The Art Institutes Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (142)
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!
I've done my research on South Florida healthcare colleges and was very impressed with Concorde. They have been around for about 50 years and Specialize only in Healthcare and have a solid, reputable reputation. The class sizes are small and they obviously invest a lot of money in thier Labs and facilities for teaching the students. Definitely consider Concorde!
I enrolled at AIO after having my second son, dreaming of a career in Residential Planning (i.e. interior design for homes only). When I first inquired about the coursework, costs, and admissions policies, the staff member I spoke to seemed very knowledgable and helpful.
My main concern was that I had already attained a BA from a brick-and-mortar school, so I knew what to expect in terms of commitment to classwork and projects. He assured me that I could expect to spend around 1 hour per night on actual homework, reading and posting in the forum, unless I had a project, then plan on about 3 hours. Absolutely untrue.
There were some classes which only took me that amount of time, but there were some, like Space Planning, which had very detailed projects and would take me the better part of a weekend to complete. Also, I still had a small student loan left from my first degree, but I had applied for an in-school deferrment. Still, I knew I would be unable to pay any more per month out-of-pocket than what I was currently paying on my student loan. I was assured that I would only have to pay $5 per month more (calculated to the exact cent). Again, untrue. When I received my first bill, it was more than double what I had been paying on my loan.
Finally, after discussing my concerns on that inital contact, the staff member who had been assigned to me told me he would call back the next day to see what I had decided to do. When he did call back, he informed me that I was enrolled and would be starting classes in three weeks.
I should have pulled the plug then, or when I received my first bill, or even when the coursework proved to be too much for me to handle, but I kept plugging along, assuming it would get better, and telling myself that other people can do this, so why can't I? The final straw came when I was unable to finish the projects for my final two classes on time, and had to retake those classes 3 times. My advisor informed me that almost everyone has to retake these two classes several times to pass them!! This school truly is a money-making scheme, and I definitely don't recommend them. Go to a community college, or find a way to go to a traditional university. I should have known better.