The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (144)
I am half way through my diploma program with the Art Institute of Vancouver and would strongly suggesting looking at any other school. You may end up with one or two teachers who genuinely care about the outcome of your schooling however the school itself is simply after your money. Each student pays a hefty price for a kit with items they would require for their course, however for many programs student were given items the teachers advised them not to use as well as not given all the items they are required to use. Students are charged a digital resource fee for courses with text books. This would not be an issue if any of the teachers referenced the text books ever! Again I am 9 months in and have not opened a text book once, yet we are still charged for them. The administration/accounting/financial aid departments at the school appear to be a mess. Students are not advised with changes to their Academic Advisers or Financial Planners. These departments time and time again have come off as unprofessional in many cases, from loosing documents to freezing students accounts during finals. It is over priced and not worth the headache.
I am currently attending the art institute of Cincinnati and I highly advise that no one attend this school. The whole process has been a scam. I have had a few good classes, mainly because of the professors teaching the class. Although, one of my professors has been pushing me to transfer as well as helping me with the process. Financial aid has done nothing beneficial when it comes to my education and academic standing. In detail, Financial aid has done nothing but lie to me about loans as well as my monthly payments. When I enrolled I was told that I would pay a $106.00 every month. I just found out today that I am supposed to be paying $275.00 every month. Meaning I have been thinking I'm supposed to be paying less than half than what is actually written. Either someone is lying to me, or there is no communication in the department, therefore no one actually is certain about anything when it comes to my financial aid. My financial aid advisor made the situation seem complete. I have one grant from FASFA and it is covering some of my expenses, I just found this out today and was told that I need a parent to apply for a loan so that I can pay for the rest. This was not explained to me when I started. I am nineteen years old and while I do believe that I should be learning about these things, I feel that I should also be helped and guided at least a little bit by people who handle finances as a profession. This school is absolutely ridiculous. All they do is feed you lies about how wonderful the school is when in actuality the company behind the Art Institutes are being sued for eleven BILLION dollars for the U.S. government for intentionally recruiting low income students, and collecting their student aid money. You can read the article HERE:http://petapixel.com/2011/09/02/us-gov-sues-the-art-institutes-for-11-billion-fraud/ Do not let this school trick you into thinking it is worth the ridiculous amount of money charged to students annually in order to be screwed financially in the long run.
If I could do it all over again, I would have steered clear of The Art Institute and any other For-Profit schools. On the positive side, the equipment is up-to-date and some of the instructors are good. The BIG negative is the price. Do you want to have debt about the size of a mortgage only to not earn enough to adequately pay the loan along with a modest apartment and food? Although I am working in my field as a designer, I have to use Income Based Repayment and will pay a fortune just for INTEREST and will be handed a huge tax bill on the amount that is "forgiven". For-Profit schools are a scam and those on top are laughing their way to the bank. This system is very BROKEN. If I deter even one potential student from attending a for-profit school like Art Institute, it is worth the time it took to type this.
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.
I have learned more and gained more solid skills with Digital Tutors $45 bucks a month with access to thousands of tutorials. After I signed my life away to Sallie, falling for the "Live your dreams" Commercials on T.v., I discovered, from all Game Art Instructors, that what REALLY MATTERS is your DEMO and portfolio, not a degree. I always finish what I start so I graduated and came to the reality/horror that the skills taught by The Art Institute, intended to get an entry level position, did not even come close to cutting it. Your skills have to be top notch (and I am not even exaggerating )when it comes to getting a job in the game industry. There were a few really great teachers, whose instructions I still remember when doing my work. Most instructors though, were in between jobs and really could care less about your career, I heard one of them even say it out loud! If you want a degree go to a real university, but if you want to get a job in the game industry, do not go to this school. Instead sign up on one of the many inexpensive tutorial web sites (like 3dmotive, Digital Tutors, Eat 3d and many more) and put together a demo on your own.
The school seems all about making a profit, not helping individual students maximize their abilities. The classes are overcrowded, some of the teachers are inexperienced, and the quality and quantity of the ingredients we were given to work with did not match the extreme amount of the tuition cost.
Yes, but from a different school.
Shop around. DO NOT go with the first school you go to just because the (advisers) salesmen are good.
After high school I was wanting a career in graphic design, so I looked to the Art Institutes since I had seen so many commercials. The actual walk through and orientation went very well which gave me high hopes. It only took about a week though to figure out how things really worked there.
For starters, the price. I hadn't compared the price of schools before I landed at the Art Institutes. I was paying almost $10,000 for ONE QUARTER. That included an art supply kit which cost $950 of supplies that could've been purchased much cheaper at places like Hobby Lobby. Plus, I never even touched half of the supplies. Second, the teachers. I had five classes, all of which were on campus.
The best teacher was an adjunct for a core philosophy class. One of my art teachers who was teaching Photoshop had no clue what he was doing. I could've learned more from an instructional book than him. My other teachers weren't too bad, but with how much I was paying, I expected better quality instructions. And lastly, I hated the faculty. I found most of the faculty to be very rude and not helpful, especially the financial aid department and advisers.
I only stayed at the Art Institutes for one quarter before deciding that it wasn't the school for me. I couldn't justify staying at a school that charges an insane amount of money for poor quality classes. I have since transferred to a local community college, which I pay just pennies for in comparison. AND the art department at this school is much more helpful in assisting me, and I've learned much more than at the Art Institutes. It may look all nice and dandy on the commercials, but I would NOT recommend this school to anyone!
Reading all of the negative comments from people complaining about the online courses and finding fault in everyone BUT themselves for not making the most of their education choices are just lazy. Complain and whine all you want. Bottom line is that it is the student who needs to make the most of it. Those who say "It was easy at first, then it got more difficult" really have no idea what they got into.
OF COURSE IT GETS HARDER, that is what separates truly talented individuals with those that think "anyone can do it". I worked hard and I have never been below the Dean's list. Art is about passion and drive. Did I have a teacher I did not see eye-to-eye with? Definitely. Am I going to blame the Art Institute for any of my shortcomings? No. It is so easy to place the blame on others for your own problems, but guess what? If you do not apply yourself and work hard, you have nobody to blame but yourself.
Six months at AI, and I hate it. Very disorganized, career services very rude and extremely unhelpful (they simply post off indeed.com). I don't even know who is handling my money, was not told when my academic director was laid off, and still half way through the quarter don't know who is my new one if at all. If you don't have money, you won't be able to pass core classes. You pay extra for a "supply kit" that's full of useless things with "art institutes"plastered over everything. Most of the kids that go there, shouldn't have even graduated high school, let alone be let into college. My final transcript was LOST, twice. My roommates money was LOST, thousands of dollars just lost!!
On a positive note, however, teachers who teach your core classes usually know what they're talking about. And that's really the only good thing I have to say about it.
I was a great student here and was in the showcase a couple times along with being an honor student but that really means nothing sometimes. There are excellent teachers here and they are more than willing to go out of their way to help you. The problem I had was that you need money for all the computer programs (unless you dont work and have the time to stay after class), books, supplies, and printing that you will be doing.
My career counselor was horrible, she kept placing me with jobs that did not pertain to my degree and for what I am paying in student loans I think I would have been better off at a college and not an institute.
I went here for graphic design and only had two classes on web design...if you do a job search today they want you to have web experience along with design, I did not think two classes was enough experience. Just some things to consider!