The Art Institutes Reviews

  • 153 Reviews
  • Nationwide
  • Annual Tuition: $17,316 - $18,648
18% of 153 students said this degree improved their career prospects
15% of 153 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 3/15/2021
  • Degree: Fashion
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"DO NOT go to this school!!! Its a complete joke. 1 & 2nd term are going to feel normal. And then all of a sudden you're kicked out with no explanation. I went to every department. They told me to call a number. I ask for the number. " oh we dont have it" EXCUSE ME?? IM KICKED out. Lost all my aid and my apartment (because i had loans out for living) Then i go to request my transcripts because I had to move 800 miles back home. And I HAD TO PAY 2K TO GET THEM?! DO. NOT. GO. HERE.!!!! IM NOW 23K In debt and no degree. Dont waste your money"
  • Reviewed: 11/11/2020
  • Degree: Art & Design
  • Graduation Year: 2023
"I had spent over a YEAR working at a sewing factory and working in retail to save enough money to move to Nashville, where one of the Art Institutes was (it is now closed). Everything was going so well; I rented a motel room so I could attend the interview, I got accepted, I kept in constant contact with the staff (who was very nice), one of them even helped me find a great place to live, which is the apartments that are literally a stone-throw away from the campus. I had moved all the way from my home state, where I had lived ALL MY LIFE, to my new apartment about 3 weeks away from the beginning to the semester. The next week, however, I got a freaking TEXT MESSAGE from the school saying they are closing down and my classes are no longer available. That... That was one of the most horrible moments of my life. I was calling the numbers of the staff I stayed in contact with frantically only to get a "this number was not available". I called HQ, told me what was happening, I was in tears, and they told me to apply for the online classes. Okay, I did NOT leave behind all I've ever known and made all those sacrifices so I could go take online courses. What also amazed me is that not even the staff knew it was going to happen. They said it was just announced one day that they were closing and one of the nice people who helped me get there had a meltdown and they had to walk her out. I had a break down and spent the next 2 days shivering and vomiting. My nerves couldn't take it... The next 3 months, I had the awfullest taste in my mouth that wouldn't go away, which apparently has something to do with your nerves. I was a nervous reck. THANKFULLY I found Nossi College of Art, they have been very good to me and are a very professional art college. A lot of ex-students of the Art Institutes had transferred there and they told me that I dodged a bullet. I believe them. This all took place in 2018 and I still have that text message from them to remind me what brought me to Nashville. However, as well as things turned out, I still find the whole experience traumatic."
Lauren T
  • Reviewed: 12/5/2019
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"I am currently trying to apply to grad schools for public health, but I went to one semester at the Art Institute. The branch I went to is closed, so I can't contact the registrars office there, there is no headquarter or customer support phone number that works anywhere, and I guess the two transcript request forms I sent in got lost somewhere? I am currently in limbo, possibly not able to apply to grad school, because this one school is so incompetent it cant set up a working transcript transfer system. I'm basically doomed to spend months (and I mean I have spent a cumulative year contacting back and forth with the art institute to get my transcript sent to various schools over the past few years) for the rest of my life trying to get a transcript. Absolutely absurd. The first time I tried to get my transcript they tried to tell me I had a balance remaining, luckily I had a receipt to show I had paid it all off-- I wasn't going to let them pull that off. Horrendous school, should be shut down completely."
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2019
  • Degree: Video Game Design
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"My son's experience at this school was horrible from the beginning. We should have cut our losses and withdrew the first year. But, because the credits would not transfer, he stuck with it. Their only interest is to see how much money they can squeeze out of you and the federal government through loans and grants. They are never responsive when you want to speak with someone and I have nothing good to say about the entire 4 years he was enrolled."
Samantha Mera
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2019
  • 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."
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2019
  • 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."
  • Reviewed: 1/1/2019
  • Degree: Restaurant 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."
  • Reviewed: 10/31/2018
  • 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."
  • Reviewed: 10/22/2018
  • Degree: Marketing
  • 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."
Andy liu
  • Reviewed: 8/23/2018
  • Degree: Computer Animation
  • 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!"