The Art Institutes Reviews

1.69 out of 5 stars
(156 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $17,316 - $18,648
18% of 156 students said this degree improved their career prospects
15% of 156 students said they would recommend this school 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
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
Disappointed - 10/1/2019
Degree: Fashion
Graduation Year: 2015
"I am not the person that attended this scam of a school, although I was about to at one point in time. My cousin whom of which has asked me to write this upon her behalf as we both got our share of this financial drain of a school. For what I saw and went through indeed 100% matches up with all the reviews given of the school itself. I initially heard of the school through my cousin, and then a rep that came to do a whole presentation about the school itself in order to try and sell the program to my entire high school class. As I was at the time, I'm furthering my associate’s degree now, I was looking to get into culinary as the naive young me thought that's what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. So, in looking schools, I was looking at Johnson and wales along with the art institute, so I decided to do a tour of the campus itself. Now thankfully I had my mother with me who has some good common sense and a good ability to sniff out bogus or off things about certain things or places. One thing she immediately noted and pointed out to me was the fact that the school was both extremely tiny for a much as they bluffed about current student attendance of the institute. Along with during the tour we were taken to the kitchen as it was part of the tour. One of the professors were there and were going over the curriculum itself and asking various questions that would pertain to the industry itself. Now this is not at all me bragging, but just another thing I've noted form reviews that seems to apply to this. The questions she was asking were simple basic questions that beginners of people interested in the culinary industry would know, yet I was the only one able to provide the correct answers. That was another thing that stuck out to me that made things seem even more off than usual. Finally, as part of the tour the parents were separated from the kids, and this is where things honestly just become questionably ethical. We were shuttled into a classroom where we were essentially handed contracts/applications to both apply to the program and take out loans for it the second we were accepted for it. Now I of course did not sign anything, as I was only intending to tour the school, but they were adamant that you fill it out before you could leave, so I just honestly handed it back to them blank and left. They of course kept pushing and pressuring me to fill it out but thankfully at the time I had enough sense to not sign anything binding. They also at the tail end of me politely declining filling out the application, essentially said that I would wind up with a dead-end degree or job if I went anywhere else but them. Classy. So, in reality I seriously dodged a bullet with them, I later on chose to go to a community college for cost reasons. Had I gone here though I can only imagine how badly I would have been finically ruined. Now as for my cousin she wasn't as lucky, as she actually attended this bogus institution. She attended for a fashion degree, which to their credit they did teach her the basics and so forth. Yet the major flaw in all of this, and yeah, she could have done this outside the school. Were they don't teach you how to sew and assemble the actual clothing you may have designed. Now of course she could have bought a sewing machine, which are very expensive, and taken some sewing classes in order to be able to produce the clothing she would design. Yet the problem with that is that they literally drain you for all of your money, leaving you with absolutely nothing at the end of it all. So she honestly got a worthless degree, that has put her in debt for the rest of her life, without a smidgen of a chance to do anything with it. As she cannot afford the classes or the sewing machine to actually be able to try and produce anything to break into the industry. Oh, and as for aid with finding a job, honestly just any job given she had zero chances of doing anything fashion related thanks to them. They never did or care to keep their promise, and like a lot of people just stopped dealing with her after 6 months. With her credit destroyed and being stuck with a massive amount of debt that almost drove her to declare bankruptcy, I can effectively say the art institute is criminal at best. They will do anything within their power to force you to exhaust any money you may have, to force you to take out massive loans with them. Which I'm guessing the majority defaulted upon which I can only imagine got the aid of the government to pay the school back for. In order to line their pockets at the top of the pyramid, I mean honestly, they’re essentially a pyramid scheme of a school. They only care about the money, and don't give a crap about the people that are at the bottom attending the school itself with zero chances of ever being able to payback their loans within a reasonable amount of time. Not to mention it seems like recently, guess the scheme finally dried up, sold the school itself to another company. So yeah even if their still open, don’t even give them the time of day, no one at this point will ever recognize a degree from them as they have thoroughly dragged their name through the mud and then some. Save yourself the finical burden and take your money and time somewhere else that will actually give you a worthy degree that you can actually put to work."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pam - 7/11/2019
Degree: Video Game Design
Graduation Year: 2017
"My son's experience at this school was horrible from the beginning. We should have cut our losses and withdrew the first year. But, because the credits would not transfer, he stuck with it. Their only interest is to see how much money they can squeeze out of you and the federal government through loans and grants. They are never responsive when you want to speak with someone and I have nothing good to say about the entire 4 years he was enrolled."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Samantha Mera - 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."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Tianna - 2/27/2019
Degree: Fashion
Graduation Year: 2020
"I attended this school because my friend was there, and made it seem to be pretty decent. The only decent thing about this school is how much money was put into it. The culinary program is what keeps the school running. I wasn't even there 3 months, and Ive decided to call it quits. I am a veteran, so I use my Post 9/11 to go to school. Upon enrolling into this establishment, my information was NEVER submitted to the VA. So guess who didn't get paid the first month and a half? I had to call the VA and see what was going on, then go to the financial aid department myself to be told that for sure it was never submitted. Then after that, the online textbooks that they charge you $200 dollars every semester for DOES NOT WORK! How the heck are we being charged hundreds of dollars for textbooks we can't access, and then being told to go find physical copies until further notice. How about you refund us that money back? Since we pay out of pocket for those electronic textbooks. The payments are automatically taken from your account, and if you don't want them to take it out then you have to submit a request form. Then back to the financial aid department...if you have a refund for financial aid you can forget about receiving it. I have a refund over $2000 just sitting there and its been months, to be told they're on hold. For months? Ive emailed 2 members of financial aid, including the manager to be told they arent sending out stipends just yet. Some of us have families and siblings to take care of. This school is quick to take your money, but slow to refund it back. From what Ive read from other students, the reason this money isnt being refunded is because its being pocketed. To be honest it doesn't seem like the administrative staff care too much. Upon submitting paperwork stating I would no longer be in attendance, I got asked why I was leaving; and if I had tried to find other resources in order to stay with the school. Why would I want to stay at a school with all of these problems? I'm glad Im leaving, instead of wasting my G.I. Bill."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Dinah - 1/1/2019
Degree: Restaurant Management
Graduation Year: 2018
"I enjoyed the program. The admission counselor was helpful. I didn't like my academic counselor, I felt he didn't treat me as an adult and showed no compassion when i had a hardship in my life. The program i selected is good for learning how to start my own business, so job placement wasn't my concern."
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."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Valerie - 10/22/2018
Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2019
"My experience has been very different than most here. I have an Associate Degree in Broadcasting and will be finishing my Bachelors Degree (Online) in January of 2019. I am super happy with the experience and have learned a lot. Yes, it is expensive but I have truly been able to learn a lot and it has benefited my career. You can't expect the degree to go out and look for a job for you, you need to put the effort into the job seeking process. The only thing I can say is that the school is very expensive, but I believe to have gotten my money's worth."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Andy liu - 8/23/2018
Degree: Computer Animation
Graduation Year: 2014
"They are a business not a school, They are not being honest and upfront, they don't care about the succeed of the student only money, you will most likely ending up in debt! you will most likely get depression, basically your life is F****d! AVOID THIS SCHOOL AT ALL COST!"