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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.
My instructors in this program were excellent and I acquired a great deal of knowledge in the area of audio engineering, sound design, pre/post-production. The portfolio process was very challenging and sometimes grueling. However, if you apply yourself and are serious about your coursework, then there is no reason for you not to be successful. The instructors are accessible, and are willing to help you if you ask. Most of the people who complain about this school are the ones who either do not have the aptitude, or they have not applied themselves. Additionally, gripes with financial aid or other departments, could be due to the student's failure to keep track of things or following through at the appropriate times. If you are aware of what you need to do, when you need to do it, and when you need to make appointments for specific deadlines, then you shouldn't have any problems. This school may be a for profit institution, and a bit pricey, but the quality of education is excellent for this particular program. I graduated with honors, but it was not handed to me…I worked very hard for it. You get out what you put in!
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.
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.