The Art Institutes Reviews of Bachelor's in Graphic Design

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  • Annual Tuition: $17,316 - $18,648
11% of 19 students said this degree improved their career prospects
5% of 19 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Bachelor's in Graphic Design

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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."
Raoul Watanabe
  • Reviewed: 7/5/2018
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"The Art Institute offers a mixed bag of educational experiences. Some of the instructors are very good and dedicated, some are indifferent at best. They are increasingly using adjunct part-time instructors to save money on teachers -- and the slippage in quality of teaching and the dedication of the teachers shows as a result. The enrollment at the campus has declined bigly in the past few years -- the parking lot looks like a ghost town. They have cut back a lot on their services, class offerings, and support for students. Go to a public school."
A and B student does not reccomend this college
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2018
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"The art institute IE CA is totally unprofessional they are employing teachers that are old and displaying memory problems they do not allow you to choose your electives they have attendance rule they revise and do not inform the students of so that they can screw the out of they money and classes they paid for, they have teachers who are biased and discriminate against students who dont hold the same thoughts as them, they have teachers who are being paid to teach design and art but use their class time to b**** about the president or their own political opinions and use the class to indoctrinate young students to adopt their bs political views, they have teachers that only encourage their "dreamers" teachers who think the kids of people who broke the law and came here illegally are more entitled to have dreams about a future than the other students who are citizens, they say if youre absent 3X your out of the class but if you are absent 2X they drop you from classes you paid for and have attended and been doing the work for even when they are notified of a valid reason and that you intend to not drop any classes because they want to scam as many as possible for tuition and deny your the education you paid for they erase all your classes and deny you access to do the work. they put you in totally irrelevant classes that you wont benefit from until graduation make you do resumes and portfolios that will be irrelevant by the time you graduate so the classes can be filled some classes you need they dont offer so you have to go somewhere else to take them. their art kit they claim was a $500 value is full of junk cheap art supplies crappy colored pencils the teachers wont want you to do your work with low quality drawing paper 100 year old dried up rubber cement markers that are all old and dried up, ink pens that dont work cuz they are all old and also dried up.basically you get charged 500+ bucks for low quality old unusable supplies and you end up having to go buy all new stuff to do the work. dont use the v ending machines cuz when it steals your cash they do nothing to get your cash back when you call the number and the vending guy ignores you so they are enabling the dishonest guy and allowing him to rob the students."
Kate S.
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2017
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"I was fortunate enough to have very good professors and the rigorous course load/schedule prepared me for the fast-pace world. The administration is another story. I had to fight tooth and nail to get my credits transferred (even though, the credits has the same title/description) and my adviser was 80% clueless most of the time. I ended up having to advocate for myself and do my own scheduling and degree audit. In the end, I had to do a lot of things myself (financially) to only leave with 45K in student loans. I don't recommend this school, because it isn't worth it. The company wants to see your skills and don't care where you got your undergrad. The degree gets you an interview, but the skills keep you employed."
Steve Mathews
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2017
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"THIS SCHOOL IS A SCAM. IT COSTS FOUR TIMES AS MUCH A QUARTER THEN A COMMUNITY COLLEGE BUT THE CREDITS AREN'T TRANSFERRABLE TO OTHER SCHOOLS. THE PROGRAMS ARE OUTDATED. THE CAREER SERVICES DEPARTMENT DOESN'T HELP YOU FIND WORK THAT YOU COULD REALISTICALLY PAY OFF YOUR LOANS AND BILLS WITH, ONLY POSITIONS THAT YOU COULD HAVE GOT WITHOUT A DEGREE. IF YOU WANT A JOB THAT PAYS A LITTLE MORE THAN MINIMUM WAGE, THEY GOT YOU COVERED. FINANCIAL AID DEPARTMENT IS SHADY AND DOESN'T RETURN PHONE CALLS OR EMAILS. IF THEY OWE YOU MONEY THEY WAIT AS LONG AS THEY CAN TO PAY YOU. They also just got bought out by a nonprofit to avoid all the lawsuits and loan forgiveness they were being hit with. They prey on people with low incomes and that are fresh out of the military because it's a guaranteed pay check for them. Teachers don't even teach their classes. My last two years I only learned what I thought myself. They make you pay for a web portfolio class that the teacher in the first week of class said "If you have any questions Google it, cause I can't help you." What is he even being paid for and what did I pay for?"
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2017
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"I went to the New England Institute of Art in Boston. One semester I had an Edgar Allen Poe English class the entire semester we watched the doors, and Dixie chicks "documentaries" not really sure that was relevant to graphic design but hey now I have $135,000 in student loans so you tell me if that education was worth it. Everything I "learned" at this school I knew prior to going there because I went to a tech school my last semester of high school. And everything I learned about how to communicate professionally and successfully I learned on the job I got myself after college. Also AI claims they got me a job in graphic design after graduation.... I worked at staples as a cashier And I got that job myself. Total scam. They prey on stupid 18 year olds from low income family's that they know will have to take out massive private loans just to attend. I got in "early admission" October 2006 and I was so excited I said yes and didn't even consider any other school that accepted me later in the year. Yes I was dumb but it is their job to recognize people they can con. To this day 7 years later I have never been employed as a graphic designer."
Shane Roberts
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2017
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"Just in time for the 2008 crash my Ai Graphic Design degree was practically useless. More qualified people who were losing their jobs on a daily basis starting filling positions just to keep jobs, so I head to find anything I could because the "Job Placement" workers were *literally* not doing anything. Then they wanted to take credit for my job placement when the mistook completely on their end that I had a great job at a prolific company. The only good thing to come out of that place was networking with the other talented kids who I would later work with. There were some good teachers, but that place wasn't worth the price of admission. Once you were force-fed your degree, it wasn't worth the paper and ink used to print it. No one in the real world had any respect for a graduate with an Ai degree. Avoid this place at all costs."
Class of 2006
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2017
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2006
"Had big hopes I'd get a decent paying job in my field. Total lies and deception from this horrible school. They would call me every day to see when I was enrolling in the program. Studies super hard, was on Dean's honor role many times. I worked my butt off to do my very best. There are no jobs and this school is nothing more than a diploma mill. Avoid at all cost!"
  • Reviewed: 10/17/2016
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I have been crying for the past two hours because they say that I have exhausted my loans and unless I want to pay $400 a month, I cannot get my bachelors. Now I am settling with an associates, still having to pay an absurd amount of money per month until they give me my diploma. This means, if I graduate next month, until I pay off $15,000, they will not give me my diploma. This financial plan has changed so many times since I have been there. First I was paying nothing, then I was paying $190 a month and now it is $400 a month. I wish I never went here. I will be in debt until I am 60, having attended "college" and have nothing to show for it. I wish I would have read reviews before I signed up."
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2016
  • Degree: Graphic Design
  • Graduation Year: 2006
"Horrible school filled with broken promises and lies. Over $65,000 in student loans with an interest payback of over $142,000 A complete joke. Never found a job in the field. I would not wish this terrible dishonest for profit school on anyone. They knew all the tricks to get you to enroll."