The Art Institutes Reviews of in Photography

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0% of 8 students said this degree improved their career prospects
25% of 8 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - in Photography

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Robert Counterman
  • Reviewed: 11/24/2017
  • 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."
  • Reviewed: 8/29/2017
  • Degree: Photography
  • Graduation Year: 2008
"This school is a scam. Do yourself a favor and stay away from it, or risk owing the school a massive amount of money when you finally leave. I wish someone had told me this before I went there, would have saved me a ton of stress and anger. Do yourself a favor, pass on this school."
  • Reviewed: 6/14/2017
  • Degree: Photography
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"The Art Institute of Portland is a great school. But I believe that the program is incredibly overvalued. There were a great variety of classes and I only had two instructors in my 4 years there that I would rate poorly. All the instructors and staff are very understanding of problems and honest about the real working world. There were many opportunities to meet professionals in the classroom and in their studios."
  • Reviewed: 5/5/2017
  • Degree: Photography
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"DO NOT WASTE your money. My parents are $100,00.00 in debt because of this school. They kept cancelling classes, put me in higher level classes without having the prerequisites because they couldn't fill up the classes, charged us for extras they said were included when they first signed me up, etc. I had to stay an extra quarter because they kept discontinuing the classes I needed and changing the requirements. They made up an online course for just me to take so I could graduate. They have now closed this branch. No one new can go there and they are just finishing those that need to complete their degree. They did not help at all with getting a job. They won't answer the phones. This "school" is a scam."
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2016
  • Degree: Photography
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"First off I would like to say that the Art Institute online is a joke! Big waste of time and money for sure. I was looking at my financials for the past year and I saw so many double charges! Yes double for the same thing for the same class! Outrageous! I missed one class because I got married and went on a honeymoon but the school knew about it the very first day I signed up..well months went by and it was time for my honeymoon and they told me I was charged for that class thousands of dollars anyway and now I have to pay again thousands of dollars for the same class and re entry.i hope who ever is reading this stays away from this school...RUN!!!"
  • Reviewed: 4/10/2015
  • Degree: Photography
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I thought this school was great when I started but after leaving I realized what a scam they are. I only attended one quarter and had to leave for medical reasons. My first quarter was only $3000 but they tried to charger me another $9000 for a second quarter that I did not attend. After a month of pestering them to drop my second quarter charges I found out two of my grants were not accepted. They didn't inform me of this until after my loans wer ccanceled so I'm not stuck paying out of pocket to them AND my loan company. One grant was not accepted due to the fact that they did not finish filing the paperwork. I enjoyed my professors as people but as teachers they simply used YouTube tutorials for many lessons which I could find without paying $300 per credit hour to watch. Now that I'm not attending AI they call me atleast once a week to try to get me to come back and I have also realized the credits I earned are not transferable to any school. Whenever I first applied I was told that the credits were able to be transferred among other things that were untrue. I enjoyed being able to do what I loved and learn more about it but if I knew it was going to cause me this much trouble after leaving I would have never went."
Money Wasted
  • Reviewed: 5/2/2014
  • Degree: Photography
  • Graduation Year: 2014
"Where do I start; This school is over priced for no reason and they milk VETERAN personnel for every penny the VA will give them. Credits from one state to another don't transfer if other schools don't have the same classes and they have a rule that is you do transfer you must do 45 credits in the new school before you can graduate (even in you only have 20 credits left). Matters worst your left with a redundant feeling that your doing the same things over and over in every class. Don't get me wrong the teachers I've had are amazing and smart in the field but as for the people above them; it seems like its all about the money, as long as they get the check on the first your just a dollar sign roaming the halls. Sucks to say but it seems like a waste of 3 years of my life. I'm not even excited about finishing anymore."
Lily Carlson
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2013
  • Degree: Photography
  • Graduation Year: 2009
"I had a great time at college studying art, art history, writing, philosophy, and psychology. This education has enhanced my understanding of the world and stimulated my creativity. I attended school for massage therapy after receiving my bachelor's degree and am currently employed as a massage therapist instead of working as a photographer, which is the field I majored in. I still believe that I use the skills and concepts I learned in college every day, and recognize the value of my 4 years at school."