discriminate against students who dont hold the same thoughts as them, they have teachers who are being paid to teach design and art but use their class time to b**** about the president or their own political opinions and use the class to indoctrinate young students to adopt their bs political views, they have teachers that only encourage their "dreamers" teachers who think the kids of people who broke the law and came here illegally are more entitled to have dreams about a future than the other students who are citizens, they say if youre absent 3X your out of the class but if you are absent 2X they drop you from classes you paid for and have attended and been doing the work for even when they are notified of a valid reason and that you intend to not drop any classes because they want to scam as many as possible for tuition and deny your the education you paid for they erase all your classes and deny you access to do the work. they put you in totally irrelevant classes that you wont benefit from until graduation make you do resumes and portfolios that will be irrelevant by the time you graduate so the classes can be filled some classes you need they dont offer so you have to go somewhere else to take them. their art kit they claim was a $500 value is full of junk cheap art supplies crappy colored pencils the teachers wont want you to do your work with low quality drawing paper 100 year old dried up rubber cement markers that are all old and dried up, ink pens that dont work cuz they are all old and also dried up.basically you get charged 500+ bucks for low quality old unusable supplies and you end up having to go buy all new stuff to do the work. dont use the v ending machines cuz when it steals your cash they do nothing to get your cash back when you call the number and the vending guy ignores you so they are enabling the dishonest guy and allowing him to rob the students.
I would not recommend going to this school. One, you don't really receive a quality "college education" -- even though it is officially accredited, you are not guaranteed that your units will transfer to another school (if you need to, or want to go on to grad school), or be regarded as valid by potential employers. Not only is the tuition expensive, but many graduates do not go on to successful "dream" careers in their field of interest (only a small percentage, actually). I know many grads who end up working as receptionists or 'customer service' reps. It is true that many of the instructors are incredibly dedicated and talented, but the recent declines in enrollment and cost-cutting at the college have caused the school to fire many long-time instructors -- those who were most invested in the school and most dedicated to its mission and its students. Those instructors were in many cases replaced with "adjunct" or part-time faculty who regard teaching at A.i. as a 'gig' before they jump on the freeway to 'fly' to the next part-time teaching job (or their Uber assignment). It's true - the school does host weekend seminars -- but you could go to these for free if you wanted to. Ultimately, I would suggest that you would be better off going to a state school or some other real college than an overpriced institution of questionable value like this.
I had transferred to the AI of Austin from AI of Tampa after the Pell grant was supposedly cut from there. I only had a year left before graduating, as they claimed, but upon going over my credits, Austin said not all of it would transfer over despite being the same program and school. Though, I would have enough to be able to finish in a year. Year passes and guess what? They said I had another year to go, because I didn't have enough credits transferred over! Frustrated, but I was talked into finishing since I would now only have a year left. That year passes, and all this time I was a straight A student, 4.0 gpa, and suddenly I am failed in a portfolio class. Teacher told me I would never make it, and I was not good enough. Once again, they inform me I have ANOTHER year to go because of that one class, and on top of that my loans were drained and I would need to apply for private loans through them to finish. I promptly walked out of that school. Besides that, I learned they lied about how they help their graduates get a job in major businesses, and how many students actually graduate. Also how they can fail you even on the day of graduation walking across the stage. Don't even try to transfer to university with those credits from AI, because the schools won't accept them; I had a friend who managed to graduate from AI and tried to get a master's and was informed they don't consider them official.
My B.S. Degree from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale was a big waste of time and resources. This degree has done nothing to further my career or even get a foot in the door. When I enrolled in 2006, their statistics reported my degree average income could be $63k. In the eight years since graduation, I have yet to see a third of that salary with zero prospects or opportunities on the horizon. Furthermore, there was virtually no career placement services available at the time of my graduation. I regret wasting my life with this school and the debt that came with it.
Horrible Institution. They are more of a scam than anything else. Claiming to have a good education. Over priced education for a poor education. Most of the professors where not good and would just show you tube videos to teach. This institution claims to be now non profit but are very money hungry and do not care for their students. Avoid this institution at all cost. Get a real education at an accredit institution this one is not. Avoid this student loan trap.
This school is overly priced; under educated; and ran into the ground by very poor functioning business "professionals." $85,000 for four years is what it costs for a Bachelors degree. This only includes classes, books, and $100 worth of art supplies they charge you $345 for. No meals, no room and board. Then, should you have an issue and not pay your bill because you have an issue. They don't care to kick you to the curb. Then everyone you speak with hears about the situation. I'm pretty sure my records are supposed to be privileged. They blatantly shared my information with everyone who could hear it previous to my arrival.Lastly they send me on a wild goose chase to find the person who can fix my issue; mind you he only works business hours, and I have a full time job working 8 am to 5:00 pm. There is no way I am ever going to be able to resolve my issue. Please share so that your kids or anyone interested in Fine Arts will know to steer very clear of this college.
I have tried three times to complete PHOA102 P02 without success due to the Institute's lack of help and lack of materials. The first time I tried to use Thinking Storm and it was a disaster. The tutor that I connected with would not help me do what was necessary to allow him access to my computer and the Adobe software to assist me. As I had not used Thinking Storm before I tried to explain this problem to him, but he just kept insisting that I do so. As a result, I failed that class and Academic Counselor Smith got my classes re-started. And my professor that time was no help at all. On the second attempt, I tried to use YouTube videos to get through it but because those videos were not the Institute they did not provide much help. So, I failed, and Mr. Smith re-started my class again. Also, there were no Instruction videos to help me through the steps to use the various Adobe software to complete the assignments during my first and second attempts to complete the class. On the third attempt I got connected with Professor Huerth. He was excellent. He took time every week to connect with me. Our problems were: (1) nobody showed us how to use Skype to work through my software problems so Professor Huerth could see instantly what I was seeing on my computer to help me; and (2) during the class Adobe updated Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator; and InDesign with 2018 Editions. Several things changed with these software updates and the tutorial videos on the Instruction pages for this software were trying to teach me how to use the replaced software (2017 Editions) so I did not know how to navigate through the assignments. Until I ran into this problem with the updates my Grade average was 95%. It should also be noted that even some of the tutorial videos were older than the 2017 Editions. Based upon the above, I have gotten a Pell Grant and student loans (which I did not get all my student loans because of re-starting the classes) and in return I got nothing but heartache because I wanted, still want, to learn the Adobe software for personal and business reasons. If things can go back to the point where I started, I can get the help I need to walk me through the Adobe software and assignments, and I get my full starting Pell Grant to pay the cost of a new class, and what student loans were taken from me, I would be willing to start again, But at this point I feel like the Art Institute stole my Pell Grant and student loans from me and have, and I am, considering legal action against the Art Institute for taking my Pell Grant, student loans, and not providing me with the materials and teaching to successfully complete my classes and get my Certificate as agreed on when I enrolled.