The Art Institutes Reviews - Art & Design

1.59 out of 5 stars
(22 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $17,316 - $18,648
16% of 22 students said this degree improved their career prospects
9% of 22 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Nik - 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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Christiana Marinez - 1/23/2018
Degree: Art & Design
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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
abhalmon - 1/9/2018
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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
One Has No Name - 9/18/2017
Degree: Art & Design
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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Caila - 9/5/2017
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2014
"Misleading grad-to-hire statistics. Incompetent instructor who piggyback off his teacher assistant to teach us intro classes instead of doing the teaching himself. He also told us to watch online tutorials on digital tutors or youtube if we ever had any questions. How they hired an inexperienced person who had a degree in English to teach Intro to 3D Modeling or anything art is beyond me. Waste of time and overly expensive. Poor financial aid and financial advisor are clueless. They don't help you with finance, they recommend all their students to take out private loans and lying that when the students graduates, they will land a high paying job to pay back their loans. They lure in low-income students to get financial aid from the government and then screw over those students for garbage degrees because the instructors don't know theaerials they're supposed to be teaching."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Michael C - 8/30/2017
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2010
"When I started at the Art Institute of Colorado... I was told that the classes got better after a year and you get the general art classes out of the way... Turns out the actual degree classes were not much better. But by the time you realize how terrible this school is you are already in so much debt that you feel like you need to continue. The degree has such a vast scope that in every class many of the students don't have their heart in it. Everybody has passions in different areas of the degree. And because of this the students that actually want to learn, don't really learn anything because the students that aren't passionate in this class are still trying to get caught up. Some of the teachers were not bad. Some of the teachers were terrible. Often the teachers were not utilized correctly by the school."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Dont do it! - 8/29/2017
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2026
"Do not go through them! They told me it would be cheaper attending online and quicker and then 4 years later they told me it was more expensive to attend online because they leave the classroom open 24 hours a day. The instructors are very late at responding. They are there to grade and give you a feedback before you redo your assignment by the end of the week. I tried transferring to the art institute of tampa and they would only accept half of my 108 credits because they said different statea have different requirements. Do not go through this school! I tried contacting a lawyer but i had no written proof from them because they only discuss issues over the phone. I was working two jobs and told them i couldnt call them and be on hold and they refused to email me back when i had issues with financial aid. They have had a lawsuit filed against them from the federal government if that tells you anything. They claim they will send your portfolio out 6 months before you graduate and will help you find a job. They do not! They give you a list of websites you can post your resume and consider working at home depot mixing paint utilizing your art degree. Bad reviews have been posted to google about them and they get deleted. So hopefully my review will help someone before it gets deleted."
1.0 out of 5 stars
MP - 8/29/2017
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2008
"All you have to do is take a look at the curriculum, student work, and job success rates of REAL art schools (Ringling, CalARTS, Art Center, etc) to know that AI is a a joke, pathetic in comparison, and ultimately exists only to scam the government out of FAFSA money. The only good instructors here kept their mouths shut, because they knew that criticizing the school's terrible, outdated curriculum would get them fired. The penny-pinching corporate suits run everything here, no one values the (VERY FEW) good teachers, and no one respects the students. Also, sorry to be blunt, but real art schools REQUIRE A GOOD PORTFOLIO to get in. AI doesn't. Sadly, any kid who doodled in a notebook could get an acceptance letter here, and the school gives these poor saps false hope of getting work that they are woefully under-prepared for. Most entry level AI students are lightyears behind their peers at SCAD, RSID, etc. The only reason I attended was because I got a scholarship...even then, I regret wasting my college years on a worthless. half-assed attempt at education. It took nearly 10 years of HARD, NON-STOP SELF EDUCATION to repair the damage AI did to my career."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Sentra04 - 8/29/2017
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2009
"Was told to take classes that (A)where not even part of my degree, or (B)classes that later be came not part of my degree. Still had to pay for them all, some multiple times with no reimbursement. School also tried to get me (a petite woman) to take an internship with a 'company' that was one guy working out of his basement. Constantly gave me the run around when i would try to ask for help. Tried to use me as a success story for their job placement stats when i later started working at an arts and crafts store. Got some interest inmy portfolio, but was ultimately told by potential bosses they don't hire from the Ai schools because the students are typically too unprepared/unqualified, and not worth investing time into training."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Richard - 8/29/2017
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2006
"Probably the biggest mistake of my life was enrolling into this program. The school has been lying to students about job placement statistics for decades and using predatory recruiting to get 100s of 1000s of our nations' students into massive debt that they cannot repay. No admissions standards. They allow anyone in under the guise of "education for all" but really what they are doing is providing subprime loans and massive amounts of debt to people who have no business being approved for them. This school will tell you anything in order to get you to enroll with them, and they have absolutely no incentive to tell you the truth. By the time you realize what a scam it is, you will likely already owe 30,000 which you will still have to pay back. The school is regarded negatively in the industry, with job recruiters routinely saying that they put all of the resumes they get from Ai on the bottom of the stack. They have no standards for who they allow in, so why should employers hold any standards for who graduates from there? We are the only generation which has student loan debt like this. Not our parents, grandparents-- nobody in our nation's history. Corporate corruption of our higher ed system is turning the college experience into a farce, a high-risk gamble that leaves the majority of students with lifelong financial ruin. There are ALTERNATIVES to an education at Ai. Ask pros what they think of it? Research the school via the department of educations own "college scorecard" site. Search for the MoveOn petition called "Art Institutes sued for $11 BILLION, what about the students and families affected?" and read the student stories at the bottom. Join "I Am Ai" on Facebook to hear from over 5,000 students why the school is a bad decision. No matter what you want to do with your future- The Art Institute is not a good choice. Paying $1000 a month for life is not a good choice, even IF by some miracle you do find success after going there."
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