The Art Institutes Reviews - Bachelor's in Art & Design

1.59 out of 5 stars
(22 Reviews)
  • Nationwide
  • 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

1.4 out of 5 stars
Shiver me wiskers - 11/30/2016
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2011
"Lied about graduates status in the working world. Lied about graduates. Lied about loan amounts and the ability to pay them off once a graduate. Lied about quality of classes, supplies, environment, teachers, etc. Lied about the quality of the degree, pushed for the Bachelor's instead of a less expensive Associates. Lied about job placement abilities that the school supposedly provided. The Art Institutes are being sued across the nation, many have closed. It's a scam profit college. Only the good artists who are wise will know that Disney and Pixar and other major companies WILL NOT HIRE YOU IF YOU GO TO THE ART INSTITUTE> THEY LAUGH AT YOUR RESUME WHEN YOU PUT THIS SCHOOL ON IT. DON'T GO there!"
1.6 out of 5 stars
MightyTurnip - 12/1/2015
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2011
"This place is a rip off. While some teachers are excellent and provide great advice for improvement, others have never worked in the field or even know what is required to succeed. Their job placement program is a complete fraud if you're not attending a school in California. By this I mean they will try to stick you in a job that has little to nothing to do with your degree and say that you've been successfully placed. Internships are limited to none and actual knowledge of the job market is limited at best."
1.0 out of 5 stars
For-profit scam - 11/17/2015
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2006
"Don't waste your time. It is a for-profit college designed to extract the government money out of the poor and veterans. You end up with more debt than an ivy league and the experience worse than a community college. Totally the worst thing I ever did."
1.3 out of 5 stars
ANAO - 11/2/2015
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2014
"Do not go to The Art Institute for a Game or Animation Degree. This school accepts everyone, charges way too much for tuition ($100,000) , tries to trick you into spending money on unnecessary things such as $1000 rent per month for housing (no this cannot be split between students and you have to share a room with two other students), and an intro kit ($1000) that has items in it that you will never use. They have a HUGE dropout rate, and they say they will will help get you a job. The jobs they send their students are not art related 87% of the time. The four years I went there, they rarely had a career adviser or a head of department because their staff either kept being let go or quitting. A quarter of the teachers there were very knowledgeable and extremely helpful, while the rest were there just to make a few bucks. The Art Institute will squeeze every dollar out of you, and if you don't have what they want, they will say they will work with you but just send you to collections in the end, even after you have been making steady monthly payments."
3.6 out of 5 stars
Getstedy - 9/29/2015
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2007
"The place itself felt rather executive but the faculty were helpful. The location strangely fit every major into one building, had id cards for classrooms, and at least two security guards on grounds at all times. The Orange County one by comparison separates the cooking classes from the computer related ones, has less strict security measures and a relaxed atmosphere from the staff. Although I only visited the latter a few times, I felt safe at both schools. Curriculum is surprisingly easy to attend when it's something you like. You can always arrange an alternative class if you want a different type of focus too."
2.7 out of 5 stars
Marconius - 8/4/2015
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2005
"Diploma mill. They only cared about taking your money; most of the classes were subpar for what we were paying. Animation program was great, but all surrounding classes were generally poor and Career Services were really of no help after graduating. You only get out of this school what you put into it, and they ended up having an 80% drop out rate by the 4th quarter. Teachers helped with networking, and you take every opportunity offered, but ultimately you can learn the content taught for the primary major by yourself with a book and time. A lot of students came out too generalized to be hirable when the industry was looking for specialized artists."
2.7 out of 5 stars
Marconius - 8/4/2015
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2005
"Diploma mill. They only cared about taking your money; most of the classes were subpar for what we were paying. Animation program was great, but all surrounding classes were generally poor and Career Services were really of no help after graduating. You only get out of this school what you put into it, and they ended up having an 80% drop out rate by the 4th quarter. Teachers helped with networking, and you take every opportunity offered, but ultimately you can learn the content taught for the primary major by yourself with a book and time. A lot of students came out too generalized to be hirable when the industry was looking for specialized artists."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Motivated Individual - 8/3/2015
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2015
"Allow me to begin by saying I had such high hopes and went in with high motivation, excitement and honestly joy because I felt as an artist, I was going to be raised up in a place with like minded people. Wrong. My first class, the instructor couldn't pronounce the vocabulary words. One professor LOST my final and my final project and I fought for two months to have my grade readjusted, because they didn't believe me-and then he found my work. The attendance policy is terrible (you can miss two classes-the third you are dropped from the course). I was working full time and my work schedule was conflicting. The online classes are rough. So much work. And this is coming from a girl who is finishing her bachelors degree from WGU online at my own pace...18 months early. Oh yes and the best part- I did not take any financial aid because it was not needed and after paying everything in full I received an email from financial advising on a Friday at 4pm saying I had until 6 to pay 10k WITH ABSOLUTELY NO WARNING. And the email did not even go to me, it went to my father who's email they were not provided with. Not to mention the fact that I already have a job that is WAY above entry level and they refused to allow me to use that as my internship. So on top of working 50+hours a week and being in school full time I had to add an UNPAID internship to the mix? Needless to say it was an extremely frustrating time in my life and I started off SO excited. I am now at Western Govenors University and could not be more satisfied with the cost or the instruction."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Best Intentions. - 6/19/2015
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2011
"The School: Dont count on much, full "open labs" that regularly had class being held. Where was a student supposed to work on His or Her assignments if the "open" lab was being used as a classroom half the day? Too many students not enough computers/rooms available. To give you an idea, the building was once a parking structure, narrow hallways and completely filthy bathrooms. I came from out of state and paid 160k because of student housing, book costs, and hidden fees like licensing software and food, because the school only had few vending machines which were over priced and under stocked so eating out was the only option some days. The "Professors": The one professor that was teaching my degree was brilliant. He would gladly lay down his life for any one of his students. I respect him and wish him the best of luck in everything he does. The others who taught gen-eds where no more educated than I was. Power points and test seemed to be there forte and where never available for individual questions and concerns. To say the least it was an easy school to pass and an easier school to cheat the system. The "students": When I started 2009 I had to show a portfolio of artwork that I previously had before attending. After my second year. maybe late 2009 the school just exploded with new students. It was clear that they got rid of the requirements and started taking anyone off the street and putting them into a classroom. The TALENT level of these students were embarrassing. The professors had to give grading curves and extra credit to everyone to boost there grades even the ones who were doing well. On my last year out, it was obvious what this school wanted... Money. These people would be approved for the first year of college and drop out because it was too expensive. Its a shame because most first year courses are general education like MATH or SOCIAL STUDIES... DO YOU SEE THE PROBLEM HERE?? Career Services and student services: They would say things like "things are on the up and up. you'll find a job, we just had 12 people accept a job in there field last semester and your work is way better than theirs" where were those jobs? why wasn't I offered any? Well its hard for them considering the 6 student services administrators had 200 kids to look over. It was clear that these poor women just couldn't handle the work load, and when it came to registration you had have lines all day of at least 50 people waiting patiently to register for classes... Never have I ever seen such a poor example of uncooperative miserable and annoyed professionals in my life. DONT count on getting help from them. Truth of it is that I was the first in my family to go to college. I had this fire and energy that I brought to my majors classes everyday and I was good, talented and focused. I took 4 months off of school my last year, and took a job out in California even though Ai wouldn't accept it as an internship, I worked on Big Budget films. I came back with even more energy and I graduated. Then I struggled, couldn't afford rent and a student loan payment. (normally you get 6 months of interest free student loans that are on hold. I on the other hand used 4 months of that on my break from school and only had 2 months to find a job and pay the $1100 a month repayment plan that was in there words "the lowest we can go" I found a job in my field for $10 an hour and after 3 months was let go again because the company was closing. After a while of avoiding student loan calls I had to move home (with my parents) and accept a warehouse position for $10 an hour. Im bitter and my loans were 160k are now up to 190k. (interest) all of the promises that were giving to me as I filled out the application to this school were nothing but lies and what a horrible mistake I made listening to this facility telling me I'm an individual, unique and creative. I was just another loan and another stupid kid sucked into there greed and unfortunately they are still accepting students. My best intention was to be proud of my career and get a good college experience/degree, and I feel this school has completely ruined my life. I have a B.A. that is meaningless and a whopping student loan debt that I will have for the rest of my life..."
3.8 out of 5 stars
currtentAIstudent - 2/16/2015
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2016
"The school is good but it is expensive. I live in student housing and we have our rooms searched at least once a month. There is no alcohol allowed in the apartments regardless of your age. I only recommend attending this school if you have money and you have a place to live outside of the student housing. My car has been vandalized due to the careless "security". I have no problem with the teachers they have taught me a lot since I first attended the school. DO NOT LIVE IN THE STUDENT HOUSING!!! THIS IS A WARNING!!"