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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.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Computer Animation
Graduation Year: 2014

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.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Film/Cinema/Video Studies
Graduation Year: 2010

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.

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1 out of 5
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Degree: Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General
Graduation Year: 2017

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.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2018

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.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Photography
Graduation Year: 2017

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.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Graduation Year: 2017

This place is garbage!!! The instructors don't give a crap about you admin just wants money . There is no teaching just telling students to Google it. Do yourself a favor and don't come to any of these rip-off schools . Teachers are constantly leaving the school or being let go

1 out of 5
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Degree: Arts, Entertainment, and Media Management, Other
Graduation Year: 2019

The school is more about money than the students. Teacher are hit and miss on actually teaching you and just trying to get you through the class. The schedules are crazy I never get my classes in the right order and the faculty and teachers don't seem to care that we are struggling through each class with no help from any one. Some teacher go way to fast and won't slow down so I can take notes and get mad when you have to ask them to explain something because they didn't cover it clearly. Most teacher are good at turning in grades so we know if we are passing or not but some teacher don't grade anything until the class is over. The classes always have a problem no place to work or the computers are down. The equipment is almost always braking or non functional. The teacher say to get everything done early so they can give you feed back to make changes. But they never do they wait tell you are in class so they can show every one what you did wrong. Every courter they want more money for supplies or other things for each class. some classes just on the paper and markers can be $200-$300. By the time you are ready for portfolio you won't have anything worth putting in it. Everything I learn I do on my free time with no instructor help. The people who work the hardest get the most crap from the teacher about the work they do. When people who clearly need help they don't even talk to. Every hope and dream I had for this art field is shattered crumbling to pieces in my hands. The job market is extremely hard to get into and is more about who you know then what you do. Witch will not help with the Art institute pined to your degree. The word is that students who come from this school are slow workers who are hard to train to do the job the way the company wants. I don't see a way out of this school so I am stuck teaching myself.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Graduation Year: 2007

First, I left before I graduated. I realized after taking a year and a half of classes that this school was a sham and that the money I was paying was not going to be a good investment. Transfer Credits: This was ok. They tried to force me into taking beginning computer classes despite the fact that I had multiple programming classes on my transfer degree. They persisted even after I explained that I worked in the technical industry and that I could build and setup a computer from components, and that I taught the same material they wanted me to take. I argued with the admissions people for two weeks about this before they finally backed off of trying to make me pay for a totally unnecessary class. This should have been a 10 minute discussion, a review of my transcript, and at the very worst a competency test. Instructors are hit and miss, some were amazing but they were the minority. One instructor thought his class was his political pulpit where he had the right to spout his hatred of George Bush for a third of every class. I called him on it because I don't want to hear about politics in a color correction class that I'm paying too much money for and once I did that I never got anything above a C from him. I spoke to the dean about this and he refunded the class cost back to me. Some instructors were so bad that they just tossed out A grades like they were free and I hated feeling that I may not have earned the grade I ended up with. Others were there to sell their own work to the students. Not as an example for them to use, or a roadmap of how to be successful but to literally convince students to endorse their work for competitions, festivals, and some wanted reviews of it simply to add to their own portfolio. Financial aid was ok. I see by other reviews that some students had a nightmare experience with it. I was apparently lucky and had no outstanding issues. Equipment: Everything was outdated and there was not enough of it to access. For one of my finals I had to build my own animation studio, scanning equipment and all, in my house because every time I went to use the school's there was a line out the door for it. You couldn't reserve time either. There was no allowance given to students for the lack of access either. Course Material: Again, hit or miss. This was directly tied to the instructor quality and the good instructors. Some classes were so bad that I learned more from internet tutorials than I did from the instructor. Too many classes had a distinct lack of teaching techniques for the discipline. There is no point to taking a class on painting where you get told to paint something but there is no discussion of how to actually accomplish it with different techniques or methods. Some of the required classes were a joke. Why are there culinary students in a 400 level art history class? An art history class where you actually had to complete artwork based on some of the historical masters' styles? I felt bad for these people, they are chefs not painters or sculptors but they were required to take the class for their culinary degree.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2019

I did online classes with the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division (I was living in Detroit, MI at the time). When they called me, they managed to get me to enroll even though I had no interest but ended up enrolling, they did waived the enrollment fee for me, however, when I was going through the student loan BS, they didn't explain it well, they told me to just sign it and they will take care of it for me. They claim that they are taking student loans on my behalf but I never consented on doing so. Classes were not even related to what I'm majoring in. I was majoring in Game Art & Design (I'm a PC gamer). I'm now and still am stuck with minimum wage jobs, but luckily, I didn't stick around too long so I'm stuck with $5K debt but after reading other reviews, I'm glad I dropped out before it was way too late. Right now because of Ai, my credit score is trashed when I finally was closed to getting it fixed. If your enrolled, drop out now before you collect too much debt. Didn't enroll yet, good, don't enroll. I got a family to take care of so I can't deal with student loans. I'm about to be enlisting myself into the US Army so I can take care of these debts unless I can find a way to clear it. Last thing I need is a bankruptcy in my credit report.

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