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Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2012

What a disappointing school...the teachers were so great until budget cuts happened and they laid off all the good ones. All this money poured into a school where credits cant even be transferred and transcripts are lost and apparently charged for. I cannot describe my disappoint with this school right now and im still paying my loan off to a college that no longer exists...dont do it everyone. Save your checkbooks and your sanity.

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Degree: Fashion
Graduation Year: 2020

I attended this school because my friend was there, and made it seem to be pretty decent. The only decent thing about this school is how much money was put into it. The culinary program is what keeps the school running. I wasn't even there 3 months, and Ive decided to call it quits. I am a veteran, so I use my Post 9/11 to go to school. Upon enrolling into this establishment, my information was NEVER submitted to the VA. So guess who didn't get paid the first month and a half? I had to call the VA and see what was going on, then go to the financial aid department myself to be told that for sure it was never submitted. Then after that, the online textbooks that they charge you $200 dollars every semester for DOES NOT WORK! How the heck are we being charged hundreds of dollars for textbooks we can't access, and then being told to go find physical copies until further notice. How about you refund us that money back? Since we pay out of pocket for those electronic textbooks. The payments are automatically taken from your account, and if you don't want them to take it out then you have to submit a request form. Then back to the financial aid department...if you have a refund for financial aid you can forget about receiving it. I have a refund over $2000 just sitting there and its been months, to be told they're on hold. For months? Ive emailed 2 members of financial aid, including the manager to be told they arent sending out stipends just yet. Some of us have families and siblings to take care of. This school is quick to take your money, but slow to refund it back. From what Ive read from other students, the reason this money isnt being refunded is because its being pocketed. To be honest it doesn't seem like the administrative staff care too much. Upon submitting paperwork stating I would no longer be in attendance, I got asked why I was leaving; and if I had tried to find other resources in order to stay with the school. Why would I want to stay at a school with all of these problems? I'm glad Im leaving, instead of wasting my G.I. Bill.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Foodservice Systems Administration/Management
Graduation Year: 2018

I enjoyed the program. The admission counselor was helpful. I didn't like my academic counselor, I felt he didn't treat me as an adult and showed no compassion when i had a hardship in my life. The program i selected is good for learning how to start my own business, so job placement wasn't my concern.

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Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2017

i shouldve listened to the reviews. this school is absolute TRASH they care about nothing but the money in your pocket. theyll do everything in their power to help you get enrolled and get your papers in sooner than later, but the second you have any kind of problem? they disappear. and you cant get in contact with them. and you decide to leave because they dont HELP and find yourself in debt. this school can choke.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Advertising
Graduation Year: 2019

My experience has been very different than most here. I have an Associate Degree in Broadcasting and will be finishing my Bachelors Degree (Online) in January of 2019. I am super happy with the experience and have learned a lot. Yes, it is expensive but I have truly been able to learn a lot and it has benefited my career. You can't expect the degree to go out and look for a job for you, you need to put the effort into the job seeking process. The only thing I can say is that the school is very expensive, but I believe to have gotten my money's worth.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Graduation Year: 2014

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!

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

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.

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

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.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Computer Graphics
Graduation Year: 2020

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.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Graduation Year: 2016

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.

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