The Art Institutes Reviews - Associate in Graphic Design

1.61 out of 5 stars
(8 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $17,316 - $18,648
0% of 8 students said this degree improved their career prospects
0% of 8 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Lauren T - 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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
abriana - 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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Casey - 8/29/2017
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2009
"This school is a joke! The computers and software are out of date, the teachers were subpar at best and they tripled the cost of renting an apt for students just because they had to roll it in to their insanely high interest loans. My school was SUPPOSE to be in the middle of a downtown, however it was 10 miles from center city and within walking distance to other. I was moving from the other side of the country and didn't get to visit or that'd obviously been noted upon visiting. They separated my mom and I when having to sign loan papers and lied lied LIED when asked about job placement. I would never recommend this school to anyone who wants to succeed in the art field!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Eli - 8/29/2017
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2010
"I learned the minimum, I don't have enough knowledge to even use my degree. The teachers for the most part were not very helpful. Many of them told students to ask their neighbors for help, instead of assisting them. One class, the instructor had a medical issue, so they had a teacher from a different field, who admitted to never using the program, teach illustrator. He said that it would be a learning experience for him too. Not professional at all in my opinion to have someone teach an entire course on something they know literally nothing about. When I have spoken to people about jobs, they laugh at me because a degree from the art institute of Pittsburgh is considered "a joke", not that I would be able to have a career in graphic design since I learned the bare minimum."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Micah Jung - 8/29/2017
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2003
"I repeat do NOT go to the art institute of Washington. I want there and thought I was going to get a good education. Teachers didn't know what they were teaching or if they did they didn't have there degrees in Photoshop or Illustrator. The Teachers or brochure said they had connections to WB Nintendo of America and guess what there connections were to the local print shop! If you wanted to work with someone they brought in they wanted you to go through them and not the person that talked to you about the job. Teachers didn't know how to break in the entertainment industry and they didn't have a learning disabled teacher you could go too. The learning center was the resource room. You learned more from the students then they teachers. Even the dean of Education said go to Google instead of use the teacher. They would be very nice too you when you got in but afterwards they treated you like dirt. They convinced you too take out loans instead of Perkins loans which you don't have to pay back. Half my graduation class didn't attend there graduation since they knew the school sucked."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Graphic Design Program Graduate - 8/28/2017
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2005
"One true to life part of this experience, the truly valuable teachers were not in positions of power or appreciated while the portfolio teacher deciding your fate was feared and believed to know all despite not having worked in the industry for years and knowing literally nothing about technology. One positive result. I was hired for a job in my profession as a temp at the 'high' wage of $14/hr after graduation because the resume reviewer had so gone to AIS, knew about the debt and false promises., so feeling badly for me, they gave me a chance."
1.4 out of 5 stars
Z - 1/4/2017
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2016
"I went to the New York campus and I started in July of 2013 and didn't graduate until June of 2016 because I got held up with their rushed Internship "class". I started with one academic advisor and she disappeared - same with the financial advisor as well. There were some good teachers and some that are god awful. There's favoritism over one major over the other (i.e. the Fashion dept. is more important than the Graphic Design or Web depts.), leaving some opportunities slim. With the Internship "class", you are only given one week to find one - as if you weren't busy worrying about Portfolio I the quarter before to find one. After that one week, you're kicked out of that class and unless you had a teacher that was understanding and gave you an extra week. If you're lucky enough you may complete the required 99 hours while juggling a class or two before week 11. When you get out with your over priced piece of paper, there are no jobs that want you or just pass over you because of lack of experience in the different aspects of graphic design. Some the GD classes (e.g. Photography, Book Making) were taken of the course list before I even had the requirements for classes. It's just so unfair. The supplies they give you in the art kit when you first start at the "school" is either dried up or don't really hold up at all. The environment isn't very inviting or friendly no matter how many pieces of our works you put up in the hallways. We moved from a spacious 6 floors and enough space and at least 3 or 4 free computer labs to work in to 3 claustrophobic floors and one free computer lab. This place encourages you to empty your pockets and leave with your piece of paper and not know all that you need to know about your major. I regret my decision - I felt that I didn't learn as much as I needed at all since they got rid of most of their good teachers. I know this review is all over the place but this "school" is a terrible situation to be in."
2.0 out of 5 stars
DWalker - 1/26/2016
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2012
"The Art Institutes is truly a rip off. I should have listened to my sister when she expressed her struggles with the school in PA! All they want is the money. Once you graduate they have no interest in you afterwards. I have been trying to get my transcripts now for another school for nearly 9 months and I am now in my 4th term at the new school. I paid the $5, which I'm sure is for shipping and still have not received my transcripts. I have sent emails, made calls, left voice messages, and still nothing. I've left messages with the Dean and NOTHING!!! A couple of my instructors were great, but a lot of them teach from their own experience rather than curriculum...actually, there is no curriculum! All of these reviews are great, but I want to ask, what is anyone doing about it, other than writing reviews. I very much intend to sue somebody for classes that I have to repeat because of their negligence. If everyone who has a negative experience would take action, no matter where you are, things will begin to change, even if that leads to every single AI closing down. Comments welcomed!"