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It all began during one of my summer breaks working at a Pizzeria. I quickly became head cook and was seriously thinking about a culinary career. Went to the open house and applied to the Art Institute and was accepted nearly immediately. I was feeling really good about the school. Went to my first classes and found that most instructors were terribly laid-back. That was cool and all but most of the class time was spent chatting and learning close to nothing. Then I was required to take a class that was all about learning about the city I moved to, nothing about culinary anything. Just the city. Then I found out how much I was paying for that one class and it was about $1,000. I felt that most of my classes were filler and the only real education I got was during the hands-on classes which was only once a week from 6 or so to 11PM. Yes, 11PM. The last bus to my dorm was at 11:15PM. I never received any financial help, as in applying for scholarships. I was told that it was very accessible at the school. Every time I tried, I never got an answer. Maybe it was just that the first year classes are so uninformative. I ended up staying only four months at the school and found that the only thing I learned about was how to use the cities skywalks more effectively. So, here I am, not even employed in the culinary field, hearing about how awful AI is every once in a while and I can only nod and wish I didn't have a $6,000 debt for attending the college for 4 months. I have also heard of many lawsuits against AI. It is worth a google search.
It's a great program focused on using the Self as Instrument, so there is a lot of personal exploration in order to best help future clients. The work load is pretty heavy, but the professors are very helpful.
Interior Design always intrigued me, and I felt the degree would be a practical application for my art. Initial costs were reasonable for the first year with significant scholarships and grants. Each year tuition increased dramatically and "amazingly" scholarships no longer could aid me during my entire senior year (even with all A's). There came a time I had to choose to leave with debt and no degree OR stay and finish the degree with more debt. Teachers were disassociated from students. Work load was overwhelming and stressful. The school is designed suck the life and money out of its students. If you got an A you passed - just the same as the F student. I've been yet to stabilize an Interior Design at a firm. Let alone a job at Home Depot. Experience is all that matters and firms and government establishments could care less about a degree. I've been struggling to find work, paying hundreds of dollars a month towards my debt, and continue to get rejection letters to potential jobs. My resume is precise. My advice, "If you have a leg in the door -then be my guest." I wish I could have chose another degree every day. But, now I'm stuck. I learned how to professionally upholster to earn my living. It's dirty and hard labor, but it's what I have to do to make it.
Is The Art Institute a good School? Yes. Are they extremely overpriced? Yes. I really liked my time at the art institute. I felt like all of the instructors were very professional, knowledgable, & helpful. The challenge i had was with my degree. I did a one year diploma program. I chose the 1 year plan because i thought it would give me a focused direct classes pertaining to web dev/design. I was disappointed when i had to take intro to audio and video classes, just to fill my schedule. But overall my experience there was a good one.... at least on campus. Campus classes were great. The few online classes that i took were an absolute joke. They are still usting technology from the 90s for classes. Old Forums, old online ebooks. The really need to introduce new thechnolgoy to make the online classes better: google hangout, skype...anything really. However, once i left and started working, and the reality of how much my school cost me, it really hurt. 24,000.00 for one year of school. You can get a 4 year degree for that kind of money. Granted, i didnt want a 4 year degree. But it has not been easy paying that off, and i have been able to get good jobs making good money.
At first I was excited to go to this school because I enjoy animation and drawing so I thought to myself Ill pay my debt when I have a good job with my degree. Wrong. This school didnt help me at all this school has ruined everything and now I owe the biggest debt ever that I had in my life considering it my very first which means I cant get a good job or go to another school and wont be able to live in my own place thanks to the art institute. The financial aid is a joke and they are no help disapointed me and will never enter that school for any reason what so ever.
I am halfway through my Bachelor of Fine Art in Media Arts and Animation at The Art Institute of Atlanta. Whereas, I can agree with some of the posts here regarding the fact that Ai allows under achievers in, I have also been challenged, and learned a great deal more than I had ever previously learned at 2 other community colleges. I have had instrustors who have doen work on major motion picture,s, and I have been diligent, and accountable enough to my studies, and to the impression I leave on my faculty. This is because I take responsibility for my own success, and do not complain about a school or take all the credit when I succeed. I work full time to pay for my degree, and in my opinion, AiAtlanta is exactly where I want my Degree from. Anyone who talks down an Art Institute is either too lazy to do the work, or was not talented and let themself belive they were, or had family lie to them, and say they were. Admissions at a tech college like Ai is not qualified to even ask for your portfolio, so if you suck at drawing, or are not driven to succeed, then yes, stay away from AI. But I have met way too many successful grads, and faculty around the college at this point to sit back and let haters slam my College.
I graduated with honors. After graduating, the career adviser did precious little in giving me leads for potential jobs. Once I expressed my concern over the lack of interest, he offered a small amount of leads. In a six month time, he might have suggested 10 opportunities. Six months after my graduation, he send an email stating that the new grads take precedent over those of us still looking for a job in our field. After four years and thousands upon thousands of dollars, these people are quick to cut graduates loose after six months.
I am currently still enrolled with this school but once this semester is over I will be leaving. So let me start of with the fact I am a us veteran. Since I enrolled a year ago I have had nothing but trouble with reviving my GI benefits because of the school. Every semester I have gone through the same issues. They continuously forget to submit paperwork to the VA which causes me to not receive my benefits. I am among many of the veterans that attend this school who have the same on going issues. Next this school has got some of the worst instructors/teachers I have ever seen. The majority of them use youtube as their tool of choice when it comes to teaching. They spend more time telling you to youtube the class agenda for the day rather than physically teaching you. I could have saved the VA and tax payers dollars by staying at home and doing that. Then once you actually get a teacher who actually tries to instruct you, they have no idea what they are talking about. I have a history teacher who told our class that the earth is only 4,000 years old. That shows you the kind of intelligence these teachers have. Next this school will enroll anyone and I mean anyone just so they can make money. We have students there who struggle with simple tasks throughout the entire course and learn nothing and they will just push them along till they fail and move on to the next which is wrong. I am not saying that the mentally challenged don't deserve a chance to goto school and to try and make something of themselves but you can not throw them into technically challenged curriculum. If I could give no star's to this school on ratings I would. I do not recommend this school to anyone. I suggest a university or community college.
AiP, much like the other Art Institutes, is a pathetic excuse for a college. Rarely did I feel genuinely challenged in the entire four years I was enrolled because the projects were easy. This is because the school will accept absolutely anyone. You don't need actual talent to pass or even excel, and even with the more difficult majors like game design, your success is almost certainly due to skills you already had before you got there. Financial services are a joke - they just have you sign papers while telling you everything is under control and you have no idea what you're getting yourself into. Career services is worthless too - you might get an internship if you're really lucky. I was told I wasn't experienced enough to do freelance work via the school after I'd had my work published several times. The fact that I was getting a bachelor of SCIENCE degree in a field of art rather than a bachelor of art or fine arts degree should have been a big flaming red flag, but I was stupid and assumed the school was worthwhile. AiP is a worthless school - a diploma mill in college's clothing and what you'll leave with is six figures of debt and a degree you'll never ever use. I kid you not, I couldn't even get a job making coupons for the local newspaper with my AiP degree. Yeah, that BS is just that - BS. The only thing you'll be able to use your Art Institute degree for is to line your coat when you're homeless under the weight of crippling, unforgiving debt. Art majors aren't very lucrative career choices to begin with, but if you absolutely must attend art school, PLEASE don't go to an Art Institute. Actually, I would strongly suggest auditing art classes and majoring in something more practical. Learn from my mistake, folks. Don't irrecoverably bury yourself in debt at this horrible school.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience pursuing my degree in Media Arts and Animation at The Art Institute of Seattle. It was an amazing time with great teachers and wonderful friends, all sharing and pursuing the same passion.