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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!!
I loved going to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Unfortunately I was one of those students who transcended right out of high school and I really didn't take college very seriously. I am going back to school now for my MBA and I'm incredibly nervous. The Instructors at AIP and the Advisors were amazing! Things changed drastically after the de-expansion if you will. It was a little depressing. A lot of the staff was either relocated or let go. Major chunks of the building were empty and it did change the demeanor and atmosphone of the Institute. It is, after all the oldest in the country! EDMC bought the Art Institute and there were so many changes made. So the beginning was great! The last year.. EH. I did take a few online courses and I really enjoyed those.
I am currently a student at the art institute of Michigan and I am a victim of this school our school here is has broken so many academic law upon students by not updating ecompanion grades also we have no dean no president here this school is going bankrupt please new students don't come here the audio program is the worst program here and the sad thing about this school is that you can not take any art institutes to court if thereis anyone out there please help us god we have no dean or president
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.